2000 Dodge Caravan

Tiny
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Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Dodge Caravan Two Wheel Drive Automatic

Hello, thanks for putting up this website. I like to learn and do it myself but it can be frustrating trying to figure it out by yourself.

Anyways, my van isn't starting. I just bought it less then 2 months ago for my wife. I noticed a couple times that when I turn the key to turn it on nothing would start, but when I took the key out or moved gear shift and tried again it would start up no problem. Wife never noticed and she drives it more than me. Then she got stuck at the gas station after filling up. Luckily it was close to home and it started after moving the positive wire coming off the battery (after I tried the other things). The next morning it wouldn't start at all.

I figured it might be the starter going so I rolled the van into the garage (so I moved gear shift and wheels) and took out the starter and put a new one in. Same problem. Checked battery and its good. I had my brother in law over and we were looking at it and on a whim I moved the tilt wheel lever and tilted wheel and the van started! When I shut it off it would not start up again.

When I try to start the van it makes clicking from two places, under the hood, under the relay pack and on the floor by the pedals, above the fuses is a big fuse relay called drl/2 (4) X 32cp-12V.

I heard about a neutral park sensor, don't know where that would be to test though.

Any other suggestions? I have a Haynes manual for it so if you know an answer in there you could let me know what page to look up.

Also, How much is the Donate Question amount. I'm assuming its what I feel is good, but not sure how much is good
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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 6:40 PM

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Tiny
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Is there play in the tilt wheel? Based on what you described, it sounds like the ignition switch is out of adjustment or there is a loose connection in the steering column. See if your manual discusses that and let me know what you find.
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Monday, April 6th, 2009 AT 11:46 AM
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I took all the coverings off from the gauge display down. I don't notice any loose wires. It looks like a wire is cut but I believe its from a car starter/alarm system that was probably taken out before I bought it (description: there is an LED light custom mounted on the dash by gauges and wire goes for about 4 inches. Another similar wire cut by the break pedal. If it will help I will upload pics of this, just let me know)

I observed the mechanism for the tilt and all the teeth fit into each other good so there is no up and down play via the tilt. Not sure how to test the ignition switch out of adjustment though
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Monday, April 6th, 2009 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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The switch is down low on the steering column. There is a steel rod that moves it to the different positions. Make sure there is no play there. If all looks good, remove the switch and take it to an auto electric shop for testing.
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 AT 10:36 AM
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UPDATE: SOLVED

dunno what solved it though. I did take out the ignition switch and the screw that holds it in may have came out (anti-tamper torque screw FYI, need the right screwdriver, mine was size 10). I went to the autowreckers and got another one just to be safe, as the auto parts store I went to couldn't/wouldn't test it. Reinstalled, but needed to recharge battery. Now it all works
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 4:35 PM
Tiny
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Hi:
I had a feeling that was the problem. Let us know if you have questions, let us know.

Joe
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 8:47 PM

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