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Jerry, Master Mechanic
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Experience:  ASE Master tech, 30 years exp. troubleshooter, driveability tech
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It won't start. The ETC and engine light are both on, I

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It won't start. The ETC and engine light are both on
JA: Has your vehicled stalled? Has anyone run a diagnostic test to pull the trouble code?
Customer: I tried starting it and it made a grinding sound. No tests have been run
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 2007 grand caravan 2008, sorry not 2007
JA: Are you fixing your Grand Caravan yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I'm trying to get some answers. If I can fix it myself, great. I just had another engine put in 6 months ago
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Right after the engine was done, I replaced a fuel filter
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Jared D replied 12 months ago.

What sort of grinding sound do you think it was? Does it sound like the starter is faulty or misaligned or something?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
I'm not even sure anymore. I replaced the starter 1 1/2 years ago. And the engine 6 months ago. Before this happened, occasionally it would hesitate to start.
Expert:  Jared D replied 12 months ago.

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.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
I just put a new battery in it after the engine. How would I check if the voltage is good?
Expert:  Jared D replied 12 months ago.

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.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Everything works. It just won't start
Expert:  Jared D replied 12 months ago.

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?