Batter or Starter?

Tiny
RSTARBIRD
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2002 Dodge Caravan Sport, 85000 miles. When I go to start the van, the starter does not crank enough to start. The minute I place a "Black and Decker Jumpstart" on the battery, the van starts up with no problems.

I am thinking the battery could be the problem but it is only 2 years old.

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 AT 9:19 AM

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Tiny
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Hey, I have an 89' integra that also has that same problem. But this is beside the point, but I am curious: I took my car to the shop to have them put in a fuel pressure regulator and the mechanic, which I do not think is very good, said that the plugs were down in the oil, and that WAS NOT supposed to be there? I was always told that they were, so if u can tell me if yours are or are not, that would be appreciated. My email is bulldawg_889@yahoo. Com. And also if u figure out the tachometer thing:) thanks!
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Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 AT 11:16 PM
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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You have leaky seals on the plug wells. Replace the seals and the valve cover gasket. That should stop the oil problems. Honda has a weak spot there.
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Thursday, June 28th, 2007 AT 8:06 AM
Tiny
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My distributor problem was the blue wire was broken at the distributor plug. I spliced it around the plug with a crimp-on bullet connector and fixed both problems.

I've also had an ongoing problem with fuel pumps on this Integra overheating in the really hot weather (especially with the air conditioning on). The engine quits and won't start until I let it cool off. Sometimes there is a loud hissing or whistle coming from in front of the left wheel well where the pump is located and the pump itself is way too hot to touch. It gets worse and worse until I replace the pump. I know they finally started putting the fuel pump inside the gas tank to keep it cool.
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Friday, July 13th, 2007 AT 2:54 AM
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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Use a voltmeter start the van, take a reading of the battry volts, Running it should be 13-14 volts, even with all the accessories on, if not the alternator could be weak. If you go to autozone they will check your charging system free.
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 AT 11:53 AM

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