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No Start No Crank

Durango has a new ignition(switch&cylinder). Fired up on 1st time & several times after install(15-20 times). Drove next day (10 miles10 starts). now no start no crank .Working items(blower/int lights/headlights/clock on radio/brake light on dash/sec light/bell for lights on door open) Non working items( no lighter/no radio/no crank/no start/no dash actions?

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I am guessing here but I would check the installation of your new cylinder and the fusebox. It sounds like the key is turning to the running/accessory position but not switching all of the accesories on. The tumbler can get loose inside the steering column and not engage the start switch.
Background... I had the same problem with 1st generation Dakota. The old key tumbler had to be turned much further than normal to engage the ignition. I paid "5 star" Dodge service to replace the unit and now it works as long as you turn the key back to "running" position after it starts. After the Dodge dealer told me that my truck was too old for them to be familiar they offered to dig around for MORE MONEY. Your problem reminds me that they said something inside the column wears out and they may not be able to fix. I was not impressed, but it reminds me to ask a mechanic if he intends to finish the job for which I am paying him. Mechanics aren't happy about this but it saves me money.

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