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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan, started with with wipers

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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan , started with with wipers sporadically coming on, then periodically engine would turn over wouldn't start... Open hood bang on censor controll box, it would start.... Or the dash. Now, Van dies while driving, can't restart and BCAA checked and there was no spark..... Waited 10 minutes and Van started ???? I feel the Van is not safe to drive.Have spent over $1000. At budget brake & muffler and Chrysler dealership .... Not resolved. Hesitate to pay any more without guarantee of resolving .
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If the engine does crank but there is no spark then odds are you're missing cam or crank sensor signal. It could be an issue with the ASD circuit or coil drivers but it's more likely to be a loss of cam or crank signal. Wiring issues are possible but the sensors themselves would be more likely.

What has been done to try and repair the loss of spark?

Which engine do you have?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
3.8 litre..... Chrysler dealer and budget brake and muffler hooked engine up to computer.... No indication of cam or crank sensor issues,and ACD and coil circuits seemed ok ....... It's a mystery .
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

What has been done to try and repair the loss of spark?

What fault codes are setting?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Had to have van towed to a mechanic .... Started....engine died on street .
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

Let me know if you need any more help.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I will thanks.... Must be a short in wiring. Apparently there's a short spark as ignition is turned off ????? Totally weird .
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

It's possible that there could be a wiring issue but it's more likely to be a cam or crank sensor issue.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Unfortunately not # ***** cam or crank sensor. Told dealer not to do any more labour.... Guess it's wiring somewhere . Can't afford anymore $$ on it.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

It's possible that there is a wiring issue with the cam or crank sensor preventing their signal from reaching the PCM.