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Old 12-15-2012, 09:57 AM
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Hi, I am new to this forum but have found some very useful posts on here in the past. I own an 09 Challenger and recently have encountered an issue that is intermittent in nature but is becoming more frequent recently. When I try to start the vehicle nothing happens. The lights go on and electronics work but the engine doesn't start. I've taken it to the dealer and they said I need to replace the Wireless Ignition Module. This will cost ~ $400, including the labor. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar issue. I've only had the car for about 4 years. If this is a known issue I think that Chrysler should have put a recall on this component.

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Is the problem only when you try to start remotely with the FOB, or even when you start from in the car?
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Glenn, thanks for the reply. It doesn't start when I try with the key in the ignition. I don't have a remote starter.
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Are you using the Keyless go? Do you get the Fob not detected message in EVIC if you have one?

If you are using Keyless go or the remote start, have you replaced the Fob battery?
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Thanks for the reply. I'm using the keyless go but do not get a FOB not detected message. Replacing the battery is a good idea. I'll try to see if that works.
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The usual things to check are battery connections, starter amp draw (remove starter and have local auto store check it), and the battery (again at the auto store). I've heard so much lately about that the dealers don't really know the problems with these cars and start replacing stuff like modules that if you're out of warranty I would certainly rule out all of the above before getting the module. A 4 year old battery is also pretty suspect, a bad starter will work good cold but not after it's just been used as they warm up instantly and draw too many amps for a second start in a short period of time.
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That's great advice. I agree that the dealer is only trying to look to make money as the warranty has expired. I will go through the list of things you mentioned to check and will only go back to the dealer as a last resort.
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I just took my car in for kind of same issue. My car will take at least 5 attempts to unlock/lock with the key fob and 5 out of 10 times the car will say key fob not detected when using key-less go. So the dealer replaced my key fob and got me a new one for free and i was just under the warranty at 35k miles.
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i agree with the guy on top ^^^. my 09 srt8 isn't locking or unlocking with my remote. even from close or not. it takes me like 5 mins for it to get signal or something. i went to radioshack to test the battery in the remote, and no dice, the battery was working fine. i SOMETIMES get the "KEY FOB NOT DETECTED" but it isn't anything that happens all the time which is the weird part.
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That's great advice. I agree that the dealer is only trying to look to make money as the warranty has expired. I will go through the list of things you mentioned to check and will only go back to the dealer as a last resort.
In the good old days a mechanic could pinpoint the failure and repair the vehicle. Today's "techs" are just parts replaces and take guesses many times at what is wrong. My brother in law has had things go wrong, they suggest a part and after they put it in it still isn't right and they put the next part in and finally got it right. He refused to pay for the first part and wouldn't let them take the part out either. He said its not a game and there aren't any do overs when working on his car. They let him keep the part which was $450.
Don't let them guess on parts and labor if you're footing the bill.
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