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Had new tranny put in my 1997 dodge caravan. now it won't start. put new starter put in, new starter relay, alternator checked out, battery good. now what?

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The neutal safety switch is probably your culprit. It is on the transmission. Make sure all the electrical wireing connections are good.

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It could be a bad Starter Solenoid or Starter, or even a weak Alternator that is not fully charging the Battery when the engine is running. Make sure all connections to the Battery and Starter are tight and there is no corrosion present. Make sure the battery is fully charged and if your car is running your Alternator is at least showing 13 to 14 volts on a Volt Meter, or your Instrument Panel Gauge. Check that your Alternator Belt is tight too.

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