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Dodge Grand Caravan Key May Not Start Car or Release From Ignition

 
Dodge Grand Caravan Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 105,244 mi (40,000 mi - 210,000 mi)

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Intermittently, the key may not start the car or release from the ignition. If it is excessively worn, replace the key. If the new key doesn't work, replacing the lock cylinder including tumblers should correct this concern.

  •  Rookie

    Go to turn off car, and the key stops in the ACC position. Need to move into other gears, sometimes several times, before key would go to OFF position and come out.

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  • Visitor, , 105,000 mi

    Key sometimes won't start car or release from ignition. Works fine for awhile then suddenly won't start and/or won't release the key for a couple of days, then it'll be fine again. So far we just keep trying until it eventually starts. To get out the stuck key, we have to start the car again, put it in gear or neutral, then try turning it off again. Sometimes takes 20 or more tries to get it out.
    Mechanic can't reproduce, so have to wait until it's a bad day and then will take it in again. I'm thinking to replace the lock cylinder now before it gets stuck for good or won't start no matter how many times we try.

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  • Visitor, , 210,000 mi

    The key will not turn to the off position. I am able to turn off the van, but the key is stuck in the ACC position, draining my battery. I have to re-start the van, and put it in gear, drive foward and backward a few times and then if I'm lucky it eventually turns to the off position.

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  •  Rookie

    Key at times won't start the van but it started not allowing me to remove the key no matter what I did. I took it into the dealership & it took a day and a half for the to tell me this is going to cost me over $700 to fix. I should get my van back tomorrow so i'll have to see it the problem is fixed but with all the other ignition problems, it seems to me that this should be a recall item that I shouldn't have to pay for.

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  • Visitor, , 116,000 mi

    Key will not come out of ignition. I have e
    To leave it in for 30 mins or longer sometimes or start it again and put it in drive or reverse several times before i can get the key out

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  • Visitor, , 157,000 mi

    key difficult to remove

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    Key fob inserted will not start van - will eventually after many tries. Just notified about a WIN detent module recall but no parts available to fix it. Also engine light keeps coming on - replaced valve - twice - wondering if related to ignition issue. I am actually in Canada but could not input postal code - only zip code.

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  • Visitor, , 98,230 mi

    van starts before turned all way over,shuts off by its self,can not get key o some times

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    SOMETIMES WHEN I GO TO START THE VAN, IT WON'T TURN ON. I HAVE TO TURN IT ON AND OFF 3 TO 5 TIMES BEFORE IT WILL START. VERY INTERMITTENT.

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  • Visitor, , 123,000 mi

    key wont turn off enough to remove fob

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