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Come along with Eric O. at the SMA repair shop as he swaps out the 3.8 liter engine in this high mileage 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan that has a P0303 Misfire and has started to burn coolant. I am going to break this up in a multi part series to help keep the videos shorter.
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49 thoughts on “Dodge grand caravan 3.8 – engine replacement – part 5”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John R. says:

    Massive job! Your skills are amazing. What an education for anyone wanting to work on cars. Thanks for all the hard work and explanations!

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Anderson says:

    That is really great work. I would have just took the engine out if that far great job.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bruce Baxter says:

    Like the sit down with your daughter and the Rockauto magnet collection as a backdrop.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Williams says:

    This whole time I thought this was a 2005 not 2008, have a 2003 so I watched for so long the wrong vehicle..lol
    learned allot and see things can and do go wrong

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    I'm amazed more folks don't use waterless coolant.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cheeseburger says:

    Since not sence ….

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ed Connelly says:

    I love your channel. Best teacher ever. I just did the trans solenoid unit on our '10 T&C. Because I have CP on my left side
    I had a miserable & very long time with the exhaust cross over pipe reinstallation. Any suggestions on how to get the nuts & bolts started. is there a "glue" maybe the way NASCAR teams secure the lug nuts. Obviously not silicone. Any suggestion would be great.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Craftsman McVMAX Von-Cherokee says:

    Hey sweet Volkswagen bro! Surprised it still has the 3.8 must of been the first year of new body style and had some old engines to use up b4 they turned it to the 4.0 that burns hella oil and blows up

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregory Thomas says:

    This was an awesome video series…now I'm off to see the Chevy truck engine swap 🙂

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Rimmer says:

    Really enjoyed this series!! I have one of those that just came in. I am going to pull out the top. Really appreciate these vids!! And….. No rust in California. Also, all electric. No hose to mess with. And large pit. Up and down access and free stairclimber..

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen says:

    That start-up idle needs some work.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Englert says:

    lol cars made out of plastic and rust. I love it. lol

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars whitesoxbob says:

    Good job all back together and no parts nuts or bolts left over.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars charredskeleton says:

    Gotta rattle dad's cage lol.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Palmegranite says:

    Eric's gasket wisdom: I ran the numbers….and figured this is more economical…to do it this way…ha ha!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nonya biz says:

    Another example of a mechanic with a great work ethic and integrity. Nice work.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Up2NoGood says:

    Made of Balsa wood and Plastic is right.. But hey.. They got granite counter tops and real leather seats..

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr D says:

    That little red click gets to tell all the other red clips about it's journey.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Brown says:

    This engine replacement to my understanding was a royal pain in the behind I wouldn't have done it.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rusty Nail says:

    He knows the engine battery and hood prop .. he might be overly qualified as a dealership mechanic

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Doyle says:

    The biggest destroyer of these engines in my opinion is cheap Oil Filters….I only use Manufacturers, Wix, Purolator and a few others, and the reason is the cheap filters for one, don''t filter…. but the number one reason is a poor anti drainback valve, which allows the engine to start with absolutly no oil in the system….which hammers the rod bearings leading to a destroyed engine in time…..

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tanya Anderson says:

    lol . watch eric’s eyes as mrs O walks away ! lol. HOT !

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tanya Anderson says:

    those few minutes you spent with those boys they will remember their whole life . you have no idea what influence you make on their minds . so good to see someone giving enquiring minds time and conversation . well done

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James K says:

    I just binged all 5 videos and I feel like it's been a journey (not a Dodge Journey but a Dodge journey). I know I'm 4 years behind but I'm commenting for the algorithm and to say great job, Eric.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    how much was the spray nozzle?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    you definitely married above yourself. but don't we all. she needs a pay raise.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    my problem is remembering where each bolt and clip goes to hold things in. thank God for the camera on my cell, if i remember, and figure out what to photograph.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 44 Hawk says:

    One of the best vehicles I ever owned was a 98 Dodge Caravan with a 3.8 engine, I put a better breathing air intake on it, some Bosch Platinum Plus 4 plugs and synthetic oil and I was getting 20 and a half in town and 31 and a half on the freeway, if I kept it to right around 60 miles an hour. It had originally been a Federal Marshals FBI print vehicle, the first 200 of made in the 98 model year were for the federal Marshal Service. The company that made the front rear bumper pages had Chrysler make them one of those for them and that's the one I got the 201st one off the floor in 1998. And it had a custom paint for the Dodge Caravan. And got one really good fuel mileage period And I sold it with 256 thousand miles on it. I finally did have to rebuild the transmission, and that was at 211 thousand miles.
    I wonder if the transmission has already been done in that vehicle because at 173,000 miles it's about due to go south in the next year-and-a-half. The one thing I did do it mine is I picked up a transmission cooler out of a mid-2000s Ford Explorer and put it into the transmission cooling line, the lower one so that it would cool the transmission fluid a little bit more before I sent it back to the transmission. I did that right after I bought it at 46,000 miles and it lasted a long time. Especially for the way I drove it for the most part.
    Oh yes and as I watch you put the towel back on I see that it's got the famously absolutely stupid and unnecessary long wiper blade on one end and a short one on the other. For no apparent reason whatsoever except to piss people off.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Smith says:

    My experience with the Chrysler Caravans and T&Cs I've rented is they fit people perfectly, but they steer terribly. The wheel is heavy, and they don't center well.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SC Flooring says:

    Great series keep them coming really like the mini series!! More please!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Albert Eller says:

    When you started the video I could not stop watching it I was so amazed and watched all-five . Eric when I I looked at it this job it looked like panting a packet fence ,that was 5 miles long with a 1” pain brush that was a peace of art. Thanks so much or videoing this .⚙️

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ExtremeRecluse says:

    Struts, maybe ball joints.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ExtremeRecluse says:

    Got a real decent motor

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ExtremeRecluse says:

    the 3.8 has so much more power than the 3.3

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars farm.central. ohio says:

    It's 4 years later, now I wanta know how those neighborhood kids are doing. The older one should be close to driving age by now.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Franklin says:

    "I ran the numbers…."

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nicholas Cheap says:

    Kids gettin the mail

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Curt Yanok says:

    How does the scanner connect to the engine?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Meatball Magoo says:

    I conduit

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sam Pantiliano says:

    You said in part 4 you have a mechanic you recommend in New Jersey?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Moparman58 says:

    My advanced auto sucks too, they didn't even know what a torque wrench was.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Harry Kaminski says:

    He tighten down with a impact factory spects lol his "factory spects " are the same as mune

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry A says:

    Enjoy these engine swap series the best of all of the videos you do. Thanks!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M S says:

    auto repair tips are great – but time spent with the kids is priceless. Oh and you are my fav stand up comedian – loved the rant on AutoQuest lmao

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    You can't even hear my 6 speed 62te shift. I have to put it in manual to know what gear it's in even. Smoothest transmission i have ever owned and when it locks up at 80mph it gets 30mpg. Hard to beat really until something goes wrong in that vvt engine. Ever worked on one?.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Jaquin says:

    Holly crap man! Big job.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ogee 63 says:

    That was some serious work, but sorry, dodge= scrap it.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jonathan Lopez says:

    Sweet rock auto magnet collection

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars V S says:

    Did I miss for a poured out that contaminated coolant from that jug

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