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I have a 2002 dodge caravan and my ignition stuck and i was

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i have a 2002 dodge caravan and my ignition stuck and i was stranded so i busted out the ignition with a screwdriver in hopes to start it with a screwdriver and it started a few times and cut off i think the anti theif system kicked in but i wnat to know
if theres a way to bypass it
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Good morning and welcome to JustAnswer!!

If you damaged the SKIM module which is the ring around the key cylinder then you will need to replace it and have it programmed to start your vehicle.. There is no bypass for the the security..

I hope this helps,

Brad

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can't straight wire it
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

If the SKIM module is damaged, then it will need to be replaced before the engine will start.. You likely see a red light on in dash which is the security.. There is no way to bypass it.

Glad I could help and thank you for the positive rating,

Brad

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Or is it easier to get a new steering column from the salvage yard
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

And you can't get a used SKIM from the junkyard because once programmed they are married to the PCM and can't be reprogrammed.. You will need to get a new SKIM and program it with a 4 digits PIN we dealerships have..

Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

If there was a way to bypass it I would tell you...

Thank you for the positive rating,

Brad

Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

You can't use a used SKIM because they are married to the PCM and can't be reprogramed..

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok dif damage that black ring I moved it to,the side and busted the cast iron cylinder that ignition key goes in
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Yes that black ring is part of the SKIM.. It has wires in it and detects the key when inserted... Once you replace the SKIM and program it you will be in good shape..

Thank you for the positive rating,

Brad

Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Don't forget to rate before leaving the site..

Thank you,

Brad