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I have a 2007 Dodge Nitro that the ignition will not turn over

Everything else works, including electrical. I had no clue of anything wrong. Went to start car and it would not turn over. I do have an advanced security system, but that is also working. Thanks for your help.

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  • redhed21112 Dec 13, 2008

    Thank you for your immediate help, Ekse. I am accepting the solution, but since I had to leave my Nitro stranded at my job, I printed your solution and will go and try your suggestions. Hopefully, this will work. Will let you know. Thanks again.


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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand to my knowledge, the starting solenoid (that activates the starter motor) is actually interlocked by the vehicle's electronics. Therefore it takes over the cranking and starting. It would only engaged if several factors are satisfied:

  • automatic transmission set to Park or Neutral;
  • alarm/security/immobilizer OFF;
  • IGN switch to Start momentarily.
having said these, all that is needed is a quick turn of the key to START and let it turn back on its own. The starting fuctions are eventually also controlled by the PCM and TIPM.This is unlike the previous menthod of staying at the START till the engine catches.

Additionally, I was made to understand that the R/T motor is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy Holidays.

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    Louie Role Dec 13, 2008

    If all of the above are met and the transmission position is verified by the Shift indicator lights, then most probable would be the electronics that control the interlock.


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Is the battery good? how about the starter?

Follow these steps to make the engine turn over.

Step 1: Set the emergency brake.

Step 2: If you have an automatic transmission, hold the gearshift lever firmly in the park position while turning the key. If nothing happens, move the lever to neutral and try again. If you have a manual transmission, make sure the clutch pedal is pressed all the way to the floor. If the car starts after any of these steps, the problem is a faulty safety neutral switch which should be replaced as soon as possible. If the engine still refuses to turn over, remove the keys from the ignition and follow these next steps.

Step 3: Tighten any loose battery cables using an 8-inch adjustable wrench. When tightening the positive cable end, make sure not to touch any metal while the wrench is connected to the cable. This is to help avoid arching, which could damage the battery. As long as you pay attention and take your time, you'll do just fine.

Step 4: Check for corrosion where the battery cables connect to the battery. If there is any corrosion, remove the battery cables beginning with the positive side. Now clean both the inside of the cable end and the battery post using a wire battery brush. Do not reconnect the positive cable until the negative side of the battery has been cleaned.

Step 5: Reconnect the red battery cable to the battery post marked with a "plus" (+) symbol.

Step 6: Reconnect the black negative cable to the battery post marked with the "minus" (-) symbol. After completing these steps, try to start the engine. If the engine still refuses to turn over, the battery will need to be jump started.

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