I got the chip out without any problems and put the new chip into the old carrier, very easy and the trick is to go slow and pay attention. Got the notch pointing in the correct direction in the carrier and will be sure to make sure it's pointing towards the passenger side when it goes back in.
So the carrier in a 1226869 is not that common after all, that's why I decided to ask questions first before goofing anything up!
Update: I just installed it, piece of cake with a carrier! I'll put the rest of it back together tomorrow and see what happens when I hit the key.
[This message has been edited by BrittB (edited 01-17-2014).]