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1997 Dodge Caravan Base 3dr 113 WB

1997 Dodge Caravan
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Front Wheel Drive, 3 Door, 2WD Special Purpose
20 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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June 28, 2012, 4:24 pm

Brian H
 

Question: what do i do now ?

drove my van throught 2 to 3 feet at very most of flood water. it went thru fine and then on the return trip i made it halfway thru and the motor just stopped running. i pushed it out of the water and then tried to crank it and it acted as if the battery was dead. got it home and today tried to jump start it and now its turning over but just wont start. added plenty of fuel as fuel level was a little low possibly and also cleaned battery posts and connection and check fluid levels in battery all are fine. even with a larger vehicle van just wont start.


July 5, 2012, 11:12 am

Elizabeth K
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Driving through water can cause serious engine damage if water was taken in at the air inlet, causing the engine to hydro-lock. If you are lucky, all that happened was an electrical short from the water.

To check the engine, do a compression test on it. If it checks out OK, follow these troubleshooting steps to determine the problem:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start


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