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Dodge Nitro Engine May Not Start at Times

Dodge Nitro Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 75,765 mi (34,000 mi - 195,000 mi)


The anti-theft system may cause a no start condition due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) affecting the wireless control module (WCM). There is an updated WCM to correct this issue.

  •  Enthusiast

    My Nitro will not start, the owner before me had a viper auto start put in and we were thinking my car was going into anti theft mode because of this. I had some one come and take the viper out and my car still will not start it is stuck in anti theft mode. my husband has un hooked the battery to reset it and that does not work. my key fob will not work as well so we tried replacing the battery it still does not work. how can i get my car to start or get out of anti theft mode?

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  •  Rookie

    I went to start my nitro and would not start. Had to have my nitro towed to a dealer. They told me it was my anti theft module and it needs to be replaced, problem is they are on back order, I haven't had my nitro for 4 days now and when I called this morning I was told hopefully the part would in early next week. How Do I Reset This Thing Myself?????

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  • Visitor, , 57,000 mi

    My car wouldn't start, we thought it was
    My auto start among numerous other things
    Long story short it was the "auto kill switch "
    "Anti theft device" when I purchased my vehicle
    From the dealership they didn't tell me I had one
    We found it under my steering wheel. I got mine removed but
    When I had this problem I pushed it back in and my car started.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    Keyless entry doesn't work, when key is turned in ignition the vehicle won't start but all the lights, fans and gauges come on.

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  • Visitor,

    My 2007 Nitro starts than shut off, After several try s it will than start. Sometime when I turn the key nothing happen. This could be a safety defect a defect.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Just this morning went to my car and it would not start, I check the battery and it was charged. I drove the car all day on yesterday without any problems. I have the car now at the dealer, doing special test???? now to see what is wrong. I told them that ESD light was coming on but they are still checking.... they did say they needed to check the pins in the car, this is the electicial system for the car.....butI will check the WCM and I will ask about the "anti theft device"......I pray its free or not much money......

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  • Visitor,

    2011 Nitro would not start thought it was a dead battery tried to jump it with my vehicle almost blew them both up will not start at all now. Light flashed in dash and outside then died.

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  • Visitor, , 107,232 mi

    When I was driving the other day a red light under the speedometer came on. It would blink a few times then it would wait a few more mins and do it again. So my hubby pulled the cables off of the battery and waited for 10 mins are so and it started. Now this morning went out to start my car and its doing it again wouldnt start. What is it doing and how do we fix this?

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  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi

    won't start. lights, guages, radio,fan all work but it won't turn over. just had it towed to dealer

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  •  Rookie

    Will not start at times and all the lights come on and I have a new battery. I had everything checked and they have NO IDEA!! WTF!! They even put it on that machine to read the problem and it said "Communication problem"?? WHAT THE HELL??

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