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Old 05-07-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Any a replacement online? Is there a chip in JK's key? I don't need remote start/alarm/door button - just a back-up.

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Old 05-07-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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I was able to find a blank chipped key on eBay for <$10.

You must have the blank cut and you must have TWO keys to enable programming in your vehicle. If you don't have two keys, you'll need to visit a locksmith or dealer.

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Old 05-07-2014, 07:56 AM   #3
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Yes you can get the keys on eBay. There is a chip in the key. One way to program the key you need to have two functional keys. Otherwise I think you need to go to a lock smith or the dealer.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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I got two replacements (without buttons) from here and had them cut at my local locksmith. I believe it was $17 per key for the uncut key and less than $10 per key to have it cut.

But I could only program my replacement keys myself since I had two working keys already.

The locksmith gave me a bit of a hard time saying there are no guarantees since I provided the keys to cut. They work just fine.

If I bought the key though him everything would have been closer to $100 per key.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:45 AM   #5
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Great advice though I lost one set last night. Ugh
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:05 AM   #6
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Highly recommend getting them made while you still have two keys and the process is pretty cheap. Lot's of places to hide a spare in on the jeep.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:40 PM   #7
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I bought my Jeep used back in December. The dealer only had the spare key, as the original owner did not give them the rest of them when they traded the jeep in. Should I just buy a set of uncut keys and take them to the dealer? If windows and doors are manual, does it still have a chip? Sorry for the noob questions lol
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:27 PM   #8
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I bought my Jeep used back in December. The dealer only had the spare key, as the original owner did not give them the rest of them when they traded the jeep in. Should I just buy a set of uncut keys and take them to the dealer? If windows and doors are manual, does it still have a chip? Sorry for the noob questions lol
Yes, it still has the chip.
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I bought my Jeep used back in December. The dealer only had the spare key, as the original owner did not give them the rest of them when they traded the jeep in. Should I just buy a set of uncut keys and take them to the dealer? If windows and doors are manual, does it still have a chip? Sorry for the noob questions lol
You only have one key?

If you only have one key, I think you'll need to have the dealer or locksmith program one for you. Not sure if the dealer or locksmith would program AND cut a key you bought elsewhere. I'm pretty sure the locksmith I went to said he would cut my key, but wouldn't program it.

If it were me and I only had one key, I'd do one with dealer or locksmith (expensive, so whoever would do it cheaper). Then I could program my own - so I'd buy a couple of cheap chipped blank keys, cut them cheap, and program them myself. So I'd hopefully never have to go the expensive route again.
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You only have one key?

If you only have one key, I think you'll need to have the dealer or locksmith program one for you. Not sure if the dealer or locksmith would program AND cut a key you bought elsewhere. I'm pretty sure the locksmith I went to said he would cut my key, but wouldn't program it.

If it were me and I only had one key, I'd do one with dealer or locksmith (expensive, so whoever would do it cheaper). Then I could program my own - so I'd buy a couple of cheap chipped blank keys, cut them cheap, and program them myself. So I'd hopefully never have to go the expensive route again.
Awesome advice! Thanks. I am going to call the dealer after work today and see how much a key would cost me.. I haven't been too worried about it since it's a soft top and wouldn't be a huge problem if I locked them in the Jeep.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:27 PM   #11
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If cost is a concern and security is not and you only have 1 chipped key you can remove the cover that surrounds the ignition lock and hide the chipped key under the cover near the switch then you can start the jeep with any unchipped key that is cut to fit the lock. The security system will sense the key that is hidden and allow it to start
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I bought my Jeep used back in December. The dealer only had the spare key, as the original owner did not give them the rest of them when they traded the jeep in. Should I just buy a set of uncut keys and take them to the dealer? If windows and doors are manual, does it still have a chip? Sorry for the noob questions lol
Yes, all JK Wranglers from 2007 and up have a transponder chip key, even the most basic Wranglers. Sentry Key or regular key - they all have a transponder chip in them.

If you only have one key, you will need to go to the dealer or a locksmith for a second key. Expect to pay $100 or more for one key.

Once you have 2 working keys, (can be original or replacement keys in any combination) then purchase additional uncut keys and program them yourself per your owner's manual (not the owner's user guide that came with the Jeep). A full owner's manual is available for free at jeep.com under the "owner's" section.

When purchasing replacement uncut transponder chip keys the made in the USA keys are generally better quality.

Google: jk wrangler transponder key usa and you will find lots of inexpensive replacement transponder keys.

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Old 05-11-2014, 05:59 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies! The dealer quoted me $220 per key to cut and program!

Gotta call a locksmith and see what they would charge.
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Call another dealer. I bought my jeep used and only had one key. I found a dealer that said they would program a key for $20. I bought 3 keys off eBay 1 with the remote buttons 2 without as backups. They cut all 3 keys for free, charged 20 to program the one with the remote buttons then I was able to program the other 2 myself. Other dealers would only cut and program their keys and wanted around $200.
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I lost one, and paid the Dealer about $280 for a replacement, what a royal rip off!
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I lost one, and paid the Dealer about $280 for a replacement, what a royal rip off!
That is why it is so important for anybody who already has 2 working keys, to get at least a 3rd (or more) keys now, before you loose one.

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Old 05-13-2014, 07:18 AM   #17
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Call another dealer. I bought my jeep used and only had one key. I found a dealer that said they would program a key for $20. I bought 3 keys off eBay 1 with the remote buttons 2 without as backups. They cut all 3 keys for free, charged 20 to program the one with the remote buttons then I was able to program the other 2 myself. Other dealers would only cut and program their keys and wanted around $200.
Wow.... I'm definitely about to call every dealer within a 50 mile radius lol. After reading this, I can't justify paying even $100 to program a key haha
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With the chips and remotes in today's keys, I'd never leave the dealer unless I had two keys supplied. Does not matter if it's new or used. And I'm not paying for the second one if the have to create it.

Yes, it's a deal breaker.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:57 AM   #19
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Wow.... I'm definitely about to call every dealer within a 50 mile radius lol. After reading this, I can't justify paying even $100 to program a key haha
Yep I was skeptical until they did it. I got the name of the parts guy when he gave me the price. I bought the keys off eBay and took them in when they arrived. Asked for the parts guy by name and said we spoke last week about getting keys cut and programmed, here are the keys. They cut them then gave me a $20 invoice for the shop to do the programing for one of the keys.

As a bonus I asked the shop guy if he would have to hook up a programer to the Jeep to program the key. He said yes so I asked if could turn off the radio delay so it doesn't continue to play when doorless. He said he would look at the options and see if he saw anything for that. When he brought the Jeep around he said here you go and I fixed your radio delay as well.

All in all probably the best $20 I spent on the Jeep so far. Hopefully you find a fair priced dealer in your area.
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That is why it is so important for anybody who already has 2 working keys, to get at least a 3rd (or more) keys now, before you loose one.

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