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

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