Question about Dodge Cars & Trucks
I drove my 2005 Dodge Stratus from one parking to the other without an issue. Two hours later, when I turned the key nothing would happen. Battery is good, interior and headlights turn on, but radio will not. Gages do not register either when turned to the on position. I noticed the steering wheel doesn't lock when I put the key in the off position (not sure if this model is supposed to lock). Checked fuse to ignition and it is good.
Maybe a bad ignition switch or your timing belt,also try turning your steering wheel back and forth while trying to start it.make sure you are actualy in park or that your steering linkage is working and not disconnected under the hood
Posted on Nov 24, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The steering locks don't necessarily engage when the key is removed, I always turn the wheel before exiting to engage it. There are several positions that will allow the pin to lock in but if between these, it may seem that it isn't locked.
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
sounds as if the locking mechanism is wearing out or not making the proper connection to the steering wheel
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
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Same symptoms here. Vehicle towed to Dodge, been there a FULL 3 weeks, they seem stuck, telling me the part ( timing module? ) was bad, which releases the steering lock solenoid which in turn allows the key to turn among other critical functions.
I have read of this same failure over and over, so if there was a bad run of parts, they should have been identified and pulled from inventory.
Apparently, the dealership is stalling for reasons I do not fathom, and are not inclined to seek out advanced knowledge... just doing what the company tells em to do, which means I have no truck while they fail to be able to program these modules, one after the other.
So, it seems the Dodge dealer might either have a software problem with their equipment, or they got the procedures wrong for fixing it.
What they do not have is any curiosity or urgency to resolve the problem.
If I take it to a MB dealership, they will not honor the warranty.
Posted on Jul 24, 2010
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