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#4018 of 4276 2003 Dodge Caravan
Jun 14, 2006 (4:28 am)
Yesterday, my car was working just fine. This morning I went to start it and it would not. I am sure that I did not leave anything on or a door open. I tried jumping it off and it turned over, but still didn't start. After messing around with the battery cords, it started with no problem. After it started, the lights were flickering somewhat inside the car, but I drove it around the block a couple of times and it still sounded kind of funny?
What could be wrong with it? Alternator?
#4019 of 4276 Re: 2003 Dodge Caravan [tmcash]
Jun 14, 2006 (5:31 am)
Likely your battery needs replacing. Low battery voltage with these vans makes these minivans behave strangely.
It could also be you have a loose or bad battery cable or something else wrong in the charging system, but 9 times out of 10 it will be the battery. Three years on a battery is not unusual, fortunately they are pretty cheap to replace.
Go to an autoparts chain store and they will likely be able to give you a free test of your battery and charging system, and their battery prices will be much less than a dealers, so buy your replacement there also.
#4020 of 4276 OEM batteries...
Jun 14, 2006 (5:55 am)
Between my wife and I we've had a dozen new cars over the last couple of decades, and the longest I've ever seen an OEM battery last was 47 months (on a car with a 48 month lease). If your battery is 36 months old or older, then it ain't a matter of "if", it's a matter of "when", and the "when" ain't too far off. My advice, change it now before you get stranded.
#4021 of 4276 2002 Grand Caravan Starting and Power Window Problem
Jun 14, 2006 (7:34 am)
I have a 2002 Grand Caravan with 75K miles.
The other day, my driver side power window would not roll back up. I took off the door panel and without doing anything else, I tried the window switch and the window went back up. Today, the window got stuck again. This time, we just fiddled with the switch and eventually the window went back. up.
The second problem happened twice this morning. My wife went to start the van and it wouldn't turn over. She said there seemed to be no power. She left the van for about 10 minutes and tried again and the van started right up. She had an auto tech from our local college take a look and he didn't find any errors with his diagnostic computer. However, the no power thing also happened to him.
I'm wondering if anyone has the same issues and or suggestions.
Thanks in advance for your help.
#4022 of 4276 Re: 2002 Grand Caravan Starting and Power Window Problem [joeyen5]
Jun 14, 2006 (11:48 am)
As far as the no start goes, I would begin by cleaning and tightening both ends of both battery cables. Also, as mentioned above, if you are still on the original battery, you are on borrowed time. It may not be the source of the problem but may be worth considering replacing it anyway.
#4023 of 4276 Re: 2002 Grand Caravan Starting and Power Window Problem [joeyen5]
Jun 14, 2006 (12:01 pm)
If it intermittently does not turn over, it could be that your starter or starter solenoid is beginning to fail. These days the solenoid may be mounted integral with the starter. Sometimes when they are beginning to fail, the starter will not turn over the engine then later on will engage properly, depending on what angular position the starter last stops at.
It usually is not a real difficult do it yourself job to replace them, but you will have to judge your mechanical aptitude and desire to save a few bucks. Rebuilt starters are not all that expensive.
#4024 of 4276 2006 DGC SXT Transmission Problem?
Jun 14, 2006 (7:17 pm)
Hi - new to the forum, would appreciate any help anyone can offer. I actually have two issues.
2005 DGC SXT 3.8 12K miles
1) After the vehicle warms up, the transmission gets "sloppy" when up shifting from 1st to 2nd gear (under light to normal acceleration) . I would describe the feeling and sound as a shudder and thump you can really feel.
2) Occasionally I see steam coming from under the hood but the temp. sensor shows everything is okay.
Any help anyone can provide would be much appreciated!
#4025 of 4276 Re: 2006 DGC SXT Transmission Problem? [william642]
Jun 15, 2006 (3:30 am)
Since the Van is still under warranty, take it back to the dealer and let them figure it out.
#4026 of 4276 Re: 2006 DGC SXT Transmission Problem? [fish8]
Jun 15, 2006 (3:41 am)
I have. They claim there is nothing wrong, but I think that's because a) they are too impatient and b) the van is still under warranty!
I have driven other GC's and we owned one before this one, so I know there is something going on.
#4027 of 4276 Re: 2006 DGC SXT Transmission Problem? [william642]
Jun 15, 2006 (4:57 am)
Then go to another Dodge dealer, they all have to honor warranty work even if you did not buy it there.