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Key will not engage ignition switch. Turns and gets power but stops at the ignition.

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  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    unable to remove key from ignition will turn to start but when turned off can't remove key

  • ginav3a Aug 29, 2008

    I bought a used dodge caravan it has only 1 key and i tried to have it copied. the copies do not work so i returned it (to walmart). what can i do to copy the key. also, the caravan manual says it has 2 keys - a master and a valet key. i have no idea which key i have.

  • faerieluv44 Sep 16, 2008

    I ended up calling out a locksmith and replacing the ignition cylinder.

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"the caravan manual says it has 2 keys - a master and a valet key. i have no idea which key i have"

in my 97 caravan, i have a valet key that only operates the doors and ignition. the master key operates the doors, the ignition, AND the little lock box under the passenger seat.


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If you can't turn the key all the way to start, you need either a lock cylinder or an ignition switch...maybe both.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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The switch itself will need replacing. Its basically the same as a lock just with multiple points and internal switches. These are not repaied but replaced.

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

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SOURCE: ignition/starter failing to engage for multiple turns of key

sounds like the starter has a flat spot on the solenoid. remove and test the starter, replace if necessary.

Posted on Nov 06, 2009

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