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Old 20 Aug 2013, 09:48 pm
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Today I was told my ignition switch needs to be replaced. The dealership wants to charge us a grand and we don't have it right now. I was looking into some ignition switches and I see that the job is fairly easy. If I replace the ignition switch will I need a new reprogrammed key?

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Old 20 Aug 2013, 10:09 pm
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Can you give more background on what the problem is that you are having? I ask because the ignition switch is actually two pieces. The electronics can be separated from the keyed tumbler. If it is strictly an electronic issue, then you can retain your keys. If they need to install a complete assembly, you'll likely need new keys. Dealers don't generally re-key tumblers, so they take the easy way out. A competent locksmith can do the re-key on the new module so that you can retain your keys. If new electronics are installed, then the SKIM module needs to be reprogrammed to the vehicle. Dealers can do this, but so can a few locksmiths (but not many).

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Today I was told my ignition switch needs to be replaced. The dealership wants to charge us a grand and we don't have it right now. I was looking into some ignition switches and I see that the job is fairly easy. If I replace the ignition switch will I need a new reprogrammed key?
It depend whether you need the barrel for the key or the electrical part behind that. Describe the issues that you have.
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Old 20 Aug 2013, 10:55 pm
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If it's just the ignition cylinder,you CAN change the tumblers,and use your ORIGINAL key(s).......You WON'T need to get NEW keys,or have your SKIM or PCM reprogrammed.

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Old 20 Aug 2013, 11:33 pm
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If it's the ignition switch,or the actuator pin....You can do that yourself also.HowToRepairGuide.com: How to replace Ignition switch on dodge caravan? (Says for Dodge,but it is virtually identical to PT Cruiser)

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