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My girlfriend has a 2010 Caliber and suddenly last night it

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Hi Pearl, my girlfriend has a 2010 Caliber and suddenly last night it wouldn't start. Lights, etc., work fine, I replaced the battery just in case. It won't turn over whatsoever. I thought maybe the starter relay?
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: Engine doesn't turn over, battery was factory, there's a new one in now.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: I'd like to. I'm reasonably handy with cars.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Dodge Mechanic should know about your Dodge?
Customer: Nope, other than that, it's been fine.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Robert R replied 1 year ago.

Hello, welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is*****'m a Certified Auto Technician with 29+ years experience. I will do my best to assist you. please keep in mind that I may need to ask questions of you before I can answer. When you reply please feel free to add as much detailed information as possible pertaining to your concern.

Can you post the last 8 digits of the VIN so that I can do some research on this concern for you?

Is there a "Red Dot" illuminated on the instrument cluster when the ignition is on?

What does this lamp do?

-- go out after a few seconds?

-- stay illuminated?

-- start flashing?

Do you have a second key available to try?

Keep me posted...

Thank you,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do have a red dot. It comes on when I try to start the car, stays for about 2 seconds, then goes out. Unfortunately, I don't have a second key to try.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Last 8 of the VIN is AD532431
Expert:  Robert R replied 1 year ago.

Ok. That's good. That is proper operation of the red lamp. This is the Security System lamp. As long as it goes out after a couple seconds it means that the Immobilizer is functioning properly. This also means that the second key is not necessary to try.

Next step, Have you tried starting it in neutral as well as park?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yep, tried both neutral and park. Same result.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you think it's the starter relay?
Expert:  Robert R replied 1 year ago.

The starter relay on your vehicle is internal to the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module). The relay is NON replaceable.

At this time, I recommend a vehicle scan, we need codes as retrieved from the TIPM. It is possible that the TIPM has "Turned off" the starter relay circuit due to a short somewhere. If this is the case, clearing the codes in the TIPM will re enable the starter relay circuit.

I recommend to use a factory scanner for this scan as the generic scanners cannot talk to the TIPM and as a result we will not be able to retrieve codes from it.

Sorry for the delayed response, was offline for the holiday, thanks for your understanding.

Thank you,


Expert:  Robert R replied 1 year ago.


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