1996 Dodge Caravan Van went dead suddenly while driving

Tiny
YBKS
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 119,000 MILES
I was driving my van and it started shaking and just went dead. Once it went dead I have not been been ablr to crank it anymore. There is no fire in the spark plug. I bought a crank sensor but it is still not working.
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Friday, April 2nd, 2010 AT 11:01 PM

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Tiny
PAUL07
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You said you replaced the crank sensor and still no change. If you don't have any spark your problem is not the crank sensor. The crank sensor determines when to inject fuel into the engine. The cam position sensor is what determines spark timing which could very well be your problem.
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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 AT 3:18 PM
Tiny
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I was driving my van and it started shaking and just went dead. Once it went dead I have not been been ablr to crank it anymore. There is no fire in the spark plug. I bought a crank sensor but it is still not working.

The cam position sensor was changed. Still it will not start.

04.04.10

It still will not start. The "juice" does not come to the spark plug. It will crank but not start.
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 12:10 AM
Tiny
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The same thing happened with my 1996 caravan, and though mine didn't shake before it died, mine kept stalling but thankfully would start back up again. I changed all 6 of my spark plugs and that fixed the problem completely so maybe you should change yours? Hope it helps
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
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Do you think it could be the computer or the timing belt?
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 10:21 PM
Tiny
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I still think it may be the spark plugs, they could be improperly gapped or just fouled completely. If you think it is the timing belt, you should be able to inspect it to see if the teeth have been worn down, though it really seems like a spark plug issue to me.
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Sunday, April 11th, 2010 AT 1:03 AM

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