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My 2003 Dodge Caravan SE (3.3 V6) with 66K miles has a no start condition. Drove to work to day with no problem, then had to go to a doc's appointment, again van started no problem. After doc appointment, got in van, and no start. Not even a "click". All dash lights show when the key is turned to the on position, with the exception of the Engine Malfunction Light and the little oil light. Haven't had any sluggish starting problems, so just not sure what is going on. Check the serp belt, and it is intact. Had my wife turn the key, and I can hear a clicking sound that I think is coming from the fuse panel box next to the battery on the left side. My father in law says perhaps a weak battery? Any thoughts are welcome before I call the tow truck to the rescue tonight. Thank you, Larry

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  • lem_adm Jul 29, 2009

    Thank you for the reply...I am a bit confused about what you meant by jumping pin 30 and 87. What is the best method to do that? If I am understanding, I would open the fuse box, find the relay and pull it, the find pin 30 and 87, pull them and jump then and see if it cranks. Just wanted to make certain this was correct.

    Thank you again

  • lem_adm Jul 29, 2009

    Thank you for the reply...I am a bit confused about what you meant by jumping pin 30 and 87. What is the best method to do that? If I am understanding, I would open the fuse box, find the relay and pull it, the find pin 30 and 87, pull them and jump then and see if it cranks. Just wanted to make certain this was correct.

    Thank you again

  • lem_adm Jul 29, 2009

    Thanks..one last question..what is best method to jump between 30 and 87?

    Thank you..

  • lem_adm Jul 29, 2009

    Thanks..one last question..what is best method to jump between 30 and 87?

    Thank you..

  • lem_adm Jul 29, 2009

    Thanks..one last question..what is best method to jump between 30 and 87?

    Thank you..

  • lem_adm Jul 29, 2009

    Thank you!

  • lem_adm Jul 30, 2009

    Thank you!

  • lem_adm Aug 10, 2009

    Hi...ended up being the computer, which fortunately was covered under the Federal 8/80 emissions warranty.

    Take care,

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OK WHAT YOU CAN DO IS MAKE SURE THE YOU BATTERY STILL HOLDING THE POWER MINIMUN 12 BOLTS

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There is a relay in the fuse box under the hood that may be defectve.also the ground from the battery to the block may need cleanig,you can confirm that by putting a jumper cable from the battery neg. to the block and see if it will start.to check the relay pull it out and figure out where pin 30 and 87 end up in the relay plug and jump them,it should crank if the relay is shot.

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    danny herget Jul 29, 2009

    you ar correct ,last time i don e it i use a small pair of needle nosed pliers,good luck

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    danny herget Jul 29, 2009

    you could try inserting a "none to be good" relay from something else less important,say the ac relay or trailer relay,any one with the same pin configuration.

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    danny herget Jul 29, 2009

    you can use a small piece of wire with the ends strippded back and twisted tightly.

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    danny herget Jul 29, 2009

    pull out ther relay and flip it over.find pins 30 and 87.mark them then see where they push into the connecter.where they end up is the pins you need to jump.

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    danny herget Jul 29, 2009

    i got a lot of spare time on my hands lately,let me know how you make out!

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