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Old 11-11-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
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Now I really did it F me

So the other day I was help my GF out with cleaning her horse barn and after that we went home changed and when I was about to get into my jeep I noticed I did have my keys so i looked and looked and looked and still no keys. No problem I said I have a second set.... WRONG>>>>>> So I have a jeep sitting at home with no keys. I hope to find them at the horse barn tomorrow or I am going to have to have my jeep towed to the dealer ship 50 miles from my house and pay at least $200 a key i would figure on top of the towing fee....... FML Lesson to be learned don't be me and lose both of your keys.

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Can't you just take your vin # and proof of ownership in?
In the old days we just took a door lock in but with all this new fangled computer crap that doesn't work anymore.

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Is your JK the one pictured with a "soft top"??
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:43 PM   #4
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No i called my dealship and asked if I could do that and they said nope need to tow it there. Something about they have to reprogram the computer in the Jeep at the same time with the keys.... Seems like a load of BS to me.
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Is your JK the one pictured with a "soft top"??
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I'm afraid that you will have to have it towed in. If you have the same sentry system that I have, the jeep will not run on an unprogrammed key and it cannot be programmed without the Jeep. It's a catch-22 and a well paying one for the dealer. I think I paid about $70.00 for a programmed spare for mine.
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see if u can get the key and program it ur self. if its anything like our f150, its stupidly easy, and the owners manual that u normally get in ur glove box might even tell u how to do that. the ford stealership we got the truck from wanted $100 just to program the key. i ended up paying like 25 for a new key to be cut and i programed it myself
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^ scratch that, i just remembered i needed a working key to program the new one
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:32 PM   #9
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no ours has to be flashed chipped keys from the dealership i wish it was as easy as the fords but i geuss it makes it much harder to steal our cars
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:13 PM   #10
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All new cars have this. Of all 4 Fords in my driveway, the dealership wanted $100 so we could have spares programmed to two 2006 Ford Mustang GT's, a 2006 Ford F-150 XL Reg. Cab and a 2008 Ford Explorer Limited. Yes, what a pain. I miss the days of just taking a key in and having it cut.
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All new cars have this. Of all 4 Fords in my driveway, the dealership wanted $100 so we could have spares programmed to two 2006 Ford Mustang GT's, a 2006 Ford F-150 XL Reg. Cab and a 2008 Ford Explorer Limited. Yes, what a pain. I miss the days of just taking a key in and having it cut.
the fords are super easy to do ur self. like a 5 year old could have done it. it even tells u how in the owners book thing. it took me like 2 minutes to program the f150 we have
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the fords are super easy to do ur self. like a 5 year old could have done it. it even tells u how in the owners book thing. it took me like 2 minutes to program the f150 we have
I wish they read the manual. I do. But whatever I point out, they pretend to hear but then don't do anything about it. Well..it's their money lost.

I'd rather own a YJ, and if say a future wife or fiance of mine wanted a copy, I'd head to my nearest Ace or TrueValue and copy the key for her.
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:08 AM   #13
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Hey once i also had done the same mistake as yours but now i do not repeat it.
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I'm afraid that you will have to have it towed in. If you have the same sentry system that I have, the jeep will not run on an unprogrammed key and it cannot be programmed without the Jeep. It's a catch-22 and a well paying one for the dealer. I think I paid about $70.00 for a programmed spare for mine.
How'd you get a spare for that price? I have been hunting and haven't found any aftermarket yet. My dealer wants $160.00 for the key and an additional bag of money for programming it.
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How'd you get a spare for that price? I have been hunting and haven't found any aftermarket yet. My dealer wants $160.00 for the key and an additional bag of money for programming it.
i think it is b/c the tj keys are different and less expensive.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:39 AM   #16
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This is why I have my spare key locked up in a secure location. In the event I ever lose my current key, I would use the spare key only to get Bella (my Jeep) a new key.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:55 AM   #17
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According to the manual, if you have two good keys you can use them to program another key yourself. I have seen (but not bought) blanks on eBay at reasonable prices - I believe under $30 but it's been a while since I looked. So I believe you would buy a blank, have it cut to match your key, then use the two good keys to program it.

