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Old 07-09-2010, 05:13 PM   #1
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Key with Chip Installed

I just bought my first Jeep this week and when I went to get a spare key for it at Walmart, I was told I was going to have to buy a $60 key because it had some kind of chip in it. What's the deal? Thanks.

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Aren't those for the proximity sensors. Your Jeep won't start unless the sensor senses that chip, which is specific to your Jeep.

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What model Wrangler are you buying it for?
And if it's a JK, I WOULD NOT buy a replacement at Wally World, as it likely won't work! Their "chip keys" have never been worth the $ you pay for them, let alone the headaches you'll have- Mark W.
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I just bought my first Jeep this week and when I went to get a spare key for it at Walmart, I was told I was going to have to buy a $60 key because it had some kind of chip in it. What's the deal? Thanks.

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I paid $90 a few months ago for my 04 LJ. Its $60 for the key plus an additional $30 for programming the key.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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It's simply amazing what you can find in the owner's manual:

SENTRY KEY


The Sentry Key
 Immobilizer System prevents unauthorized
vehicle operation by disabling the engine. The
system does not need to be armed or activated. Operation
is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle is locked
or unlocked.
The system uses ignition keys that have an embedded
electronic chip (transponder) to prevent unauthorized
vehicle operation. Therefore, only keys that are programmed
to the vehicle can be used to start and operate
the vehicle. The system will shut the engine off in two
seconds if someone uses an invalid key to try to start the
engine.
NOTE:


A key that has not been programmed is also
considered an invalid key, even if it is cut to fit the
ignition switch lock cylinder for that vehicle.
During normal operation, after turning on the ignition
switch, the Vehicle Security Light will turn on for three
seconds for a bulb check. If the light remains on after the
bulb check, it indicates that there is a problem with the
electronics. In addition, if the Vehicle Security Light
begins to flash after the bulb check, it indicates that
someone used an invalid key to try to start the engine.
Either of these conditions will result in the engine being
shut off after two seconds.
If the Vehicle Security Light turns on during normal
vehicle operation (vehicle running for longer than 10 seconds),
it indicates that there is a fault in the electronics.
Should this occur, have the vehicle serviced as soon as
possible by an authorized dealer.
NOTE:


The Sentry Key Immobilizer System is not compatible
with some aftermarket remote starting systems.
Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting
problems and loss of security protection.


Exxon/Mobil Speedpass™, additional Sentry Keys,
or any other transponder-equipped components on
the same key chain will


not cause a key-related
(transponder) fault unless the additional part is


physically
held against the ignition key


being used when
starting the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other
Radio Frequency (RF) electronics will not cause interference
with this system.
All of the keys provided with your new vehicle have
been programmed to the vehicle electronics.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:32 PM   #6
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Replacement Keys
NOTE:
Only keys that are programmed to the vehicle


electronics can be used to start and operate the vehicle.


Once a Sentry Key


 is programmed to a vehicle, it cannot


be programmed to any other vehicle.


CAUTION!


Always remove the Sentry Keys


 from the vehicle


and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.


At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided


with a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).


Keep the PIN in a secure location. This number is


required for authorized dealer replacement of keys. Duplication

of keys may be performed at an authorized

dealer or by following the customer key programming


procedure. This procedure consists of programming a


blank key to the vehicle electronics. A blank key is one


that has never been programmed.


NOTE:


When having the Sentry Key Immobilizer


System serviced, bring all vehicle keys with you to an


authorized dealer.


Customer Key Programming


If you have two valid Sentry Keys


, you can program


new Sentry Keys


 to the system by performing the


following procedure:


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. Turn


the ignition switch to the ON position for at least three


seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds. Then, turn the


ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the first


key.


3. Insert the second valid key into the ignition switch.


Turn the ignition switch to the ON position within


15 seconds. After 10 seconds, a chime will sound. In


addition, the Vehicle Security Light will begin to flash.


Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and


remove the second key.


4. Insert a blank Sentry Key


 into the ignition switch.


Turn the ignition switch to the ON position within


60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound.


In addition, the Vehicle Security Light will stop flashing.


To indicate that programming is complete, the Vehicle


Security Light will turn on again for three seconds and

then turn off.

The new Sentry Key


 is programmed.
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The Remote

Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter will also be programmed



during this procedure.



Repeat this procedure to program up to eight keys. If you


do not have a programmed Sentry Key



, contact your

authorized dealer for details.



NOTE:


If a programmed key is lost, see your authorized

dealer to have all remaining keys erased from the system’s



memory. This will prevent the lost key from



starting your vehicle. The remaining keys must then be


reprogrammed. All vehicle keys must be taken to an


authorized dealer at the time of service to be


reprogrammed.


