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Dodge Ram 1500 Locked up WCM May Cause Engine Cranking Problems

Dodge Ram 1500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 85,756 mi (16,000 mi - 190,000 mi)


If the engine does not crank (or cranks but won't start), the wireless control module (WCM) may have locked up. This is due to static discharge through the ignition key. A revised model should be installed, but simply disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery for thirty seconds will temporarily reset the module so you can start the car.

  • this is known problem ,you must use the spare chiped key, alternate use, the chip loses memory. dodge does not know why this is happenning.

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  • Visitor, , 120,280 mi

    eng. wont crank I can jump starter and it cranks but wont start have disconnected neg. batt and checked all fuzes I can find (under hood)

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  • Visitor, , 16,000 mi

    Same problem here! It's happened three times so far latest one yesterday 3/1/2011. After owning 4 Dodge trucks and our local Dodge dealer closing down this is the last one I'll ever own. Closest dealer is 122 miles away, truck went for repairs to this dealer last week for a different problem; coil igniter failed causing missfire to cylinder# 6, messed up two spark plugs, had to go get it at my own expense. Sorry Dodge!

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  • Visitor, , 40,000 mi

    Stopped at the Post Office. Got back in and turned the key....nothing. Radio and lights worked. Came home and read this thread, went back and disconnected the negative battery terminal. Waited a minute and hooked it back up, turned the key and Wahoo! It started up again. Thanks so much for the solution here!! :)

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    Turn the key, all lights, gauges, radio work, get a click, but no engine turn over. After trying many times, it will eventually turn over and start. Has been happening off and on for a few years.

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    te for us. Please remove us from your email list. Think it's all from Google ada. So sorry

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  • jsl4, , 107,000 mi

    Just spent 1,200 dollars for fuel pump and new timing chain gasket and seals. Had one day now truck will not start, no crank lights on dash but will not crank. Happened on and off for the 9 years i have had truck ! Always started after a while. Not looking good now. Looks like tow back to dealership again. Might be my last dodge. Very disappointed!

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  • Visitor, , 18,000 mi

    Had been told this but it says that static elect. will make car key lose its memory, so start with what....UHH!! the key

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  • Visitor, , 120,591 mi

    They've replace the wcm 3 time and still have to remove battery cable and reset. All I get is clicks when trying to start, the red light flashing no dome light. I know it won't start if there is no dome lights come on.

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  • un hooked battery and pulled the pcm fuse for about thirty seconds

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