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Dodge Handycapped Minivan

September 11, 2008 about Dodge Caravan

I am paralized and to be able to get around. My van was lowered 6inches snd electric gate,plus hand-controls added so that I am able to drivegas and brakes in one unit. this brute eate gasoline like its wates at $ 4.00 per gallon with all of the extra exupiment added to allow my wheelchair and I to get around it costs $52.0 to fill her up and with most of my driving being done in town. To drive from new tampa on Bruce B. Downs to Temple Terrace this allows 10 round tripes. maybe 15M.P.G.

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September 11, 2008 by WARREN

i HAVE A 2006 DODGE MINI VAN SET UP FOR A PAPALIZED DRIVER IT WEIGHES ALLMOST TWICE THE WEIGHT OF A STANDARD VAN IT'S SAD AS WITH ME BEING PARLIXED THIS VAN HAS HAD TO BE LOWERED 6 INCHES AND HAS MOTORIZED RAMPS ALONG WITH special equpiment so that I'm able to drive using my hands the left for gas and brakes extra equipment by the steering wheel. with all of this extra weight a tank of gasoline at $ 4 per gallon fills to $51.00 a tank we have averaged out that we are getting around $ 4.5 M.P.G ouch!!! it seem that anything that has any thing to do with the disabled costs double what a regular consumer pays.!! Help from Tampa bay.

November 2, 2012 by Rick

You need to buy a new van. I too am paralyzed and have a 1999 Grand Voyager and a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The 1999 gets around 20 mpg now, but it has 225,000 miles on it, and the 2008 gets 23 mpg. So by your calculation ($51 to fill up a 20 gallon tank) that would be $0.11 per mile. Yeah the mileage sucks compared to the mileage that some of the cars get these days (40+), but I just thank God that I'm able to get up and drive to work everyday, take vacation, and GO when I want to! A lot better than the old days when you would be stuck at home and dependent on a handicap van run by the city or some organization to come by and pick you up, if you were lucky enough to live in a community that had one.

March 29, 2014 by Idha

P2000 NOx Trap Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)This code usually iicadntes a faulty oxygen sensor(s). However, in some instances it can also be used for a faulty catalytic converter as well, since the O2 sensors are located on the exhaust system along with the cat. converter(s). You should check your O2 sensors before replacing the catalytic converter. Here is a guide on checking these sensors.All engines run on a optimum fuel to air mixture called stokiometric which means chemically balanced. This balanced fuel to air ratio is 14.7 to 1, 14.7 parts air to 1 part fuel. The oxygen sensor is created using the active chemical such as zirconium, electrochemical (also known as Galvanic), infrared, ultrasonic and very recently laser. When a lean mixture code is detected by you or a technician the first tendency is to replace the oxygen sensor. The best way to check the operation of the sensor is to run a simple test. No matter if your engines oxygen sensor has one wire or four there is only one sensing wire that feedbacks information to the PCM. To find this wire you will need a car repair manual. If a trouble code is present that pertains to a oxygen heater sensor failure, replace the sensor to repair the problem. A oxygen sensor must be warm before it will operate properly.Warning: If a malfunction exists with related components such as an engine misfire or engine vacuum leak do not perform this test. The oxygen sensor to designed to operate within a particular range, if this range is exceeded the sensor will give the appearance that it has failed.SENSOR TEST PROCEDURE •Step 1 Once the oxygen sensor sensing wire has been located connect a volt meter to the feedback wire and ground. Select the millivolt operation on the meter.•Step 2 Next, start and run the engine at idle until warm (about 15 minutes). Observe the voltmeter, it should bounce slightly at whatever voltage the sensor is centered at (about 150 millivolts).•Step 3 Continue to observe the meter and have a helper rap the throttle. The meter should drop for a split second as the mixture leans out in the first milliseconds of the throttle bore being opened. Then quickly rise for a spit second as the throttle closes and the mixture richens. The volt meter should stabilize at the original operating voltage when the engine returns to idle.Remember, if the sensor fails this test, replace it but if it passes, replace the Catalytic converter

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