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Mary C
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12/16/2007
23:22:20

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I'm having a problem with the ignition on my '02 Dakota. The key won't turn! Not even a little bit! It's totally jammed. Yes, I tried to turn the wheel and get it to turn that way. I also popped it into neutral and rolled it, hoping that a little movement might do the trick. Neither graphite, WD40, or heating it up worked at all. Any ideas? What can I do to solve this problem????



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12/16/2007
23:39:30

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ok i read you tried turning the wheel
how about moving the wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key?
and if its an automatic i dont think you should have been able to get it into N without turning the key



Mary C
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12/17/2007
09:15:09

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yeah, i tried moving the wheel back and forth while turning the key. i even had my passenger turn the key, while i was moving the wheel. it wouldn't budge at all! it is an automatic, but i popped it into neutral because i got to the point where i was willing to try anything yesterday. do you know what the problem might be? thanks!



brianj
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12/17/2007
15:11:08

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sounds like a bad ignition switch.
its probobly seized up.



Mary C
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12/17/2007
17:03:49

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i thought it was the ignition switch as well. but shouldn't i be able to put some graphite in there and at least get it to turn over once, so i can drive it somewhere to fix it??? or did the guy at the auto parts store lie to me??? unfortunately, my truck is stuck at my brother-in-law's house, who lives an hour away from me. not so convenient to meet a tow truck etc... oh well.



James Lease
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12/17/2007
17:30:54

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ROOF ROOF ROOF!



MR.SKIPPY
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12/17/2007
17:32:01

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Now wait a minute here James, Thats my line.



rick
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12/18/2007
15:06:13

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I have a 2000 4.7 QC with automatic. When I first got the truck (over 5 years ago) there were a couple of times when my ignition key would not turn, sounding much like the problem Mary is reporting. What I determined was that it would happen if I would back my truck into a parking spot and then shift directly from Reverse to Park. Since figuring that out, I have never shifted directly from Reverse to Park and have never had the problem again. These days, if I have to back into a parking spot, I'll always shift to Forward and let the truck roll forward just an inch or so, and then go from F to P. Haven't run into the problem again in over 4 years.

Mary, just curious, did your current problem happened after going from Reverse directly to Park?

How to fix? Wish I had an real answer. The couple of times it happened to me I remember it took quite a bit of wiggling and good force to get the ignition switch to turn. I honestly don't remember if I ever forced the truck into Neutral, but it's possible I did. In any case, there was quite a bit of force needed to get the ignition switch to turn, a good deal more force then a person is going to feel comfortable applying, but it eventually turned.

Something, for me at least it became pretty obvious the problem with the ignition switch was directly connected with the transmission. This might sound like a dumb idea, but maybe you and some friends can try pushing your truck forward/back just a bit. I don't mean down the block, I just mean an inch or so, mostly just try to relieve some load off the drive, trasmission and and all that. Worth a try. What do you got to loose, right?

Good luck...



TexasTodd
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12/18/2007
16:00:30

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Well rick,

If you read her 1st post, she says she rolled it a bit.

Just another reason, why I don't have an AuTo Dak!!

NOw my ignition isn't perfect either!! Sometimes my radio and blinker won't work, wiggle the key, it works!! I now just turn the key a little after it's running, and it works fine from then on.



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12/18/2007
17:48:15

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There's no direct mechanical link between the transmission and ignition switch, just an electrical one - so that is pretty far fetched. Todd, please don't let this fuel your phobia about automatics. I commonly back into parking spaces so I can see better pulling out - so I've shifted from reverse to park countless times in the 8 years I've had my Dak, and never seen that problem. Graphite will only fix sticky tumblers in the switch, Mary - there are other things about it that could fail. Not about to call the parts guy a liar without having any idea what he said to you...

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daddio
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12/18/2007
20:20:15

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it could be the brake interlock or whatever you call it thats connects the brake pedal to the shift. or it could be just a bad cylinder.



hay
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12/18/2007
20:58:02

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Mary got a dent puller?
LOL just kidding



Flippy
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12/18/2007
23:16:04

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try pushing in the ignition with one hand and turning the key with another the same thing you are describing happened to me with my 2000 quad, i ended up having to replace the ignition switch, seized up on me 3 times before it was totally pooched.



Diane
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10/11/2013
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this just happened to me to my 02 Dakota tonight. It's parked where I can't tow it. I was going from R to Park ironically. Will not budge. Is this something I can fix myself? This is the second time with this truck. The first time we did have it towed and fixed. Now I can't do that.



Mike S
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12/17/2015
20:44:40

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I don't think the automatic transmission has anything to do with the ignition switch problem. I have a 2001 Dakota Quad Cab with the small V8 and a "factory" manual 5 speed on the floor.

I have had the same type ignition key problem for five years. The Dodge dealer replaced the ignition switch in 2010 and it lasted for one year before the problem started again. The dealer replaced it a second time and it lasted till December 2015. The problem has returned. I believe that the security system may play a roll with the problem. The humidity in the air, or lack thereof, may also contribute to the problem.

It seems to happen more when the air is dryer.

Sometimes, when I can't turn the key, I unlock, then lock the doors with the remote. Then the key will turn and start the engine.





J B
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6/16/2016
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2004 dodge Dakota my dash board goes out when try starting
sometimes & I have to turn my key on & move the shift
indicator back -forward to show its in park what's the problem



randy
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9/29/2016
10:13:22

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Have a 98 dakota sport. When i turn the key
engine will not turn but when i cross jump
starter engine turns then what may be the
problem it is a 5 speed manual



Mechanic Mike
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10/11/2016
04:34:18

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The clutch must be depressed for the starter signal to travel
from the switch to the starter, there is a sensor that makes
contact with the clutch pedal arm and I believe it's as simple as
getting under the dash and eyeballing a bit to see where the
problem is... My dakota is an auto so it's difficult to be specific
without research.



Duey
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4/26/2017
22:26:04

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I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota that was running fine. One day it wouldn't start. I checked for spark and wasn't getting any. Changed coil, plus, and wires. Turns over but no spark. Switched the starter relay in the fuse box with another relay with same listing but no go. Do you have any other suggestions?



jettacaldwell
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9/09/2017
15:26:21

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I recently changed out key lock cylinder and removed ignition switch to do so.
Now engine does not turn over and behaves as if it is not in park-no sounds
, only hum of fuel pump and smell of gas, and lights,radio, blower all work as
well. I've been told I need to reset atd, because I worked on ignition,anti-
theft locked me out or shut down as safety measure. 1993 dodge dakota LE,
3.9 L v6-- I have not installed any anti theft device, did it come factory, and
how do I find it- or what else could it be-my first DIY auto project-can't
afford labor cost. Thank you -- ANY help will be appreciated jc





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