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1996 Dodge Caravan. I had a new computer chip installed as my car would not start. I also had new plugs installed. I drove my car home .. it was alright. The next day I started up the car and it drove terribly skipping upon excelleration and backfiring... once stalled out altogether. Now the car won't start.. it won't even turn over.. it's just dead in the parking lot.. Any hints.. Thanks..

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  • kittydog90 Dec 12, 2008

    Van was driving fine, then began to overheat, before I could pull over, it lost power completely and never would restart. I know of a water pump problem and possible rear main seal problem but it will not turn over at all. I doubt these issues would cause it not to start at all. I REALLY need help. This is my only vehicle and I need it to transport my disabled son to Dr. appts. Any help would be appreciated.

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For Kittydog 90 - The overheating problem is either the thermostat or water pump. Since you have to drain the cooling system to do one, you should replace both along with the hoses if they are more than 3 years old. Depending on how hot it got and whether there was any coolant in the engine block, it's tough to know what caused it to die on you.

For Scoutdiver - I don't know what you mean by a computer chip, I am used to seeing computer boards that get replaced. It sounds like you may need to have the mechanic check for computer codes to see if any software needs to be updated. It may have been that the computer part was good but an airmass meter or a sensor was actually bad. I would try unhooking the ground cable from the battery for 2 minutes and then hooking it backup just to see if it doesn't allow a computer issue to clear itself up.

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