Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
What sort of grinding sound do you think it was? Does it sound like the starter is faulty or misaligned or something?
Do you have good battery voltage? The noise you heard could be a low voltage click. It's sounds sort of like a grinding noise.
Do you have bright headlights?
If you have a multi-meter you could check the battery voltage. It should be about 12.9 volts fully charged.
These vans have problems with the wireless ignition node. It's basically the device that tells the engine to start. They loose communication. This wouldn't cause a grinding noise or a click, but it would prevent the engine from trying to crank.
Are you still getting that grinding noise when you try to start it?