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07-23-2013 01:09 PM
eboven If you have a black key that works to start the Jeep, than the previous owner probably bought a grey chipped blank key and had it cut to work with your ignition. You can purchase a key chipped or unchipped, so the PO probably just bought the wrong key. You can tell if your Jeep has the sentry key system by cycling the ignition to the on position without starting it. If you have a warning light on the dash with a picture of a key, than you need a chipped key, if you don't see that light come on than your Jeep doesn't have sentry key.

I would get a cheap copy made of the back key at a hardware store and see if it works - more than likely the dealership just saw your grey key and said you had it.
07-23-2013 12:23 PM
mars81 OK so question for everyone. I have an 02 TJ and the VIN breakdown from Jeep doesn't mention having a sentry key as an option but I do have a GREY Jeep key(really worn down and keeps falling from ignition) and a BLACK Dodge key that is much skinner than the Jeep key that also works. The dealership says that I have a chipped key and no other key will work. Any thoughts? If I do need a chipped key can I just program it myself since I have two working keys?
02-07-2013 04:18 PM
Rayko Yea I had mine done at ACE hardware also. Dealers rip you off for everything.
02-07-2013 04:09 PM
Rubicon06Va Locksmith will do it for $60 with tax if you have one key. I walked in the front door with key and he programmed new/cut with original in hand. No need to access Jeep.
02-07-2013 03:12 PM
GRUMPHF I recently had one made at Ace Hardware...cost about $60 cut/program. Now that I have two though, I'm going to get a few spares and program them then lock them up until I need them (hopefully never).
02-07-2013 02:45 PM
trav78
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Originally Posted by TnDz TJ View Post
Here is what I did on a car with only one programmed key:

I went and got 2 $2 keys made at the local hardware store.

I removed the column cover and positioned the programmed key next to the pickup in a way that the vehicle would start with the the $2 key. Fastened it up nice and tight in its position and reassembled.

I know it defeated the purpose.... But I spent $4 instead of $100.
great idea . I had one made for my explorer at walmart , 65 bucks
02-07-2013 12:38 PM
zeprider25
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Originally Posted by TnDz TJ View Post
Here is what I did on a car with only one programmed key:

I went and got 2 $2 keys made at the local hardware store.

I removed the column cover and positioned the programmed key next to the pickup in a way that the vehicle would start with the the $2 key. Fastened it up nice and tight in its position and reassembled.

I know it defeated the purpose.... But I spent $4 instead of $100.
Win!
02-07-2013 11:50 AM
TnDz TJ Here is what I did on a car with only one programmed key:

I went and got 2 $2 keys made at the local hardware store.

I removed the column cover and positioned the programmed key next to the pickup in a way that the vehicle would start with the the $2 key. Fastened it up nice and tight in its position and reassembled.

I know it defeated the purpose.... But I spent $4 instead of $100.
02-07-2013 11:11 AM
Wheel2Work I bought a key and had it programmed at a local locksmith... Total cost was $80
02-07-2013 09:59 AM
Jerry Bransford My TJ only came with one Sentry key but a locksmith was able to program the second & third keys I bought on eBay. The dealer doesn't have to do it, some locksmiths can. My locksmith charged me $30.
02-07-2013 09:56 AM
mason93 Its the grey key thats how I knew it was a chip key. Thanks for the quick responses.
02-07-2013 09:40 AM
eboven
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Originally Posted by Neil F. View Post
Is you key black or gray?

Gray - SKIM security w/ chip in key (I know there are posts addressing how to program)

Black - No security
Yes, the grey key's do require programming, but if you only have one valid programmed key, the only way to get a second is to have the dealer program it with their scan tool. If you have two valid programmed keys, than a third can be programmed with steps anyone can follow without the need of special tools.
02-07-2013 09:28 AM
Neil F.
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Originally Posted by mason93 View Post
My jeep just came with one key. The instructions I have found for programming keys say that you need to have two keys that are already programmed to make another one. Is there any way I can do it myself with just one?

Is you key black or gray?

Gray - SKIM security w/ chip in key (I know there are posts addressing how to program)

Black - No security
02-07-2013 09:13 AM
eboven Well, what year is the Jeep? If it's a YJ, there is no programming involved. If it's a TJ with the black key, than again, no programming involved. If it is a TJ with a grey key or a JK, than yes, you will need to have a dealership program the new key.

There are older remote start bypass modules that require a key to be placed in a box under the dash somewhere - there is a possibility that you have one buried up under there, even if you didn't know your rig had a remote start; it's worth a shot to save some coin. I've pulled spare keys out of the dash for many customers who didn't even know they had one.
02-07-2013 09:06 AM
AlexS No. The dealer has to do it. You can purchase a chipped key of ebay or somewhere online to cut down on some of the cost. The dealer near me said it would cost $70 for the key and $50 for them to cut it and program it. You can get a key online for around $15 I think. But buy multiples because you can program a new key with the two back ups by yourself instead of having the pay the dealer. And normally a hardware store will cut the key you program yourself for free.
02-07-2013 09:00 AM
mason93
Second key

My jeep just came with one key. The instructions I have found for programming keys say that you need to have two keys that are already programmed to make another one. Is there any way I can do it myself with just one?

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