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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

Average Mileage: 115,591 mi (62,000 mi - 159,000 mi)


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.

  • 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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    present for years.

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  • Visitor, , 149,507 mi

    Able to put Key into ingnition, but unable to turn it to start the vehicle.

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    My key would not turn the ignition. I would have to wiggle it back and forth till it started. No problem taking the key out. I replaced the lock cylinder. Works fine

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  • Visitor, , 135,000 mi

    my tumbler sticks also,, so I leave a key in it at all times so I don't get stranded. Pain in the arse.

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  • Visitor, , 159,000 mi

    replaced lock

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    I was told by my mechanic that the shape of the key with the keyring hole on the side of the key rather than on the end of the key contributes to this problem. Even though the key is reversible, people always put it in the ignition with the keyring hole facing down because of the weight of the keys, so the key wears on the one side. I was told to try to try to remember to reverse the direction.

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