You have come to the right spot for everything you need to know about your Jeep Wrangler key. Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company with many locations in Colorado. With our convenient locations in Denver, Littleton, Boulder, Loveland and Colorado Springs, Colorado, we have a location near you. We have been making car keys for Jeep Wrangler for many years and would like to share some information with you that may help you in a case where you have lost the only key that you had or you already have a key and just need a spare key made.
Does your Jeep Wrangler key need to be programmed to your car?
There is a big chance that no, your Jeep Wrangler key does not need to be programmed. Even though that in any book we have it says that your Jeep Wrangler key is a chip key and that this chip key needs to be programmed to your Jeep in order to start it, we have actually found over the years that many Jeep Wranglers do not have the transponder chip anti theft key feature installed. In simple words, most Jeep Wranglers only use a simple metal key. There are a few different ways you can find out if your Jeep Wrangler has the chip key:
Call a Jeep dealership and provide them with the vehicle’s VIN number and ask them if your Wrangler has a transponder/chip key.
If you Wrangler has a key fob, (a key with push buttons to lock and unlock the doors), than yes, your key has a chip and needs to be programmed.
Do you see an anti theft light on your dashboard? If your key is a chip/transponder key, than a theft light should show on your dashboard for a few seconds when you insert the key and turn the ignition. The theft light can also be a good indicator to let you know if your key is damaged. If you do have a key and it is not starting your Jeep, look for the theft light. If the theft light does not turn off after a few seconds when the ignition is in the ON position, then your key is damaged or not programmed.
What color is the plastic on your key head? If your key has black plastic on the key head or no plastic at all, than the key has no chip. If your key has a gray color plastic on the key head than your key has a chip. Keep in mind that the colors of the key will be only 90% accurate.
Who can make a Jeep Wrangler transponder/chip key?
There are two places you should check prices and services at to get a new key made:
The first place is at a Jeep dealership. The dealership will be able to make you a key by the VIN number. However, you will need to tow your Jeep to them as well as provide proof of ownership.
The second place to check is an automotive locksmith company. With a locksmith company you will have the options to either tow your Wrangler to them or use their mobile locksmith service. Most locksmiths will charge an additional trip charge/service call to drive to your Jeep’s location.
If your Jeep has just a simple key and does not require a chip/transponder key and you have lost the key, where can you get a replacement key made?
Both a Jeep dealership and a locksmith store will be able to make you a replacement key. Even when it is not necessary to come to your Jeep’s location in order to make a replacement key, a mobile locksmith will travel to you for an additional service call fee. If you lost the only key you had and your Jeep Wrangler does not have the chip key system installed, the locksmith or the dealer will require only proof of ownership without your Jeep physically being there in order to make you a new replacement key.