1996 Dodge Caravan My Dodge Caravan won't start

Tiny
PAULAVAZQUEZ
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 122,000 MILES
I was driving my van and I lost all power. I pulled over and trieds to start the van and it wouldn't start back. A mechanic looked at it and did a scan and nothing showed up. The fuel presure was good. We replaced the coil pack, cam sensor, crank shaft sensor and a new battery. It cranks like its going to start but won't. Now when you turn the ignition on the lights come on like they are suppose to and the gas hand goes where it is suppose to, but the speedometer and the RPM stays on the opposite side. The speedometer stays on 120 and the RPM stay on 7. They don't move. Could it be something electrical or a fuse as to why my van won't start now?
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 11:44 AM

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Tiny
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Hi aulavazquez and TY for the donation

Do below and comeback with some results we start here.

Get a starting fluid/ether/better off gas in a spray bottle and spray into the carb or the throttle body on an EFI. Did it start and die? If not disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor /distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, ECM, Ignitor camshaft and crankshaft sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it

If both fuel pressure and blue spark is present-check the valve and ignition timing, this will lead you to problems with compression and valves opening and closing at the wrong time/broken or jumped timing belt/chain
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 12:34 PM
Tiny
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There is no blue spark. The mechnic said it wasn't firing.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 12:37 PM
Tiny
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No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor /distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, ECM, Ignitor camshaft and crankshaft sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 12:39 PM
Tiny
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Is there any way to test the ignition control module. This is the only thing we haven't checked or replaced that you listed.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 12:47 PM
Tiny
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Either you swap it for a known good one or bring it to the dealer and have it tested. Or get an Actron CP9087 module tester
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 3:14 PM

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