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When I picked up my Ram I was given two key fobs and two physical keys. I know if the battery in your fob dies, the fob contains a backup key that can be used to unlock the doors and start the truck. So what's the point of the physical keys they give you? I tried starting the truck with it and it wouldn't start. :4-dontknow:

My Grand Cherokee only came with the fobs and not the physical keys.
 

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I believe it is so if you work in rugid, dirty or wet conditions you can leave the fob in the truck and keep the simple key on you, but that is only my best guess and what I use mine for from time to time.
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It is a valet key.
 

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I drove mine for the first few days using this key, but with the fob on the key ring so you may be right. I thought it didn't open the glove box, that's it. And I do not have the push button start.
 

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Are we talking about the extra key or the key that is hidden in the key fob?
 

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The extra key.
 

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Are we talking about the extra key or the key that is hidden in the key fob?

I'm talking about the extra key. I'll have to try starting the truck with it again but I'm pretty sure the last time I tried it said "Key FOB not present". And since you have a backup key inside the key FOB I'm totally confused what the purpose of this key is. Like I said my Grand Cherokee didn't come with these extra keys. It just came with the key fob with the backup key inside.
 

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I been using my extra key for my ram box cargo separator that has a lock on it. At first I didn't know there was a key in the key fob lol. Thanks to this thread I know where the ignition key is :)
 

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It's just another emergency key to get you into the truck. I know, mine came in handy when the service manager locked my truck with the engine running. They key fob spare was in the truck on the FOB, fortunately I kept the "other" emergency key in another pocket.
 

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There is a little problem with this setup if you have like me the factory alarm system.

I tested using only the physical key in the key fob to unlock the truck. So yes, it unlocks the door but it also immediately triggers the alarm system and there is nothing you can do to stop it (at least I didn't figure out how to, had to get my fob and press on panic button to finally stop alarm). Even starting the truck doesn't stop the alarm.

Not very convenient.
 

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I use the "second" extra key as my "idiot" key and keep it in my wallet just in case I lock the "extra key" in the fob in the truck with the fob.
 

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The full size extra keys are for the tailgate lock for added convenience, they also unlock the cab door if you have the lock there, there are also two keys that come with the fobs that do the same. I leave the fob keys in the fob and keep one large key in my change purse for an emergency if I get locked out.
 

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ahhhh when do you guys keep your change purses???
 

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What is the logic??

There is a little problem with this setup if you have like me the factory alarm system.

I tested using only the physical key in the key fob to unlock the truck. So yes, it unlocks the door but it also immediately triggers the alarm system and there is nothing you can do to stop it (at least I didn't figure out how to, had to get my fob and press on panic button to finally stop alarm). Even starting the truck doesn't stop the alarm.

Not very convenient.
SuperIke is correct. If you have the factory alarm, opening the door with the key will trigger the alarm and you can't turn it off unless you have a fob. And if you have a fob, you don't need a key to get into the truck.

Maybe I am missing something here.

I guess you could unlock the tailgate without triggering the alarm but that won't get you into the truck.
 
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