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Leaking engine oil on the back of the engine

Paul’s question:

My 2000 Dodge Caravan with the four cylinder engine is leaking engine oil on the back of the engine. I though it could be the valve cover gasket, so I replaced it. But the leak is still there. I can’t figure it out, give me a hand


Well, you might not like the hand I’m giving you. On the back side of that engine, there’s really nothing that can cause engine oil leaks other than a blown head gasket or a cracked engine head. I did one a couple months ago, the head gasket had blown in the back and oil was coming out of it. This is a pretty expensive repair, so before you go that far, put some ultraviolet engine oil leak dye into the engine oil. Then see if the green dye is coming from between the head and the block at the back. If so, you’ll need to take that engine apart. By the way, it is a pretty common problem in those four cylinder Dodge products

2004 Dodge Caravan Trouble Code P0016

Jeremy’s question:

I’ve got an 04 Caravan with the 3.8 engine. It’s running bad, and have trouble code P0016 stored. The book says it’s a crankshaft or camshaft misalignment problem. I was told it could be a timing belt problem, so I pulled the covers and everything lines up perfectly. What should I check next?


Well, you may not like this, but here’s a common problem with those vans. The flexplate on the flywheel can come apart on those engines. To figure this out, you will have to pull the transmission off to see if the flywheel assembly is broken. When it does break, the signals from the crankshaft position sensor will be all wrong and set the P0016 code. I’ve seen this happen a lot in those dodge vans