General Information


The Sentry Key


 system complies with FCC rules Part 15

and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is



subject to the following conditions:





This device may not cause harmful interference.



This device must accept any interference that may be

received, including interference that may cause undesired


operation.

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Old 07-10-2010, 01:22 PM   #8
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Wow, I didn't realize all that. My Jeep is a 2000 Wrangler Sahara 6 cylinder. So if I bought the Jeep used and I'm the 4th owner, how am I going to get a PIN number to program new keys?
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You have to go to a Jeep dealer and pay them to do it with a computer program that they have.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:43 PM   #11
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I'm not sure what year daggo quoted up there but I doubt your 2000 is as complicated. It was only the second year the chip key came out.

Like Ghosthiker said, go to the dealer. My guess would be about $100 to get you set up if you have NO key. They should be able to cut you another chip key for less than that.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:30 PM   #12
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If it is an original key: Black = no chip, and Grey = chip

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I'm not sure what year daggo quoted up there but I doubt your 2000 is as complicated. It was only the second year the chip key came out.

Like Ghosthiker said, go to the dealer. My guess would be about $100 to get you set up if you have NO key. They should be able to cut you another chip key for less than that.
2009. Check the manual and see what it says for 2000.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:46 PM   #14
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YEAH those keys are $180.00 plus tax at the dealership, they reccomend you buy two!

What a ripoff.

Mecedes benz charges less for thier fancy switchblade keys.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:51 PM   #15
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100 bucks to buy a key and have it programmed.

you can find them online, but they run about the same. some places will sell you one and come by and program it for you. that might be a cheaper option than 180 bucks. It depends on what dealership you go to and how much they feel they can make.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:03 PM   #16
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I just went to a locksmith (call first to see if they can) I had only one key from the guy that sold it to me. It cost me $60 for the first key because they had to program it but after I had 2, it only cost me $20 for any more after that. As long as you have 2 they are easy to program.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:33 PM   #17
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Sorry I'm just getting back y'all and I appreciate all the posts! My manual says, "Your vehicle *may* be equipped with the optional Sentry Key System." LOL My key actually looks like a beige or putty color, but it's definitely not one of the regular hard black plastic ones, so I'm guessing it's got a chip in it. There's a guy here who advertises himself as an "auto locksmith" so I figure I'll give him a call before I try our local dealer.... they have a reputation for ripping folks off which is why I bought the Jeep out of town in the first place. (sigh) Da*&ed if you do and da*&ed if you don't.... :-) I still may have to go to them however since I don't have a PIN number.
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The reason it says "may" is because the chip key was optional in 2000. I don't know when they became standard
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:30 PM   #19
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You nailed it Pokey..... I went to a Jeep dealer and it was $98 and change for the second key cut and programmed. I think I'll go ahead and see about getting a third and programming it myself now that we've got 2 and can do the swap out self program thing. I appreciate everyone's help!

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I don't know if these new keys are as good as everyone thinks they are, I was at a 4wheel parts one day to get tires and gave the guy my keys and pointed to my jeep in the parking lot. The next thing I know is he is in a 2009 jeep next to mine so I go out to tell him that he is in the wrong jeep(I told him the green 99 and he gets in the bright red 2009) , I notice the 2009 jeep is running so I ask him if my key started that jeep, he said yes and couldn't believe it. My key opened the door also, and mine is a 99. The owner of the 2009 wasn't real happy with jeep.

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Fob programming is really easy. I did it recently for my wrangler and it worked perfectly from the first time.
here's all the information you need:
http://autokeysquad.co.uk/chrysler-j...ob-programming
hope this helps
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Resurrecting a zombie thread...

I called my sales person about a third key for my new 2013 JKU and was quoted $300.00 for a new key!!!

Seriously??

Are there any legitimate options to get a spare key without paying usery rates for a piece of machined metal, plastic, and a simple IC chip that magically costs the same as a smartphone?
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Yes...exactly the advice given throughout the thread. Buy a chipped key somewhere else, then program it yourself like it says in the owner's manual.
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Resurrecting a zombie thread...

I called my sales person about a third key for my new 2013 JKU and was quoted $300.00 for a new key!!!

Seriously??

Are there any legitimate options to get a spare key without paying usery rates for a piece of machined metal, plastic, and a simple IC chip that magically costs the same as a smartphone?
This place has inexpensive transponder chip keys, they are made in the USA, and they work for 2007 through 2013 Wranglers.

Transponder Chip Ignition Keys for Jeeps on Sale!

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