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Old 09-25-2015, 01:21 PM
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Key FOB problems and solutions?

Just wondering if anyone has had similar issues and found a solid solution.

My FOB seems to only work sporadically. Sometimes it works first try but most times I need to hit the button many times before any action happens. Most times I will stand there at the drivers door just hitting the button in hopes the door will unlock. I don't trust the FOB to lock the doors so I find myself always using the door lock switch as I close the door.

I have used the kiosk thing at the dealership and Autozone to test the battery of the FOB and replaced the batteries too. The signal goes full strength on those test kiosks.

Is the problem more likely the FOB or is there a receiver unit in the Jeep that is more plausible?

I see the factory key replacement is part number 5183349AA and can be found for around $130.

If that receiver is the issue, how much are those and what are the part numbers? Hard to replace? Programming needed?

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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

The contacts on the battery can loosen over time and require re-soldering. That's where I would start.

Unlikely that the receiver is the issue. If it is, I believe it is a little more involved and costly to replace. I think it is all part of the SKREEM module (Sentry Key and Remote Entry Module or some such thing). Would likely need the keys to be reprogrammed to it, so could be a trip to the dealer.
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

Looking quickly into things, the SKREEM is a few hundred dollars and does require programming with the vehicle VIN, and then the keys will need to be programmed to the SKREEM.

I'm not sure, but I think all the ignition keys may need to be replaced at the same time.
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

My worry is that it will end up some expensive drawn out ordeal at the dealership just to get the damn doors to lock and unlock properly.
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

This is an issue I have been dealing with for years. I have resoldered my keys - only helped a little until the solder broke. I ordered some cheapo FOBs from eBay - one would lock and unlock the doors on its own, the other worked pretty good for awhile but then started falling apart, so I ended up taking the battery contacts out of that one and soldering them into my factory FOB, but it still does what you have explained. What is weird is that I usually have this issue after driving the Jeep for awhile and shutting it off for 5 minutes or so, then I can't get back in unless I hit the unlock button 10-15 times. Sure is embarrassing standing there beside the Jeep not being able to get back in. And if you use the key to unlock the door you set off the alarm!
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

Exactly. Setting off the alarm in a parking lot is rather embarrassing. I would buy a new factory key if I knew for sure it would solve the issue. I don't want to end up buying things I don't need to while chasing the problem.
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

Sounds like you need to get reprogrammed. My key fob tried to do this morning. I quickly inserted into the ignition thinking that's going to help reprogram the key fob. Took it out it hit the unlock and lock button and it worked again
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

Not sure if this applies to the WK but on the WK2, several people have also noticed the same issue the OP described with the keyless lock button on the door handle.

In many cases it seems to be a problem with having your cell phone in close proximity to the fob. For those who carry one, try using your fob without having your cell phone near or on you and see if that makes any difference.
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Re: Key FOB problems and solutions?

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Not sure if this applies to the WK but on the WK2, several people have also noticed the same issue the OP described with the keyless lock button on the door handle.

In many cases it seems to be a problem with having your cell phone in close proximity to the fob. For those who carry one, try using your fob without having your cell phone near or on you and see if that makes any difference.
Good thought, but the WK does not have the keyless entry on the door handle, so we are forced to use the fob to unlock the vehicle which means removing it from your pocket and holding it. I have this issue whether the phone was in my pocket or locked in the vehicle.
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