1999 Plymouth Voyager Start/No Start

Tiny
KEVINMM
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  • 1999 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,000 MILES
When attempting to start my van I get a click as if the starter is not getting any juice. If I turn the ignition quickly back to back it will eventually start. I have had the starter tested and hit is fine, check the connections at the starter and the battery and they are secure. What am I missing here?
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Monday, May 25th, 2009 AT 10:36 PM

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Tiny
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THe starter motor itself could be fine but the contacts supplying it power are inside the solenoid, which throws a switch connecting them. These contacts may be worn. Somewhere I've seen a post here or on Dodge Caravan by cardiodoc describing this problem. You can get just the replacement contacts.
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Monday, June 1st, 2009 AT 11:53 AM
Tiny
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We have a 99 grand voyager, and we have some kind of electrical problem with it. We had one guy tell us it was the computer, but we just can't afford that. It started out as it didn't want to start, but it continued on to kill 4 batteries. We had to install a battery cut off switch so that we could keep the van running.

Did you continue to have problems, or is it all good now?

Thanks, Cheri
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 2:53 PM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Yup, indeed, the contacts always start out being intermittent and give plenty of warning. I ignored them on my ma's '95 Caravan for so long, the final straw was when she lost count after 700 tries and a blister on her thumb! It did get her home eventually, but she wasn't very happy.

Every one of these Nippendenso starters uses the same "battery" terminal inside the solenoid, but there are three versions of the "starter" terminal. I don't know how to tell which one is needed until you pull it apart to look. Also, there are three versions of the plunger which has the contact washer. It usually doesn't have to be replaced, but if you do, there are two different lengths used in Chrysler products. There is 1/8" difference between them. A third, much longer one, is only used in Toyotas and has to come from the dealer. I would assume the contacts are available from them too. I get the contacts and plungers from a local rebuilder.

Very little current is needed to make the starter motor spin with no load, so it will work fine on a test bench until the contacts fail completely. That can take months.

Caradiodoc
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Friday, June 19th, 2009 AT 10:01 PM

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