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So I had just picked up my 2013 Jeep Patriot from the dealer after some extensive repairs when it just wouldn't start. I had driven it only a few miles to pick up my daughter and when I tried starting it a minutes after, nothing. I turned the key and no click, no lights, no digital odometer. Nothing.

After a few heated calls with the Service Center manager and Roadside assistance, I googled the issue to find that it was most likely the Wireless Control Module, which apparently shuts down the car if it is malfunctioning (news to me). I finally found a post that recommended disconnecting the battery for ten seconds to reset it and ouila! The car started with no issue. However, I'm sure the problem is still there lurking and I don't want to take it back to the dealer, so...my questions are:

1) Can I replace the Wireless Control Module on my jeep patriot myself?
2) Can I reprogram the keys myself?

Any help or insights would be much appreciated...especially if you think I'm wrong. Thanks!
 

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You need a scan tool that is capable of programming keys. Not generally cheap. You can physically replace the WCM yourself, as that part isn't hard.

Swap it out, tow it to a mechanic and just have them flash it and program the keys. Just make sure you have your two keys with you.
 

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So I had just picked up my 2013 Jeep Patriot from the dealer after some extensive repairs when it just wouldn't start. I had driven it only a few miles to pick up my daughter and when I tried starting it a minutes after, nothing. I turned the key and no click, no lights, no digital odometer. Nothing.

After a few heated calls with the Service Center manager and Roadside assistance, I googled the issue to find that it was most likely the Wireless Control Module, which apparently shuts down the car if it is malfunctioning (news to me). I finally found a post that recommended disconnecting the battery for ten seconds to reset it and ouila! The car started with no issue. However, I'm sure the problem is still there lurking and I don't want to take it back to the dealer, so...my questions are:

1) Can I replace the Wireless Control Module on my jeep patriot myself?
2) Can I reprogram the keys myself?

Any help or insights would be much appreciated...especially if you think I'm wrong. Thanks!
Hello Jaime,
We are certainly sorry to hear about your recent ongoing concerns. Please know that if you decide to work on the concern yourself, we are limited in our ability to provide additional assistance. If you decide to continue working with your dealer, we would be more than happy to have this documented and escalate a case on your behalf for an additional layer of assistance while you work with your dealer. Let us know how you plan to proceed at your earliest convenience.
Laura
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Hello Jaime,
We are certainly sorry to hear about your recent ongoing concerns. Please know that if you decide to work on the concern yourself, we are limited in our ability to provide additional assistance. If you decide to continue working with your dealer, we would be more than happy to have this documented and escalate a case on your behalf for an additional layer of assistance while you work with your dealer. Let us know how you plan to proceed at your earliest convenience.
Laura
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JeepCares huh? I feel like if you really cared you wouldn't have designed a vehicle that is constantly falling apart.
 

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JeepCares huh? I feel like if you really cared you wouldn't have designed a vehicle that is constantly falling apart.
This is a customer service account that representatives use to try and help users on our forum. They did not build or design this vehicle.
Keep the posts on topic.
 

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JeepCares huh? I feel like if you really cared you wouldn't have designed a vehicle that is constantly falling apart.
Hello Dustin2689,
As your fellow forum members have stated, I would like to take a moment to clarify for you that JeepCares is the Social Engagement Team for FCA. We monitor forums, as well as social media platforms, to assist customers who are currently experiencing vehicle concerns as well as getting them connected with a Case Specialist to work with their dealers throughout the repair process. We also track trends so that the appropriate parties are made aware of what concerns our customers are experiencing. If you do not wish to use our services, that is perfectly fine, but please do not discourage other customers from contacting us when they need assistance. We are active on many other social forums and you are welcome to confirm our validity by visiting one of them.
Laura
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