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98 Grand Caravan 3.3 engine starting / running problems

We have a 98 Grand Caravan 3.3 115,00 miles that we have enjoyed for many years except for the last two years. We have had an infrequent problem that a mechanic and the dealers have not been able to detect that is driving us crazy. We believe it is either electrical or fuel related. The problem is this: 7 times in the last 2 years the van has not started. All electrical works except for the gas gauge. the van starts then immediately then dies from no gas. Starter and cranks fine. When we tow the car to the mechanic (sometimes as long as 4 days trying to start) something about the process of towing triggers something so when the van is off the tow bed, it starts. The dealers and mechanic can not detect the problem because when they get it, it starts. We have had fuel filter and fuel pump replaced, same thing. We have replaced fuses. Is there a sensor or fuse in the tank we should be checking? The dodge dealer says the fuel rail is on recall. Is that the problem? Could use advice. Thank

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  • mdmalamud Nov 25, 2008

    My problem is similar, but not as sever, my van does not shut down the gauge just drops to empty, the low fuel light blinks on and then gauge returns to level. This happens when gauge is between 7/8 and 5/8 of a tank. I also have a 1998 Grand Caravan. The problem started two years ago when I changed the battery and the computer module got “confused”. I fixed that with the computer reset procedure I found on the web, however this is not fixing problem now, leading me to believe two separate problems accrued 2 years ago and coincidently the gauge problem went away. I have looked at the float in the tank as well as possible shorts with no luck in finding. Looking for answers?



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A bad earth connection point on my New Zealand model Chrysler Voyager LE (same car as yours but right hand drive) caused similar problems, including the towing thing. My dealer told me that they would be busy for 3 weeks - dealer talk for "we would prefer to sell you a new one".

A bunch of black wires connect to a chassis ground bolt on my model on the right hand side wall, under dashboard height. I was "lucky" to have the fault present when investigating it, and testing I did afterwards proved this to be a definite cause. You have to remove some covers and pull the floor carpet away This may be on the left on your model. A plug in connector is used, to bring multiple wires together at this point. All I had to do was undo the nut and clean the metal of the bolt and earth lug - use a file or sandpaper, and maybe spray on some WD40 or CRC to impove conductivity. I added an extra washer to help the metal to metal bond also.This seems to have fixed the problem. It has been OK now for about 1000 miles. Good luck !

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