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I have 2003 dodge van caravan. i have the metal key but i've…

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I have 2003 dodge...

I have 2003 dodge van caravan. i have the metal key but i've lost the fob. i can turn the ignition but it won't start because of the alarm. is what ive read correct there is some kind of emergency PIN code?

Mechanic's Assistant: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?

Key is ok.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Caravan yourself? What have you tried so far?

I've been trying to find the remote. Ironic I have two spare metal keys which unlock the doors and ignition...but won't start it.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Not that I can think of

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Chrysler
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Chrysler Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, Mechanic replied 9 months ago
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Chrysler Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, Mechanic replied 9 months ago

lets give this a try.

lock and unlock the drives door with the key..

if that doesnt work,try unlocking the rear hatch with the key.

let me know if that worked for you

thanks

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
the key will unlock the drivers door. but oddly enough it will not unlock the hatch
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
the key will turn the ignition but not start it.
Chrysler Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, Mechanic replied 9 months ago

does the ani-theft light stay on?

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Chrysler Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, Mechanic replied 9 months ago

it should unlock the rear hatch

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
this is spare key I've never before used and with some manipulation I've been able to unlock the hatch...it's a little stiff compared to the driver door
Chrysler Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, Mechanic replied 9 months ago

ok

will the van start now?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
no. i think the anti theft is hanging it up. when i last drove the car i used the fob to lock it . when i use the key to unlock it alarms
Chrysler Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, Mechanic replied 9 months ago

ok]

please stand by. perhaps one of the other guys has a better idea of what is going on here.

someone will be right with you.

thanks

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
ok no hurry. i may need to leave for a bit. I have a 'well cared for' 1992 Ford Aerostar...it uses the old fashion key in the door security system. I like it.
Chrysler Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago
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Chrysler Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

Did it start and die three times and then lock the starter out?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No. The immobiliser is locking me out. I lost the "Chip/'Fob Key." However, a couple of years ago I had chipless keys made which would manually unlock the doors. So...I have keys to physically unlock the doors--and turn the ignition but nothing happens. I'm assuming it's the immobiliser because I don't have the chip in the copied key. I thot there was a "Emergency PIN Code " based upon the VIN which would allow a temporary solution to at least start the car.
Chrysler Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

You can't start the engine or operate the vehicle without a SKIM key if you have SKIM. If you lost the key then you'll need to either have a locksmith make a service call to the van to cut and program a key, or tow it to a dealer to have them do so.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I'm not sure if it's a SKIM key. It has remote which locks/ unlocks the doors, and rear hatch along with a regular key. It's a 2002 Dodge Caravan. I thot the chip SKIM came later...don't know. I don't want to spend an amount approaching the car's current value to replace a key if it can be avoided.
Chrysler Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

SKIM started in the 90's. You personally stated you had a SKIM key and lost it. If the van has SKIM then you need to purchase and have programmed a SKIM key from a locksmith or dealer.

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