How to Troubleshoot the Ignition Switch on a Dodge

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Like most vehicles around the world, Dodge vehicles are equipped with simple ignition cylinders that are used with your ignition key. While these cylinders are often used simply to turn the vehicle on, they can fail to work for a number of reasons. If your key is sticking in the cylinder, or if the cylinder refuses to turn with your key, you can troubleshoot the switch with a number of simple methods.

  • Make sure your vehicle is in Park before you do anything else. If your car is not in "Park," you may be unable to remove or turn the key. You can also make sure that your wheels are not stuck in an awkward position by tugging the steering wheel hard in both directions to straighten out the tires.

  • Spray your key and cylinder with a lubricant to attempt to remove or turn the key with less friction on the system.

  • Wait 10 minutes before turning the key if it will not turn. It may refuse to start because of static from your clothes, and you can try again in a few minutes.

  • Pop off the dashboard panels around the ignition cylinder using a flat blade such as a knife or screwdriver. Remove any impediments that are preventing the key from turning or preventing you from inserting the key all the way.

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