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Hi

I have a 2009 dodge journey. One key opens and shuts the doors (after several attempts) but says badkey when put into ignition. The other key starts the car but won't lock or open it!!!!

Went to dealer today and they said they tried to reprogram key but no good. I'd need to buy new one for £250 plus £95 to program it!!!!

Is there a cheaper solution or one I could attempt?

Thanks guys

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Ps I am in the uk but happy to try buying from US. My key has two buttons open and shut and an oblong key I place in the ignition. £350 is about $600

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Do you think the eBay key would be ok? US one has a red panic button where I have nothing rest the same. I'd be happy with eBay key if they could program

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If companys wont ship overseas you could always have one of us mail it to ya. Just need to find the shipping costs first. My Zip code is 48386 if you wanna check the costs.

*** I just checked and it looks like a small padded envelope is around $50 USD shipped to the UK***

Edited by RedeyeJedi

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Thanks guys, well, this might be too good to be true but there's a locksmith in the UK who says he can fix the keys, even the one with then "badkey" problem. £40 that's about $60.. Bit cynical what you thinks. I've sent key off as it's worth a go!

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If companys wont ship overseas you could always have one of us mail it to ya. Just need to find the shipping costs first. My Zip code is 48386 if you wanna check the costs.

*** I just checked and it looks like a small padded envelope is around $50 USD shipped to the UK***

$50 to send an envelope to UK?

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$50 to send an envelope to UK?

Yep, a padded legal envelope. That was the cheapest flat rate 3-5 day without going to the post office and weighing it.

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I get half that to the UK, but whatever.

Priority Mail International® Padded Flat Rate Envelope

Value of contents can not exceed $400.00
USPS-Produced Envelope: 12-1/2" x 9-1/2"
Maximum weight 4 pounds

6 - 10 business days to many major markets

$24.75
Online: $23.50
Edited by jkeaton

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I saw that too, but since we don't know his addy, didn't wanna under quote it. "Major markets" is vague at best.

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Thanks guys. Anything cheaper than $600 for a key. Happy days on mr locksmith can fix. I've sent the key with the" badkey" that won't start ty car and kept the one tags starts the car but doesn't lock the doors or open them. So be bit of shimmying from passenger seat on e I've used the manual key to get in set car alarm off. My neighbours gonna love me!! Said without doubt could fix the one which starts car but doesn't lock. Only problem is he is the other end of the county and need to drive car next few days. Let's hope he can fix the one key then I'll send off the next. Claims 2 days turn around to fix and 98% chance of success and 24hr courier delivery. He accepts international mail too and posts back so I'll keep you posted x

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Below is the procedure for programming a key from my 2006 Ram 1500 manual:

Customer Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid keys by doing the following:
1. Insert the first valid key into the ignition and turn the
ignition to the ON position for at least 3 seconds but no
longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition back to the OFF
position and remove the first key.
2. Insert the second valid key and switch the ignition to
the ON position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds the
Security Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition back
to the OFF position and remove the second key.
3. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition and switch
the ignition to the ON position within 60 seconds of
having removed the second key. After 10 seconds the
Security Light will stop flashing, then turn on for 3
seconds; then turn off.
The new Sentry Key has been programmed. The Keyless
Entry Transmitter will also be programmed during this
procedure. Repeat this process to program up to an
additional 6 keys. A maximum of 8 keys can be programmed
to the system, including the original keys
provided with the vehicle.

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Below is the procedure for programming a key from my 2006 Ram 1500 manual:

Customer Key Programming

You can program new keys to the system if you have two

valid keys by doing the following:

1. Insert the first valid key into the ignition and turn the

ignition to the ON position for at least 3 seconds but no

longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition back to the OFF

position and remove the first key.

2. Insert the second valid key and switch the ignition to

the ON position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds the

Security Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition back

to the OFF position and remove the second key.

3. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition and switch

the ignition to the ON position within 60 seconds of

having removed the second key. After 10 seconds the

Security Light will stop flashing, then turn on for 3

seconds; then turn off.

The new Sentry Key has been programmed. The Keyless

Entry Transmitter will also be programmed during this

procedure. Repeat this process to program up to an

additional 6 keys. A maximum of 8 keys can be programmed

to the system, including the original keys

provided with the vehicle.

