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for many model years the belt tension device on dodge and Chrysler products was a weak link and a very dangerous one as well... the pivot for the spring load mechanism would freeze but there would be no outward symptoms until extra strain was applied as in passing another vehicle. the overstressed and likely old belt would break. you would lose power steering immediately. that is extremely dangerous for larger cars like the caravan. it becomes nearly impossible to steer the car. you can by using very high force. many people would not be able to do that even if they knew enough to try. all Chrysler products of that and similar age should be checked to make sure that tensioner pivot is free to move. you will find that many are frozen solid. once the belt is off then, as i recall, there are only 3 or 4 bolts. those can be reached with a deep well socket and ratchet or short extension .. its easy to remove and replace although close quarters. the trick is to get the old belt off and the new belt on. once the belt is in place but not yet on the pulley, there is a hex head on the pulley base that allows you to deflect the pulley against its spring using a socket or box wrench .. once you get it deflected then the belt goes on easily. release the pulley and it automatically tensions the belt. you can push on the belt and you should see the tensioner pivot. that's a good test for all cars of that era. if you cant make the tensioner pivot then its time for service. you have to remove the old belts before you can remove the tensioner. you can do that by using the box end wrench or socket to pull the tensioner against its spring. that will release the belt and it will come off easily even though its a complicated path. if you cant move the tensioner then you have been very lucky the belt didn't fail at a bad time. you can try to force the tensioner with a pry bar or even a hammer .. sometimes there is nothing you can do to move it .. in that case just cut the old belt off with a knife or cutters. that will give you access to the bolts . you might want to sketch or take a photo of how the belt is routed. there is a second belt that should be changed at the same time. that's easily removed by loosening the locking bolt on its non spring tensioner and removing tension. since the drive belt associated with the power steering is so important, i would use the best quality you can get .. you don't want that thing failing ever.
on some mid 6 cyl engines that have the alternator in the back next to the fire wall there is no good way of getting to the nuts behind the alternator. they should have been captive or welded in place but they are not. so removing the alternator is a major job to be avoided if possible. a drop of oil on its front bearing every year or so will make it last many years. you may have to remove the rear valve cover to get at those nuts. you have to do that to change spark plugs in that bank also in at least the 3.3 L engine.
those were very nice caravans back then. very useful.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on May 20, 2014

you will need a swivel 5/8 spark plug socket with a short extension reach over the top of the intake manifold it is not easy but it can be done

1996 Dodge... | Answered on May 20, 2014

The people at Dodge have some kind of sense of humor don't they? I think they designed these just to discourage the DIY'ers. The easiest way to explain how to do it is have you watch a video of it. Here are two of them; you'll see it's about the same: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q22LcmhenQ
Do take the time to watch them all the way through.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on May 20, 2014

Take of the belt to release the pressure on the tensioner the unbolt it replace the same way

1996 Dodge... | Answered on May 16, 2014

Access the ventilation system and clear the drain hole for the evaporator coil.

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1996 Dodge... | Answered on May 06, 2014

check the fuses under the dash. if they are good then remove a reverse bulb and using a test light check ground and power at the socket, if you have no ground then you will have to fix the ground circuit. if you have no power then you will have to check the neutral switch to see if you have power going to it and out if not, then you will have to replace the neutral switch if you have no power going out. if you have no power going in then you will have to check the wiring to the switch from the fuse. if you have power going out of the neutral switch to the rear lights then you will have to check for a damaged wire going from the switch to the socket.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on May 05, 2014

replace the heating matrix unless you mean a CORE plug which are just tapped in

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 24, 2014

You cannot fix it on your own unless you have precious experience with the prob...seek a professionals advice as this will have a direct impact on your own health.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 24, 2014

In most cases it will be torque converter shudder. The trans fluid is not lubricating properly and causes a less then optimum performance and the lock-up mechanism fails to shift fully. This causes the lock-up to shudder or modulate and gives symptoms of a unbalance wheel at 40-50 mph. Change the fluid and filter and your problems will go away. The fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles...most people don't ever change the fluid and wonder why their trans needs a $3000 fix. Hope it works for you...it did for me.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 21, 2014

There is a compartment inside the rear hatch (sometimes on the driver's side and sometimes on the Passenger side) that you can open and your tire changing equipment and instructions will be in there. (unless someone removed it) The jack handle must be used to "crank" the winch to let down the cable that holds the spare tire in place.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 17, 2014

This usually indicates that a bulb has burned out. Check the front and back bulbs.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 14, 2014

Doubt its tranny more likely a mass airflow sensor or crank position sensor put vehicle on active scan tool while running watch the mass air sensor readout if it stops on a certain reading replace the sensor. Could also be a stuck egr pindle old engine codes would show this scan vehicle codes and get back to me

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 11, 2014

If it is a high milage car this is not uncommon. try an oil additive like lucas oil stabilazier and see if that quiets it down.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Apr 08, 2014

Go to You Tube Video & watch how other people
do that job

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Mar 31, 2014

its possible the coil pack controlling #2 is faulty...I would definitely replace the coil pack

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Mar 28, 2014

it is incorporated in the engine control module

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Mar 20, 2014

Consult the service manual or call dealer and ask.

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Mar 18, 2014

only one way and thats custom make a old air filter from a car whcih will then be able to filter the air and connect it to the heater intake somehow with some plastic waste pipe and duct tape and invent something ,use your artist talents

1996 Dodge... | Answered on Mar 15, 2014

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