I need a new key for my 06. I have two keys but the battery clip is broke off of one so it will start the Jeep but has no remote capability. I planned to buy another key and program it with the DIY feature (requires two working keys) but then I saw a note on a website that said the DIY feature will no longer work after the ignition recall has been done. Apparently the new ignition design will not allow me to program a new key. Can anyone confirm that? If true, must I go to a dealer to get the job done? Can I buy a blank online and then get dealer (or locksmith?) to program it for me?
Sir (our 2006 Commander, all our vehicles have names here) had the ignition switch recall service done about a year ago. At the time we had both original keys, but one of them was damaged and the remote was non-functional.
I asked about getting a replacement key while Sir was getting the recall service (and the campaign for the 4wd controller issue), and I was quoted almost $200 for key + "programming service." That came from the service writer. While they were working on him, I walked over to the parts counter and priced buying the key myself, and IIRC, I was quoted over $150 for just the key (the parts manager knows me and that was a "discounted" price). I also got the key code for Sir from the parts manager there.
When I got home from the service appointment, I ordered this key from Amazon
(wow, it was $17.95 when I bought it), along with a new button pad
for the damaged key. When those arrived, I took them to a locksmith who can cut keys from the code and had him cut the new key to match the locks on Sir (our 2006 Commander). I also showed him the worn metal keys on our other two keys and he had replacements for the metal sections on those and cut 2 new metal keys from the code to replace the worn metal on our old keys.
I was able to add the new key using the procedure in the owner's manual (also documented online, and there was a sheet with the new complete key with the same procedure on it). It worked for Sir after his ignition switch replacement for the recall. Sir doesn't read the Internet, though, so he just might not have known. Maybe the computers and scan tools at the $tealership didn't tell him he wasn't supposed to accept new keys after the recall.
I honestly don't remember if the transponder chip on these keys is on the metal part or in the remote electronics on the plastic head (I've done replacement key sets for at least 3 cars and trucks in the past year). If the chip was on the metal part, I would have "added" each key after using the old metal key's to activate the learn procedure, using the last two keys added to add the next.
All I know is that we now have 2 fully functional, freshly cut, unworn keys with remotes which we carry, one spare key with a dead remote head (the button pad didn't fix it, there was damage to the electronics in that one) and somewhere around here there are two metal keys without heads which work the locks, but which probably will not start him.
If you haven't - get it completed, you'll get a new ignition switch and a new set of keys for free.
New keys are definitely not included with the P41 ignition switch recall. They replace the ignition switch and the lock cylinder assembly. If you schedule the appointment in advance, they order the lock cylinder keyed to your VIN, and I'm pretty sure it comes without a key (your key will continue to work). If you're a walk in, and the dealership has "unkeyed" lock cylinders in stock and a technician/"locksmith" qualified to "rekey" the lock, the "unkeyed" lock cylinders come with "service key" to pull the lock apart, and the technician resets the lock to match your keys. In some dealerships, the "locksmith" is actually working in the parts department, but the effect is the same, you get a lock matched to your existing keys.