I have a 1995 Dodge Caravan with the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. It currently has 128,417 miles.
Approximately 3 weeks ago, the battery went dead overnight. It was running fine the day before, but the next day it was too weak to start the engine, and I noticed the interior lights were much dimmer than normal. The battery had a manufacture date of 01/2015 so I figured it was just used up.
I got out my spare battery which I had been storing, put it on the trickle charger, and after a couple days, the light changed to green, meaning the battery was full.
I installed the other battery yesterday, and tried to start the van, but it just won’t start. If I crank it for a while, eventually I smell gasoline, but it never starts. The tachometer does not move off of 0 RPM, either. Even when the fuel pump went bad, the tachometer showed a reading while trying to start.
I figured maybe the Hall effect sensor mounted on the distributor went bad, so I tried the Hall effect sensor from my Sundance, and it made no difference. The distributor rotor does turn while cranking.
I tried to retrieve the codes using the “key dance” trick, but only got 12 and 55, which are not helpful. 12 means that the battery was recently disconnected, and 55 means “end of codes”, so nothing useful there.
I checked all the fuses and relays, made sure all electrical connectors are tight, no problem found.