Van wont Start?

I got a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. I turn the key and it makes no sound. I took the alternator and got it tested and it was still good. I have no clue why it wont start.

7 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    No Crank, No Start. have the battery tested or try jumping it off. Get to that start with a testlight and test you post and trigger. thats where i would start

  • 9 months ago

    Dead battery

    Bad ignition switch

    Bad neutral safety switch/range switch

    Why would you take the alternator to be tested?

    The alternator charges the battery and unless the red battery charge warning light is lit there probably is not a problem with the alternator charging the battery.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Get a jump.  Car starts, get the battery charged and load tested.  

    No start, check the starter connections and tighten if required.  Try to start.

    No start, wiggle the shifter in Park and in Neutral while trying to start with a good battery.  Car starts, park/neutral switch could be bad. 

    No start, replace the start relay in the fuse box.  Car starts, you got lucky. 

    Still no start, get a jumper cable and connect it from battery negative to a metallic portion of the engine.  Car starts, the car has a bad ground cable to the engine.

    No start, take the starter out this time and get it tested.  If it tests bad, you are lucky.  If it tests good, put the starter back and maybe it is time for a tow.

  • Ron
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Why would you think the alternator was the problem?

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  • 9 months ago

    did you also get the battery tested?

  • Jason
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Test the battery. Test the starter. Easiest way to test a starter...jump the relay right there in the fuse box. 

  • Snezzy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    First, replace anything you can get loose. Throwing parts at a car is an age-old technique. Connect them up wrong for added excitement.

    When you admit defeat it is time to try something else. You might use electrical test equipment to find out what's actually wrong. Or if you're unsure how electricity works, you might instead have a real mechanic work on it.

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