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Starts Intermittenly 2001 Dodge Grand Garavan - 3.3L Vehicle starts sometimes on the first turn of the key and sometimes it takes up to 20. I will hear a click and then either nothing (no spin), a partial crank, a full crank or, when held in the start position one time, a click followed by a starting crank about 3 seconds later. I have replaced the battery about two months ago and the problem went away for a few weeks. There was corrosion on the battery terminals and this was cleaned. I thoroughly cleaned the battery terminals last week and the problem went away for a day. Most of the driving is in town (1-2 miles) but the issue is still there when we drive 60 miles to visit family. Nothing is plugged into any electrical source. I was leaning toward a starter (with inclusive solenoid) but just wanted to see what the experts think. Please help.

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  • michael buck Oct 04, 2008

    We have the same problem. We bought a new battery a couple months ago. Now the engine will not turn over when trying to start the van, but all the accesories will come on. I bought a new starter and am trying to replace it myself... That's not going so well...

  • glue guy Oct 06, 2008

    It was the solenoid. Try that Michael. You'll save a bundle vs replacing the starter too, which I did.

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Hi I have a 2001 dodge caravan 3.3Liter but wend I start the van it stoils out and wend I keep it start by the throuthal,it back fires and the RPM nedell keeps on jumping up and down,plase what is my problem at this time. THANKYOU.

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Glue guy the starter is probably bad..id replace it

michael buck what year and engine do you have

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