It’s a problem that many people have to deal with at some point in their lives. You can’t find your keys and you need to get into the car, but there is no spare key or valet key available. The process of getting into your Dodge Ram 1500 without a key may seem daunting at first, but if you follow these steps it will be much easier than expected.
To ignite your Dodge Ram 1500’s engine without the keys, use a screwdriver to insert it into the ignition lock cylinder. The steering column on this particular vehicle has been designed so that when you turn any of its three locks all the way clockwise and then pull them out about six inches, they will exit from their housing. Keep turning each one until their metal tabs break off (this may take some time), which effectively removes the key-operated safety measure for starting up the truck. Once unlocked, disconnect battery power by pulling both brake lights fuse and headlight switch fuse simultaneously in order to avoid potential electrical damage to components like relays or wiring harnesses.
The next step is attaching jumper cables clamps onto positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of the battery. Make sure these are attached securely and away from any sharp edges so they won’t come loose while you’re working with them, ideally to a good grounding surface like a metal trim or an old sheet of aluminum foil. This will ensure the power is flowing without incident as it should when all jumpers are firmly in place.
Then connect one end of both jumper cables clamps onto their corresponding posts on your truck’s battery; this can be done by either using two sets of jumper cables if needed (one for each terminal), or use another vehicle to provide assistance as well. That means that one clamp goes on positive (+) post, then connects via cable to its own ground wire(s). The other clamp goes on the negative (-) post, and again connects via cable to its own ground wire(s).
Wait a few minutes for your Dodge Ram 1500’s engine to start up. This will take anywhere from five seconds to thirty depending on how long you let it sit there with no power; if nothing happens, check that all cables are still in place properly, then try again. Once the truck starts running don’t disconnect anything until is has dissipated enough current so as not to cause any damage or injury. You can do this by letting it run idle for at least two minutes before removing jumper cables clamps (or having someone else do it), turning off headlights and brake lights fuse, replacing headlight switch fuse – which should be in the number one slot on your fuse box – and then disconnecting battery power.
I hope this article helped you with troubleshooting when it comes to starting a Dodge Ram 1500 without its keys. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at our service department for assistance! We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week so call anytime if needed.
This article is an overview of how to start up your Dodge Ram 1500 using jumper cables even though you don’t have the key by removing all three locks from the steering column and connecting clamps onto positive (+) and negative (-) terminals.