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Old 08-22-2007, 11:50 PM   #1
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Ignition Key

When I bought my 04 TJ, I only got one key. I went to Lowes today to get a dup made, the guy says no problem, and for 1.97 I got my key and left. It starts the Jeep, but dies when you let it back to run position. I assume that means the OE key has a chip or something in it. I dont see one, like GM uses, but it must be something special. What do I have to do to get a key to work? Is the dealer my only option?
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When you find out let me know! I only have one key now too

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Old 08-23-2007, 12:05 AM   #3
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Yup, dealer it is. I had the same issue, my 04 only came with 1 key also. The key does have a "chip" of sorts. They have to use your current key paired with the veh to produce the duplicate, otherwise you have to buy 2 new keys. A properly cut key will allow you to start it but it is designed to kill after running/driving a few feet/yards. Once the system has time to cycle and compare notes w/the key again it is supposed to kill. Most late model DC vehs have this same theft deterent feature. I'm sure there are some folks on here that can give a more technical and accurate explanation. But bottom line, dealer has us by the nads.
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:43 AM   #4
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Thanks, thats enuf info for me. I'll get one from the dealer, and use this one as an alarm. Leave the doors unlocked with this Lowes key in it, and if someone tries to steal it, the exhaust will wake me up, and they'll still be in the driveway. Making the most of any situation.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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I just got a new key made for my 02tj. The guy at the dealer said that they can tell which blank to use by the color of the plastic on the blank. On GM cars they have to measure the resistance. I didn't have to pay for my key, because the dealer that I bought it from promised me a second key. If Yo have. Friend at a Chrysler Jeep dealer have him get You a blank. If not, I'd guess around $100.
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If your key is black = no chip




If your key is grey = chip




Edit : Holy crap just realized this was an old thread brought from the great beyond!
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:16 PM   #7
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(Ex-locksmith here) Any key cloning business will have a stand alone scanner that lights up if it is a VAT, PASS or TRANSPONDER (vehicle anti-theft) key. The way the locksmith or dealer clones (duplicates) your key can be done two ways. A) with a device that records the key sequence or B) uses your ignition key slot to duplicated it.
The "expert" at Lowe's should have known it. But now you have a "Valet" key for when you want someone to get your bags out of your jeep but not drive away with it.

I have not investigated it but WalMart has a TRANSPONDER key cloner in their auto dept. Which is what our jeeps have. But I suggest you go to a locksmith. You may be surprised how little they charge compared to the stealership. And it will be done perfectly.
When my daughter bought a used car at a stealership they gave her one key. I told them to throw in an additional key for free. Which they did, but it was DOA so I told the lock guy to try again. Second one was cut wrong. Third time the one he cut/programmed worked.

On my 2006 there is a yellow/orange key symbol with a circle and line through it that lights up if the wrong PASS key is inserted in the ignition lock.
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Our Ace Hardware in town makes the for $69 which is about $100 less than the dealer. I use it and keep the original put away.

After you have 2 keys you can make your own from $10 blanks. There are threads around about where to get them and how to do it.
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On my bro-in-laws Ford Escape, he hid the original key near the ignition and can use the cheapo Walmart spares. Wouldn't this work with the jeeps too?
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Just had one made at a local locksmith for about $60. I took my truck out of town one weekend and had my Jeep keys with me. God parted the clouds, pointed to my Jeep and cast a gigantic thunderstorm on it. I figured it was worth the $60 so my wife could help me move it in the garage.
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On my bro-in-laws Ford Escape, he hid the original key near the ignition and can use the cheapo Walmart spares. Wouldn't this work with the jeeps too?
I don't think so unless the "hiding" spot is right next to the ignition switch. The receiver is a ring just forward of the key slot. This is the reason you should not have 10# of keys and do-dads on your key chain. Too much weight hanging off the key ring will eventually tweak your ignition switch and it is a major project to R&R.
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$60 later and you will have a second key! I recommend a locksmith rather than Home Improvement store. First, You will be supporting small businesses and secondly, he will be a professional and probably guarantees his work. So if issues arise then they will make it right. I haven't had any issue with my cut/program.

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