Timing Chain Repair 98 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Timing Chain Repair 98 Dodge Grand Caravan

98 dodge grand caravan - drove 3-1/2 hours to airport...went inside for 30 minutes...when leaving airport - pulled up to stoplights...stepped on gas - the van sputtered and died...when pulled over, tried to restart...sounded like a loud tractor...wouldn't stay running. hasn't started since. acts like it wants to start, but won't turn over. timing chain??? fuel pump hums when the key is turned on. it's getting spark on all 6 from the coil pack. help please???

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That'll be a belt rather than a chain. The "loud tractor" sound doesn't match with a broken timing belt. Neither does sputtering and dieing; when the belt breaks it would be "poof" and it's not running anymore. What you should get is a very rapid cranking - weeweeweeweewee - due to the loss of compression resistance on some cylinders.
 
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That'll be a belt rather than a chain.
1998 , unless it is a four cylinder, would definitely be chain driven. I suspect either 3.3 0r 3.8.

The trctor noise you describe sounds more of a "Rod" knock, than a Cam timing issue.

Compression test may eliminate or confirm the chain issue, But without more info...Its just a guess. "Check the Motor Oil"!!!!!
 
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The 3.0L belt also, so could either way, but I didn't think the description sounded like belt or chain failure. Definitely need more info.
 
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The 3.0L belt also,
WOW...forgot all about him.......

Doesnt that just make you feel sooooooo old?
 
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Ill tell you what makes you feel old,when you tell your wife you are having an affair and she asks if its catered. RW
 
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Doesn't take me any reminders to fell ooooold anymore.
 
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98 dodge grand caravan

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98 dodge grand caravan - drove 3-1/2 hours to airport...went inside for 30 minutes...when leaving airport - pulled up to stoplights...stepped on gas - the van sputtered and died...when pulled over, tried to restart...sounded like a loud tractor...wouldn't stay running. hasn't started since. acts like it wants to start, but won't turn over. timing chain??? fuel pump hums when the key is turned on. it's getting spark on all 6 from the coil pack. help please???

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Could it be the fuel filter is clogged???
 
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Certainly one possibility. Fuel pump, too; just because it hums doesn't mean it's putting out enough pressure/volume to support engine operation.

The "sounded like a loud tractor" symptom is a little puzzling.
 
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