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98 caravan died while driving, won't start

Just died. went to restart and nothing. temp anf fuel gauges have no life, and i dont have radio or overhead reader and normally when i lock the doors the alarm set light flashes now it stays on a few sec. and then shuts off.

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  • wilson98 Dec 13, 2008

    none of the above

  • s60six May 11, 2010

    did a battery symbol light up on the dash before it quit?
    Did the lights go dim?
    Did the radio start to do funny things?


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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my 98 Grand Caravan did almost the same thing. When the alarm light stopped flashing, and stayed on solid...It was a hint it wasn't going to start. Its NOT the alarm system, but rather your "computer" or Circuit board located behind your dash. After a VERY GOOD mechanic (who was NOT a Chrysler mechanic) located my circuit board shorting out...I had to take it to my local dealer to order a new one. Total costs...$130 diag. (by my machanic) and $500+ for the circuit board and $230 labor. It sounds like a lot...I know, and if you can do it yourself...good luck. I knew I couldn't...taking the dash panel apart was a lot of work!

Good luck to you...but my advice is get rid of it. Soon after the circuit board the following things began failing and the costs were... air conditioner pump went out (estimated to fix $1600) and the Transmission pump began leaking badly (1qt a day) $2000 and the air bag sensor lit up, bag never deployed...dealer said $1200 to fix that.

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Does it crank over and not start? or does it do absolutely nothing when you turn the key?
if it does nothing you try a boost
It sounds like you have a connection problem somewhere if there is little or no power to anything..........I'm not real familiar with the fuse locations on caravans but your owners manual should tell you where to locate them.........check both fuse panels under the hood and in the interior...make sure none of them are blown....also you might have a wiring problem..........the part that confuse me a little is the fact that it died while driving but didn't give signs of a dead battery........which leads me to think its a blown fuse or a broken wire or bad connection.......
hope this helps.......Good luck!

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