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Old 12-14-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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I have a 2003 rubi and i got some extra keys made at lowes. However when i try to use them the engine will start but cuts off in 5 sec. Why?

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Possibly the key uses a computer chip thats embedded in the key?

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Old 12-14-2007, 01:30 PM   #3
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What you have there are some extra DOOR keys!
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:48 PM   #4
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Jeep uses a system called the Sentry Key. It is gray similar to your original ignition key. You have to get replacement keys from the Dealership. Get ready cause they are ~75 bucks per key depending on your area!
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:50 PM   #5
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This is a sentry key.



They were mandated in 99/2000. My 99 does not have this option. My wifes 00 does.
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:00 PM   #6
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Yes like Mr C says The sentry key was an option for 97 to 99 and for 2000 and up was standard feature on wranglers.
I dont know how it works in a Jeep, but in my Honda if you put a wrong key in the ignition you need to tow your car in to the dealership to reset the system.
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:01 PM   #7
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Hmm, was that an option? My 2000 has black plastic and I have had one made at Walmart with no problem.

Oops, you and I must have posted about the same time MCG. Maybe mine is an early 2000 so it wasn't standard yet??
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:05 PM   #8
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Actually my 2 sets of key are gray and sentry.
Do you have the key symbol in the dashboard that turns on when you turn on the ignition?
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Hmm, was that an option? My 2000 has black plastic and I have had one made at Walmart with no problem.

Oops, you and I must have posted about the same time MCG. Maybe mine is an early 2000 so it wasn't standard yet??
You will find varying options anytime they change something around. If you have black skinny keys they are not a sentry key.
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:53 PM   #10
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you can buy sentry keys uncut and un-programed for about $30 but you need two keys that are already programed for the vehicle to make it work. Programming can be done in about 20min, but if you mess up you get to throw the key out and start over. (it's not very hard though)

Also, not only does the key have a microchip in it, but there's a radio frequency ring in your steering column that detects the key when it is inserted.
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Old 12-14-2007, 03:07 PM   #11
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you can buy sentry keys uncut and un-programed for about $30 but you need two keys that are already programed for the vehicle to make it work. Programming can be done in about 20min, but if you mess up you get to throw the key out and start over. (it's not very hard though)

Also, not only does the key have a microchip in it, but there's a radio frequency ring in your steering column that detects the key when it is inserted.

saying you can do it and doing it are 2 completely different obstacles. Post up what you know cause this is the first I've heard of it.
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Old 12-14-2007, 03:59 PM   #12
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From the handbook:

Self-Programming additional Sentry Keys (requires TWO original keys)

"A" through "G" below is a quick summary of the steps that are required for programming. Following this list, "1" through "6" takes you through the same process in greater detail.

Quick Steps:

A. Purchase a blank key and have it cut
B. Insert original key #1 into ignition and turn to On
C. Wait 5 seconds and turn key to off
D. Immediately insert original key # 2 into ignition and turn to on
E. Wait 10 seconds for SKIS indicator in dash starts to flash
F. Turn ignition off, insert new blank key and turn ignition back on
G. Once SKIS light stops flashing and turns off, your new key is programmed


Detailed steps:

(1) The first step of course is to acquire a blank transponder key. These can be purchased from your Jeep dealer or bought online. Online prices are usually around $20.00. You can then take the blank key along with one of your original keys to any key maker or locksmith and have it cut to match, just like with any other key.

(2) Insert one of the two valid Sentry Keys into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch to the On position.

(3) After the ignition switch has been in the On position for longer than three seconds, but no more than fifteen seconds, cycle the ignition switch back to the Off position. Replace the first valid Sentry Key in the ignition switch lock cylinder with the second valid Sentry Key and turn the ignition switch back to the On position. The second valid Sentry Key must be inserted in the lock cylinder within fifteen seconds of removing the first valid key.

(4) About ten seconds after the completion of Step 3, the SKIS indicator in the instrument cluster will start to flash and a single audible chime tone will sound to indicate that the system has entered the Customer Learn programming mode.

(5) Within sixty seconds of entering the Customer Learn programming mode, turn the ignition switch to the Off position, replace the valid Sentry Key with a blank Sentry Key transponder, and turn the ignition switch back to the On position.

(6) About ten seconds after the completion of Step 5, a single audible chime tone will sound and the SKIS indicator will stop flashing, stay on solid for three seconds, then turn off to indicate that the blank Sentry Key has been successfully programmed. The SKIS will immediately exit the Customer Learn programming mode and the vehicle may now be started using the newly programmed valid Sentry Key.

Each of these steps must be repeated and completed in their entirety for each additional Sentry Key that is to be programmed. If the above steps are not completed in the given sequence, or within the allotted time, the SKIS will exit the Customer Learn programming mode and the programming will be unsuccessful. The SKIS will also automatically exit the Customer Learn programming mode if it sees a non-blank Sentry Key transponder when it should see a blank, if it has already programmed eight (8) valid Sentry Keys, or if the ignition switch is turned to the Off position for more than about fifty seconds.

NOTE: If an attempt is made to start the vehicle while in the Customer Learn mode (SKIS indicator flashing), the SKIS will respond as though the vehicle were being started with an invalid key. In other words, the engine will stall after about two seconds of operation.

NOTE: Once a Sentry Key has been programmed as a valid key to a vehicle, it cannot be programmed as a valid key for use on any other vehicle.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:05 PM   #13
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It works. I did it with one of these:

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Old 12-14-2007, 04:12 PM   #14
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I have and 01', the Sentry symbol in my dash cluster, and black skinny. The symbol has never lit up.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:26 PM   #15
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unlimited beat me to it. We've had to do it on Neall's. The dealer wanted $130 for it.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:42 PM   #16
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My jeep was a rental car, so I have 8 extra keys for my jeep. I really want one of the rock keys.

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