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The key ignition switch has gone bad . their is no activity when key is turned on . was told that because the original key has a chip in it that it needs to go to the dealer have new key programmed into the computer, to the tune of 600.00-800.00 dollars. how much of that is bull. can a standard key switch be used?

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Verify that your battery is good and fully charged and battery cables and connections are clean and tight......if all is well with that check ground cable on the end where it connects to engine for looseness or corrosion ...if needed check ground strap from engine to chassis , usually at rear of engine to firewall........... try a spare key if you have one but i cant advise on chip in the key...OK!!

Posted on May 23, 2011


Everyone in life has to get a grip on reality

No one EVER has to go to a dealer for ANYTHING
except to the parts counter.

No dealer offers anything a local repair shop

You may have to buy a new key from the dealer
parts counter & program yourself using your owners
manual or have a repair shop use a scan tool,but dealer,
avoid them forever,too expensive & have too much
real estate & overhead to pay for

You could have 2 or 3 issues unrelated to the key or
ignition switch that are causing your problem

Listen to no one

Have the vehicle properly diagnosed & repaired

Posted on May 23, 2011

  • Anonymous May 23, 2011

    Check for corroded fusable links also



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