Dodge Caliber, Caravan Alternator Noise – Cheaper Fix…

Alternator, DIY, Dodge Caravan, Drivetrain and Noises 57 Comments


© Summary: DenLors car Auto repair article covering a common problem with Dodge Caliber and Caravan alternators causing a loud noise – may sound similar to a diesel engine. A video with sound is in this article demonstrating the noise that could be heard. Premature alternator failure or de-coupler clutch pulley gone bad? Read on to learn about the possibility of a less expensive solution when the knocking noise is coming from the alternator area.

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Caravan Power Steering Noises – PS Pump Whining

DIY, Dodge Caravan, How To Auto Repair, noises, Power Steering 6 Comments

Town and Country

Summary: © Power steering noises can be caused by several reasons. The most common reason for a power steering pump whining is because of low PS fluid level. This auto repair blog post covers 2001 and newer Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Caravans with 3.3 and 3.8 liter engines. Common causes of power steering moans and groans that apply to most vehicles are revealed. We also point out a VERY common cause of whining power steering pumps which is unique to this particular mini-van.

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Dodge Caravan Engine Change 2001-2007 – Generation 4

Dodge Caravan, Engine Replacement, How To Auto Repair, Mechanics Tools 8 Comments


2.4 Liter (EDZ I4) engine removal suggestions save time compared to book instructions.

©  Summary: Removal instructions in the repair manual says to remove engine and transmission along with cradle from the bottom of the van. This engine can be removed from the top leaving the cradle, transmission and CV 1/2 shafts in place saving many hours of labor time! Included is a “stop motion” video showing removal and replacement – a time lapse showing in a couple of minutes the job that took 6 hours (book time is 13.9 hours). Applicable vehicles; 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 2006 & 2007 Dodge Caravan and Town & Country mini vans w/2.4 4cyl.

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Oil Leak 2.4 Dodge Caravan – Excessive Crankshaft End Play

Dodge Caravan, Mechanics Tools, oil leaks 17 Comments

©  Summary: Auto repair article about excessive crankshaft end-play on a 2007 Dodge Caravan with a 2.4 DOHC (Double Over Head Cam) 4cyl. engine. This type motor was most commonly used by Chrysler in Dodge Neons and more recently in PT Cruisers. Case study is on the cause of a rapid oil leak from the front crank seal, which ended up being from excessive crankshaft end play movement/float damaging the seal. Causes of thrust bearing damage discussed and suggestions on how to prevent this particular problem by using the correct tools. The old saying “Always use the the right tool for the job” proves to be right once again!

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