Question about 1996 Dodge Caravan
I have had this same problem on my 1996 Caravan SE. Van runs great, but you can park the car and go into a store or restaraunt, and come out and the car won't crank. Just like the previous poster said, it's as if the van is not in park, when it won't start. Everything else electrical still functions.
But I finally solved the problem.There is an area just under the brake pedal that has some sort of switch, sensor, or wiring juction underneath the carpet. When I just lightly tap with my foot in this area, and then try to start the van, it fires up immediately. And this little trick works EVERY TIME to get the van started when it decides it doesn't want to start. Sounds weird, but this models history of strange electrical system behavior is legendary. Just like as it's well-known transmission issues. So try looking under your brake pedal for the cause of a no-start....
Posted on Nov 01, 2009
96 Plym. Gr. Voyager (same as Dodge) 4speed A/T can't locate neutral safety switch on drivers side front of trans. My book shows different location/picture (Haynes manual). Any ideas where to get picture/diagram for reference? Initial problem van starts normally but often only clicks when key is cycled through start cycle until it finally starts. Battery good (3 yrs and checked good), replaced ign. switch behind key tumbler assembly(NAPA Echlin part), relay at fuse block in engine area a checks OK with VOM meter, next item is neutral safety switch that also runs backup lights. I've opened area by removing air filter assembly for better view from top or under car but my switches are not in same location as Haynes book shows. Van has towing package and lockup torque convertor if that makes difference. Need source for diagram of trans exterior. Tha nks to all you helpful souls!
Posted on Oct 28, 2008
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Since you must work under the vehicle to adjust most shift linkages make sure you properly raise and support the vehicle before working under it. Also, wear safety glasses or goggles while working under the vehicle.
A voltmeter can be used to check the switch for voltage when the ignition key is turned to the START position with the shift lever in PARK or NEUTRAL. If there is no voltage, the switch should be adjusted or replaced.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION See Figures 1 and 2
Fig. Fig. 1: Neutral safety switch location-vehicles equipped with automatic transaxle
Fig. Fig. 2: Adjusting the neutral safety switch
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