Once again, this matter varies from certain factors. In my expierence, this little car has done an excellent job from 91 to now (ours). But, when wear and tear takes its toll, here is where you will begin to notice it. If your car spits or sputters some at idle, you are having either injector problem and or head-valves and or valve-guides problems. You may just need a tuneup too. For instance, if your airfilter were kinda clogged, that would do it too. If the car is wasting more gas thasn usual, this is a sign. In short, there are certain things you need to cover or take care of, in order to get to the bigger picture. Listen, if you have not tuned this vehicle in the last 2 yrs, do it now, or when the weather permits. If you have tuned it on time, then you are looking for problems in the areas I just mentioned. Keep in mind that some problems are mechanical while others are electrical.
Without more details it is hard to give an answer. Key things to notice are: The engine turns over? The starter doesn't catch? The starter doesn't work?
I have changed my spark plugs on my 1996 dodge grand caravan SE the engine turns but it don't start. Is there a switch or something in my van that needs to be checked. How do I check my timing belt? What else can I check?
The engine turns, but the car won't start
Check for fuel, spark, compression
check the spark plugs. may not be catching fire.
There are several possibilities. One is that the fuel pump is not sending enough fuel to the engine. Or that it is not sending any fuel at all. Or, it means you are simply out of gas.
The engine computer turns it on at start up for a bulb check. If it stays on the computer has detected a malfunction and set a code.
wont start The starter engages and turns the engine over but the engine fails to run. And you cant do it not even if sober. The words of modest mouse.
engine cranks but wont start means one of these things.. Air, Fuel, Spark, or compression
You have a bad starter. Jump start the engine, and head to NAPA for a new starter. I have the same problem. Does it start right up sometimes, then other times it doesn't start? If that's the case, it's still the starter.
An engine needs fuel, air, and fire. You are missing one. Causes include out of gas, no fuel pressure, no spark, computer or sensor issue, and internal engine failure.
That engine needs fuel, compression and spark to start and run. You are missing one of those.