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Jeep Cherokee Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead battery in the key fob remote control for a 5th generation 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2015 Cherokee Key Fob
Back Side of Fob
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and probably also the refreshed 2018 model year) Jeep Cherokee SUV in changing a dead battery in the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement coin cell (A.K.A. "button" or "watch" battery) is part number CR2032.

The tools required to complete this procedure include a small Phillips head screwdriver and a small flathead screwdriver such as in a jewelers precision screwdriver kit.

Release Switch - Front Bottom
Slide Over Switch
The first step is to separate the fob from the key ring and your other keys.

Slide the switch on the front bottom area of the fob to release the backup emergency metal ignition key.

Remove Metal Ignition Key
Tiny Phillips Head Screw
Pull the metal ignition key out of the fob and set it aside in a safe place.

Locate the small Phillips head screwdriver on the bottom edge of the fob which was hidden by the backup ignition key.

Remove Counterclockwise
Phillips Screw Removed
Remove the screw by turning it counterclockwise with a small #0 Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

Pry Apart Two Halves
Pull Off Fob Cover
Insert a small flathead screwdriver in to the slot where the metal ignition key used to reside.

Gently pry apart the front and back halves of the fob.

Fob Cover Removed
Remove Remote Control Unit
Pull the plastic frame off the top of the fob assembly.

Remove the rubber buttons piece and remote control unit from the back cover of the fob.

Pull the remote control unit out of the rubber piece.


Gently Pry Out Old Battery
Old Battery Removed
Push the old battery out of the socket with your finger nail or very carefully use the end of the small flathead screwdriver.

Try to avoid bending the metal electrical contacts or scratching the green circuit board.

Panasonic CR 2032 3V
Push In New Battery
Slide the new CR2032 coin cell battery in to the holder with the "+" positive side facing up towards you and the "-" negative side facing down.

The battery is available from various manufacturers such as Energizer, Duracell, Sony, Maxell, Panasonic and Rayovac.

New Battery Installed
Remote In Rubber Cover
Lower the remote control unit in to the rubber buttons piece with the battery facing up towards you.
Lower In To Back Half
Remote & Buttons In Back
Turn over the rubber piece and lower it in to the back cover of the fob.
Lower Plastic Front Cover
Gently Snap Together Fob
Line up the plastic frame over the top of the fob and gently snap it back in to place.

Make sure that the two halves of the fob are flush together at every edge.

Replace Phillips Screw
Push In Ignition Key
Re-insert the screw and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the #0 Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Slide the metal ignition key back in to place.

Key Fob Re-Assembled
Test New Key Fob Battery
To test the new battery, stand near your SUV and press the "Unlock" or "Lock" buttons.

If the new battery is working properly, you should see the parking lights flash and also hear the door locks opening or closing.

For more, check out all of my Jeep Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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