I have a 2004 Dodge Caravan. I have had a problem starting the van four different times in the past 1.5 years. Each time I had driven a short distance(app. 2 miles) to the store, turned the van off for a short period of time, and when I tried to leave the engine wouldn't turn over. The starter is working fine but the engine just won't catch. The strange thing is if I wait 30-45 minutes the van will start like nothing ever happened. If I bring the van in for service when there is no problem there won't be anything to find as the check engine light has never come on. Any suggestions?
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Re: Engine not starting
I would have to say its the starter switch, should be under dash on steering colume. they act like that, one day, or one week, or maybe a month, no problem, and then all of sudden it won't start. it will not thro any codes or make chk. engine light come on because its not a sensor, chg. the switch.
This same thing happened to me recently and I was told that it was because of our change in temperature (In MA) -- we went really cold to mild conditions this particular day. I started it and it was bucking...didn't sound good and there was an odd smell...
I shut it off and it would not start.
I called AAA who came about 20 or so minutes later. He got in my car and held the gas pedal down about half way when he started up my car and then lifted it off.
He said that Nissan's and Dodge's did the same thing...especially in the change in weather. He said it's almost like car senses it should put more gas or something...
I don't know if that's all true but what I do know is...he started it that way and it's never happened again!
This exact problem is happening to me and I've tried some very expensive fixes but nothing has worked yet such as battery, fuel pump ouch so if this fixes the problem could you please let me know at email@example.com. Thank you very much for your time.
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The started is located on the back side of engine (firewall side) next to the transmission bellhousing. To remove starter first disconnect the negative battery wire from battery.Raise the front of van up and use jackstands to support the van,block the rear tires. From under the van remove the solenoid wire from starter. Remove bolts from starter and remove starter from van. Installation is the reverse the removal. Hope this will help.
The EVAP System has a leak and needs to be repaired.
Obviously your mechanic,has not kept up with todays vehicles. EVAP issues are common. I would get a new mechanic, and make sure they have an EVAP Smoke Machine,otherwise their wasting their time and yours.
Also,if your the type of person who rides around 2 years with a check light on,you don't have much interest in what you drive.
I would guess you got at least one other drivabilty issue.
Pull the codes,and have your NEW Mechanic repair properly and SOON
your van has an obd1 setup with dodge all you should have to do is turn key to ign to off 5 times without starting vehicle and the check engine light will flash the code for example it will start off with a code 12 i believe saying the computer is functioning the check engine will flash 1 pause flash 2 pause and will repeat a total of three times just write down all the codes when it gets to code 55 it is done hope this is helpful
You should definitely replace the fuel filter though this probably won't fix your hesitation. It wouldn't hurt to replace the spark plugs this is usually the culprit on these engine. I have the same engine in a '99 caravan and found the for some reason the spark plugs on cylinder 3 and 4 loosen up after one year and cause a misfire between 45 and 50 mph under load (when mildly accelerating).
If it's red, it's transmission fluid. Coolant would be green. Check the fluid level, don't let it get low, Chrysler minivans are prone to transmission troubles, and low fluid levels over time will ruin a a transmission. And be sure not to overfill, it's just as bad for the trans. Have the leak checked out and repaired, good luck