How to Program Keyless Entry on a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

by Michael Rippetoe
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Remote keyless entry is standard on many vehicles. For some vehicles it is still an option. Either way, the addition of a keyless entry system makes it easier to unlock the doors to the car or truck without putting a key into the door. On many SUVs, the remote keyless entry can open the tailgate, further enhancing ease of use. There are many vehicles that require a dealer to program the remotes; however, the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a programming procedure that many people can do in their own driveway.

Step 1

Open the driver's door. This door needs to remain open for the entire procedure. Do not open any other doors.

Step 2

Turn the ignition switch to the "ON" position. Do not start the vehicle. The remotes can not be programmed with the vehicle running.

Step 3

Lock the doors to the vehicle by pushing the "LOCK" button on the driver's door. Make sure all of the doors lock; if all of the doors do not lock the procedure will not work properly.

Step 4

Locate the remote receiver bulb in the ceiling of the vehicle. This is usually located toward the front of the ceiling.

Step 5

Point the remote at the bulb.

Press and hold the "LOCK" button on the remote until the doors unlock. The remote is now programmed. Check the remote for proper operation.


  • Double-check your Grand Cherokee's owner's manual for the proper procedure to program the remotes.
  • The specific process is described in section 22 of the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner's Manual.


  • Make sure to leave the driver door open during the procedure.
  • Make sure all doors lock before proceeding past Step 3.

Items you will need

  • Keyless entry remotes
  • Key

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