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Was in Walmart automotive section and they sell chipped keys and have a machine/computer that will program them. I was not driving the Jeep that trip.

When I recently bought my new 05 Unlimited the seller only had one key. will the Walmart unit program a new key for my 05?
 

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I think they can. Looked like it from the sign. Seen it getting tires on the wife's truck. Bet Walmart can answer better than me. Ask them the next time your there. I have had outstanding service at there tire shops in 2 city's. hate they crush mom and pops but thank god they smash the stealership!
 

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I would try and see if they do. Take your registration and or something with the vin number and your name on it. I would hope they would want that so people just cant go in and get chipped keys made and then steal vehicles.
 

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They cut one for my 06 X. It is just a plain jane old key though. Not even the cheap plastic covering the head on this one. Woulda been cool for the ole lady to have an original JEEP key but hell it works.
 

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Went back to my local walmart today. They said they were waiting for a technician to show up with the most recent update to the system. Could not say if update would handle my 05 till it is installed.
 

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I actually got a chip key for my 05 at Lowe's! Seems the newer key machines actually copy both the cut and the e-code in the chip. So the receiver in the column doesn't even know it's a new key.
 

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I actually got a chip key for my 05 at Lowe's! Seems the newer key machines actually copy both the cut and the e-code in the chip. So the receiver in the column doesn't even know it's a new key.
Wow thanks. I'll try Lowes also.
 

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Was in Walmart automotive section and they sell chipped keys and have a machine/computer that will program them. I was not driving the Jeep that trip.

When I recently bought my new 05 Unlimited the seller only had one key. will the Walmart unit program a new key for my 05?
The SKIM will support up to 8 keys which means it accepts 8 different coded keys. There is some debate as to how the copies are done and it's strongly believed that it is a clone and not a uniquely coded key.

That means little in the short term but it supposedly will not allow you the luxury of using a pair of distinctly coded keys to program the 3rd-8th using the SKIM in the vehicle like you could if it were not a clone.
 

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OK-----I went to Lowes. Wow it was great. Ten minutes and 71 dollars (less than half of what Chrysler Dealer wanted) and the key worked great and still does. I just brought in my one stock key and they did not actually need to go to the car. Showed my current registration was all.

They had a list of key numbers for year and model. The key for my 05 was -------"Brand" Transponderkeys, Chrysler Y160-EK

Lowes said their system clones the transponder code.
 

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I dont think Id trust walmart to cut a key for my lawn tractor
 

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The SKIM will support up to 8 keys which means it accepts 8 different coded keys. There is some debate as to how the copies are done and it's strongly believed that it is a clone and not a uniquely coded key.

That means little in the short term but it supposedly will not allow you the luxury of using a pair of distinctly coded keys to program the 3rd-8th using the SKIM in the vehicle like you could if it were not a clone.
Correct, the keys that Lowe's or Wal-Mart will be a cloned copy of the key you give them, meaning that as far as the SKIM is concerned, you only have one key. Only the dealership can give you an actual second key that has it's own code programmed to the SKIM, no one else would spend the money needed on the scan tool and all it's updates, it is a ridiculously expensive tool.

Once you have two keys with different codes programmed to the SKIM, you can easily make your own copies and program them to your vehicle's SKIM yourself; just buy a blank chipped key ($30-40) and have a hardware store cut it for a couple bucks. Then, you can take your two keys and perform a sequence to program your new one, giving it it's own unique code to the SKIM. Now, if you loose a key, you can replace it for $30 or $40 bucks instead of having to go to Lowe's or Wal-Mart and having them clone another for $80. Well worth it if you have a Jeep with the immobilizer system, IMO.
 

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Correct, the keys that Lowe's or Wal-Mart will be a cloned copy of the key you give them, meaning that as far as the SKIM is concerned, you only have one key. Only the dealership can give you an actual second key that has it's own code programmed to the SKIM, no one else would spend the money needed on the scan tool and all it's updates, it is a ridiculously expensive tool.

Once you have two keys with different codes programmed to the SKIM, you can easily make your own copies and program them to your vehicle's SKIM yourself; just buy a blank chipped key ($30-40) and have a hardware store cut it for a couple bucks. Then, you can take your two keys and perform a sequence to program your new one, giving it it's own unique code to the SKIM. Now, if you loose a key, you can replace it for $30 or $40 bucks instead of having to go to Lowe's or Wal-Mart and having them clone another for $80. Well worth it if you have a Jeep with the immobilizer system, IMO.

Yes----What I am doing is to use my new cloned key as my everyday key. if it gets lost I still have the original to clone another.
 

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Yes----What I am doing is to use my new cloned key as my everyday key. if it gets lost I still have the original to clone another.
That's not quite what I meant. Now that you have a cloned key, you will always pay at least $80 for a replacement. If you had payed a bit more upfront and had the dealer program a uniquely coded key once, you would be able to program a third key for cheap yourself. As long as you always have 2, you would never have to pay someone to program another, so you would really be saving money if you loose your keys more than once.
 

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If you aren't a worrying type, you can take one of the original keys, pull the cover around the ignition cylinder off, and epoxy a programmed key in there close to the cylinder. Put everything back together and you can use a cheap $3 copied key to start your jeep. It is great if you lose keys often. Get an extra one and zip tie it somewhere hidden under your hood, and hide another one somewhere in the vehicle.

I have a few friends with random types of vehicles who have actually cut the microchip out of the head of the key and epoxied that onto the ignition cylinder, but I would rather just leave the key intact. In a last ditch effort, I could always tear into the cover and pry the key off if I needed to. Do realize though, that someone could potentially break your cylinder and start your Jeep without a key.
 

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If you aren't a worrying type, you can take one of the original keys, pull the cover around the ignition cylinder off, and epoxy a programmed key in there close to the cylinder. Put everything back together and you can use a cheap $3 copied key to start your jeep. It is great if you lose keys often. Get an extra one and zip tie it somewhere hidden under your hood, and hide another one somewhere in the vehicle.

I have a few friends with random types of vehicles who have actually cut the microchip out of the head of the key and epoxied that onto the ignition cylinder, but I would rather just leave the key intact. In a last ditch effort, I could always tear into the cover and pry the key off if I needed to. Do realize though, that someone could potentially break your cylinder and start your Jeep without a key.
Short of a thief with a tow truck, the SKIM will defeat just about anyone else with evil intent and watching the heartbreak of a few poor souls who have had their rigs stolen, a few bucks for the right key is very cheap insurance. My strongly held personal opinion after having idiots try to take our 04 and being defeated by the SKIM feature is only a fool would bypass it.
 

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I'm lost. I have an '05 TJ and I was at a hardware store where they make keys. I only have my original key and asked if they could cut me a new one. He found the correct blank from the key manual and cut me a new key that works great. Cost me $2.99 and now I have a spare. What am I missing???
 

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I'm lost. I have an '05 TJ and I was at a hardware store where they make keys. I only have my original key and asked if they could cut me a new one. He found the correct blank from the key manual and cut me a new key that works great. Cost me $2.99 and now I have a spare. What am I missing???
Possibly the op has immobilizer?
 

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I'm lost. I have an '05 TJ and I was at a hardware store where they make keys. I only have my original key and asked if they could cut me a new one. He found the correct blank from the key manual and cut me a new key that works great. Cost me $2.99 and now I have a spare. What am I missing???
OEM black keys are non SKIM, OEM gray oval shaped keys have a chip in them for the SKIM system. One is cheap, one is not.
 

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Thanks guys, those explanations make sense. I've been driving a year and a half with one key, so at least now I have a working spare that only cost me $3. Can't complain too much about that.......
 
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