by Leonardo R. Grabkowski
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The 2006 Jeep Commander comes with sentry keys, also called chip keys, which must be programmed into the ignition module. This configuration is part of the vehicle’s anti-theft system; makes it more difficult for a thief to make a duplicate key for your Commander. Commander keys can be programmed at home. However, the procedure is only useful if an additional key is programmed. If you do not currently have two keys programmed, you will need to visit a Jeep dealer to program the keys with a dedicated dealer scan tool.
Put your first working key in the ignition. Put it “On”, but do not start the engine. Hold the key in the “On” position for eight seconds, then turn it back to “Off” and remove it.
Insert the second key into the ignition. Turn it on and wait about 10 seconds. You will hear a chime and a dash light labeled “SKIM” will illuminate.
Turn the key back to “Off” and remove it from the ignition.
Insert the key you want to program. Turn it on and wait for the “SKIM” light to turn off. This takes approximately 20 seconds. Once the light goes out, the key is programmed.
- This procedure will also program keyless entry, which is integrated with the key.