How to Program a Key Fob for a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

by Susanne Koenig
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Many domestic brands of automobiles come with a "Program" mode, in which you can program your key fobs, and even your transponder, or "Coded" keys, without the use of the dealership or an automotive locksmith. Unfortunately, the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not one of these models. The dealership or an automotive locksmith must be consulted to program your key fob. Taking it to the dealership can be rather expensive, so consider a reputable automotive locksmith for programming your 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee key fob.

Step 1

Call your local Jeep dealership. Ask how long it will take to obtain a 1998 key fob for your Jeep Grand Cherokee. Generally, it only takes a couple of hours and can be ready for pickup by the end of the same business day. Ask the dealership how much they charge, and do a price comparison.

Step 2

Locate a reputable automotive locksmith, using a professional locksmith directory, such as the Associated Locksmiths of America Website. Using a professional automotive locksmith can save you time and money when it comes to replacing your key fob. An automotive locksmith can usually beat the dealership price and may offer a discount for any additional key fobs you need programmed.

Step 3

Test your new key fob on your 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Use all the buttons--lock, unlock, panic and trunk--to ensure all of the connectors on your fob are properly functioning, before you leave the dealership or the automotive locksmith.

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