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

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.

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Average mileage: 101,320 (99–277,354)
16 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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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.
About half of the time I cannot remove the fob from the ignition. It stops at acc. It cannot be removed then until I hear a click. Then I can turn it to off and remove the fob. It can take anywhere from 10 seconds to about 20 minutes to hear the click.
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.
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.
Key turns in ignition, but will not start vehicle. Have spent $1500 so far replacing starter and WIN module & Tipum? module---took it back yesterday, demanded a loaner & told them to keep till it is really fixed. This has been going on for a year now. Worse in hot weather.
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.
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.
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
The van will intermittently not start. When I turn the key, the panel of lights come on, and anything else electrical comes on. I do hear a click... but the engine won't crank. I have had the battery checked and it's fine. The guy at the tire shop said I had some wires corroded, but he said he took care of it. So, it ran fine for about a month, and now it's intermittently not starting again. The other day I got it home and after it sat out in the yard for an hour or so I went back out to try again, and it cranked up like nothing was every wrong. So I'm having this dilema again... it's sitting out in the yard, and I can't get it to crank. I really need to understand what is causing this so I can have it fixed. I can't afford spending alot of unnecessary money, so I need to know what's causing this issue. (Or what's probably causing it). Can someone tell me what they would check first? I do not want to end up stranded somewhere as I have no one to come pick me up. This is a very frustrating situation, to say the least.
key will not turn in lock to start the van. Sometimes will not turn all the way off, gets stuck in acc position & must start/stop/move gear lever many times to turn off & remove key.
Sometimes, the van will not start. Everything else gets power, but just won't start. After a couple attempts it usually does.
I started car it drove fine the when come back out from store turned key and it had lights battery was fine but car wouldn't turn on
Intermittently the ignition will not start. I hear like a sparking sound. If I jiggle the fob in the ignition, it will start. The dealer says it's the starter (almost $400). I don't think so because when the ignition does engage, it's a strong start, no lag, no clicking, etc. I suspect it's the ignition switch of which MOPAR has a bad history. I have an extended warranty but curiously the starter motor is not covered. I will review the warranty and see if the ignition is covered. In reading other comments, I see it may be the FOB so I'll carry both with me and see if that makes a difference. Nonetheless, I have to pay $99 for the "service". I don't think I'll be going to that dealer again unless it's specifically a warranted item.
I ᤾jump in my van to go to work and it didnt want yo start
Key fob occasionally will not release with vehicle in park and off. Key for will not turn ignition on to start vehicle even with gear-shift in Park. Cannot get gear out of park nor turn fob to start the engine.. Car is parked on level surface and not resting on transmission lock.. Very frustrating....
on saturday "fuel registered @ empty" Sunday whet to store came out started van "engine shut down and all electrical stopped working, key would not release from lock" Monday notice on instruments came on "gas cap" got off road checked cap no problem, still registered "gascap" this vehicle is used to transport "DISABLED PERSON{22yr old CHILD} to as far away as lexington,ky & cincinatti, ohio. PLEASE ADVISE ASAP should be on RECALL list
put in park, many atime key will only go to acc , then have to shift back and forward to remove key
Ignition switch won't work when key is turned.
the key will not come out of the ignition stays in acc position need to start serveral time before it comes out.
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