I plugged a trailer to my caravan and since then it doesn't start anymore. clicking sound when trying to start. doesn't turn over. RPM and Speedometer gages in dashboard go back and forth. lights in dash don't have the same sequence of lighting up like usual. I unplugged the negative battery pole for about 10-15 min. then reconnected and still the same problem. Do you think you know what my problem is? And if I'll need a tow truck? Thanx,
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It is very hard to help you when you give no details. But if it doesn't do anything when you try to start it you probably need to charge battery or get new one. If it is trying to start and doesn't sound weak then you need to have someone look at it. It doesn't sound like you would want to do anything yourself but if its not the battery, it doesn't sound good. Good luck
Possible causes are: 1. Loose or corroded battery cables. 2. Bad starter 3. Dead battery. Try tapping on the starter with a hammer while someone is holding the key in the start position. If it starts then replace the starter. Thanks
The clicking sound is coming from your starter solenoid. Which could mean your solenoid or starter or both are bad. But don't rush out and buy replacements until you have troubleshot the problem a little. First, try a jump start. If that works and the car starts, then either your battery is not putting out enough amperage to turn your engine over, which could mean your battery cables are corroded and not making good connection or your alternator is not charging your battery when the car is running. If it started, suggest you take it to an auto parts store and have them test your battery and alternator.
Now if it doesn't start when jump starting, you still need to do some more troubleshooting. Yes, it could be the solenoid and or the starter, but it could also be something internal to the engine. Take off the serpentine belt and try to turn the engine over with a large socket wrench. If it turns, then it is your starter/solenoid, if it doesn't then it is internal to your engine.
Most likely the brown wire from the trailer connector is connected to a constant battery voltage source, and it should be connected to the vehicle running light circuit, however someone might have wired the trailer connector up that way on purpose so that the trailer does not draw power from the vehicle running lights and possibly damage the vehicle running light circuit. (Dodge/Chrysler vehicles do have delicate lighting systems) Here are some images to help assist you, and the 4 way connector is the same as the 5 way connector just without the blue wire for the trailer brakes.
Well the BEST way to fix that is take the Van AND Trailer to the dealer and make them check it over and get it working. Sounds like they screwed up., and are trying to blame the trailer. The 4 pins are easy to check Running lights, Left turn, Right turn and Ground. I suspect the 7 pin is wired wrong. I dont know why they put a 7 pin wiring plug on? Those are used for largeer trailers that need a battery feed and electric brakes
do both trailers use same plug off truck? does both trailers have break lights both sides? can you get turn signal from plug on truck? have you chk. ground on that side? most problems like this is a ground.