From time to time locksmiths get a call from a used vehicle owner who does not have enough information about the vehicle history. From damaged ignition switch that was replaced due to failure or a car accident that caused the previous owner to get a new door (and a new door lock with it). Here is how to rekey and how a locksmith can rekey Jeep car locks?
The first step is to identify which one of the keys that you currently have (One for the ignition and one for the door) is the original key. One of the biggest mistakes is to rekey the locks to the wrong key (non original). By doing so, you will lose the option to make replacement car key based on the VIN in the future.
Once identified the key, we need to rekey the car door locks that are currently using a secondary key to the original.
How to Remove Jeep Wrangler Door Lock (Driver Side) The lock is being held from the inside by a big "C" Clip. In Unlike other cars, the Jeep inside panel is impossible to remove, since it's attached to the window tracks and to the window motor.
In order to remove the lock, you will need to lose the screws and carefully reach in to loosen it.
To start, you'll need to remove the inside panel. The screws are easy to find (You'll need a Phillips head screwdriver and a torx number 30 to remove all the screw. Once you got it, push the panel up and release it from the door.
How to Remove Door Panel Now for the tricky part. Under this panel there is a secondary panel that holds the window tracks. Between the two panels there is a small cable harness (controls the power lock mechanism). You can disconnect this harness to make your job easier.
In order to remove the inside panel you will need a 10 mm socket wrench and about 4 minutes. gently remove the bolts and collect them. You DO NOT have to remove the 3 bolts that holds the window motor.
If you're not sure that you can do it, a car locksmith might be a good person to help you. A professional local locksmith has the tools, knowledge and experience to assist you.
Even if you got that far by yourself, when it comes to car locks re-key, you will have to stop by and contact a car locksmith. Part of the re-keying process involved breaking the lock face cap and replacing it with a brand new one. If you're not a car locksmith, you will not be able to get the part, and can just cause damage to the car door lock.
Also, a car locksmith will carry a suitable wafers kit that cab be used to rekey the car lock once in hand. The rekeying process is fairly fast & simple and will take 2-5 minutes top. The locksmith will replace the springs and wafers with new ones that will match your original Jeep key.