Question about 2005 Dodge Caravan
How do I find out if my van is no longer in time? When I went out to start the van it wanted to turn over but will not start. I've tried hooked up a battery charger to rule that out. I can hear my fuel pump running. I've tried spraying starter fluid into the air intake and nothing seems to help get it going.
Your problem is almost never jumped timing. Won't start or even try to start with starter fluid? It probably lost spark (ignition). Do as boaauto says and check for spark on a plug wire. Look for a sharp blue spark. If none on that plug wire, try one more. Orange or intermittent spark is same problem as no spark. Loss of ignition spark could be due to bad coil, bad ignition coil control module (ICM), bad or missing crank position sensor, or a problem in the pcm (which is least likely possibility).
A cheap spark tester should be purchased for spark testing- that way you stand no chance of getting an electrical shock when testing.
Posted on Dec 28, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Its normal for the pump to run for three seconds then shut off if the car engine is off. . This indicates that the fuel pump turned on and the pressure did reach specifications. If the pump did not reach pressure the pump would continue to run, You need to check for proper pressure with a gauge. If tthe pressure is ok then you have another issue like an ignition module or crank sensor if applicable. You may have to drive the car with the fuel gauge hooked up to see if you still have pressure when it dies.. I know you said you replaced the pump already but do you have the same issues as before you replaced it. This would indicate which direction you need to go now. If the same then its prabably not the pump.
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
It is possible that this is a zero clearence engine. Meaning that the valves can hit the pistons if the cam timing is off or the timing belt breaks. I would strongly suspect that you have bent valves. This can easily be diagnosed with a compression test. If valves are bent the repair will require at least a rebuilt cylinder head and gaskets. It is also possible that there could be piston damage as well. The reason it is not starting is it has no compression due to bent valves.
Posted on Oct 18, 2009
Here is a pic of a schrader valve. They all look about the same.
If there isn't much pressure, cycle the ignition without turning the engine over and try again. If it is still weak, you may need a new fuel filter. If it is strong, you may have dirty or clogged fuel injectors.
It may be spark, but I'm inclined to think it is fuel related.
Good luck, and keep us in the loop!
Posted on Mar 15, 2010
SOURCE: Van won't start
i have a similar problem after the van is hot it wouldnt start back up and it gets gas just not spark i have changed a few parts out and i am not sure if my coil is getting the right power so i tried a new ecu and still did't work.
Posted on Nov 07, 2011
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