1997 Dodge Caravan Battery

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
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1997 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Automatic

I recently got a batter back in may, well this winter it seems to be having issues, Put the key in to start it and all the engine does is clunk like its going to turn over but doesnt. I took the battery back to the store they charged it back up and said it was in good condition. Put it back on and engine still wont turn over. Then I realized that the Negative battery terminal I installed back in may some of the wires fell out, presumed to be the ground wires.

Could the Van not turning over have something to do with this, and if so im calling the local shop and yelling at them because a week before it was in with them to be fixed.
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 8:57 PM

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Tiny
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Yes, this side(negative) is vital especially with all the electronic accessories needing a ground circuit more now then ever. I would not be too hard on the workers who mistakenly left this problem unattended. In a good 26 years of searching for technicians and mechanics alike who purposely and needlessly make simple mistakes, I've never met one single person who enjoyed making any. This was unforgiveable to anyone in any shop. And they would hear about it for hours from their bosses and fellow workers. Its a good thing you took the time to look and had the patience and wisdom to pick the correct website. OK good luck to ya
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 10:49 PM
Tiny
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Well upon fixing the Neg batter terminal, the car still cranks but doesn't turn over. I was told it could be a frozen fuel line. I was doubtful but it has gotten to - 46 here over nights. I don't have the money to thaw it out in a garage or even know anyone who has one. Looked around and was told o use HEET?
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 3:33 PM
Tiny
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Minus 46 degrees. That is cold just to key in. Yes, it could be fuel. The only thing to do, as long as it cranks, is to check it for spark from the plug wire. If it has spark you may try a starting fluid. But it depends on if your van has a 3.0L or 3.3L and mileage. In that cold temperature there may be quite a few reasons. In some cold areas many trucks and vans are idled through out the night.
Maybe if it warms up a little and you have some help you can check to see if your getting ignition spark from a plug wire. It needs spark, fuel, and compression but it is very difficult to start any engine unless everything is almost perfectly clean and the fuel is ok. I have never had to use Heet. Thats very cold. -46 Where are you located?
Starting fluid is a often used good way to start a car or van in very cold weather.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 9:08 PM
Tiny
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Well firstly ide like to thank everyone who replied.

I went out and got some Gas-antifreeze let it sit for a bit went back out and with much hesitation from the engine it started up. Was worried at first, The engine just had a strong gas smell the first time I tried, let it sit again and it went.

Im in Sask, Canada btw. But now the engine emits a rotten egg smell, probably the fuel antifreeze.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 11:08 PM

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