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First time..Warming up 2006 Grand caravan went out to leave car was not running turned off key turned on all dashboard lights on Clicking noise when turning key all the way then speedometer adn odemeter needles moved to right.. What??/

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The "clicking" noise you describe is that the starter solenoid (attached to the starter), didn't have enough voltage to kick the starter over or for that matter, to engage the starter to the flywheel. I agree with the first solution in that the battery and charging system need to be checked. Advance auto will check this for free if you have one around you. The gauge "problem" is not a problem at all. On Chrysler vehicles the gauges use a magnetic function to display their appropriate readings. Even when you had no problems the gauges, after turning the key off, will float or remain in undefined areas. To perform a quick check as to the condition of the battery versus corroded wires or a bad connection, turn on your headlights and then attempt to start it. If the headlights go out or significantly dim to almost nothing, then it's your battery. If the light remain bright, then it's a corroded connection from the battery to the starter. I would suggest you obtain a cheap OBDII scanner for that way you can pull the codes to see if there is a malfunction to your charging system. If you find no codes, then if you haven't replaced your fuel filter in a long time, (this is not monitored by your computer...fuel pressure), then replace it. First thing is to jump start it and take a voltmeter to check the voltage at the battery. To check for high Resistance, take off the negative cable and get a voltmeter and place one lead on the positive post and the other to the positive cable. Any show of voltage is known as a voltage drop or the amount of voltage you're losing between the post and the cable end. Then continue down from the positive cable end to the starter post. Once again, add the voltage to your previous reading and if over 1 (one) volt, you need to clean the corrosion off the cables. Need a little more information as to what exactly happened when the van cut off. i.e. outside temperature, ow long idling and how long the ignition key could have been left on when it did shut off to drain the battery.

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Check the battery, belt and alternator.

It sounds like your alternator was not charging while your car was warming up. If it wasn't charging you would have been running on the battery reserve until it no longer had enough power to run the motor.

when you tried to start it there wasn't enough power to engage the soleinoid [that's the clicking sound][also happens if you have a bad electrical connection] and send power to the starter. the soleinoid is just a very high power relay.

the guages were freaking out because the battery is almost dead. it's like trying to run a 40" tv on a 9volt smoke alarm battery, if it works, it wont work well or for very long.

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Check the grounds/all of them/under hood above the starter /from batt to body ,trans and make shour battery term,s are very clean

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I have experienced this condition on a couple chryslers. In those case the battery was run down, apon jumping the vehicle lots of click and gauges were sparatic. So since nothing was done in your case and you stated it died while warming up I would suspect somehow the van lost electricity somehow. There is a relay in the fuse box under the hood that says ASD. Swap this with a lookalike like the horn or ABS. If the ABS light comes on now you know the relay was bad. But if you have an intermittant issue the relay may not act up but at least relay in the ASD position will be a differnt one and if you experience this problem again most likely your going to have to have a shop look at it. If you did lose power a code would of been stored for ASD if it was ASD related.

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I concur...

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