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Dodge Grand Caravan, Electrical, Van
#5 of 10 caravan
Aug 24, 2003 (9:30 pm)
I bought a toyota and my problem was a little similar to yours, except EVERYTHING came on at the same time.
But we found out my relays were burnt. Maybe you should get them checked.
This may not apply to you though.
#6 of 10 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan-Starter Problem
Sep 07, 2003 (10:24 am)
You said: "The car hesitated when ignited for the past 2 days, but usually able to start after 2nd try.
Same thing happen today when started, but there's an additional noise. I turned off engine but the starter (the belt) just keep running (chugging), and smelling pretty bad. I unscrew battery to make it stop, and a lot of smoke were coming out with very bad smell. The smoke came from between radiator and engine. Please help.. also, is this car ok to be driven to the mechanic ?? Thanks so much."
Sep 07, 2003 (10:48 am)
Oh, you have what is called "post-ignition" or "run-on", wherein the gas is still being ignited even after ignition has been shut off.
This could be a timing problem, an overheating problem, maybe a leaking injector along with a high-carbonization issue in the cylinders. It is certainly correctable, and I don't think it harms anything to drive to a shop.
Often you can stop the post ingition by flooring the gas pedal after you've shut the engine off, OR...just put the car in gear with the engine off.
No need to disconnect the battery.
#8 of 10 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan-Starter Problem
Sep 07, 2003 (9:39 pm)
now the car won't start at all, do you know why ?? 2 weeks ago when the car was inspected, the alternator was replaced and charging systems was checked, does it have anything to do with that?? we purchased the car just 3 months ago, so hopefully the shop is willing to cover if not all, maybe some of the cost (same dealership company). can you give a ballpark how much it will cost ? thanks again
#9 of 10 well, taking the battery off while running might have fried the alternator
Sep 07, 2003 (10:14 pm)
you need to have this evaluated by a competent shop at this point. your modern alternator and/or regulator doesn't like that 1961 diagnostic technique.
#10 of 10 sharke10: Could it be that the starter relay stuck?
Sep 08, 2003 (12:52 pm)
Could the problem be that the starter relay stuck in the "start" position and kept cranking the engine and then the starter burned up? I believe the starter is located in front of the engine behind the radiator, which is where the starter is. I still believe the problem may be solved with a new starter, but without seeing it myself,this is only a guess.