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Jeep Wrangler Key replacement

Jeep Wrangler key fob

Who can make a Jeep Wrangler transponder/chip key?

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?

Jeep Wrangler key replacement

Jeep Wrangler Locksmith

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?

Jeep Wrangler key fob

Making a key for Jeep Wrangler

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.

Wrangler key fob
Jeep Wrangler key programming
Honda Key

Mile High Locksmith is an automotive locksmith company. Here we have answered some questions that are commonly asked about Honda Civic keys. After making Honda Civic keys for many years we would like to share with you some useful information about what you can do when you lose your key and have no spare, where you make a key replacement or key copy, as well as what type of key your Honda Civic requires.

Honda Civic key replacement cost

Honda Civic keys have changed over the years. To get the best quote on a key replacement, we recommend you shop around between locksmith companies and your local Honda dealership. However, before you start to call around, make sure you have this information handy:

  • Your Honda Civic’s year
  • Did your old Honda key work on all the locks? (All the door locks and the ignition lock)

Questions to ask – What is the total cost?

(Starting from the year 2001, a programming machine will need to be connected to your car’s computer, also known as an ECU, in order to program the key)

  • If your Honda key needs to be programmed, the dealership will ask you to tow the car in, where as a locksmith will add a service call charge to come to you.
  • What will the cost be to cut and program the key?
  • If the quote is for a key with the push buttons on it or if it is just a quote for a key without the push buttons. For the later years it can be that you will receive quotes for a transponder chip key without the push button on it so you will need to ask the dealership or locksmith to be specific.

Cutting a Honda Civic key:

We would like to point out one important thing you should consider when you are looking for a professional to cut your Honda key for you:
Cutting a Honda key between the years 2003 to 2017 will require a high security key machine and we recommend you make sure you only use an experienced professional locksmith company or Honda dealership to cut these keys and this is why:

  • When a high security Honda key is not cut correctly it can damage your door lock or ignition lock when you use the key. We always recommend you try your new key on one of the locks you do not use often.
  • For many years it is know that Honda has a common problem on the vehicle’s locks and ignitions and has had recalls on them.
  • What happen is that the key blade itself is stronger from the parts, (wafers), inside the lock and it can damage the lock or ignition each time you insert the key into the lock.
  • To avoid the damage make sure your key blade has been cut perfectly by a professional.
  • We recommend you only use a locksmith company or a dealership to cut these keys.
Honda Civic key 1995 to 2000
Honda key replacement
2001 Honda Civic transponder key till 2002
Honda High Security key
HO03-PT 2005-2014 Honda Civic key
Honda Key fob replacement
2006 Honda Civic key fob till 2013

Honda Civic key programming

  • Honda Civics from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 will have just a simple metal key that locks and unlocks the doors, trunk and turns on and off the ignition. No key programming is needed for these years unlike with transponder keys or chip keys in the later years that do need to be programed.
  • For the later years programming a transponder chip key is required in order to have the car start. This includes the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. From the year 2003 and up a high security key blade will be required.
  • A key fob with push buttons to lock and unlock the doors is an extra feature for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Keep in mind that for these specific years the remote on the key is optional
  • A key fob or push to start key (smart key), is for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Honda Key Shell replacement
2006 Honda Civic key shell replacement till 2013
Honda Key fob
2014 to 2017 Honda Civic key fob

Where can I buy Honda Civic keys?

You can by Honda keys almost anywhere including at a Honda dealership, on online stores such as Amazon, Ebay, Ikeyless and Keylessride and many other stores that sell car keys. Ace Hardware also sells these keys as well as locksmith shops. What we recommend you do is to check the quality of the key. When you buy a Honda Civic key that is not from a Honda dealership you may end up buying an aftermarket key. An aftermarket key can be a used key where the insides of the key are used parts and the outside of the key shell has been replaced with a new one. This will make it look like you have purchased a brand new key. Since aftermarket keys can be used keys, they normally cost much less than a new key and can have problems functioning right away or after a short time of use. An aftermarket key can still be a good key and can hold for many years just as a brand new key would. However, we believe you should take the risk into consideration when you are buying any aftermarket keys.

Honda Key
2016 2017 Honda Civic key

Honda Civic key code

One of our favorite types of vehicles to make a key by code for is Honda. From 1972 until 2017, Honda stamps the key code on all of the locks on the vehicle. The key code can be used as a reference to cut the key blade. The key code is not made for programming the key.
If you lose the key to your Honda, you have the option to remove one of the locks from your car such as the trunk lock, door lock, glove box lock or ignition lock. After you have the lock in your hand you can take it to a local automotive locksmith shop and have them cut you a new key by using the key code that is stamped on the lock itself. This can save you money in the end.

Same key for all door locks

Why should you rekey your door locks after closing?

It is a very common thing for people to hire a contractor to improve their home before they put it on the market. These contractors in many cases will need access to the home even when the home is vacant to finish their work. The contractors do not always return the keys and who knows if one of the employees did not make a key copy. Maybe the previous owner’s roommate, spouse or kids still have a key to your newly purchased home. It is always better to be safe and change the keys when you move in just to keep a peace of mind knowing that no one has your house keys.

Rekey vs new locks

How much does it cost to rekey a house and will changing locks on a house cost more?

