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Last couple of days engine will start for a minute and then die. Now the engine wants to turn over. Test battery is good. I reeplaced the spark plugs.

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the engine spark at all? Is there a trouble code or is your "check engine light" on?

Check engine light comes on. sometimes the oil light comes on. All fluids are at optimum levels.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Dodge?

2006 dodge grand caravan

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Grand Caravan yourself? What have you tried so far?

Fixing myself. Tested battery. I replaced the spark plugs.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dodge
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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago
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Hello and welcome!

My name isCustomerand I can assist you with your question.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

I am very sorry your having this issue with your vehicle.

I will try my best to answer all of your questions.

However, before we get started, please let me mention a few things.

1. If at any point you would like to speak on the phone, please feel free to request a phone call on your end and I can call you right away.

2. If you dont understand any technical terms or anything that I mention (component tests or theory or operation), please let me know and I will provide you with a more in debt explanation or answer.

3. Please understand that I am here to help.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Your saying that the engine cranks over but does not start?

Are you looking for some possible causes?

Would you be willing to speak on the phone?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I am looking for some possible causes. I would be willing to speak in the phone in a few minutes. Is running an update.
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I guess just looking for possible causes. Don't want to fork out the $26 right now.
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Thank you for that information.

You can request a phone call on your end and I will call right away.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Ok, no problem. We can continue on this page.

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Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

So the engine cranks but does not start?

Does it have spark while cranking?

Have you checked for codes in the computer?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Engine cranks but does not start. It sounds like it has spark. I do not have a code check device.
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Does the engine run on starting fluid?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Starting fluid?
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
We're talking about a 2006 dodge grand caravan.
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I can't believe I was charged $28 for this garbage. The screen said $5. I'm getting my money back.
Dodge Mechanic: Amedee, Dodge Technician replied 10 months ago

Please listen to me.

I know what vehicle we are working on. Let's say, for example, if the fuel pump went bad. If this is the case, the engine WILL RUN ON STARTING FLUID if you spray it into the intake as someone cranks the engine over. That is why I asked.

Does that make sense?

Now if the engine does not run on starting fluid, then maybe it does not have spark. That means there could be an issue with the ignition system.

Also, there could be a faulty or locked up module/computer on board the vehicle which may be a simple fix..

Would you like me to continue?

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