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A friend serviced my 2000 3.3 dodge grand caravan. He changed the power steering pump, and the CV joint. When we went to start the car the dash lights came on, but no start. ( no click no nothing). We changed the ignition switch and tumbler, nothing, we changed the starter motor, and when we went to start the car, still nothing, we tried jumping the battery and now the tach needle went all the way over and is stuck at 7K Rpm. We disconected the battery and the needle is still stuck.The car STILL won't start. HELP!

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    My key has a black head but doens't have the sliver bar.I didn't know the car had an anti theft device, at least in the 7 years I've owned it have I used it. Also there is no switch under the dash.

    The RPM needle is now stuck at 7K rpm all the time. When I put the key inand turn it to start I hear all kinds of clicks of no start. I'm very frustarted. Any other ideas ?




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This sounds like a bad connection at the battery terminals.or at the engine.with all the clicking noises that what indicates to me that the van is losing voltage check the voltage at the starter relay on the starter.also check for a bad ground.If this is a security issue take the key out of the car lock and unlock the drivers door with the windows up. please keep me informed.

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Vehicle anti-theft (VAT) system is not getting proper reading from the ignition switch. Your key has a resistor built into the head of the key (a silver bar on a black backing). Shine up this bar with some fine steel wool on both sides of the key. Possibly the wiring in the steering column that leads to the VAT module has gone bad or the connections in the ignition switch that mate up with the key's resistor no longer connect properly. End result: the starter and fuel injection system remain dead when all else seems normal............Security light on dash will stay on/flashing. There will be a 3 minute dead/reset period between each unsuccessful start attempt.

- You can get yourself a resistor (Radio Shack or elsewhere) that matches your key's resistor and splice it into the harness (found in the steering column) that leads to the VAT module. It will be 2 wires cased in a "hunters orange" jacket. This would be a last resort fix. The alternative is to have a dealer replace faulty parts, but this can be expensive and a resistor is cheap. (under $5) VATS (Vehicle Anti Theft System) system is designed to keep the car from starting for 5 minutes if anything but the correct key is inserted into ignition. They wear out and are useless anyway. The least expensive way to alliviate the problem is to bypass this system and you can print a free diagram off the internet and attempt it yourself or take it to a mechanic.

I had the same problem with my Chevy Malibu 2005 ("Classic"). It started one day when I looked down and seen my "Anti-Theft system" light on. I couldn't figure out why it just popped on for no reason. Later on that day I tried to start up my car and it wouldn't start. Over the next couple of days this became an inconvenience, and started to make me late for work and other events. So, I got smart and decided to first stick the key in, wait about 3 to 5 seconds, and Bam! it works like a charm! I realized that for some reason the car wasn't reading the key right, and that by sticking the key in for a few seconds gives it time to register. It's been about 5 months since that last incident and no problem since.
try this.
Put the key in the ignition, and turn forward
all the way just before cranking. Then within
5 seconds, locate, press and hold in the
valet/overide button, found under the
dash area, (push button, spring loaded)
until the installed LED (the blinking light)
in your dash area goes on solid,
and the siren chirps once.

(Your valet switch might be the toggle
(on/off) type. in this case, key on,
flip switch in opposite direction,
then turn the key off.)

This should reset the alarm, and reset
the grounded relay on the starter wire,
allowing you to start the engine.

hope u will b helpfull

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