In this post, we are going to be looking at how to program Jeep Grand Cherokee key Fobs. Key fobs are pretty much standard on a lot of modern vehicles and very convenient, that is until they malfunction.
It sucks not to be able to access some of the functions a key fob offers. As you will discover from this article, there are a number of things you can do in order to get your key fob working again.
In summary, though, you can program your Grand Cherokee key fob manually or by using a programming device. There are out-of-the-box DIY solutions as well professional ones that you can utilize to get your key fob working again or program a new one.
The first port of call is to try out the manual method we will describe in this article first. If that fails, you can opt for the electronic options through a DIY device or having a professional handle it.
When Do I Need to Program My Key Fob?
There are several scenarios where you will find yourself needing to program a key fob on a Jeep Grand Cherokee. One of these is when it stops working altogether.
If everything points to the fact that it’s still functional, It may have lost its configurations and you’ll need to reprogram it. This can happen when you change the battery in your key fob. It will lose the programming and need to be reset. In some cases, you will want to have a spare key fob handy just in case a need for it arises.
Can you program a new key fob yourself?
Key fobs are usually done using special equipment by professionals. However, there are ways of programming your key fob that is available. Here are the steps for this method that do not require you to use any equipment.
Make sure that your key fob has a new fully powered battery installed. This is essential so that the programming process is not disturbed.
Get inside the car and close all doors. Doors should be fully shut or the process may not work.
Insert your key into the ignition and put it in one position. Do not start the vehicle or put in radio mode.
While it’s in the “on” position, press the lock button. Turn the key back to the “off” position then repeat this process about 3 times.
After the 3 rd cycle, you should hear the lock sound. This is a sign that the key has been programmed.
How to Program New Fob Key
There are also products on the market that can help you program your key fob. These are specialised DIY programming devices that you can use.
Most of these are capable of programming multiple key fobs. Once they are set up to program the key fobs for a particular vehicle, they cannot be used to program other key fobs.
Simple Key Programmer
There are many out-of-the-box key fob programming kits that are available on the market. These are basic DIY devices that allow you to program key fobs for your Grand Cherokee.
One such tool is the simple key programmer. This is a device that plugs into your Jeep’s computer enabling you to program new key fobs. The simple key programmer is easy to use and can program up to 8 key fobs.
It’s a handy tool to have at your disposal especially if you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you won’t be stuck if something were to happen to your key fob.
Auto ProPad Lite
This tool is used by professionals to program key fobs. They connect to the vehicle’s computer system and will program the key fob that way.
This device is able to program Jeep key fobs as well as other popular makes on the market. It’s obviously more expensive than the out-of-the-box DIY options.
It will be overkill to purchase this device for personal use unless, of course, you have a fleet of vehicles. If you do have the funds for this device, it would be a good investment for your current and future vehicles.