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Dodge Grand Caravan, Engine, Van
#23 of 49 EATX SAFETY SHUT DOWN RELAY Gets hot
Jul 15, 2009 (10:05 am)
Dodge Grand Caravan, 2003
shuts off by itself and will not start back up. Relay clicks but the starter never cranks over. Noticed that the EATX SAFETY SHUT DOWN RELAY got hot and replace that. Then replaced the ignition switch. Starter shouldn't be the issue since that would not shut off the Van. Sometime I can go out and start it up but it soon dies and will not turn over. Just noticed that the EATX SAFETY SHUT DOWN RELAY was getting warm as I was turning the key to strt the engine. The starter/ignition rely clicks but like I said that's as far as it goes. No other relays get warm or hot... Sounds like a ton of people have had the same problem but for some reason, the actual solution that worked does not get posted... Does Dodge have an IT guy hack in and remove the cure from blogs and forums???
#24 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan [newfee]
Oct 26, 2009 (6:52 am)
I am having a similar issue, replaced the pump and filter and now the car doesn't want to go when you give it gas. Also, the idle is rough. Did you ever get this figured out?
#25 of 49 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue?
Oct 26, 2009 (6:58 am)
The fuel pump went out and it was replaced along with the fuel filter. The van ran pretty good for about a week or so and then it started chugging sometimes like it was going to run out of gas. Then when I would press on the gas enough to make the transmission shift down, the rpm's would raise but the van wouldn't go any faster. It also now has a rough idle and the idle speed appears to be high. Has anyone had this problem or knows what a possible solution might be? Thanks.
#26 of 49 Re: Caravan oil light [jerry69]
Oct 26, 2009 (7:55 am)
I experienced this exact same thing and it was the oil pressure switch. Easy to replace and it it located on the side of the oil filter.
#27 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue? [kosmo5]
Oct 26, 2009 (8:34 am)
I would first test the fuel pressure in order to rule out fuel supply; there should be a fitting on the fuel injector rail, similar to that of a valve stem on a tire, to which a pressure gauge can be connected.
#28 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue? [xwesx]
Oct 26, 2009 (9:54 am)
What should the pressure be? Could it be the fuel pump is bad?
#29 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue? [kosmo5]
Oct 26, 2009 (11:33 am)
I cannot recall; I want to say it is something like 40psi. It could be a continuing problem with the pump, but it could also be something that is restricting flow (the conditions you described are high-demand situations for fuel). You would need to observe the fuel pressure under varying engine speeds and loads. In normal operation, the pressure should be constant.
#30 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue? [xwesx]
Oct 26, 2009 (11:46 am)
Thanks for the advice, I will give it a try.
#31 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue? [xwesx]
Oct 30, 2009 (6:18 am)
Could this also be an issue with the catalytic converter? Is there a way to test this to see if it is clogged?
#32 of 49 Re: 2000 Dodge Caravan fuel issue? [kosmo5]
Oct 30, 2009 (10:16 am)
It's possible - anything affected by flow volume could be the source: air intake, spark plug wires, exhaust, fuel. Air intake and spark plug wires are pretty easy to test (take a look at your air filter and check resistance in the wires w/ ohmmeter), but I don't know about the exhaust.