Neither of his keys are functional so he can't program a new one....

Looking at all of the poor SOBs that are having to buy new ones I think I might buy a couple on eBay and program them. Seems like pretty cheap insurance.

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Well bit of an update. I sent my one set of keys off to be repaired. I had to post them to a firm quite a few miles away, http://www.autotronics.co.uk/cscart/index.php I had a call today to say they had fixed the "bad key" issue, he said there was water damage and I needed a new chip. Cost £75 (approx $100) which includes posting them back. No idea what caused the water damage but I believe him. Should be back by Friday.

Second key which started the car but wouldn't lock the doors is also now fixed. I got handed a business card at a garage today for a locksmith. I called him and he asked if I had fitted a new battery, which I had and then he told me how to resinc the key, he said sometimes when a new battery is fitted it need it be connected to car again.

To do this you hold down the lock button and then place it in the ignition (keeping the lock button pressed down) . You turn the key until all the lights are displayed on the dashboard. You keep the key there for 10 seconds' (still holding down the lock button ) and then you turn the key to the off position and take the key out. You still keep the lock button pressed and you hold it for ten second before releasing it.

This worked and my key started to work again unlocking and locking the car. I was staggered he told me for free over the phone!!! It worked several times and then started to fail to lock on a few attempts so he came to the house and opened the key fob case. Again I had some water damage and a connections needed repairing. Now it seems to be working fine, Cost for this key £45 (approx $70)

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I'm thrilled my key which showed "bad key" error is now fixed!!!!! Not only is it fixed the key now looks like a new key with new casing!!! Cost £67 plus £10 for postage via courier. £77 ( $110) for what looks like and works like brand new key. Save me hundreds!! He accepts international enquiries, shipping etc.

We can't get spare keys in the uk to program cheaply so this is amazing value x

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Hi

I have a 2009 dodge journey. One key opens and shuts the doors (after several attempts) but says badkey when put into ignition. The other key starts the car but won't lock or open it!!!!

Went to dealer today and they said they tried to reprogram key but no good. I'd need to buy new one for £250 plus £95 to program it!!!!

Is there a cheaper solution or one I could attempt?

Thanks guys

Dealers are much expensive than Locksmiths.

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On 23/06/2014 at 8:00 PM, Sazzleevans said:

Hi

I have a 2009 dodge journey. One key opens and shuts the doors (after several attempts) but says badkey when put into ignition. The other key starts the car but won't lock or open it!!!!

Went to dealer today and they said they tried to reprogram key but no good. I'd need to buy new one for £250 plus £95 to program it!!!!

Is there a cheaper solution or one I could attempt?

Thanks guys

 

Hi Sazzleevans,

 

I was browsing the forum after a long time and spotted your message.  My problem was that both my keyfobs were damaged - one got squashed by my wife in the house front door as it closed, while she managed to drop the 2nd one into a bucket of water.  As a result, only the central locking of one worked, while the other one would operate the ignition.  I'm also in the UK - near Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We'd been making do like this for a couple of years because of the high cost, but earlier this year there was a factory recall to replace the ignition, where there was a safety risk of it moving to Accessory position by itself while driving.  Because of the replaced ignition part, we ended up with two new keyfobs :)

 

You should check with your local UK dealer about this, though it sounds like you eventually got sorted out although had to pay a bit.

 

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5 hours ago, tmoffitt said:

 

Hi Sazzleevans,

 

I was browsing the forum after a long time and spotted your message.  My problem was that both my keyfobs were damaged - one got squashed by my wife in the house front door as it closed, while she managed to drop the 2nd one into a bucket of water.  As a result, only the central locking of one worked, while the other one would operate the ignition.  I'm also in the UK - near Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We'd been making do like this for a couple of years because of the high cost, but earlier this year there was a factory recall to replace the ignition, where there was a safety risk of it moving to Accessory position by itself while driving.  Because of the replaced ignition part, we ended up with two new keyfobs :)

 

You should check with your local UK dealer about this, though it sounds like you eventually got sorted out although had to pay a bit.

 

 

Check the post dates before posting. Hate for you to go to all that effort for a member who is no longer here.....;)

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