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Experience:  16 Yrs Chrysler/Dodge Technician. ASE Master Certified(L-1)
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My 06 Dodge charger sat in the garage few months, and now

Customer Question

Hi, my 06 Dodge charger sat in the garage for a few months, and now for some reason I cant turn the car on with my old key
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with Dodge. The Dodge Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: The red dot/anti theft alarm had turned on, which I fixed when I replaced the battery in in remote/key
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: well yes if possible
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Customer: I talked to the local dodge dealer, they said i need to tow it to them and pay for them to look at it and to program the key if that's the issue
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon and welcome to JustAnswer!!

My name is ***** ***** I have worked for a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership for 19 years and I will do my best to help.

If the red light is on that is telling you that there is an issue with your security module which could be a bad key or bad WIN module.. Do you have a spare key to try? Have you tried disconnecting the battery for 5 min to see if it will start?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did that and the red light is off now
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Will it start?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can open and close the car with the remote key, but the car won/t start
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can't find my spare key. I only have that one
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Will the starter engage? When trying to start does the red light come on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all the lights come on
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
but the engine won't
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

So when you turn the key the starter will not spin the engine over? Is the battery good?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I checked the battery recently and they told me it was good. Could it be that the car system is not recognizing the key
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what are the probable causes, I can try them out
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Well if the red light is on then there is an issue with the key or WIN module.. If you had another key it would rule out a bad key but since you don't the best way to see what's going on will be to see what codes the WIN module has.. And to do this you will need a scantool to communicate with the WIN module to see what codes it has.. Do you have a scantool?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
but the red light is not on anymore. it turns on like all the other light when i turn the key and it turns off moments later
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will get one
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Ok let me know what codes you have..

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Will I be able to continue this conversation tomorrow
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.


You can reply to me as many times as needed, even after the rating...

Let me know what you find,


Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

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Thank you and have a great day,