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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Where do I begin? I guess I will start with the electrical problem first. Today I started my van and all the lights dimmed and I smelled something burning and the battery light came on, so I shut the van off immediately. This happened before about 2 months ago, and it never did again til today, any ideas? I thought maybe an alternator, but was not sure. Please someone help me, its my only way to get to work. Thanks

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  • Tony421 Feb 20, 2009

    I will check all the connections, as well as loose or corroded ones too. Just so everyone knows, I shut it off and waited a few minutes and restarted it and it was fine without the stated problem, so I don't think binding would be an issue.

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Check all battery connections, wiring at alternator, for scorched ends, loose and/or corroded connections, as well as any power distribution boxes under hood. take close look at belt(s) for scorched or burnt edges, or deep grooves, as sign of trouble.Personally if I didn't find anything obvious, I would remove belt (s) and try moving all pulleys & idlers by hand, and feel for binding etc. When that's done, if you must, have someone start & be ready to shut it down quickly, as you observe pulleys, belts etc.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Feb 20, 2009

    Don't forget that when heater is in defrost mode, your AC compressor will kick in & out periodically, which have been known to seize on occassion too.

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