Hmmm... Maybe it would be a good idea to have 2 spares put away.
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How'd you get a spare for that price? I have been hunting and haven't found any aftermarket yet. My dealer wants $160.00 for the key and an additional bag of money for programming it.
I bought my '09 used. It only had one key. I went to a locksmith, and for 80 bucks, he cut me a new key and programmed it in about 10 minutes. The locksmith I used was a hole in the wall independent shop. Couldn't get one at any of the chain stores....... and the Dealer wanted 175 to do it. I see that on evilbay people sell the key blanks cheap, then you just need to get them cut and programmed, dunno if they work.... I was a little leery.
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Jesus, for that price I would hotwire it or jam a screwdriver in the ignition...
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Wait what? this is just if you have the power conveinence group I'm assuming?

I have manual locks/windows so I should be able to just get walmart or something to make a copy assuming i have my spare right?

I had been planning on making an extra I was thinking like 2-3 bucks.
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Wait what? this is just if you have the power conveinence group I'm assuming?

I have manual locks/windows so I should be able to just get walmart or something to make a copy assuming i have my spare right?

I had been planning on making an extra I was thinking like 2-3 bucks.
u will probably still have to go through all of this. the keys have a small computer chip thing in side of them, and this computer chip talks with a receiver that is located behind the dash right about where the key goes in the ignition. this has become standard on about all cars since like 2000-ish i think. its another measure to make it harder for people to steal the car.
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I have an '06 and ace hardware made a copy of my key for $1.75, works fine.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:55 AM   #23
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No i called my dealship and asked if I could do that and they said nope need to tow it there. Something about they have to reprogram the computer in the Jeep at the same time with the keys.... Seems like a load of BS to me.

A friend of mine locked his keys in his 09 jk and all he did was give the vin# to the dealer and they cut him a new key, it will unlock the doors but it won't start the jeep, it will start it but it won't run no longer than a minute then dies, they said it's because of the chip in the key....
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You might be able to get a locksmith with a reprogrammer to come out and do it on the spot. I had a rental I lost the keys to, when i called the rental agency they had a locksmith come out and reprogram a key on the spot. I don't remember what I had to pay for the re-keying but it was far less than it would have been to have a dealer do it.
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So the other day I was help my GF out with cleaning her horse barn and after that we went home changed and when I was about to get into my jeep I noticed I did have my keys so i looked and looked and looked and still no keys. No problem I said I have a second set.... WRONG>>>>>> So I have a jeep sitting at home with no keys. I hope to find them at the horse barn tomorrow or I am going to have to have my jeep towed to the dealer ship 50 miles from my house and pay at least $200 a key i would figure on top of the towing fee....... FML Lesson to be learned don't be me and lose both of your keys.

Are you sure you put them in your pocket? If you set them on your dash its very common that they slide down by your windshield and fall down; there's a gap in between the panel and windshield. Take a look you never know!! Good luck!
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I think all of this computer stuff is bs as a week ago I pulled into an off road shop to get some new tires and gave the guy my keys to pull my 99TJ into the shop, so I happen to look out to see what he is doing and notice that he is in a brand new jeep and writing down mileage and other info on his clipboard so I go out and tell him that this is not my jeep mine is the TJ right next to the new one, So he gets out and takes a look at the new jeep and realizes that this is no 99TJ and proceeds to tell me that my key opened the door and started the engine and everything, so I don't know about these new ignition systems. Then I told the guy inside that owns the new jeep that he should take his jeep back to the dealership and get it re keyed, then I asked him where he lived.

So I guess what I am saying is to find someone with a 99 TJ and use their key!

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i bought a blank key with the chip in it on e bay for $14. programed it myself for free. as long as you have two keys you can program the new key yourself.
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i bought a blank key with the chip in it on e bay for $14. programed it myself for free. as long as you have two keys you can program the new key yourself.
This is what I'm looking to do. At that price, I wouldn't be afraid to screw it up. But just imagine trying to cut a key at $160.00 for the blank if you make a mistake, oops another $160.00. What a joke. I'll have to go searching again. When I did it over a year ago it was an exercise in frustration. Thanks bubba.

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