Caravan Crisis

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Bob,
My '94 Caravan was about to turn 50K miles and the "Check Engine" like came on. I have been very concerned about this and I have had the car in the shop each week in the past two weeks. They put the car on the computer and got the code it was the O2 Sensor, so they replaced that for $65 plus labor equaling $116.

The "check engine" light continues to come on. I do not know what to do. Do you have any recommendations? I am very concerned. My transmission went at 40K. The mechanics that put the O2 sensor in said that the dealer should have fixed the oil leaks when the transmission was out.

By the way, my gas gauge stopped working and I was told that the part to correct that problem will be about $215 plus labor. I will not be buying another Dodge anything in my lifetime.
Louise O'C.

Louise,
Well, the only way to diagnose it is to see what code the computer is displaying. The computer on the car knows what is wrong. We just need to find out. As far as the gas gauge problem is concerned, they are correct. The part that needs to be fixed is located in the gas tank. The gas tank first needs to be drained completely, and then removed from the car. This could take over an hour alone. Then the fuel pump/sending unit needs to be removed and the new one needs to be installed. This could take three hours start to finish.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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