dodge stratus RFID key

dodge stratus RFID key

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fastflame

Beaver Falls, PA

#1 Dec 5, 2009
Have a 2002 dodge stratus with a chip key. Only have one key. Key won't turn in the ignition, but will come out. Car is in park and have tried all usual remedies including rocking steering wheel, rocking car, WD40 in ignition slot. Where do I go from here. Car has been in mall parking lot for three days.

“Welcome to the good life.”

Since: Oct 09

B-Lo

#2 Dec 5, 2009
I'd let someone come along and steal it, then make the necessary insurance claims. Those cars are prone to problems as they age, such as the case here. Weird stuff just starts to happen.
fastflame

Beaver Falls, PA

#3 Dec 5, 2009
Real helpful. No one couldn't steal it if they wanted to.

“Welcome to the good life.”

Since: Oct 09

B-Lo

#4 Dec 6, 2009
Honestly, someone will come along and bust open the column and be able to steal it. Those cars are bottom of the barrel, only designed to last about 5 years or so while under the extended warranty and/or 60-month financing. After that, its planned obsolescence as you are experiencing.
fastflame

Beaver Falls, PA

#5 Dec 6, 2009
At almost 60, I've owned many autos and a few trucks over the last 45 years. All autos coming out of Detroit in the last 25 have been designed with planned obsolescence in mind. In the last 28+ years of borrow and spend mentality (supply side economics), we have developed into a disposable society. Make it cheap (that is at least for upper middle class) with the idea of using it up over a short product life span and then discarding it. This is especially true with the growing trend toward High technology...wonderful stuff until it breaks down. 50 years ago, we had phones in our homes that lasted decades. Now everyone goes through cordless phones and cell phones about every 2 to 3 years. We do that with everything. The economics behind it is to keep everyone spending, keep the money going around and around. Each time it goes around, corporate America shaves off a nice chunk. The faster the money goes around, the bigger their pile of shavings gets. That’s the whole idea behind supply side economics. Keep the middle class spending…and in debt.

If you have meaningful advice on how to fix a stuck ignition cylinder, I am all ears, otherwise please give your advice on how to be a criminal to someone else.
joe

Jacksonville, FL

#6 Dec 6, 2009
I see this toyota fan on almost every post about American cars. Hay dont you have a job or does toyota pay you to do this? As for fast flame you are right about the disposable society but its not just coporate america but also coporate Japan and China.As far as the cars go its not just detroit when is the last time you saw a 70s or even an 80s Toyota? They started selling them in america in the late 50S they were disposable then and now all cars are built that way including japanease.

“Welcome to the good life.”

Since: Oct 09

B-Lo

#7 Dec 6, 2009
OK buck, here are some legitimate things you can try to help the situation:

(1) Try to adjust the gear selector, first by just moving it while trying to turn the key. If that does not work then try to work with the shift interlock feature (if present, I'm no expert on Stratus). Do this while firmly pressing on the brake pedal.

(2) You may need to remove the two plastic shrouds on the steering column to give access to the ignition cylinder. With them removed, insert the key and turn while gently tapping on the cylinder mechanism. Wiggle the key back and forth. You likely have a worn wafer or two in the tumbler mechanism.

(3) Utlimately you'll have to have the ignition tumblers replaced/repaired due to contamination, wear, or burrs. Considering that a key is inserted in there thousands of times, it is a wear item, and a reputable locksmith may be able to repair for less than a replacement.

Good luck.

“Welcome to the good life.”

Since: Oct 09

B-Lo

#8 Dec 6, 2009
joe wrote:
I see this toyota fan on almost every post about American cars. Hay dont you have a job or does toyota pay you to do this? As for fast flame you are right about the disposable society but its not just coporate america but also coporate Japan and China.As far as the cars go its not just detroit when is the last time you saw a 70s or even an 80s Toyota? They started selling them in america in the late 50S they were disposable then and now all cars are built that way including japanease.
My post had nothing to do with Toyota. In fact, the Stratus shared many parts with Mitsubishi models/platforms.
fastflame

Beaver Falls, PA

#9 Dec 9, 2009
Thanks. Appreciate the responses. And I agree, it is not just Detroit. The days of do-it-yourselfer friendly cars is gone.

Solved the immediate situation Sunday afternoon. Had already done most of the above. Finally tapped firmly on side of cylinder housing using a hammer and a socket extension bar. Loosened something enough to get key to turn to ACC but would still not turn to run. Out of despiration, with some fear of breaking our one and only key, used a pair of needle nosed vice grips to grab portion of key shaft just outside of the ignition slot and firmly turned key. Key moved and was free. Got car home and removed cylinder. Worked it for about a day and is now working better. Called lock smith and he indicated that he could look at cylinder and if needed remove tumblers until a new cylinder is obtained. Will take that route if more trouble arises. Have been trying to contact the folks at keyandignition.com since last week, but only thing I get back is a confirmation email. Anyone know anything about them? Are they still in business?

Again. Thanks.

Five years ago I was suffering with the flue and my Ford contour broke a timing belt (they should to be illegal). Had it towed to the dealer. Had a new belt a mere $1300 later. Next time I'll do it myself even if I have pneumonia.
Lindsay

Blue Springs, MO

#11 May 4, 2014
Just in case anyone reads this and needs help my ignition locked up and i found that if you take your title and go to the dealership they can make you a new key based on your vin number

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