Starting ignition without Transponder Key

My resource at home shows Stratus up to 2005. It could be an editing mistake if you really have an 06.

Here is the reason you should always have 3 keys for most Chrysler and Ford and some GM products:

If you have two distinct keys, they can be used to ON BOARD PROGRAM a third. This eliminated the need to pay me ( Locksmith ) to use the legitimate, licensed scan tool and software to add a key. I need to use it on these when you only have none or one.

A good locksmith can take you one last ductaped together, worn bladed key, measure the cuts, and convert back to the original key code through his/her databases. Then a NEW key is produced… a NEW one… not a trace of the old tired one.

Then the appropriate RFID chip is put into the new keys ( I believe that would be a Phillips 46 chip ) and hook up to the diagnostics port, read the pin code, program the keys, collect a little dough and make you a happy camper.

TIPS: never throw away the old keys… if worn down, a fresh key can be made as outlined above, we cut the chip out of the old key and transplant it… no programming needed!

ByPassing can be done, but it can result in expensive repairs later, when something else on the vehicle needs service and the tech is chasing down AMC Gremlins. Keep the electrical system FACTORY… this will save more than the cost of a few keys later on !

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My sources show that 1986 was the last year of the Dodge Stratus. Heres a good tip @Locksmithy…just double check most vehicles up to 1930 by going to . Just click on “Add a vehicle” to get started. It’s also a great way to check engine availability by year.

The Stratus was in production up to 2006.

I don’t know if the OP will return - but for Dodge’s SKIM system the only thing I’ve seen as far a work-around for keys is to open up the steering column and secure a known-good key under there near the ignition. With that key hiding out in there any key that is cut for lock cylinder should work. So now that you have two, maybe you want to stash one in the steering column, one in the house someplace safe and use a standard cut key. I have a Neon at my house and I think that is the plan I am going with. I hate these stupid systems.

All data show a Stratus Sedan in 06.

I have a 99 Honda accord 5 speed I rewired my clutch and now I can use my dummy key as well to crank my car I no longer have to have a key with a chip in it go figure

  1. You are replying to a very old thread.
  2. Rewiring the clutch, whatever that is, would have absolutely no effect on the need for a chipped key.

I am having the same issue on my 2004 Chrysler Town and country… My main problem is having no key whatsoever… My key costs 300 dollars. I seriously cannot afford that… I need to know how to bypass it PLEASE

If you have a key that will turn on and light up everything on the dash, you may be able to get the car started by hooking up a remote starter switch to the starter. I have a 2000 ford f150. It keeps losing program on the keys. I have been able to get the computer to recognize the keys. When I did not have the backup keys with and this happen where the truck would not start, I would get it push started, since it has a manual transmission. Today I bought a remote starter switch from advance auto parts part number CF7853 as a backup… Hope this helps.

You may also be able to hook up a push button starter. Then you can get as many key cut and not have them programmed. This my not work on the newest cars, Cars earlier than 2014 should work with the research I have done.

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If all that is true you have to have a key then how is it that car Thieves making any money. every 2.3 seconds almost 100+ cars are stolen how is that possible if you “must have a” god Forsaken transponder key It’s not like they’re all the same and 100% universal and people have been known to just get in the car and be able to drive away how is this possible if you must have a transponder key and these are all facts and you must having the key is what the companies that sell the cars want you to believe. so conspiracy anyone and every car is 100% steal able. And I’m having the same problem with my 03 PT cruiser and get the same exact results but I know that people still PT cruisers all the time without a key how is that possible unless you can get around the transponder it’s just knowing what you’re doing. I don’t know what I’m doing but there’s somebody out there that does and I would like to know how they do that so I can break in my own car and get it started without the stupid transponder that does nothing in all reality and here’s a really good point I have a friend that had an 05 Dodge neon and the keys to it where in is pocket and he wa in Walmart for 20 min and it was stolen from him not even six years ago his keys were in his pocket and nobody got a hold of them to clone and yet his car was gone in under 20 min so I’m sorry but that’s bull’s fat pile of poop hot and steamy plus I do all my own repairs and replaced my brain and all I don’t have the money to pay for a Mechanic or the locksmith Me and my dad work on my car and his car because you don’t have the money

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You lost your key? Have a locksmith cut and program a new key. The local lock shop quoted $75 for a replacement key for my Dodge.

BTW not all PT Cruisers and Neons have Immobilizer systems, that is why some are stolen.

How did you replace your brain?

IHe did he definitely did and it was nice and and he asked the cart boy if there was a tow truck and he did not see one but I replaced my ecu the brain in the career you kidding I want to live where you are the guys here want 240 I might as well get the lock new transponder with keys for 50-70 bucks witch I’m a loser and will eventually be gone

Say what ? How many different people are on this thread anyway?

nice introduction to yourself…

Do you have any options for the original poster to avoid spending money on their issue, or are you just here to yell at everyone?


For a Dodge/Chrysler product, all you need to do is go to a junkyard, find an identical model without the SKIM system which has the same engine and transmission type. Then buy the PCM and BCM from that car. Then remove the SKIM module, PCM, and BCM from your car and install the junkyard PCM and BCM. Your car will then start and run with a regular (non-chipped) key. Hope that helps.

I REFUSE to welcome Steve_Williams_1 to the community. And further more think that anyone with a first post like this should automatically be banned.


Hey you guys I’m the same clay from before but… I found this witch provides prof that I know what I’m talking about and not some crazy crack pot lmfao here read this article

Did you read this part, you still need a key programming tool

Locks are only deterrents. Any sufficiently knowledgeable and determined thief can steal your car. Making your car slightly harder to steal than the one next to it is sometimes a good deterrent. But if someone really wants your car, nothing will stop them. A flat bed is a good example. I can drag your car up onto a flat bed and be gone in a couple minutes. Now I have all the time in the world to circumvent your protections, if I choose to do so. Or just part it out.

Many years ago, I had a club.
Everyone told me how easy they were to defeat and it was stupid to use it.
Yet not once was my Cadillac touched when lesser cars around me were stolen.
Why? Because it was harder to steal with that club in place than the cars around me.
Most thieves are opportunists…

It’s like granny always said all any lock is good for is to keep honest people honest a crook will find someway to bypass any lock.