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nixt
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Location: Atlanta/Athens, Georgia

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Hiding a Valet or Security key Reply with quote

My previous Jeep was a used 1998 ZJ 5.9. When I purchased it, the owner gave me all of the keys that he had for it and said that he would mail any others that he may have forgotten. A few weeks later, a key arrived in the mail. This key did not look like a normal Jeep/D-C key- it had a large square head and totally made of metal there was no rubberized grip head on it. This key would not work the ignition- it would only unlock the doors. I don't know if the previous owner had this key made or if it came with the owners manual if the Jeep was purchased new. My prior vehicle, a blazer, had a key similar to this that came with the truck when it was purchased new.
A year later that Jeep had been totalled (not my fault) and I purchased another almost exactly the same via the internet. My second Jeep did not have this Valet or Security key with it. I was wondering: Did anyone else recieve a key like this when they purchased their ZJ? Does anyone know how to get/make a key that only operates their doors and not the ignition? I ask this because I am afraid of locking myself out and I would like to be able to hide a key on the exterior of the vehicle that would only open the doors. Currently, I've got a combination gascap that not only locks the gas cap, but also it has a space to hide a key. Recently, I've been having trouble getting the cap off so I'm afraid that one day I'll run out of fuel due to my inability to get the gas cap off. Furthermore, the combination gas cap violates the local emissions laws and fails the test when I have to get my emissions tested. This is due to the long stem underneath the cap that makes up the hiding space for the spare key. I've also heard that this type of cap causes the Check Engine light to come on. Also, I'd love to know if anybody has any experience with hiding a key on the exterior of the vehicle. I was thinking of the backside of the skid plates. I'm not really worried about vehicle theft since I have a locator system and service for the Jeep- I just don't want to have to pay a locksmith if I lock myself out.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me just post here..

I dont know....

I think you can get a key cut to open just the doors but I dont know how to do it...Dealership could probobly help you..
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can give the dealership your vin and they can cut the key and then get one of those magnetic key holder and stick it to something under the car i used one and it never fell off. or you can get a door popper button installed that'll just open the driver's door
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got a bar magnet, a strong one, about 2 inches long and about 1/4" by 1/4" in width. I then took my spare key and taped it to the magnet and slapped that sucker up under the frame in a not-so-easy to spot place. The key has never fallen off.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those who carry a wallet and don't lose them, I keep my spare in the key holder. It's never failed me. jo
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nixt
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 8:45 pm    Post subject: Valet Key Reply with quote

Apparently, my previous '98 ZJ must have been one of the first off the line. It was a '98 model but must have been manufactured early in '97. A locksmith that replied to one of my emails said that Jeep offered a Valet Key as part of an option package for the ZJ every year but 1998. The To quote the NAGCA website's page for 1998 Grand Cherokees: New on all 1998 Grand Cherokees are Wrangler HP VSB tires, new ignition key lock for added security and new Dark Saddle and Agate interior colors. However, they have a separate page dedicated to the specs of the 1998 5.9 Limited, and it says that production started in July 1997 and then mentions absolutely nothing about a new key with security features. The Locksmith that emailed me also mentioned that in Automotive Locksmithing literature that the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee had a "transponder" key. Does that make any sense? Are they talking about the keyless entry system? Was it a freak of luck that I got a 1998 5.9 with a valet key?- or like many other of the 5.9's not really well thought out special features (a different roof rack that noone makes attachments for, no option for transmission or power steering coolers, or the V-8 power that has more horses and torque than a 5.2, yet it gets the towing capacity of the 4.0) Then again, I've got an aftermarket vehicle locator on it, so I'll probably just stick a key on it somewhere with a magnet. By the way, when I had my blazer the holder for the valet key was actually shaped like a credit card so I always kept it in my wallet.
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JKS disconnects & Garmin GPS
Heavy duty OME Suspension kit
with 2" coil spacers for 3.5-3.75 total lift
235/85R16 Goodyear MTR's Measure a true 32"

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