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2004 jeep grand cherokee 2wd 4.0/6 will new keys with new ignition cylinder have to be programmed?

Key is sticking in ignition, and will not remove. A replacement part is 80.00 or so, but will I end up going to the dealer anyway to get the thing to accept the new key and start. (only one key is available.)

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Yes it will have to be reprogrammed by an authorized place or dealer just call around and get quotes to get them to compete.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

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SOURCE: 1990 Jeep Cherokee Ignition key replacement

Removal & Installation
Without Air Bag
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

  1. Remove the turn signal switch.
  2. Insert the key in the lock cylinder and turn it to the ON position.
0900c152800a9f7f.jpgFig. 1: Using a pair of needle nose pliers, remove the key warning buzzer switch and contacts from the steering column
  1. Remove the key warning buzzer switch and contacts AS AN ASSEMBLY using needle-nosed pliers, or a paper clip with a 90° bend.
0900c152800a9f80.jpgFig. 2: Lock cylinder retaining screwSome steering columns may have a retaining screw holding the lock cylinder in the column. When servicing this type, simply remove the retaining screw and remove the lock cylinder.
0900c152800a9f81.jpgFig. 3: Using a small thin bladed tool, press in the ignition lock clinder retaining tab ... 0900c152800a9f82.jpgFig. 4: ... then pull out the lock cylinder from the steering column
  1. With the ignition switch still in the ON position, insert a thin screwdriver into the slot adjacent to the switch attaching screw boss (right-hand slot). Depress the spring latch located at the bottom of the slot to release the lock cylinder.
  2. Remove the lock cylinder.
To install:
  1. To install the lock cylinder, turn the key to the LOCK position. Insert the lock cylinder in to the housing far enough to contact the drive tang. Force it inward and move the ignition switch actuator rod up and down to align the components. When the components align, the cylinder will move inward and the spring-loaded retainer will snap into place locking the lock cylinder in the housing.
If the lock cylinder is retained by a screw, tighten the screw to 40 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
  1. Install the key warning buzzer switch.
  2. Follow the ignition switch installation procedures to adjust the ignition switch.
  3. Install the turn signal switch.
With Air Bag
Please refer to the ignition switch removal and installation procedure.50c573d.jpg73cc55f.jpgb9448d0.jpg278f367.jpg

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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SOURCE: How do you program a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee FOB?

if you have an original working fob and your owner's manual,it will explain procedure,otherwise will have to go to dealer to be programmed

Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition locked will not turn

had the same problem with a 99 dodge van. tow truck driver put the key into the ignition and tapped it a couple of times while turning the key to freed it up and start the engine. works as long as you leave the key in the ignition so i use a second key to lock/unlock the van. hope this works for you. gary

Posted on May 20, 2009

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SOURCE: have a 2008 jeep grand cherokee laredo put key in

This sounds like a bad chip in the key, try a spare key, if it starts with spare key then key is bad, if it doesnt start then you will need reprograming

Posted on Oct 01, 2010

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SOURCE: Ignition on my 2004 jeep grand Cherokee is locked,

tap the ignition lock cylinder with the plastic end of a scrwedriver (with the key removed). then insert the key and try to start. Try this several times. If you get it to turn immediately replace the igntion lock cylinder. The cylinder needs to be in the on position in order for the lock button to be depressed so that the cylinder can be removed from the housing.

If you still can't get it to turn than you will have to drill out the lock button in order to get the old lock cylinder out. I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you have some experience and understand what you are doing.

The lock button can be accessed by removing the lower steering column cover.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010

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I have just made a new key for my 1999 jeep grand cherokee and when i try to start the jeep a little key light shows up on the right hand dash and the jeep wont stay on



  • When you made the key did "you" make it? Because the key is a transponder key, with a chip in it. You can't just go make a key and have it work. The light you are seeing is telling you tey key is not being recognized either because it is just a "cut key" or because you need to program it still.


  • To program a new key follow these directions. Please note you need two programmed keys to do this. If you do not have two programmed keys then the dealer must program it for you. Not my choice, it's the way it is.



  1. Take original key one and stick it in the ignition and turn it to on for 7 seconds.
  2. Do the same with the second original key as well.
  3. Now take your new key and stick it in the ignition and turn to on and in 10 seconds you will here a chime and after another 5 seconds turn the key off.
  4. Your new key is programmed.



  • If you have any comments please feel free to leave them here.
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Ignition on my 2004 jeep grand Cherokee is locked, how do I unlock the ignition? Keys goes in ignition, door chim works when key is in ignition. But the key won't turn it's stuck.


tap the ignition lock cylinder with the plastic end of a scrwedriver (with the key removed). then insert the key and try to start. Try this several times. If you get it to turn immediately replace the igntion lock cylinder. The cylinder needs to be in the on position in order for the lock button to be depressed so that the cylinder can be removed from the housing.

If you still can't get it to turn than you will have to drill out the lock button in order to get the old lock cylinder out. I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you have some experience and understand what you are doing.

The lock button can be accessed by removing the lower steering column cover.

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I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle


sounds like the key is either worn down to where the ridges in the key wont push the tumblers inside the key lock cylinder into their proper place to move the cylinder into the starting position. Or your steering colum is locked and the wheel is moving freely as if it were not. So your solution would be to either have an expert look at it (estimated cost: 200$ low/400$high) or you can attempt to fix it yourself.
should you choose the "I'll fix it myself" method....try getting a new key made at a hardware store since keys wearout over time (ie:10years of turning that old key), this may solve the problem right away if the ridges are just worn on the key. Or the hard way, you need to get a phillips screwdriver and some jewelers tools and an 8mm or 10mm wrench/rachet+socket to disconnect the battery, then underneath the steering colum just under the ignition is a hole in the colum shroud/cover, from there you can disconnect the ignition key lock cylinder (the thing you put your key into). once you've removed the cylinder from the steering colum you should test your key again to see if you can turn the cylinder outside of the colum if you cannot then buy a new ignition key lock cylinder for about 15$-30$...problems solved.

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