If my transponder key battery dies, can I still start my 2005 caravan?

Asked by Dec 24, 2015 at 07:55 AM about the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 4 Dr SXT Passenger Van Extended

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I routinely check my vans key "fob" battery and clean the contacts and key pad to prevent any issues, but if the battery should die, would the van still start? That would indicate that the battery is only necessary for door & locking functions. Also, we have a remote starter on the van. If we start the van with the remote starter, we can keep it running using a non-transponder blank cut key that we use to open the door in case of a lock-out problem. This is a great feature to have in case of a battery issue.

1 Answer

26,555

The battery in the fob is used to power the transmitter for remotely opening doors, trunk, and horn/lights (for when you lose your car in a parking lot). The transponder chip in the key does not require a battery. You can still start a car with a dead battery in the fob, so long as you still have the master key. In your case the fob and the transponder key are mated, but in fact the transponder chip does not require the battery and will still function just fine if the battery has died. The fob should take a standard watch battery.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Dodge Grand Caravan Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,720
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    890
  • #3
    Dan Connell
    Reputation
    610
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chrysler Town & Country
244 Great Deals out of 14,095 listings starting at $1,998
Used Honda Odyssey
326 Great Deals out of 23,931 listings starting at $950
Used Toyota Sienna
306 Great Deals out of 26,616 listings starting at $1,975
Used Dodge Caravan
588 listings
Used Kia Sedona
161 Great Deals out of 8,297 listings starting at $999
Used Chrysler Pacifica
24 Great Deals out of 27,844 listings starting at $1,999
Used Nissan Quest
63 Great Deals out of 2,663 listings starting at $800
Used Dodge Durango
304 Great Deals out of 21,312 listings starting at $2,195
Used Ford F-150
2,318 Great Deals out of 182,094 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Explorer
833 Great Deals out of 63,128 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
665 Great Deals out of 39,392 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Pilot
478 Great Deals out of 30,013 listings starting at $1,444
Used Toyota Camry
1,054 Great Deals out of 71,326 listings starting at $295

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
53 Great Deals out of 11,901 listings starting at $16,900
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 4,593 listings starting at $10,000
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 1,276 listings starting at $8,800
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 1,715 listings starting at $4,350
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 1,384 listings starting at $3,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.