Rekeying your house doors using a locksmith service can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 for each lock, plus a locksmith service call fee and labor fee. We recommend you consider buying new locks and this is why. If you have locks from the manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek on your doors, you can buy the same manufacturer’s locks in a 4 pack of locks. These locks are already keyed to the same key and cost about $30 to $60 for each pack depending on the manufacturer. This option will let you change your locks from old locks to new locks, allow you to change the color of the locks, come with a manufacturer warranty and will  have the latest technology for locks on the market. You can buy the locks from the  manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek at most of the hardware stores such as The Home Depot or Lowes, order them online from websites such as Amazon or Ebay, as well as buy them at your neighborhood locksmith shop. For more information on buying new locks visit our page Cheapest way to rekey locks. The lock manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant and Emtek make these locks easy to install using their installation guides. The packages of locks will always have a small instruction book attached and all you will need are a few very simple tools  for the installation. These manufacturers also have full support if you have any questions on how to install them. You do not need to be a professional locksmith in order to install these locks.

Schlage lock
House keypad door lock

Latest technology door locks

After you close on a new home, it is a good idea to look into the latest technology for door locks. A lot has changed. Most locksmiths and realtors will suggest that you rekey your locks after closing but we recommend you look into keypad locks, keyless locks, bluetooth locks from Schlage locks, Kwikset locks or keypad WIFI locks from LockState.

Keyless door lock
WIFI Door Lock

WIFI door locks from LockState

Have you ever had the nagging feeling you forgot to lock your door? With the WIFI door locks you can check if your house door is locked, lock or unlock your door using a computer, tablet or your phone from anywhere in the world just as if you were standing by your door using a traditional key. No more getting locked out from your home. Allow people to enter your home with a temporary code. No need to hire a locksmith to rekey your doors in the future.

When should I consider hiring a locksmith?

  • When you just want to rekey the existing locks on your doors.
  • If you have more difficult locks to work on such as French door locks.
  • If your house doors are old it can be a challenge to change the locks yourself.
  • Just for a more convenient way.

Hiring a locksmith will be the most easy option when you either want to rekey your locks or when you are replacing your locks. A locksmith will have the experience and additional tools. We recommend you always use a locksmith for your home projects, but after that being said, it is possible to change your locks yourself and we would like to share with you some tips in case you decide to change your door locks yourself:

  • Size. To avoid modification problems try to measure your old locks and buy the same size locks.
  • Try to keep the same manufacturer’s locks
  • Make sure your door is not more thick than a normal door. It can be a challenge if your door is thicker.
  • If you have a metal door. It is easier to install a lock on a wooden door and can be difficult on a metal door.

Another good tip is to have a locksmith on speed dial just in case when you are trying to install a lock yourself and decide to let the professional finish the job.

Handle lock for home door

The best locks for your home

What is the difference between a WIFI door lock to any other smart lock on the market?

Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company located in Colorado. We have been working with locks and keys for many years, installing access control door locks, keypad locks and high security locks. After many years, we can safely say that we have become experts on door locks and would like to introduce to you the new generation of WIFI door locks that are made by LockState.

What is the difference between a WIFI door lock to any other smart lock on the market?

There are many differences between these two types of locks. The difference we would like to point out is the WIFI door lock is a lock that connects to a WIFI internet connection in your home or office. It connects exactly in the same way you would connect your phone, tablet or computer. By having this feature on your door lock, it gives you the ability to access your lock online from anywhere around the world just as if you were standing by your door and using a traditional key. WIFI door locks are the future for humanity to lock and unlock doors.

Extra features for WIFI door locks

A peace of mind. You can set the WIFI door lock to provide you with alerts anytime someone is using a code to unlock your door. For example, you are running late at work and you ask your dog walker to take your dog out for a walk. You can access your lock online, set up a temporary code and provide it to your dog walker. They can then use the code on the WIFI door lock keypad and unlock the door. At the same time they are unlocking the door, you will receive an email alert letting you know that the dog walker has unlocked your door. You will receive the same alert when the dog walker is done and uses the code to lock the door when they leave. Then you can delete this code to make sure the dog walker will not have access to your home anymore. With a WIFI door lock, you can make new codes and delete codes anytime and anywhere using your computer or phone.

Rental property management

If you are a house owner who rents out your home, condo or apartment building manager, the WIFI door lock is perfect for you. No more need to rekey your locks or change your door locks when your tenants move out. If you have a roommate or just rent a room, when your roommate moves out, you will not need to hire a locksmith to rekey your locks. As the owner of your own personal WIFI door lock, you do not need to provide keys to your tenants or roommates. You can just provide them with a key code to lock and unlock the door by using the keypad. Then you can change these codes anytime and from anywhere by using you username and password online.

Is a WIFI door lock good for businesses?

Yes. In fact, most businesses save thousands of dollars by using WIFI door locks and not the traditional access control locks. The first feature we would like to point out to you is no more wires. The traditional access door locks have been installed on business doors for many years by using the prototype system. For example, the old access control locks require sending wires from the lock to the front desk that connect to a buzzer or computer. Drilling walls, having an

electrician come to you, filing for a permit from the city, and then you will need a locksmith to install the locks for you. These are all the requirements that are needed when you use a prototype access control system. This can translate into a much higher bill at the end of the day. With the WIFI door lock, all you need to do is have a locksmith install the lock on your door, download the app to your phone and you are done. With the WIFI door lock, you can track who unlocks and locks the locks by date and time and even provide temporary codes to temporary contractors working in your building.

Mile High Locksmith sells and installs WIFI door locks, also known as remote locks, from LockState. With our convenient stores in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Loveland, we can easily come to your location and install the WIFI door locks for you on your home or business. For more information you can give us a call at 720-248-8087 or send an email to We provide free on-site estimates, no service call or any other fees will apply until the work is done.

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