When it comes to making keys on many late model vehicles, an OEM factory scan tool is the only option. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you get a call for “all keys lost” on a 2015 Chrysler 200. Do you have the tool to program keys to the vehicle? Currently, there’s only one solution–Chrysler’s latest diagnostic tool, the MicroPOD II.

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WHAT’S A ROLLING PIN CODE?

The 2015 Chrysler 200, along with other Fiat-based models like the Jeep Renegade, Jeep Cherokee, and Ram Promaster, are all equipped with a rolling PIN Code. Unlike previous models with a single fixed code, the rolling code is only valid for 72 hours before it expires and changes. Currently, Chrysler’s MicroPOD II is the only solution for “all keys lost,” because it’s the only tool that will wake the BUS to begin the programming procedure for new keys, which I’ve outlined below.

*It’s important to note that Dealer PIN Codes will not work unless used with Dealer credentials. Aftermarket locksmiths and repairers with a valid LSID and TechAuthority login must purchase PIN Codes through Moparkeycode.com.

WHAT’S THE MICROPOD II?

But first, just a bit about the MicroPOD II. This dongle-style device is small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, and offers 100 percent CAN coverage for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles, and it replaces previous scanners including the StarScan, StarMobile, and wiTECH POD.

Like most OEM diagnostic and programming tools, the MicroPod II is PC-based. It connects via USB (no smart cables required) and requires a subscription to Tech Authority (Chrysler’s OEM service information) and wiTECH (Chrysler’s diagnostic software application).

Once equipped, though, you’ve just opened yourself up to a number of new profit opportunities, including “all keys lost” on many late-model, Fiat-based vehicle platforms. All keys lost complicates the situation, but with the MicroPod II, I’ll show you how to go from “all keys lost” to new key programmed in five minutes.

CASE STUDY:

Vehicle: 2015 Chrysler 200

Problem: “All Keys Lost”

Programming Solution: Chrysler’s MicroPOD II

What you need:   

Before you begin the programming process, you will need to purchase the PIN Code through Moparkeycode.com Once your transaction is complete, it will provide you with the Key Code (key cut code) and Authorized PIN (key programming).

Step 1.

Plug the MicroPOD II device into the OBD port and connect the USB cable from the device to your laptop. This wakes the BUS on the car.

 

Step 2.

RFH Module

Manually enter the VIN of the vehicle. This gives you access to the module list.  Select the RFH (Radio Frequency Hub) module. This is the module where the key is registered.

 

Step 3.

Program Ignition FOBIKs

Next select “Miscellaneous Functions,” then “Program Ignition Fobix.”  At this point, you are prompted to enter the VIN again, followed by the four-digit PIN Code.

 

Step 4.

Location of FOBIK in Console

After the four-digit pin is entered you are prompted to hit continue to “Program Ignition FOBIK.” Once you hit continue you must press the UNLOCK button on the FOBIX within 30 seconds (the FOBIX needs to be located near the center console during this procedure).  

 

Step 5.

Programming Successful

Programming of the Ignition FOBIX is now successful. The new key key is accepted into the car, and the ignition will now turn on and start the car. At this point, you also have the option to program a second key.

Things to Remember:

  • You must be online to program the key.
  • The PIN Code, when purchased through Moparkeycode.com, is only good for one session, which lasts 72 hours. After 72 hours the pin code expires.
  • If you input the wrong code three-time it locks the BCM and you cannot service the vehicle for 24 hours.
  • The key is one-time programmable. Once married to the vehicle it is locked to the car forever. The key can be erased from the car and put back into the same car, but can’t be switched to another car.
  • The placement of the key during initialization is important. It needs to be placed either behind the shifter or in the center console.

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This article was written by AE Tools Owner, Joey Hendrich, and initially featured in Automotive Annual–A Supplement to the National Locksmith–Oct. 2015.  AE Tools is the Mopar Factory Representative for FCA Chrysler. They can be reached at 1-844-witech 1 or 913-856-6678.