B1218 - Transmitter Identification Code

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3   
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B1218 Possible Causes

  • Reprogram Integrated Key Transponder (IKT)
  • Faulty Integrated Key Transponder (IKT)

First diagnose B1218 code

    Check the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded terminals.

B1218 Tech Notes

B1218:44 Transmitter Identification Code Data Memory Failure
B1218:51 Transmitter Identification Code Not Programmed
B1218:81 Transmitter Identification Code Invalid Serial Data Receive

Cost of diagnosing the B1218 code

    Labor: 1.0

    The cost of diagnosing the B1218 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

B1218 Possible Symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

B1218 Description

The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) feature is controlled by the Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) module and the Body Control Module (BCM). When a button is pressed on an Integrated Key Transponder (IKT) the Transmitter Identification Code (TIC) and RKE command is received by the internal TPM module antenna. If the TPM module determines that it is a valid and programmed TIC, it sends the RKE command and TIC to the BCM over the MS-CAN. When the BCM receives the RKE command, it carries out the command by controlling the door locks or activating the horn and turn signals for the panic alarm. The RKE transmitters and the BCM also utilize a rolling code to prevent the code from being captured by a code grabber. The system advances the counter in the RKE transmitter and the BCM every time an RKE transmitter button is pressed. A Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) that sets when the BCM detects an invalid TIC from an IKT.
OBDII Code B1218 - Transmitter Identification Code - AutoCodes.com

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