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1996 Grand Cherokee keyless entry problem

I lost the remote to my Jeep alarm system, so I bought a new one from the dealer. I have followed the instruction I found online for my Jeep, but I cannot get the remote to program. The alarm system on the Jeep is activated, killing the engine and flashing the lights and sounding the horn. Is the fact that the alarm has been activated preventing the romote from programming? If so,how can I reset the alarm?

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  • daddio080 Dec 15, 2008

    Thanks Mac442. I tried for hours to do it myself, I feel better knowing that there is a good reason I couldn't do it. On top of the $70 they charged me for a $5 remote, the charged me $60 for the two minutes it took to program it. Than they told me my battery was junk and the car would not run with it, and would gladly put a battery in it for $225. I told him I would replace batteries all day for $225 each. I went out ot my car, started it right up, and drove it away, no problems since....

  • mikeemorris Feb 16, 2009

    This doesn't make any sense. It says right in the manual that you are able to program the thing. For me, the programming instructions just don't work. I don't know if it's because I have remote that is for the wrong system or what. It looks identical and came with the car (I just bought a 93 JGC Laredo). One reomote works but it's about to fall apart and I would really like to program the other one but all the instructions I find online don't seem to work. What the F!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    can't get alarm to go off and be able to start jeep

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That remote should not be able to  be programmed by you, it needs to be programmed by the dealer using their computer.  I know that some later and earlier models can be programmed by the user, but I did some research on this as i have a 96 as well and it seems the 96 was a dealer computer thing.  If you in fact bought the remote from the dealer they should be willing to program it for FREE.  Otherwise I was given a $30 estimate for the programming.

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  • Ken Wolter Dec 16, 2008

    Wow, the dealer should have programmed it for free since you bought it from them (my dealer did), in fact they should have told you that they would need to do the programming in the first place when you bought it.  $225 for a Battery?  These dealers must be desperate for money. If you suspect that something is indeed wrong with the battery (why?), your local auto parts store will test it for free and some will install them less than half that price.  Glad I could help, sorry it cost you so much, that's ridiculous.

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