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2004 Dodge Durango: alarm..ignition key..remote wont work

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I have a 2004 Dodge Durango and the remote to turn off the alarm is in the ignition key. Recently, the remote won't work. I thought it was the battery, but we changed the battery and it still didn't work. The dealer says we have to order a new key for $220.00, but that may not solve the problem. If it doesn't, we have to pay an additional amount $300 and up, to changed the sensor in the electronic system.

Is there a less costly way to analyse and solve this problem?

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When you put your key in the ignition and turn it on, does the alarm shut off and are you able to start your engine?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Yes, If I manually lock the door, the alarm is automatically set. When I manually unlock the door and open the door, the alarm sounds off. When I stick the key in the ignition and start the vehicle, the alarm turns off, and the vehicle starts up.

It sounds like you just have a faulty remote in the key. We know the the key part is working because it disables the security system once you turn the key on.

All you should need is a new key and you should be good to go. The dealer will have to program the key.


I would double check the battery connections in the remote and make sure the connections aren't broke off or don't put enough pressure on the battery.


I hope this helps, anymore questions feel free!

Thank you,




Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Does $220 sound reasonable for a new key?

The key(part # XXXXX) retails for $204.00 cad, so if you live in the U.S. the price may vary a little.

It only takes 10 minutes to program the key.

Thank you,


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