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Engine not starting

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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  • notsobigdave Apr 08, 2009

    It sounds like the same problem I'm having. It is a 2004 with a V6. It allways starts cold. But if you drive a couple of miles, leave it setting for a short period of time, sometimes it won't start. If you come back in an hour it starts fine. This has happened to my wife 5 times and me once. The dealer can't help with the problem.


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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.

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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!

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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 Thank you very much for your time.

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