2008 grand caravan loss of power on turns for 2 seconds


Asked by Oct 30, 2017 at 01:01 PM about the Dodge Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2008 grand caravan 4.0l sxt. I start the van and drive. On
every turn, it loses acceleration for 1-2 seconds when about
75% through the turn and then picks up as normal. Fast or
slow turning gets the same results. RPMs during the loss is
showing the engine is still running. If I shut off the van and
start it again, it runs fine. I have been starting it twice all the
time to avoid this. It seems to happen when the van sits for
a few hours. No check engine codes or warning lights on
the dash. Transmission filter and fluid has been replaced
and at the correct level. I can not find anything related to
this type of issue. Can someone help me Please?

6 Answers

How many miles and how is the maintenance


100k miles. Maintenance is unknown... I got the van 6 months ago and always had this problem.


My initial post for RPM was in accurate. During the turn the engine RPM drops and has no power. I was also able to brake as normal during this.

1 people found this helpful.

I may have finally found the issue or at least able to stop the problem. As oddly as it may sound, it is related to the ignition switch and the keyfob. the problem does not happen when I use the actual key on the first start. This has been acting perfect over the last week.


So Here is an update. I have been using the key since but my problem started coming back last week. When I start my turn, my acceleration is lost until I straighten out the wheel. I do not have any check engine codes. I also do not have a clue on what to check next.


Interesting problem, but it wasn’t likely to be the SKIM (security key bla bla bla), it would cut you off 3 seconds after engine start not mid-drive. You’re not mentioning anything useful like right turn vs left turn, tight turn vs change lanes on the interstate. Does the engine die and all the dashboard warning lamp come on or does everything go dark, etc. so, given no information and assuming it takes a non-trivial turn and that there isn’t a total loss of dashboard and cabin electric power, my guess is that engine grounding is failing. When you turn the engine is shifting around on worn out mounts and a thoroughly old and worn grounding braid is gone and your only ground is at the starter and it’s conductors are broken inside the insulation so that when the engine shifts out of position, the conductors part and suddenly there’s no engine ground, no fuel gets injected and no spark to ignite it. The dashboard, radio, powertrain control module, etc are still getting battery power, but no alternator charging current. I think it’s likely there will be some Chrysler specific trouble codes stored, but the epa obd2 emissions codes that budget code readers can check apparently aren’t storing anything. It’s also possible that something else is shifting and opening and closing something critical like pcm power, or the pcm is defective in some novel way, but only losing one small system like spark or fuel injection would have triggered an obd2 misfire code, so I don’t think you need to start checking every little cable. At that van’s age, the only thing left of the original braided engine ground near the alternator will be the end lugs. You probably need at least one motor mount, a ground strap and a starter cable. All fairly cheap part that are quick-n-easy to install.

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used Caravan in your area?

CarGurus has 64 nationwide Caravan listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

Dodge Caravan Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Grand Caravan
157 Great Deals out of 11,002 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chrysler Town & Country
17 Great Deals out of 425 listings starting at $5,495
Used Honda Odyssey
47 Great Deals out of 1,486 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Sienna
45 Great Deals out of 1,472 listings starting at $3,895
Used Chrysler Pacifica
10 Great Deals out of 1,321 listings starting at $8,500
Used Dodge Durango
37 Great Deals out of 1,207 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Explorer
41 Great Deals out of 2,680 listings starting at $5,900
Used Honda CR-V
61 Great Deals out of 3,942 listings starting at $1,999
Used Dodge Journey
102 Great Deals out of 3,708 listings starting at $3,500
Used Kia Sedona
13 Great Deals out of 781 listings starting at $3,495
Used Honda Pilot
30 Great Deals out of 1,004 listings starting at $5,490
Used Dodge Charger
31 Great Deals out of 872 listings starting at $2,880
Used Toyota RAV4
101 Great Deals out of 2,940 listings starting at $5,499
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
16 Great Deals out of 1,214 listings starting at $9,871
Used Honda Accord
45 Great Deals out of 1,705 listings starting at $1,795

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.