Van died while running wont restart


Asked by Aug 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM about the 1998 Plymouth Voyager SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

while adding oil (van was running) engine just died. wont restart, have headlights and turn signals but
nothing on dash turns on. when ignition key turned still nothing. tried a jump cleaned battery terminals
still nothing (battery only 7months old) thinking something with electrical system. please help, how do i
troubleshoot to find problem?

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what van is it? and is there an electrical circut breaker in the footwell as on the ford xr31 for the uk market?

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its a 1998 Plymouth Voyager 3.0 engine. there is fuse box there as well as panel with fuses and modules under hood next to battery

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have you checked the obvious on the fuse box? and ignition relay?also there is if i remember there is a shut off relay to stop fire in a colision has this tripped? if it has it would give the same symptoms as it tells the ecu to shut off the ignition circut so it is dead you would have to call out an auto sparky to test the ecu and relays to check

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how would i know if one of the modules are bad?or the relay? regular fuses all seem ok. and where would the shut off relay be and is there a way i can test myself?

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i refer to the haynes manual on the electrical system as it gives a comprehensive wiring diagram for the voyager and is able to show the positions of the relays and what they do as for the ecu module it has to go onto a diagnostic computer to give the fault code and to be reset so unfortunatly it has to go to the specialists i had a problem with my voyager on the charging side and by passed the ecu with a bridge rectifier bolted to the bulkhead as the cost of a new ecu was disgusting.if you were in the uk i might be more of assistance as i could phisicaly look at the car and possably rectify it but there is a pond between us

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lol, but rest assured youve been a great help from a distance John and i thank you. as of now van is still at where it died out so need to get it home to check out all fuses and wiring then will let you know. thanks again

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