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Old 10-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Replacement Key Question

New member to the forum but have had my Wrangler since 2008 and loved every minute with her. I lost my keys this weekend and am using my spare. Hoping someone on here knows where I can get a replacement key made. My Jeep is manual everything (tried and true) so there's no e-chip but wasn't sure if I had to go to a dealer for this. Also, if anyone knows a ballpark on price, it would be appreciated.

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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What color key. Black ones (doubt it for an 08) can be copied at any key place. If it's grey, it has a chip. Some locksmiths do them, otherwise a dealer.

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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If it is a chipped key we have Ace Hardware here that do them for significantly less than a dealer. Not sure who you have locally but it is worth while to check around as dealers aren't the only ones who do chips and fobs now.
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This place has transponder chip keys for a good price, but you must have two working transponder keys to self-program a new key.

Transponder Chip Ignition Keys for Jeeps on Sale!

If you only have one working transponder key, you will need to go to a dealer or hardware store, or locksmith, for the second key. Then you can order these keys and self-program them according to the directions in your owner's manual.

Once you have two working keys, you can self-program up to 8 additional keys.

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This place has transponder chip keys for a good price, but you must have two working transponder keys to self-program a new key.

Transponder Chip Ignition Keys for Jeeps on Sale!

If you only have one working transponder key, you will need to go to a dealer or hardware store, or locksmith, for the second key. Then you can order these keys and self-program them according to the directions in your owner's manual.

Once you have two working keys, you can self-program up to 8 additional keys.

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So how do you use your 2 transponder keys to program this one?
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #7
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A lot of people have order them through Ikeyless in the past too. Just another choice. It does seem to be cheaper especially if you buy more then one.

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:30 PM   #8
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A lot of people have order them through Ikeyless in the past too. Just another choice. It does seem to be cheaper especially if you buy more then one.

https://www.ikeyless.com/vehicles/je.../2009/1000376/
That's what I did. I used the cloned/spare key and have the 2 originals safely put away.

IIRC, you can program 7 keys with the 2 original keys. I call the copied keys "clone keys" because you cannot use them to program new keys.

Your best bet is to get a locksmith to make you a new key, then go online and buy a blank, have it cut, program it with your two programed keys and keep them tucked away safe, so you can make new keys down the line when you need them.
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So how do you use your 2 transponder keys to program this one?
Directly from the 2012 Wrangler Owner's Manual:

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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/RUN 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/RUN 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/RUN 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. 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.
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That's what I did. I used the cloned/spare key and have the 2 originals safely put away.

IIRC, you can program 7 keys with the 2 original keys. I call the copied keys "clone keys" because you cannot use them to program new keys.
Not true. You can use ANY two working keys to self-program additional keys. They must be two working transponder keys, and can be either factory original keys, or copied keys, or cloned keys, or remote keys, as long as you have two working transponder chip keys. Also, you can self-program up to 8 additional keys, not 7.

It's a REALLY good idea to get an additional key or two while you still have two working keys, because if you loose one, you will pay big bucks for a replacement.

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Not true. You can use ANY two working keys to self-program additional keys. They must be two working transponder keys, and can be either factory original keys, or copied keys, or cloned keys, or remote keys, as long as you have two working transponder chip keys. Also, you can self-program up to 8 additional keys, not 7.

It's a REALLY good idea to get an additional key or two while you still have two working keys, because if you loose one, you will pay big bucks for a replacement.

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Have you programed keys from copied keys? I still have uncut keys that I'd love to use. My original plan was to program two transponder keys and see if the transponder keys store all the information to program a keyless entry key. Then I could store the transponder keys away since they take up less space (and they are a lot cheaper than keyless entry keys)

Unfortunately, I was told that you couldn't program keys with a copied key because it doesn't get all the data you need to program a new key, so I just make one key . Maybe I have the transponder keys cut and give it a shot.
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Have you programed keys from copied keys? I still have uncut keys that I'd love to use. My original plan was to program two transponder keys and see if the transponder keys store all the information to program a keyless entry key. Then I could store the transponder keys away since they take up less space (and they are a lot cheaper than keyless entry keys)

Unfortunately, I was told that you couldn't program keys with a copied key because it doesn't get all the data you need to program a new key, so I just make one key . Maybe I have the transponder keys cut and give it a shot.
Yes, I have programmed from copied keys. It works.

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Yes, I have programmed from copied keys. It works.

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Awesome news. Looks like I'll be visiting my local locksmith and getting keys cut.

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