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So my wife lost her purse a few months ago. She lost the key for my 08 Wrangler and my 04 Grand Cherokee. I went to the dealer last week for some warranty work and asked about the key.... they wanted $270 to give me a new key for the Wrangler... didn't bother asking about the Cherokee. Is there a cheaper way to get a new key? What happens if you lose both your keys?
 

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Nope, that's about what my dealer charges... If you lose both keys, you have to have the thing towed in to the dealer & they have to use their computer to program new keys... I am currently operating on just 1 key, because I can't afford the 2nd one yet. My JK was used & the dealer only had one key for it (not a Jeep dealer either) & I didn't know any better or I would have made them get me one...
 

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Here Ace Hardware just started offering these keys for $90.00. Don't know if that is an option for you but I'd check larger hardware stores.
 

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Here Ace Hardware just started offering these keys for $90.00. Don't know if that is an option for you but I'd check larger hardware stores.
Can they program the keys?
.... I can get the key off ebay for $30 and have it cut for $5. But I need it programed and it seems like the dealers in the area will only program keys that they cut.
 

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Here's what I did. I PM'd Prozack on this forum (He's a parts Manager at a Jeep dealer) I gave him my VIN and he sold me a key cut to fit my jeep for alot less than the local stealership. I took that key to the dealer and lied to them saying it just quit working, hoping they would reprogram it for free. They connected it to the programmer and said "this is a third key, It's not one of the original two you received" Oh shit think fast... My wife must have lost hers and bought this one without my knowledge and told me it quit woking. (upside to being married...blame the wife :devil:) Well as a good will gesture they did program the key gratis.
 

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Here's what I did. I PM'd Prozack on this forum (He's a parts Manager at a Jeep dealer) I gave him my VIN and he sold me a key cut to fit my jeep for alot less than the local stealership. I took that key to the dealer and lied to them saying it just quit working, hoping they would reprogram it for free. They connected it to the programmer and said "this is a third key, It's not one of the original two you received" Oh shit think fast... My wife must have lost hers and bought this one without my knowledge and told me it quit woking. (upside to being married...blame the wife :devil:) Well as a good will gesture they did program the key gratis.
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Can they program the keys?
.... I can get the key off ebay for $30 and have it cut for $5. But I need it programed and it seems like the dealers in the area will only program keys that they cut.
They tell me yes but I didn't ask about bringing a key in that's been cut already.
 

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I had to get one made when my wife lost one of ours. Ran $127 for the key and programming. I also bought one after that just to use as a back up. It was only like $50 for the key and if you have two keys already you can program a 3rd yourself. I just figured it was insurance if we lose another one.
 

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I just had to get a key cut, cause my wife lost her's... $40 for the key and $50 to have it programed... told the dealership I wouldn't be back for anything... Oh sorry STEALERSHIP:thefinger:
 

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I tried Ace this week, they didn't have the Jeep key for my JK. They said it normally cost $75.00 for a programmed key. Went over to AutoWest Jeep in Roseville, CA, parts guy said $85.00 through service, but service was to busy to do it while I waited. Another day...
 

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I bought a chipped key off ebay for 12 bucks, took it to the local locksmith and paid 2 bucks to have it cut. Programed it in my driveway for free using the two keys that came with the Jeep. Now if I loose one, I still have two programmed chipped keys. Sure the spare doesn't have a key fob, but it was good cheap insurance.

I'd recommend everyone to buy a chipped blank, pay a pro to cut it and program it. It take two keys to program it and if you loose one, that is when it gets expensive.
 

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I'd recommend everyone to buy a chipped blank, pay a pro to cut it and program it. It take two keys to program it and if you loose one, that is when it gets expensive.
How do you program a key ?
 

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How do you program a key ?
From page 23 of my owners manual:

Edit: This is for programming extra key fobs. Scroll down for SentryKey instructions.

