Lost Jeep Wrangler key
Where to get a new replacement key
What type of key does your Jeep Wrangler require? Where you can get a duplicate key or a new key replacement made? How can you tell if your Jeep Wrangler key has an electronic chip and if the key needs to be programmed? What is the difference between the black color and the gray color of Jeep keys? These are some of the common questions our customers ask us and we would like to answer these questions for you here.
Did you know that the gray colored key head for your Jeep Wrangler means your key is a transponder chip key?
Jeep has changed the keys over the years for the Jeep Wrangler. Below we will list the different types of keys for the Jeep Wrangler by the year:
If your Jeep was made in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, or 1996, then your key has no features and it doesn’t need to be programed.
If your Jeep was made in the years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, or 2001 then your key can be just a regular key that won’t need to be programmed. It can also be a key with a chip that requires programing. The easier way to find out is by the key color. The gray color has a chip when a black color key doesn’t.
If your Jeep was made in the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, or 2006, than your key will need to be programmed to your SUV.
In the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, you have the option for just a regular transponder chip key or a push button key fob remote combo.
Where to get a new replacement key
You can have a key duplicate or a new key made with a locksmith company or at a Jeep dealership. The difference between the two will be the cost and the type of service.
The locksmith will be able to make you a new working key at your Jeep’s location when the dealer will ask you to come in or even bring your Jeep in. What we recommend you to do is to shop around for prices between the two.
Spare key for Jeep Wrangler
You can only program a third key yourself for your Jeep Wrangler without using any equipment.
If you do have two keys already, and you wish to make a new duplicate key, you can save some money by doing some of the work yourself and this is how:
You can buy the grey colored transponder key or a key for a remote combo in many stores online or with a locksmith or a Jeep dealership. When you get the new key take it to a hardware store like Ace Hardware or a locksmith shop and have them copy one of your existing keys to the new key you just brought. After you get the new key copied, take your two old keys and the new one you have just made and follow these steps for programing your new key:
Insert one of the two old keys into the ignition lock and turn it on. After the key has been in the on position for at least five seconds, but no more than 15 seconds, turn the ignition back off.
Remove the key and insert the second old key and turn it on within 15 seconds. A theft alarm light should light up after ten seconds and a single ding sound will tell you know that your car is ready to program your new key.
Turn the second key off within 60 seconds and remove the key. Insert the new key you want to program and turn to the on position. After about ten seconds, a single ding will sound and the theft alarm light will stop. Wait five seconds and turn it off.
Your new key is now programmed and to program another key you will have to repeat the steps all over again.
Jeep Wrangler key won’t turn
We can safely say that we have been repairing keys and locks for the Jeep Wrangler for many years. You would be surprised to know how many times we found problems such as the key won’t turn or is stuck in the ignition lock or door lock. We found many times that the problem can be just with the key. The best fix for that will be to make a new key by your Jeep VIN number. If this doesn’t fix the problem the next best repair you can do is by asking a locksmith to either rekey your lock or change the ignition cylinder.