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I just bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid in which the owner lost

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I just bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid in which the owner lost the ignition key it has a dead battery which I can jump off. The switch had to be replaced, however I don't want to pay the tow bill on top of the repair: Would you be so kind as to tell me how I can start it without the key without it shutting down on me. I don't mind if it damaged the current key cylinder as it will have to be replaced anyway.
Brad Richards
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Good evening and welcome to JustAnswer!!

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What's wrong with the ignition key cylinder now besides not having a key?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing, but it has been replaced once by the last owner and is different from the door key, so a locksmith said he can't cut a new one and the vin won't pull up the correct key cut.
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

OOhh ok I understand.. Ok the only way to start the vehicle would be to have a gray headed key held near the ignition switch so the SKIM module picks it up and then you would just need to turn the ignition. But in your case even if you could turn the ignition then you still wouldn't be able to start it because you need a programmed key. To save you a tow bill I would get the correct key cylinder and drill that one out and replace it with the correct one from the dealership and then just call a mobile locksmith to program you new gray headed key..

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Have a great day,


Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Also feel free to request me in the future for all your Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep needs..

Have a great day,


Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Some how someone's question about a gas tank and a fuel pump got mixed in with mine. I understand your response: The right way to fix it: I don't think you understand my position; this is a $600.00 car at purchase, currently my only means of transportation to work and I'm looking for a quick fix until I can manage to fix the damage to the front end and paint it. So can the relay be removed to bypass the automatic shut down or do I just need to take a hammer and screwdriver to the switch like the guys that stole it from the previous owner they already broke the steering column free, so realistically how much more damage could I do.... Maybe I'll just ask for my money back, I wasn't looking for the text book answer, so can you help or not?
Expert:  -Brad- replied 1 year ago.

Can I get your VIN to see if you have SKIM keys or not? If you don't then you can bypass it so it will start, but if you have programmed keys there is no way to start it without a programmed key.