Programming Additional Transmitters
Vehicles will be shipped from the assembly plants with
two key fob transmitters programmed only for that
vehicle. A total of eight fobs can be programmed for your
vehicle. Additional fobs can be programmed to your
vehicle through the use of a currently programmed fob.
NOTE: When entering program mode using that fob, all
other programmed fobs will be erased and you will have
to reprogram them for your vehicle.
Use the Following procedure to program additional key
fobs if the vehicle is not equipped with Sentry Key:
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seatbelt will cancel
any chiming that may confuse you during this program-
ming procedure).
3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the
engine ).
5. Press and hold the “Unlock” button on the key fob.
6. After holding the “Unlock” button for four seconds,
also press the PANIC button within 6 seconds.
7. When a single chime is heard release both buttons. The
chime is an indication that you have successfully entered
program mode. All fobs that are to be programmed must
be done so within 60 seconds of when the chime was
heard.
8. Using the fob to be programmed, press and release
both the “Lock” and “Unlock” buttons, simultaneously.
9. A single chime will be heard.
10. Within four seconds of hearing the chime, press and
release the “Unlock” button on the fob.
11. A single chime will be heard.
12. Repeat steps 8 through 10 to program up to six
additional fobs.
13. Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
14. Your vehicle will remain in program mode up to 60
seconds from when the original chime was heard. After
60 seconds, all programmed fobs function normally.
NOTE: If you do not have a programmed transmitter,
contact your dealer for details.
 

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I ordered a key off ebay, and I'm in the process of trying to figure out where to get it cut/programmed.

There are supposedly 2 locksmiths in town who can do it, anybody know if they will be cheaper or more expensive than the dealer?


I also don't have the PIN number, do they still need that or can they hack it? I probably have to go to the dealer if I need that anyway.


The good side is that those annoying keys are worth a discount on your insurance, in just 100 short years the insurance discount will pay for one lost key. ;)
 

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Use the Following procedure to program additional key
fobs if the vehicle is not equipped with Sentry Key:
I looked on the Jeep website, and it looks like the sentry key is the standard chipped key. That passage makes it sound like you can do this without having more than one key present.


NOTE: If you do not have a programmed transmitter,
contact your dealer for details.
I take it this means a key fob that's already programmed? This would save me about $300 bucks at the stealenshit, so I'm very interested in this...
 

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Oops, I think that's the one to program the key fob. I'll see if I can't find how I did the chip.

Here it is, page 18


Customer Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid keys by doing the following:
1. Cut the additional Sentry Key Transponder blank(s) to
match the ignition switch lock cylinder key code.
2. Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch and
turn the ignition switch ON for at least 3 seconds but no
longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch OFF and
remove the first key.
3. Insert the second valid key and turn the ignition
switch ON within 15 seconds. After ten seconds, a chime
will sound and the “Security Alarm System Indicator
Light” will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch OFF
and remove the second key.
4. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition switch and
turn the ignition switch ON within 60 seconds. After 10
seconds, a single chime will sound. The “Security Alarm
System Indicator Light” will stop flashing, turn on for 3
seconds; then turn off.
The new Sentry Key has been programmed. Repeat this
process to program up to a total of 8 keys.
 

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From page 23 of my owners manual:

Edit: This is for programming extra key fobs. Scroll down for SentryKey instructions.

Programming Additional Transmitters
Vehicles will be shipped from the assembly plants with
two key fob transmitters programmed only for that
vehicle. A total of eight fobs can be programmed for your
vehicle. Additional fobs can be programmed to your
vehicle through the use of a currently programmed fob.
NOTE: When entering program mode using that fob, all
other programmed fobs will be erased and you will have
to reprogram them for your vehicle.
Use the Following procedure to program additional key
fobs if the vehicle is not equipped with Sentry Key:
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seatbelt will cancel
any chiming that may confuse you during this program-
ming procedure).
3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the
engine ).
5. Press and hold the “Unlock” button on the key fob.
6. After holding the “Unlock” button for four seconds,
also press the PANIC button within 6 seconds.
7. When a single chime is heard release both buttons. The
chime is an indication that you have successfully entered
program mode. All fobs that are to be programmed must
be done so within 60 seconds of when the chime was
heard.
8. Using the fob to be programmed, press and release
both the “Lock” and “Unlock” buttons, simultaneously.
9. A single chime will be heard.
10. Within four seconds of hearing the chime, press and
release the “Unlock” button on the fob.
11. A single chime will be heard.
12. Repeat steps 8 through 10 to program up to six
additional fobs.
13. Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
14. Your vehicle will remain in program mode up to 60
seconds from when the original chime was heard. After
60 seconds, all programmed fobs function normally.
NOTE: If you do not have a programmed transmitter,
contact your dealer for details.
so, this sounds like you only need ONE working key? or am I missing something?

Transmitter keys - you only need one?
Sentry keys - you need two?

Guess the power locks option had an extra bonus I didn't know about... :)
 
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