1998 dodge caravan, engine runs on for 5 seconds, key removed...
No specific period of run time changes situation, simply and every time, after the key is removed from ignition, the engine runs just fine, no dieseling, for about 5 seconds and then shuts offs. whats up?
also, fyi, previous owner had problem with cooling fan, so he rigged a "hot" wire from the fuse panel under dash to the power "positive" directly to the cooling fan motor so it runs all the time....
Re: 1998 dodge caravan, engine runs on for 5 seconds, key...
I did the same thing with my van. When my fan quit, I just ran a hot wire from the working side of the fan, to my fuse box. My van runs for a few moments after being shut off as well. When the hot wire is removed, the van functions normally. Not a big deal however, keep in mind that when the fan quits, you may short out some of your gages as well and you'll have to just replace them. To extend your fan life, disconnect the hot wire in cold weather.
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if its a ticking noise then its probably a lifter noise from age and mileage or none scheduled maintenance. on your next oil change you can try running an oil system cleaner through your engine but this is not something to be overly concerned about.
ok i have a 1998 durango with the 5.2L 318 engine. had trouble with a bad cell in my battery. I went out bought an optima red top battery for it 800cca. put it in and had same trouble. No start without putting foot on gas. wouldn't stay running without holding foot on gas. CPU has to relearn it's programming once you unplug it for long periods of time. mine was without power for about 2-3 weeks till i got new battery. Start with this.. first check under air filter make sure a squirrel hasn't made a mess under your air filter and it's clogging the air intake. Then pull off the lid to your injector cover ( the screw down lid coming from the air box ( with air filter in it) to "carb") make sure all your cables move freely. put that all back together and close hood. Start truck with foot slightly on gas pedal to get started. keep it at about 1k to 1500 rpm for about 1-2 minutes. Rev motor to about 2500rpm and let it die out if it will. Get out lock doors with key fob if you have it. if not make sure to lock doors. ( trust me it worked for me) let sit for 5 minutes. come back out and unlock door and relock door 3 times with fob ( if you have it ) or key if you don't have a fob. Then unlock it with the key and enter vehicle. Start truck as before and keep it around 1k to 1500 rpm again for about 30 seconds rev it up and should keep running. Mine did. I think the iac was stuck from sitting and has now since loosened up. Good luck hope ti works for you.
You say you changed the head lights. I once changed 5 sets of head lights before I found the ones that worked on my 1994 Dodge Caravan. The guy at the store must of thought I was crazy, I know I felt that way about myself. First remove each bulb separately and put them up to the sunlight. It is possible that the high beam filament is broken, if you can't see it, which sometimes happens, you can use an ohm meter to check each filament in the bulb. This may sound strange but it happened to me. Check this first and please let me now how you made out. GOOD LUCK.
The 95 Caravan is great for giving you trouble codes. However they are two digit codes. There should be a blink sequence followed by a short pause then another blink sequence (example 2 blinks, short pause, 3 blinks... Then 5 blinks, pause, 5 blinks which means no more codes. Turn key from off to run three times and leave in run and watch check engine light to count blinks. Disconnecting negative terminal on battery for 30 seconds clears codes.
you will need to use a scan tool to remove the trouble codes in the system. do not disconnect the battery to remove codes, that will only erase stored operating parameters from the memory and cause the engine to run rough for a period of time while the pcm relearns the information it had lost when the battery was disconnected.
You could potentially have a problem with the fuel system. Does the vehicle sputter or seem to have trouble accelerating or going uphill if so I would suggest changing the fuel filter and dependant on the mileage may be due to receive a tune up. (your fuel pump may be going out and would need to be replaced)However, the fuel system has nothing to do with your starter, you said your starter won't even click sometimes. That could be a number of things from your ignition switch to a relay to your starter solenoid going out but with it occuring periodically is considered an intermittent problem/short which could be difficult to determine so start with what I mentioned and have an engine diagnostic performed you can get one for free at autozone etc or pay a dealer or someone like myself over $100 for a 5 minute diagnostic/evaluation