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Ive got a BADKEY message when I insert my key and I cant

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I've got a BADKEY message when I insert my key and I can't start the car.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 7 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!


What year, model, and engine do you have?


Have you tried your other key?


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
It's a 2008 Grand Caravan
None of my two key work.
The message BADKEY doesn't show up on every trail and it's displayed very quickly

It happened suddenly, one hour before I made two trips without problem and now the car is stucked in my garage.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 7 years ago.

Ok. You're going to have to have it towed to a dealer for this one. You've got a bad wireless ignition node (WIN). This is the module that the key goes into, it reads the key, does the tire pressure monitoring and remote keyless entry functions. There have been a few problems with these here and there. For whatever reason yours isn't recognizing the keys that are programmed to it and will need to be replaced. If you are under 36,000 miles it should normally be covered under warranty.


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok thanks
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 7 years ago.

You're welcome. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Good luck with your van!