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Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Electrical, Van
#9 of 227 Re: 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 Not Starting [thowell]
Oct 05, 2006 (10:00 am)
My wife has a 1998 Grand Caravan Sport that worked fine until about 12 months ago, we started to have "Not Starting" problems. When you get in the car, either the battery seems completely dead or when you turn the ignition, it tries to start very briefly and then goes dead. I took it to Walmart service, thinking it was a dead battery that needed to be replaced. Instead one of the battery cables at the terminal (positive?) was so corroded that most of the wiring has been eaten away. You could start the car by turning or twisting the cable such that the wiring made contact with the battery. Well, the handy Walmart technician (bless him) cut the cable end off and installed a new terminal block with the existing cable (it was just barely long enough to reach the battery terminal). Everything worked fine for several months, until one day, the same thing happened. Battery seemed completely dead and the car would not start.
To make a long story shorter, we found out it was not the battery, but that we could start the car by just pushing or jiggling with the cable to put it in a slightly different position (Yes, I inspected the wiring and it still looks good, at least at the new exposed end). Usually one to three simple pushes (pushing the wire toward the battery terminal) did the trick. I suspect that part of the wiring further inside the cable may be corroded away inside and is the reason for this random action.
Last week, I got tired of this occuring randomly, perhaps once or twice a month, and called a Dodge dealer to find out how much to replace the entire cable. It turns out the battery cable is part of a larger motor wiring harness and the dealer wants $1470 just for the new part! (that is NOT a typo, add about $100 for labor). I will be looking at a used part from a parts junkyard or to selling/trading it for whatever I can get for it.
Hope this info may be helpful in your case.
#10 of 227 2000 Town & Country Ignition Problem – won’t start or turn off
Oct 07, 2006 (3:57 pm)
I have a problem in which the ignition won't engage when the engine is cold & then, after I finally get it to start, the engine sometimes won’t shut off if I turn the key back to “off” immediately afterwards.
The starting problem goes like this: I turn the key & hear a click. If I repeat the process several times (I hear one click each time), the vehicle will eventually start (within ten key turns). At first I thought this may have been a starter problem, but now I don’t think so. Also, the battery is fairly new & the terminals are clean with firm contact.
As for turning the engine off (cold engine) & occasionally not getting the motor to stop running: When the key is returned to the off position, the motor sometimes continues to run. Also during these episodes, a constant clicking sound is heard. My wife drove the van like this once & the clicking stopped after a mile or so. She was also able to then turn the engine off by returning the key to the “off” position.
#11 of 227 Re: 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 Not Starting [flavijon]
Oct 11, 2006 (8:13 am)
Did you find any solutions? My no start issue was fixed by replacing the cam sensor. Now I have a misfire issue that seems to be related to the coil connection. I'm wondering if it is nesc. to replace the entire wiring harness?
#12 of 227 Re: 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 Not Starting [upnrunnin]
Oct 11, 2006 (11:58 am)
Actually, it was the crankshaft position sensor that fixed the intermitent no-start problem. The cam sensor was replaced as a precaution.
#13 of 227 engine stalls
Nov 02, 2006 (11:21 pm)
Hi, I have an engine stalling problem with my 92 plymouth voyager mini van, the engine stalls but starts back right away but I have to put my left foot on the brake and right foot on the gas pedal to keep it running at idle speed it is not gutless on higher speeds, no check engine light is on I was wondering if somebody can help me with this problem. Thanks
#14 of 227 Re: engine stalls [jagir03]
Nov 03, 2006 (3:29 pm)
We had a 91 Caravan (3.0 liter engine) years ago with a similar problem. I remember a fuel system service being done that cleaned out the fuel injectors. Afterwards, it ran fine. This type of service is not very expensive. Good luck.
#15 of 227 Voyager 3.0 Stalling after stop
Nov 08, 2006 (1:06 am)
I have a 95' Plymouth Voyager (215K)with the 3.0 engine that is stalling/stumbling after I come to a stop, It happens only when warmed up (Runs perfect cold). No codes are present. I've replaced the following:
Throttle Body (cleaned), TPS, IAC,O2,MAP,EGR,Fuel Pump & Filter,CAT,PCM,PCV,All Vacuum Hoses, Coolant Sensor, Battery and Optical Sensor (in distributor). I've been to 3 different mechanics including a dealer who cannot find the problem. At this point I have too much $$ invested and would like to find a solution. Anyone out there that can help??
#16 of 227 Re: Voyager 3.0 Stalling after stop [rostant]
Nov 08, 2006 (2:49 pm)
I was going to suggest that it was the coolant sensor based on the symptoms but I see that you have that covered unless there is a wiring issue between the sensor and the computer.
Often, when the stalling occurs when coming to a stop, it is the torque converter that is not unlocking when it should. Try shifting into neutral and see if the problem goes away.
#17 of 227 Re: Voyager 3.0 Stalling after stop [mfahey1]
Nov 08, 2006 (4:30 pm)
Thanks for your response. Do you know of a way to test the coolant sensor? Is there just (1) coolant sensor? I've tried the neutral scenario with no luck. It would simply spit & sputter when put back in drive. Almost as if it is starving for fuel. Could the injectors be clogged? Why only when warmed up?
#18 of 227 Re: Voyager 3.0 Stalling after stop [rostant]
Nov 09, 2006 (9:48 am)
I don't know enough of the specifics on your year and engine to give you a definitive answer. I know our library has a set of Mitchell manuals that gives you a whole diagnostic decision tree that takes you through various steps to get to an answer.