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    99 Town and Country Limited - Won't Start (on occasion)

    This has happened twice in about a month. Go out to start up the old van, turn the key, gauges are dead, won't turn over, but everything else works (fan, lights, radio, etc). Let it sit for a couple of days the first time then it fired right up. Happened again last weekend, couldn't get it started and had it towed to the shop. Guy calls me today and says it fired right up, no error codes, and doesn't know what the problem is.

    Any ideas?

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    Also should add I hear the relays clicking in the fuse box....

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    Next time it does it, bang on the top of the dash (over the instrument cluster) and see if it starts. There is a soldered connection behind the instrument cluster near the top of it, that cracks and causes problems like yours. Some have fixed it by heating up the pins and reflowing the solder.
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    I wouldn't think that a loose connection in the instrument cluster would prevent the vehicle from starting. (I could be wrong). I would be checking the battery connections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenmore63 View Post
    I wouldn't think that a loose connection in the instrument cluster would prevent the vehicle from starting. (I could be wrong). I would be checking the battery connections.
    Dan is correct. The instrument cluster can produce these non-start symptoms. Bang on the dash.
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    For what it's worth, when I had this happen to my 1996- I thought it was the bad solder joints in the dash as well. But it actually ended up being a bad starter motor. When it worked, it started right up, no odd noises or clicks normally associated with a bad starter. But when it didn't, wouldn't make a sound and everything else would come on in the van, but the engine wouldn't start or crank. The starter is really easy to take out and have tested.
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    I would almost guarantee it is the solder issue. I did mine several months ago and no problems since. There is a good write up with pics somewhere on the net on how to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwolff View Post
    Also should add I hear the relays clicking in the fuse box....
    Are you sure the clicks you're hearing aren't from the starter solenoid? Usually, when the denso starters in these vehicles begin to fail, they will work intermittently and when they don't, they will just make a clicking sound. I repaired mine easily for less than $5 by just replacing the starter solenoid contacts. The contacts are usually the only things that fail in these starters. If the clicking is coming from the starter, you can google "denso starter solenoid contacts" and will find lots of info on how to repair them. Let me know if you need any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenmore63 View Post
    I wouldn't think that a loose connection in the instrument cluster would prevent the vehicle from starting. (I could be wrong). I would be checking the battery connections.
    Yup sounds odd but it is the case. Has all to do with the CCD data bus of which the instrument cluster is a major player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenmore63 View Post
    I wouldn't think that a loose connection in the instrument cluster would prevent the vehicle from starting. (I could be wrong). I would be checking the battery connections.
    Nothing wrong with checking the battery connections. I would even have the battery load tested. To at least partially answer your doubts about the cluster issue:

    Yup sounds odd but it is the case. Has all to do with the CCD data bus of which the instrument cluster is a major player. A failure anywhere on the data bus can create symptoms in seemingly unrelated systems. For instance some 5th generation vans have had their instrument clusters go blank because of a shorted wire in the power sliding door wire harness. The doors have a control module connected on the data bus. Who woulda thought.
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