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98 Dodge caravan (intermittenly starting)

Does anyone have a solution for this problem.

Its customary to describe a problem before simply referring to it as “this” problem and asking for a solution.

By “intermittently starting” do you mean the vehicle will start itself without operator input, or do you mean you try to start it and sometimes it will not start? To get the best help you can from us, we need as much information you can provide for us. Some things you could tell us include year, make, model, engine size and transmission type, mileage, relevant maintenance history, and most importantly, a detailed description of the problem you are trying to solve.

As another side note, we have had some cases of very brief and poorly worded posts which were obviously put up via smartphone. I suggest using a computer rather than a smartphone when posting to this site. I suspect, based on the brevity of this post, that this may be the case here. If you post from a phone, it’s too tempting to be very brief, vague, and nondescript in your posts, and it frustrates a lot of people who are trying to help you. The more you tell us, the better we can help you.

The 98 dodge caravan 3.o liter V6 MPI, transmission 4 speed automatic has a new battery, new starter, and new computer board. It has over 100,000 miles. When the new starter was put in it started for about a week and then would not start some days. Very intermitten starting. Now it has a new computer board and is starting inermittenly too.
Thanks for your help!

“would not start” can mean different things. You turn the key and then…nothing? click? crank/crank/crank, but doesn’t fire up? crank/crank/crank, sounding old and tired? On those times what it does start what happens?

When it doesn’t start. I turn the key and nothing happens. The lights work, radio works, but will not start. When it does start it just starts like nothing is wrong.

Sounds like a bad neutral safety switch. It screws into the transmission and is easy to replace.

You can try different things with the shifter and key to see if it is the park/neutral safety switch or a problem in the steering column. If it does it again, try shifting to neutral and see if it starts. That would indicate a bad park/neutral safety switch. Another possibility is that you simply got a bad starter. These things happen from time to time. Take the car back to where the starter was replaced, or if you did it yourself, take it back to where you bought it and get a different one under warranty. This should be done, of course, after ruling out a problem with the installation of the starter, such as loose or damaged wires, etc.

Thanks will try these things!