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2000 dodge grand caravan 6 cyl 3 liter engine

Will not start but will with a jump. almost new battery good alternator and starter. sometimes it starts after a try or two and sometimes not.

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  • chuck_and_sh Aug 28, 2008

    Thanks for the info. We had taken the starter out and found that there was not a good connection .

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    new starter and battery alternator good

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Check the ground cable all the way from the battery to engine im betting its loose or not getting a good connection somewhere

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