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2011 grand caravan, intermittent starting issue will turn

Customer Question

2011 grand caravan
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: intermittent starting issue will turn key: sometimes starts no problem, sometimes a split second of nothing, then starts, sometimes, a two second delay, then starts.
JA: Is the car in "Park" or "Neutral?" Do you know if your car has a "wheel lock" feature?
Customer: park
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: not sure about wheel lock feature
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

This van has what is called a wireless ignition node (WIN). It basically tells the engine to start via a wireless signal rather than via a wiring harness as done in the past.

They malfunction all of the time. Your WIN is probably going bad. Do you plan to replace it yourself?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

Also, when the problem is occurring can you try a spare key and see if it will start the engine normally?

Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.


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Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

To replace the WIN the entire dash will need to come off. This can be a little tricky. You will also need a factory compatible scan tool to program the new WIN.