How to Program the Remote on a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

by Megan Staples
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The original keyless entry remote is not necessary to open the doors to a 1996 Jeep Cherokee; any compatible duplicate remote will work with the correct programming. If you have lost or broken your remote, you can contact your local dealer to have it replaced; however, this can be costly. Purchasing a universal remote and reprogramming it is an easy solution that will most likely save you money. Up to four remotes can be programmed to a receiver at a time.

Programming the First Transmitter

Step 1

Unlock all of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's doors and open the driver's side door. Keeping the door open, lock it using the manual lock on the door itself.

Step 2

Put the manual key into the ignition and switch it to the "On" or "Run" position, whichever applicable, without starting the engine.

Step 3

Point the remote at the receiver (located by the little bulb on the car ceiling) and hold down the "Lock" button for up to 5 seconds.

Step 4

When the driver's side door unlocks, you know the remote has been programmed correctly. If you are only programming one remote, jump to the next step. If not, manually re-lock the driver's side door and repeat steps 5 and 6 using each remote you would like to program and then continue.

Turn the key to the "Off" position and turn the ignition on immediately. This must be done within 20 seconds of programming the last remote. You're finished!


  • Once you are finished the programming process, only the remote transmitters used during the process will work with your Jeep.


  • Be as quick as possible throughout the entire process to assure that the system does not time out.

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About the Author

Megan Staples has been writing since 2006. She is published in trade journals and has written articles that are now translated and used in international universities. Her professional experience in real estate, wholesale distribution and arts management provides a wide array of expertise. Staples holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts and business management from Syracuse University.

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