2002 Dodge Ram 1500

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Asked by Mar 06, 2016 at 10:56 AM about the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab LB 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 Dodge Ram, and sometimes when I start it,
it takes me holding the key down for about three to five
seconds before it turns over. Sometimes I get it on the
money the first time. Starter is good, alternator is good,
and my battery is good. Sometimes I switch the key to the
on position for about 30 seconds before starting but that
doesn't do anything. Where do I go from here?

13 Answers

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It's an SLT not ST by the way.

11,170

It sounds like the ignition switch itself is bad.

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Ok thank you Mike I was starting to look up videos, and it looks like a simple fix.

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So I changed that out yesterday, the old one was burnt out, but it's still doing the same thing.

11,170

You changed the electrical portion, the mechanical lock cylinder could be bad too.

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Ok thank you

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Could having a loose gas cap be the problem?

11,170

what you described in your original post was that the engine would not turn over for 3-5 seconds upon turning the key. that denotes some kind of problem in the ignition switch area. a loose gas cap would cause an evap leak and throw a check engine light. While an evap leak could cause a CEL, it would have nothing to do with how long you hold the key before the engine turns over.

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Ok the part comes in on the 10th so I will let you know how it goes

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I changed out the ignition lock cylinder today and it's still doing the same thing.

11,170

I wish I could be there to see exactly what is going on, but I admit I am stumped. I would suggest messaging some of the guys listed as experts on your vehicle on the right side of this page. dandyoun is a good choice. I am really sorry.

11,170

I did read a post on another site, they were having a similar issue and it ended up being the security system. There is something called an exciter ring that lets the starter go when you turn the key. If the ring is bad or if the key fob isn't sending a good signal something like this can happen.

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Ok thank you

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