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Dodge Caravan Key May Not Start Car or Release From Ignition

Dodge Caravan Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 109,206 mi (50,000 mi - 180,380 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, , 135,000 mi

    Key will not turn in the ignition. Not sure what makes it finally release, but it is getting longer between episodes before the van will start.

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  • Visitor, , 50,000 mi

    key wouldn't fit in ignition - had to have ignition replaced. Still under warranty at the time, but had to pay for tow, etc.

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  • Visitor, , 59,858 mi

    key will not turn in the ignition.

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