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Dodge Grand Caravan, Engine, Van
Feb 27, 2008 (10:00 am)
I have a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan. On a trip recently, the oil light came on. We stopped at the first exit and, thinking it was low on oil, added oil. The light went out so we continued on our way. A few miles down the road, the light came on again so we stopped again. Being almost 100 miles from home and facing an enormous tow bill, we began calling around for advice. Two separate mechanics stopped at two different times and and both suggested separately that it could be that the oil filter was probably clogged. We were near an auto parts store and replaced the oil filter. The oil light went out again so we carried on our way. A mile or two down the interstate, the oil light came on again and this time the engine completely stopped so we coasted into a parking lot at an exit. The engine will not even crank now. The temperature of the engine never got hot, it did not make any loud noises or anything. Does anyone know if this vehicle's computer has the capability of shutting down the engine in case of a problem like this before the engine seizes up? If it's just the oil pump or something, I would be willing to fix it, but if the whole engine is seized, it would be very costly. Thanks for your help!
#14 of 49 Re: Oil Pump [rossinia]
Feb 27, 2008 (5:17 am)
My guess would be that the engine seized up. I don't think the engine computer would prevent it from cranking over.
The oil light on the dash is, I believe, just a oil pressure indicator (not an oil level indicator). The pressure threshold for turning on the light is pretty low. So if you were driving the car for a while with low oil pressure, you could very well have done some serious damage to the engine.
#15 of 49 Re: Oil Pump [srs_49]
Feb 27, 2008 (8:51 am)
I have to agree. If the oil pump was not working and you put that many miles on it, it could have easily seized. The temperature would likely not rise perceptibly if the coolant system was still working.
An easy way to determine if the engine is seized would be to put a socket on the crankshaft pulley bolt and try to turn the engine. If you cannot get it to turn, that puppy is a goner.
Jun 06, 2008 (11:06 am)
I HVAE A 1992 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN that when u hit the gas it feels like its missing any ideas on what to check
#17 of 49 2004 Grd Caravan poor acceleration at slow speed
Jun 09, 2008 (6:29 pm)
2004 3.3 Grd Caravan with 49,800 kms. Has had regular oil changes and checkups. Mechanics have always advised the engine is fine. Recently the engine light started turning on periodically, then turns off. When driving slowly around (25 mph / 50 km) the acceleration is sluggish; when pressing accelerator the engine hestitates - jerks, then starts to run better at higher speeds. No problems when coasting - problem occurs only when accelerating slowly. Works fine when you give it lots of gas. Before I take it into the garage, any ideas on what the problem could be?
#18 of 49 2005 Caravan - Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit
Apr 21, 2009 (11:10 am)
I am getting a
Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit
Does anybody know what the fix could be?
#19 of 49 Re: 2004 Grd Caravan poor acceleration at slow speed [cdl2008]
May 06, 2009 (5:11 pm)
Did you ever find out about this issue I know it is a year old but having the same issue now.
Thanks to whom ever...
#20 of 49 Caravan oil light
Jun 11, 2009 (12:20 pm)
my 2000 caravan oil icon lights up and door chime starts ding-a-linging when I slow to a stop. Increasing gas slightly.......puts all back to normal. ?????What's wrong??? Can I increase the idle speed on this vehicle???
#21 of 49 Re: Caravan oil light [jerry69]
Jun 23, 2009 (12:48 pm)
I just experienced the same warning light and alarm on my 2000 Grand Caravan. I immediately checked the oil level and found it low nearly 2 quarts. The kids have been driving and filling-up this vehicle and not checking the oil level. After topping off the oil, this did not correct the problem, so I changed the oil and filter. It was overdue for a change by about 2 months. When replacing the oil and filter I added a quart of Lucas Stop Leak Oil Treatment, which is designed for older engines that use or burn oil. I've been running it for a couple of days now and no low oil pressure alarm. I'm hoping that this worked. If not I will post an update. Good luck.
#22 of 49 Re: Caravan oil light [hemi1006]
Jul 01, 2009 (5:38 pm)
2 quarts of oil seems to be alot of oil to lose. It is very well possible that the oil pan and/or valve cover gaskets are leaking. The stop leak stuff is not a real fix for the problem and is not good for the engine.
We had the valve cover and oil pan gaskets replaced at around 100K on our 01 DGC EX w/3.8L engine. It wasn't burning oil, but I noticed it was down about a half quart of oil right before oil changes. Since I was changing the oil myself, I was able to see oil on the engine block around the valve cover gaskets. No more oil leaks and the oil level is still full before oil change.