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Key and Key Fob Replacement Guide

Discussion in 'Tech Info' started by Splorg, Jul 1, 2019.

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  1. Splorg

    Splorg Full Access Member

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    May 8, 2019
    Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
    Didn't see anything here on this, and when I purchased my 2001 Yuke it came with one key.....and that's it. Like any Mopar guy that just bought his first GM, I called the dealer. I think it's charitable to call the price they quoted me for two fob remotes and two new transponder keys as highway robbery.

    It is, however, possible to replace and program keys and fobs yourself, without so much as a scan tool, or any tools for that matter - provided you can get the keys cut. I ordered the key blanks and fob remotes from Amazon (the keys are pretty universal as far as I can tell, but the fobs are VERY YEAR AND MODEL SPECIFIC so be sure to order the correct parts), and a friend of a friend is a locksmith and cut the keys for me.

    I have some qualms about listing the programming procedures for the keys here - I don't think it's possible to use the information to steal someone else's car as it takes 30+ minutes of waiting, but if someone from on high on this board clears me to explain I gladly will.

    The fobs are stupid easy.

    1) Get in the car with all the remotes you want to program, close all doors. Hold the driver's door UNLOCK switch while you cycle the ignition from RUN to OFF to RUN to OFF.

    2) Release the UNLOCK switch. You'll know you've got it when the vehicle automatically locks and then unlocks its own doors. Now you're in "Programming Mode"! (If it doesn't lock and unlock, start again - it took me a few tries to get the correct speed to switch it on and off)

    3) Press and hold LOCK and UNLOCK on the fob to be programmed until the car locks and unlocks it's doors. This can take 30 seconds or so. If after 60 it doesn't respond, check everything (is there a battery kill strip in your remote?) and start again.

    4) Repeat step 3 for all fobs to be programmed for use with the vehicle - INCLUDING existing ones!! Some models apparently require you to do existing fobs as well, and some don't. Better safe than sorry.

    5) Pull the keys and test each fob. Done! You just saved $100+.

    The fobs for my 01 Yuke are $9.95 per on Amazon. You can even pick different colors - red, blue, pink. Dealer wanted $69.99 per fob and a flat $50 programming fee for all remotes. Short of the absence of the data plate on the fob I see no difference between this and the factory fobs I've seen. They may have even come from the same molds. The ones I bought came with a thermal pressure sensitive label with the model and FCC ID on it in the bag. I put mine on the inside of the remote clamshell so it wouldn't be gone in my pocket next week.

    Happy programming![​IMG][​IMG]

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