I have a 1998 Intrepid ES with 151,000 miles. It's been a great car and for the last few months has been the car of my 20 year old grandson. Problem: It looks like the VTSS module has malfunctioned. I've had it to a couple of shops with not success. An online discussion with a certified Dodge mechanic gave me the lead to the security system.
Question: Is there a simple way to replace the module?
Is there a simple way to bypass the system?
I'm trying to hold down the expense on a car that is still in good shape, but is not worth a lot on the market. One of the shops already replaced the starter with no change.(go figure) 350 bucks gone already. RickH
Since you mentioned that you have the VTSS (SKIM), then I guess your key is the gret head key.
There really is no way to bypass the SKIM system you have.
I would think to start is the key itself is having a problem (A micro-chip under the grey rubber). You would have to get another key from the dealer that is programmed to your car.
The key wearing out is the most common from what I have seen go wrong with them. When I was in College, I saw where the chip on the key go bad and cause the car to shut down and not run. 3 treid with a dead chipped key, or a non-chipped key will cause the PCM to lock down until the SKIM Module gets the correct information to unlock it.
The only other fix to your problem is getting another PCM, BCM, SKIM, and Key (All have to come from the same car) from the junkyard and install it into your car. You would have to Zip tie the key to the SKIM Module so that the car can start up. The down fall to that is the fact that anyone can start the car without having the SKIM there to keep the car from being stolen
Been dealing with the same problem on my 98 ES since last July ended up parking it till Bonus time at work next month.
The 98's do not have a SKIM Module. The standard for the VTSS is RKE with ignition Lockout - Door Jam Alarm.
Is your VTSS light on the center of the dash/bottom of windshield (red light) stay on solid when the car is running?? Also are the gauges acting up? (Tachometer, Temp, and Speedo working on and off intermittently)
I have mine down to either the Body Control Module (BCM) Which controls the VTSS, Guages lights etc) or the Main computer PCM which stores the VIN Number info and if that if is failing or giving a Bus error can enable the ant-theft system to act out.
Sometimes it would throw PCI bus failure error codes and other times you can't get it to display with the key trick at all. I originally called my so called 5 star dealer to have them diagnose it but didn't take it in because the service manager instantly over the phone told me it was the PCM ($1200.00) And from research I know it could be the BCM just as easily and I don't really feel like having them throw parts at it till its fixed like they do so well and with eagerness.
But regardless from what I researched it could be these things:
Faulty Ignition Switch
Shorted battery or bad connections to battery or ground
I just love electrical problems! on another note I have noticed it's almost always the 98 model year ES that has this issue even the concordes and lhs models of that year.