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cranks and cranks but won't start
11-14-2009, 06:07 PM
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cranks and cranks but won't start
Year: 95
Model: dodge
Engine Size: v6
Auto/Manual: auto
Mileage: 117000

when turning the key car cranks and cranks but won't start
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11-14-2009, 11:58 PM
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RE: cranks and cranks but won't start
You need to start with the basics here. Check for spark and fuel. Once you know which one is missing then you know what system to check. A computer scan may also be helpful. Check for and record all codes, post them here, and have them cleared. This will give you a clean starting point if any codes return.

Some quick things that you can check are the fuses, relays, and listen to see if you can hear the fuel pump running.

Hope that helps. Please keep us posted.
Thanks, Garner

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12-23-2009, 07:40 AM (This post was last modified: 12-23-2009 09:38 PM by way2old.)
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RE: cranks and cranks but won't start
Hi..
Garner The whole information which you have share and explain here is really useful for me and main thing is that am looking for the same information..
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12-23-2009, 12:13 PM (This post was last modified: 12-23-2009 12:18 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: cranks and cranks but won't start
You didn't mention which model you have but guessing it's a 3.0, 3.3, or 3.8 minivan.

Fuel pump failure is common just over 100k miles, especially if you can actually hear the pump run while sitting in the car. IOW, if you can hear it it's probably straining so the fuel pressure is low or not there at all. Try a shot of starting fluid and if that helps then that's your direction.

The pump is located inside the tank.

Change the filter too if it has one because it will be partially clogged with the debris from the failing pump.

The other common thing with a 3.0 engine is a worn timing belt that has broken. On this engine you can see the cam on the front bank with the oil cap removed. Have someone crank it over while watching with a flashlight. If the cam doesn't move then you need to replace the belt. (not a fun job) Also plan to replace the water pump while things are apart as it's inside the timing cover.

One more common item on that vintage is a bad ignition switch. If you have no power to the coil start back tracking with a test light.
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