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Old 07 Sep 2010, 06:27 pm
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Default 06 base--Is it possible to have a non-chipped key?

Hi all,

Well, the car is almost mine--the dealer called and they are doing the alignment (per my request) and putting two new tires on (their idea, at their expense). I don't know whether to pop the champagne or continue worrying obsessively.

Anyway, here is my question: the car came with two keys--not the kind with the buttons you press to remotely lock/unlock the doors, just keys with a big fat plastic coating on the non-business end. So, being the kind of person who loses my keys all the time, I took them to the hardware store to have a duplicate made. The guy put my key in this reader thing they have and said, "I'll be darned...there's no chip in this key." He tried it several times with the same result. So he made me a plain old replacement key.

So then I check the owner's manual and they blab blab blab about the "sentry key" with the chip in it and how if you try to use another key to start the car the engine shuts down in 2 seconds.

So here's my questions: Is it possible that a 2006 base with 5-speed could have a non-chipped key? And if I try the flat key I had made and the engine cuts off, can I just remove the flat key, use the chipped key, and be good to go?

Thanks to those who have the patience to read through my meanderings!

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Old 07 Sep 2010, 06:40 pm
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Default Re: 06 base--Is it possible to have a non-chipped key?

Discuss it with the dealer, they should know!!!!
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Old 07 Sep 2010, 07:47 pm
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Default Re: 06 base--Is it possible to have a non-chipped key?

I would think the non-chipped key will tell you right away if you need the chip and the system should be OK if it does shut off and try to restart with the other key. If it does shut off. Wait a few minutes for the system to reset before using the keys it came with. Just going by the locksmith, they should know if it had a chip in it. The owners manual is generic and sometimes, like now, you can't tell if it talks about the Touring, Limited or Base models.
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Old 07 Sep 2010, 07:51 pm
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Default Re: 06 base--Is it possible to have a non-chipped key?

It is possible to have a non sentry key vehicle. Those are typically originally rental cars for the the same reason as you want. Keys get lost frequently and it's much cheaper to get just a standard key. Actually now that I think of it rentals are typically automatics.... Chrysler did a lot of experimentation around that time with different options and oddball stuff. A/c was an option instead of standard... 4 wheel disc brakes with no ABS... And I seem to remember an ABS setup with rear drum brakes. To sum it up...Yes it is possible.
Very simple test is to start with the new key. If it runs for more than 2 seconds then you're good. If not then then a good way to work around it is too cut the head of the key with the chip off and glue it as close to the ring around the key slot. Then you can use a regular key.
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Old 09 Sep 2010, 06:39 pm
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There's no such thing as a 2006 model with a non-chipped key. The locksmith doesn't know what he's talking about.

ALL Chrysler keys with the fat gray head are chipped. If it wasn't chipped, it would be a flat key with a black head.

If you start it using the non-chipped key, it will shut off after 2 seconds. Simply put in the chipped key and it will start right up. It's an active system, so you don't need to wait for it to "reset".
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Old 10 Sep 2010, 06:49 pm
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There's no such thing as a 2006 model with a non-chipped key. The locksmith doesn't know what he's talking about.
Sir I do beg to differ with you. Having been a Chrysler technician for almost 10 years I think I know what I am talking about. They are VERY rare but do exsist. Like I said mostly rental cars or fleet type vehicles.

Having said that... if the key does have a bulbous head on it with the Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep logo and is grey then it's 99 percent a SENTRY key vehicle.

Chrysler did a lot of weird things with the PT around that time. The best one I saw was making A/C an "option". Ummmmm..... does any body drive a car with out a/c by choice? Not counting if the A/C doesn't work.
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Sir I do beg to differ with you. Having been a Chrysler technician for almost 10 years I think I know what I am talking about. They are VERY rare but do exsist. Like I said mostly rental cars or fleet type vehicles.

Having said that... if the key does have a bulbous head on it with the Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep logo and is grey then it's 99 percent a SENTRY key vehicle.
You mean like the key at the top? These are what came with my '06 Limited... I use the black one. According to Carfax it was a company lease prior to me buying it last year.

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The key head with the panic button is the key with the chip in it.
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Actually both keys have chips in them. The one on top is typically for a vehicle with out keyless entry. They will also work on a vehicle with keyless entry you just don't get the remote function. Non SENTRY keys are flat at the top or even concave to an extent.
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Old 10 Sep 2010, 08:42 pm
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Default Re: 06 base--Is it possible to have a non-chipped key?

WE just bought an '07...
We only got ONE key.. and it looks like the one in the top of the pic above..
We don't have any sort of one that has a lock or unlock button..

SO since the one on the top of the above pic is one without a chip.. I assume we have the same type key with no chip... but it's confusing, that if it has no chip,.. how does it start at all>>

Hey Slartyblarfast... can you fill me in one what (IYO) that I have.. it's all so very confusing...
I'd like to get a spare key.. and if mine doesn't have a chip, ANY sort of blank would seem to work fine..??
I'm just trying to figure out the right thing to do to get a spare key... (without spending a boatload of money)
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