Question about 1996 Dodge Caravan
If you have a 3.3 engine then that job looks almost impossible ... same for the rear spark plugs .. i gave up and took it to a dealer ... i asked the mechanic how in the world he managed without taking the engine apart .. he said "i took the engine apart (with a big smirk)" ... he wouldnt tell me what but it looks like you have to take off the intake manafold ... maybe even the rear valve cover (to get at spark plugs) ... thats a wonderful engine .. nice machine, lasts forever .. but the human engineering is awful .. i noticed that the new caravans have corrected that .. they have lots of room to get at things .. also the smaller engines give you more room .. it cost me over $300 just to have the back 3 spark plugs changed .. another time an alternator was loose in the middle of nowhere ... a mechanic welded and bent several wrenches together to make a goldburg type tool to get at that hidden nut at the bottom of the alternator .. dodge could have made that much easier (possible) if they had made those "captive or welded" nuts .. as it is, the nuts are loose and impossible to control without "taking the engine apart" if you do manage to get them loose (without dissembling the engine), you cant remove them completely since you cant get anything to hold the hidden nut .. and you wont even be able to retighten without that bent and welded special tool .. i noticed that the front bearing on the alternator is what fails more often than other things .. so after the first 75,000 miles .. i put a drop of syn oil on that at every oil change .. that seems to extend the life considerably .. be careful to clean any oil that gets on the belt .. also check the spring loaded belt tensioner ... make sure it still moves on its pivot .. they often freeze at the pivot and that can cause damage to the alternator bearing ...
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
remove the negative battery cable from the battery. loosen the serpentine belt by using an open-end box wrench and pull the tension pulley back (it's spring loaded, so be careful) by the bolt, remove the belt from the alternator and the tension pulley, then slowly let the tension pulley loose. remove the nuts holding the wires on to the alternator. remove the bolts from the alternator mount, and remove the alternator. put the new one on and hand tighten all of the bolts. then tighten them down with a wrench. put the belt back on the alternator pulley and make sure it's on all of the other pulleys and wheels except the tension. use the wrench again and pull the pulley towards you with your right hand and put the belt under the pulley with your left, and let the pulley go back. reconnect the wires to the alternator and then the battery. **warning** make sure that the battery is fully charged before you start the car with the new alternator, or you'll cause "alternator death" and void your warranty.
Posted on Jan 26, 2010
The code is about the switch that monitors the hydraulic pressure for operating the low/reverse clutch of the transmission. That clutch is called into play for all forward gears as well as reverse, so it seems reasonable if that clutch were not working that the car wouldn't move in any gear. I would begin by making sure that there is sufficient trans fluid by inspecting its dipstick. If needed only use ATF +4 but don't overfill it. Also, just on a chance, take a look underneath to see if you see any motion of either the left or right half axles (or one moving, but one not) which would be another reason for no motion due to a drive shaft disconnection or some such anomaly. Other than that, your problem could be with the Low/Reverse solenoid switch in the solenoid pack portion of the transmission (the box on the driver's side of the trans) being stuck. That can be repaired without removing and rebuilding the transmission so let us hope that may be the cause. I would have the car towed to a good independent trans shop that has a reputation for knowing how to service the Chrysler electronic transmission.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 29, 2010
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Posted on Nov 10, 2008
1.) Open the hood of your van
2.) On the passenger side of the vehicle, look behind the headlight enclosure. You will see a set of wires running into the back of it. This is the power clip. Either with your hand or a flat-head screwdriver, pop the power clip off.
3.) There is a plastic ring encasing the light bulb. Turn the ring counter-clockwise and pull it out of the socket and set it aside.
4.) Pull firmly on the light bulb to remove it.
5.) Place the new light bulb into the same opening. Be careful not to touch the glass part of the new bulb. The oils in your skin can substantially reduce the life of the new bulb.
6.) Replace the plastic ring and turn it clockwise to lock it in place.
7.) Reattach the power clip to the back of the bulb.
Posted on Nov 06, 2009
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