Programming a Transponder Key
I went to my localDodge parts counterto buy some wheel well liners. While I was there I asked the parts guy about buying an additional key. I don't know what year Dodge switched to this style of key, but mine has a remote built into the key and I know from reading the owner's manual thatit alsohas a transponder in it. So I expected it to be expensive. This kid told me it's $125 for the key and the service department needs to program it for another $40. My initial instinct was to grab him by the throat and pull him over the counter, Dick Marcinko-style. "It's just a key, you stupid kid!" Cooler thoughts prevailed, however, and I remained calm. "Let me think about the key, but I'll get the wheel well liners now," I told him.
Fortunately I found a thread on the 3rd Gen forum that discussed these transponder keys. I don't care about the remote control, I just want an extra key that will open the door and start the engine. I found a guyin North Carolina who sells keys on Ebay. I bought two transponder key blanks from him for $30. After my local hardware store cut them, I tried to program my Ram to accept the new keys by following the instructions in the owner's manual. I could not get it to work. Have any of you guys successfully programmed new keys before? Is there a trick to it?