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Aegy 01-05-2012 03:46 PM

08' Wrangler Sahara Lost Key
 
Yup, 1st post. Great forum, I love my wrangler, and I'll be around more often.

In a bind, lost both keys (lost 1st one years ago) to my 08' Jeep Wrangler Sahara. I called my dealership, and they said I had to get it towed there and they couldn't give me a key because it needed to be programmed.

Thing is, my dealership scammed me before when I was having some engine trouble, so I'm not exactly trusting them in this department.

Question is, is there anyway I can get a key to my Jeep WITHOUT towing it all the way to my dealership?

kik 01-05-2012 03:54 PM

If you saved the key code they should be able to provide it, but you have to go there and prove you own it unless you lost both keys. If that's the case, I think they might be right.

the rock99 01-05-2012 04:50 PM

call some local locksmiths, they may have the equipment necessary

2012-Rubicon 01-05-2012 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the rock99
call some local locksmiths, they may have the equipment necessary

If he lost both keys and they were transponder he is going to have to go to the dealer, period. Case closed.

They will have to program the keys to the SKIM module. And for his sake he better hope not to many other keys have been programmed as if I recall correctly only 5 keys can be programmed before the SKIM has to be changed out. Gotta love technology!

I used to cut and program transponder keys. Up until about a year ago.

the rock99 01-05-2012 05:07 PM

not necessarily true, I am an industrial locksmith and the company I work for has the necessary equipment to reprogram vehicles and transponder keys. The equipment isn't cheap and we don't have any jeeps so I can't say with 100% certainty that it would work, but we can reprogram other chryslers, ford, and chevys. Whenever a key is lost we reprogram the car and make new transponder keys.

2012-Rubicon 01-05-2012 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the rock99
not necessarily true, I am an industrial locksmith and the company I work for has the necessary equipment to reprogram vehicles and transponder keys. The equipment isn't cheap and we don't have any jeeps so I can't say with 100% certainty that it would work, but we can reprogram other chryslers, ford, and chevys. Whenever a key is lost we reprogram the car and make new transponder keys.

Yeah so, did we but it just got to a point where the equipment and updates weren't worth it anymore so we just started sending people to the dealer. Most locksmiths do not make the investment to begin with.

the rock99 01-05-2012 05:21 PM

thats why I said,

"call some local locksmiths, they may have the equipment necessary",

the OP doesn't have his location listed but if he lives near a a big city he may be able to find one, may not be any cheaper than the dealer, but he said he doesn't trust the dealer.

Aegy 01-05-2012 07:34 PM

Thanks for the info guys. I live in New York City.

Mabar 01-13-2012 03:03 PM

For those folks who already have 2 working keys, here is a place to get uncut, inexpensive transponder chip keys online:

Jeep Wrangler Transponder Chip Keys

These keys are American Made and will work in all 2007 through 2012 Wranglers

Mabar

2012-Rubicon 01-13-2012 03:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mabar
For those folks who already have 2 working keys, here is a place to get uncut, inexpensive transponder chip keys online:

Jeep Wrangler Transponder Chip Keys

These keys are American Made and will work in all 2007 through 2012 Wranglers

Mabar

And gravy to program!

kbwwolf 01-13-2012 03:45 PM

I think I've still got the key to my high school locker. An antique, now. Wonder if it's worth anything? :D

slimjim0227 05-26-2015 12:12 PM

New transponder key from mobile locksmith
 
Just wanted to share.
I have a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ (Sahara).
I live in Toronto, Canada.

I lost my transponder key the other day and it was my only copy. My fault when I bought it used and didn't realize that the dealer didn't give me a duplicate til much later. So I called the Jeep dealership and they said they can get or order the right transponder key, cut, by using my VIN. This key will open the jeep doors, but to program it, I will have to have the jeep physically in their shop. That meant I'd have to tow it there. I called 2 dealerships and they told me the same thing. I thought, that's a big pain in the butt.

I found out there are mobile locksmiths who can do the job. So I got one to come over to my place with his truck and all his equipment in it. He first tried the "old school" manual way, which is free (labour cost only), but with no success and eventually had to order the key details from a database (from Jeep?), which cost a certain amount of money, he said. Once that was done, he knew how to cut the key with the help of the computer database, and now had a blank key that could open my jeep door - it could also start the car briefly until the ECU found out it wasn't coded, then it would switch off. He then inserted the key into the ignition, plugged in a computer, and then programmed the key. There was bit more to it than that, but that was basically it. It cost $300 CAD though! I thought it was too hefty a price - but I was desperate to get the car going.

I am now driving my jeep with that key. In fact, I drove it as soon as the locksmith was done - drove it slow with no particular place to go.

WaltA 05-26-2015 12:33 PM

I would quickly get a 2nd key (and possibly a 3rd). You can program in keys, but you need at least two of them to do it (see Mabar above).

rgreen65 05-28-2015 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aegy (Post 1891296)
Thing is, my dealership scammed me before when I was having some engine trouble, so I'm not exactly trusting them in this department.

You state you live in NYC. Surely they have more than one dealer. Any Jeep dealer can do it and in fact any non-Jeep Chrysler dealer should also be able to do it for the key to my 2015 is identical to my former pickup - a 2006 Dodge.


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