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Service Passive Entry System [Meaning & Reset]

If you own a Jeep, you may have experienced this problem with the vehicle’s Service Passive Entry System.

You open the door, and on the dashboard, there is a message saying “service passive entry system” appears with a chime.

Using my knowledge as a mechanic and after doing some research.

In this article, I will explain what a ‘service passive entry system’ means,  how to fix it, and how to reset it. let’s get to it!

Service Passive Entry System Meaning

Your Jeep comes with a Service Passive Entry System, advanced technology that’s designed to improve convenience and security for Jeep owners.

The system offers a keyless enter-and-go feature that allows drivers to open the car without having to press the key fob.

The system operates automatically such that the vehicle’s doors open when the owner approaches the car or when they touch/pull the door handle.

It also locks when you move away from the vehicle or when you touch it to exit.

When your key fob is within range, the Service Passive Entry System should work normally unless something is wrong. And that’s what we are looking at next.

What Causes the “Service Passive Entry System” Alert?

As I have mentioned above, there are various factors that can trigger the service passive entry system error message. Here are a few of them:

Electrical Issues

Electrical issues such as too much resistance, a blown fuse, or faulty wiring in the car related to the service passive entry system can result in an error message.

Even the slightest disruption to the normal electrical circuitry can lead to an error in communication between your Jeep and the key fob.

Engine Control Unit Problems

The ECU manages several vehicle functions and includes the service passive entry system of your Jeep.

If the engine control unit develops some glitches or if there is a software malfunction in it, it can affect the service passive entry system.

Problems with the Key Fob

The key fob itself may be the culprit. From the foregoing, it is clear that the service passive entry system relies on accurate communication between your key fob and the vehicle.

Therefore, if your key fob has such issues as improper synchronization or a weak signal, it can lead to an error message popping up on the dashboard.

Low or Depleted Key Fob Battery

If your key fob battery is low or has been depleted, there can be issues with the service passive entry system.

With a low or depleted battery, the key fob may not be able to transmit strong signals for proper connections to be established. This is going to cause difficulties with the entry system and the error message may appear as a result.

Sensor Obstruction

Your Jeep has sensors that detect the range of your key fob. These sensors may, sometimes, be obstructed so they do not detect the key fob as they normally should.

Physical obstructions by large debris or other cars or even damage to the sensors can result in an error message.

Outdated Software

As with any software-driven system, Jeep’s service passive entry system requires regular updates for optimal performance.

Outdated software can cause compatibility problems leading to the service passive entry system error message.

How to Fix the Service Passive Entry System Error Message

You can fix the passive entry system message issue in various ways. Here are a few of the common ways that have worked for many Jeep drivers:

1. Ensure your antennae is in good shape:

The antenna contributes to signal reception from the key fob. Check it and ensure there is no visible damage or corrosion on it. You may want to replace it if you notice any issues with it. 

2. Replace your key fob battery:

As mentioned earlier, a dead or weak key fob battery is definitely going to affect signal transmission to your Jeep. So try replacing the key fob battery with a new one and test to see if the problem is fixed. 

3. Reprogram your wireless key:

You can have your key fob reprogrammed at your Jeep Service Centre. You can also try doing it yourself.

Remove the battery, press any key on the fob several times to dispel any charge residue, re-install the battery and check if the issue is gone. 

4. Update the service passive entry system:

It is advisable to have this done by a certified technician.

You can also take the car to your Jeep Service Centre. They have special equipment to diagnose the system, and should they notice it needs updates, they will do it for free, assuming your car is still under warranty. 

5. Check for any electrical glitches:

You should also leave this part to the experts unless, of course, you know exactly what you are doing. A certified technician will check the system for any electrical problems and fix them if they find any.

How to Reset the Service Passive Entry System

One or more of the fixes above should solve the issue. However, you may also want to try resetting your service passive entry system.

To do this, you first need to disable the system through the Uconnect settings. Then, unlock and lock your car, then unlock it again so the settings are enabled. The issue should be fixed.

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