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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Question: Electrical Issue

 

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Frank P, Canton, GA, September 11, 2009, 17:15
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When I start the car it will make a scraping or clicking noise and the gauges will jump up and then settle back down. Today the voltage indicator remained lit for about 5 minutes and then turned off. I was thinking bad spark plug or distributor cap. Any ideas?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 11, 2009, 17:27
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    Ignition problems won't cause this. A "scraping sound when starting" could this be the starter is staying engaged/ not releasing from the engine's ring gear, could be due to damaged teeth on the ring gear/flex plate or a bad starter. A clicking sound could be to low a battery voltage, voltage drop due to bad electrical connections or a bad starter. The battery, starting system, and charging system need to be checked out.

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