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Old 19 Aug 2015, 09:46 pm
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Hey Guys, I want to get another key or two made for my 2003 GT and don't know if the key is a chipped key or not. It's gray in color and not very big. Do any of you know if the 03's are chipped? I'm running out of money and can't afford an expensive key right now. Thanks
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Old 19 Aug 2015, 10:58 pm
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Mine's black and is non chipped. iirc, my wifes was grey and was chipped.

Take it to ace hardware and they'll be able to tell if it is chipped or not. If it is, they can probably clone it for less than $80. Lot cheaper than the dealer.
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Old 20 Aug 2015, 04:31 am
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Gray key is a chipped key.
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Old 20 Aug 2015, 05:43 am
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mines grey & chipped (only got 1 with the car..)
how I know ...I made a cheap non chipped copy
..will start the car but immediately quits
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Thanks for the replies, fellas. Looks like I'll have to wait a couple of weeks and get one made. Living on social security sucks!
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Old 20 Aug 2015, 07:40 am
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Here's a cheap answer.

You can take the cover off the steering column, remove the SKIM module, take zip ties and fix your existing gray key in the center of the ring in the SKIM module. Then plug the SKIM module back in but instead of bolting it back to the steering column, just hide it in the dash while plugged in.

After this, you can just use inexpensive unchipped keys. That takes you from $80 down to about $5 or less.



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Old 20 Aug 2015, 07:39 pm
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That seems like a heck of a lot of work, Handy Cruiser. Looks to me like you pulled the entire steering column. I'm not sure I follow what you're saying to do, as I've had two brain surgeries and my comprehensive thinking is for crap. I think with the labor that it looks like it will involve, I'll just bite the bullet and see what I can get it done for around town here.
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Old 20 Aug 2015, 08:08 pm
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That seems like a heck of a lot of work, Handy Cruiser. Looks to me like you pulled the entire steering column. I'm not sure I follow what you're saying to do, as I've had two brain surgeries and my comprehensive thinking is for crap. I think with the labor that it looks like it will involve, I'll just bite the bullet and see what I can get it done for around town here.
That's just a spare steering column I was using to show the SKIM module. I seem to have collect a lot of spare PT parts over the last year and a half.

All that needs to be done is take two screw out to remove the column cover and then two screw that hold the SKIM module onto the column. But don't worry about it. I'm always doing and suggesting things that seem hard to others, even the professionals sometimes. Being "handy", crazy and raised in the backwoods can sometimes make me a little frighting to others.

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Old 20 Aug 2015, 10:39 pm
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Well, heck, if that's all that's involved, then I'm willing to give it a shot. I'm guessing I should disconnect the battery first, right? Then you're saying that if I do that, I should be able to drive it with a "valet" key or just a regular Mopar key cut at Walmart or a hardware store? Are the screws in the cover regular Phillips head or maybe torx or reverse torx? I have all of the tools.
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Old 21 Aug 2015, 09:03 am
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Well, heck, if that's all that's involved, then I'm willing to give it a shot. I'm guessing I should disconnect the battery first, right? Then you're saying that if I do that, I should be able to drive it with a "valet" key or just a regular Mopar key cut at Walmart or a hardware store? Are the screws in the cover regular Phillips head or maybe torx or reverse torx? I have all of the tools.
You can see how to remove the cover in this thread where I change out a multifunction switch:

The "Handy" Multifunction Switch Install

After you remove the cover and the multifunction switch as shown in the thread, there are two screws/bolts that hold the SKIM module to the column. The bracket for that can be seen on the top of the SKIM module in my photo above.

Only do this if you feel comfortable about it. I'm just one do-it-yourself guy helping another.
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