1997 Dodge Caravan Sometime it starts, sometime it doesn't

Tiny
KAITLYNM9
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
When turning the key, the van will start for a few seconds and die. The dash lights will not work nor will any of the gages.

I have had this van in the shop on and off for 2 years for this problem. Battery has been replaced, air filter and 2 bcm's and other things. My mechanic said the diagnostic machine isn't showing any codes to help with the problem, he's at a loss. I've spent more money than the van is worth.
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 AT 10:03 AM

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Tiny
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Have you tried an ASD relay (auto shut down) have seen many of them create odd problems like this
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 AT 12:43 PM
Tiny
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Where is the ADS? Is it in the fuse box under the hood?
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 AT 3:59 PM
Tiny
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Its ASD and yes it is in the power distribution center
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 AT 4:14 PM
Tiny
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Should I test or purchase a new one?
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
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They are a pretty cheap try at fixing it. Since the problem is intermittent, it will probably test good. I'd try it just to see
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 AT 5:42 PM
Tiny
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Jack, I've tried 3 different auto parts stores, they do not have one. Could this be a dealer only part?
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Friday, March 7th, 2008 AT 7:30 AM
Tiny
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Jack, I've tried 3 different auto parts stores, they do not have one. Could this be a dealer only part?[/Quote:dccad6ccda]

I just got the ol girl started. I held the key in the on position, listened to the fuel pump for 5-10 seconds and BEHOLD. IT STARTED RIGHT UP !
Problem gages do not work! Any other tips for both problems.

Thank You !
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Friday, March 7th, 2008 AT 9:42 AM

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