My van battery was dead when we jumped and attempted to start it the ignocian wld not even turn over and the instrument panel light says "bad key"

Asked by Feb 20, 2013 at 08:30 PM about the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

5 Answers

you must perform a load test on both batteries, after both are fully charged overnight. corrosion can play hell, be sure battery terminals have been hosed clean and metal is ready to accept a connection. Ground connection must be to engine and frame. Perhaps a load test will reveal a weak battery...or low voltage, if they both come up healthy jump positive to positive, negative to frame or chassis, never to the battery. darn thing can blow up and take out an eyeball and part of the skull, because you did not jump to chassis- please be careful.

Don't worry about "bad key" 'cause it is confused with reduced voltage 'brown out' the electronics...give it a good 12V, and we're off to the races. report your situation---

1,625

On your car battery check the battery connections (posts & battery cable connections) for any corrosion (frosty looking gunk on the post & connector). If any gunk is found, pull the battery cables off NOTE:–Negative Cable first and + Positive Cable second. Then wearing rubber gloves and safety glasses clean the gunk off first with a baking soda /water mixture be careful the baking soda will neutralize the acid in your battery so don’t let any down in the vent caps (IF on your battery) then flush off with water. Then you can use a battery post brush (get at big box store or auto parts store) on post and connector; reconnect the cables on your car NOTE: + Positive first,- Negative second. Now try to re-jump start your car. To prevent future corrosion you can buy battery terminal grease, (will last a long time) or use Vaseline petroleum jelly (not long lasting but a quick fix) Good Luck HTH

965

you got some good answers let us know how it works or not thanks

weirdo [code] in the key?...now just what are we supposed to do about that?

Your Answer

Town & Country

Looking for a Used Town & Country in your area?

CarGurus has 13,906 nationwide Town & Country listings starting at $1,800.

ZIP:

Chrysler Town & Country Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,030
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,650
  • #3
    thejeepdoctor
    Reputation
    1,610
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Grand Caravan
145 Great Deals out of 25,994 listings starting at $1,750
Used Honda Odyssey
241 Great Deals out of 21,457 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota Sienna
250 Great Deals out of 26,633 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chrysler Pacifica
48 Great Deals out of 26,251 listings starting at $995
Used Dodge Caravan
627 listings starting at $1,900
Used Kia Sedona
126 Great Deals out of 8,505 listings starting at $2,495
Used Nissan Quest
44 Great Deals out of 2,550 listings starting at $2,900
Used Ford Explorer
794 Great Deals out of 62,795 listings starting at $1,425
Used Chevrolet Traverse
702 Great Deals out of 37,394 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Suburban
281 Great Deals out of 20,492 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
625 Great Deals out of 36,861 listings starting at $1,800
Used GMC Acadia
672 Great Deals out of 45,713 listings starting at $3,500
Used Buick Enclave
460 Great Deals out of 27,326 listings starting at $3,990
Used Dodge Durango
265 Great Deals out of 20,179 listings starting at $999
Used Ford F-150
2,131 Great Deals out of 181,849 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Chrysler Town & Country Touring For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 2,559 listings starting at $14,993
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Touring For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 730 listings starting at $12,988
2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 1,218 listings starting at $7,500
2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 655 listings starting at $8,495
2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 517 listings starting at $5,991

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.