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Turn key, dashboard lights like normal, nothing happens

Eliminated battery, ignition switch, relays, fuse problems Followed directions to the letter when replacing the steering rack in a Dodge Grand Caravan 2000, 3.2L. Due to my regular job, the repair took a few days. Torqued nuts and bolts correctly after ensuring that all components were in place. Put the negative cable back onto its post. 
Attempted to start the engine...nothing but a single click from a relay that coincided with each attempt (only a few) to turn the ignition. Interior lights, horn, high beams ok. No power windows, low beams,  or power to the CD/radio. Voltage across the battery terminals is about 12.4v. Fuses in PDC are in good condition.
Thanks for your help.

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  • dave4leah Jan 15, 2009

    Good evening Robert,
    old battery tested, low cranking amps...replaced.
    Installed new battery (12.7v charge), problem persists.
    Will try your suggestion with the new battery.

  • dave4leah Jan 15, 2009

    This morning voltage across terminals began at 12.7v. Opened driver's door, attempted to start engine. Voltage dropped to 12.24v. 
    Clicking sound appears to be coming from the BlowerMotorRelay housed in the Power Distribution Centre.
    Battery: 650 CCA, 750 CA
    Please advise regarding best type of battery charger to purchase.
    Thank you for your time and input Robert.

  • dave4leah Jan 16, 2009

    Robert, thanks for your help

    One more thing to consider...
    After removing the new battery to check soundness of wiring around the PCM & PDC, I decided to perform a continuity test between the battery cables while the ignition key was turned. Zero ohms for all positions except position prior to causing ignition. Wheel lock position, first and second positions registered zero ohms, ignition position resulted in about 71ω. 
    Chilton manual specified locking the wheel whilst changing the steering gear. Could faulty ignition tumblers/connections explain the symptoms described?
    Thanks again,

  • dave4leah Jan 16, 2009

    Correction to last comment... Zero ohms for all positions except position prior to causing ignition. Wheel lock position, first and ignition positions registered zero ohms, second position resulted in about 71ω. 

  • dave4leah Feb 06, 2009

    I am looking forward to clicking the FixYa! option. Unfortunately after testing fuses, changing the ignition switch, tracing power problem to the PDC (I can start the van by jumping the Starter relay!) the vehicle still does not start.

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Get a boost... sounds like the battery is run down.... if you want to test that theory... have someone try and start the car while you check hte voltage on the battery.... it may well even need replacement


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    Roberta Smith Jan 15, 2009

    with no load that voltage should be in the area of 13.8 volts

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    Roberta Smith Jan 15, 2009

    that clicking noise you hear is likely the starter relay. autozone should have some reasonbly good battery chargers... i would suggest you hook up the charger and let it trickle charge overnight.

    I would also suggest if you going to use that method to unhook the battery first. make sure you have the code for the radio (if you require one).

    One other thing to try... have someone turn the key to start it... and have someone else smack the starter with a hammer (don't break the housing of the starter)


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Jan 16, 2009

    They should not have had to drop the steering column or such. i believe the idea of locking the steering is to ensure it will be centred when you bolt on the rack.

    If chilton gives you the specs for what the resistance should be for each ignition position there should be troubleshooting for what to do if the resistance is wrong.


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Feb 06, 2009

    Please consider bumping this rating to a fixya... thanks

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Feb 07, 2009

    change the starter relay then


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