2006 Dodge Charger 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 46000 miles
about 1 and a half years ago (1 yr after buying the car) our key fobs stopped working.(Mind you, both broke at the same time?) The amount they wanted us to pay for new ones was rediculous (we are stationed in germany and the exchange rate is bad) since then we have just used the key to manually unlock the car. As of yesterday, I would start the car and the red anti theft light would come on and the car would shut off after about 2 seconds. Well after a couple of times then it would start. Now today it was the same thing but finally I think it completely locked me out. Is there any way I can reset this. It says in my owners manual that it engages the anti theft system if I unlock the car with the key. But when I put the key in the ignition and put it in on position that it disengages it. Please let me know what I can do. Or even any suggestions I can give the dealership here (since my car is foreign to them and they are not familiar). I feel like I am getting ripped off and being made to pay for something I shouldnt have. And after all, if I dont want to get a new key fob, shouldt I be able to just unlock the car manually? Thanks for any help
Most cars have a switch or spring loaded button, red or black on the driver side of the car. It is usually located next to your left kneecap when driving. I know that Chevy has a switch, and Dodge is very similar. I have read that if you enter the key into the ignition, turn it to 3 (accessories powered, but before you start the car) and push and hold that button or reverse the switch, then power down the car, that should disable the anti theft system. This is manually putting your car into valet mode. Try that and see if it works.