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Have to wiggle key to start car 20002 dogde stratus

Is the problem starter or tumblers

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Is the thumbler." ignition switch " it's probably worn out

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Sounds like a faulty ignition switch to me. These models have the ignition switch linked directly to the key tumbler. If you have the habit of having a heavy key set dangling from you ignition key, then it's likely. You may also need to replace the key tumbler. (That means you have to carry an extra key on you keychain, once to start it and the other to open the doors and trunk unless you pay an arm and leg to have the whole car rekeyed to the same lock.) Open it up and take a look... if you see any brown discoloration on any wiring or the key has a lot of wiggle room; technical term, then it's likely.

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this is a easy part to replace,, if the tumbler still works and you can start the car ,,, put the key in the tumbler and start the car up ,, this is the position ware the tumbler is ready to come out ,,,, if you look on the bottom steering column bezel there is an access hole in the plastic panel ,, use a pick , or something like a pick to insert it into the hole and push up ,, this will release the lock tumbler pin and you can wiggle the hole key and tumbler out of the steering column ,,,,,see below

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then put the new tumbler in the same position and depress its pin ,, slide it in the hole and shut the car off ,, this will force the pin out and the tumbler is now in place ..

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could be starter possibly or ignition switch or key and tumbler or fuel pump there is so many possiblities, turn the key over and listen for the buzzing from the pump. if it has that then the fuel pump is working. you can hold the key in crank and see if it starts that would suggest key and tumbler or ignition switch.. if it is a standard you can try bomb starting it to see if it starts. if it does that means possibly starter

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Sometimes if your shifter is not all the way in park, it may act like that. Move your shifter to reverse, neutral, and then make sure it is in park. You may have to play gently with it a bit.....but this may allow you to get the key out......Joe

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if you tap on the lock cylinder with a small hammer it may jar it enough to get it to turn.....to replace the tumblers you will need to remove the lock cylinder and then disassemble it. each tumbler has a certain number on it and will need replaced with that same number. it is easier to have it dealer or locksmith do it.

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