What should I do if I lost my Jeep keys? What are my options? Does my Jeep Compass keyless entry have a chip and if it does, can I program it myself? What is this chip? Mile High Locksmith is an expert car key locksmith company. If you are in Denver, CO, we can provide you with our services. If you are in a different city or state, you can still use the information we provide here.
Jeep Compass key fob programming
What is this chip? How can you program the Jeep remote? From 2007 until 2016, there are two electronic chips in your Jeep Compass keyless entry remote. The first chip and the most important one will be the chip for the anti theft security system. The second chip will be for your car alarm. If you lost your keys and have no spare, you need to understand the difference between the two to understand your options. We will try to break it down for you here.
The first chip is the anti theft security system chip. This chip is made only for the purpose to start the vehicle and has nothing to do with locking or unlocking your doors or your car alarm. Which one of your chips works on a battery? The chip that works on a battery is the car alarm chip. This chip has nothing to do with starting your vehicle. The only thing it does is lock and unlock your doors and controls the panic alarm. So if you have a key to your Jeep and the key doesn’t start the car, it has nothing to do with the Jeep keyless entry battery.
Now that you understand the difference between the two chips, these are your options of getting a new key in a case where you have lost your only key.
Your first option is to get a simple key without any push buttons. This key will still have the anti theft security system chip inside of it in order to start your vehicle. The key will be easy to recognize by its grey color as you can see in the picture.
The reason to use this key is to get a working key for a lower cost. Even if you use your lost key to lock your doors and enable your alarm, by programing this grey colored key, you will turn the alarm off and be able to start the vehicle. Then you will be able to lock and unlock your doors manually and the alarm will stay off.
Jeep Compass keyless entry
The second option will be to make a Jeep Compass keyless entry. This key will of course work exactly the same as the key you lost. It will have the push buttons on it and you will be able to use it to lock and unlock the doors and set up the alarm.
Rekey Jeep ignition
If you want to rekey your Jeep Compass, (in simple words, change the keys), you do not need to rekey your ignition cylinder. You can just reset your anti theft system code. By doing that, anybody that has or finds your old, lost key will be able to unlock the doors but not start the engine. Reprogramming your Jeep key will be a better way to rekey your Jeep.
How to program a Jeep Compass key
First, you cannot program a Jeep Compass key yourself, unless you already have two working keys with you and you want to program a third key. If you don’t have any keys or only have one working key for your Jeep, you will have to use either a locksmith, dealership or another professional in order to program any additional keys. If you do have two working, programed keys for your Jeep Compass, here is a short guide on how to program a third key:
- Insert one of the two keys you have that are already programed into the ignition lock and turn to the ON position.
- Leave the key in and on the ON position for about 10 seconds. Make sure to leave it for at least 5 seconds but do not leave it for more than 15 seconds. After about 10 seconds, turn the key back to the OFF position.
- Remove the first key and put in the second programmed key that you already have. Turn the key to the ON position. Make sure you do this within 15 seconds of taking the first key out. Also, make sure it is a different key then the first key.
- A theft alarm light should come on after about ten seconds
and you will hear a sound that will indicate entry into the
“Customer Programming Mode”.
- Within 60 seconds, turn the key to the OFF position and take it out.
- Now, put in your new key that you would like to program and turn it to the ON position.
- After about 10 seconds, you will hear the
sound like you did before and the theft alarm light will turn off. Wait five
seconds and turn the key to the OFF position.