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Must crank 2 or 3 times before engine running Dealer mention a possible Electronic Choke defective

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No electronic choke on these newer cars. Your most likely loosing fuel pressure. May need a new fuel pump or a pressure regulator or you may have a leaking injector.

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First, you need to understand that the starting system on that vehicle is DESIGNED to keep cranking the engine (even after you let go of the key). It will crank for approximately 15 seconds, then time out if the engine speed has not reached 700 RPM. Personally, I think this can be a serious safety hazzard, especially for someone working on the vehicle, but this is not the time or place to get into that.

To find out why it is not starting, you must first determine what is missing. The engine needs fuel, spark, and compression to start. One or more of these things are missing.

For the fuel. you not only need fuel in the fuel tank, but you must also have the correct fuel pressure (per manufacturer's specifications) and injector pulse (or injector control) - not to mention that the injectors themselves must be capable of functioning correctly when the control system tells them to.

For the spark, you need not only functioning coils, but the spark plugs must not be worn out and they cannot be "flooded" with gas or any other foreign substance like oil or antifreeze. Spark plug cables (or coil boots for COP ignition) must not be defective.

Compression is pretty much a mechanical problem. However, it can be an electronic problem if your vehicle is equipped with variable cam timing. (You didn't mention which engine your Caravan is equipped with, which would be a good idea if you would like someone to help you figure out your engine problem)

Now since fuel, spark, and compression can be controlled by the engine control computer in modern vehicle configurations, and the computer system is capable of self-diagnosis of these systems, it would be wise to BEGIN diagnosis by consulting with the onboard computer network that controls these things (AKA, scan your system for fault codes).

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This sounds like a telltale choke issue. You running carburated right?
If it is what i think it is you have a choke thermostat on the carb. If so check the votage on the wire and if you have power then the choke thermostat has to be replaced. you can do a manual set of the choke behind the carb just to see if this is the problem.

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