The starter in a 1998 Dodge Caravan transfers electrical energy to mechanical energy when the ignition is turned to the crank position. The starter solenoid sends an electric charge to the starter motor and this releases a gear that engages the flywheel. The flywheel engages the crankshaft and starts the van. A faulty starter will prevent the vehicle from starting adequately. The starter should be a last resort in troubleshooting ignition problems.
Park the van on a flat and level surface. Ensure the back wheel is chocked.
Open the hood for access to the engine compartment. Disconnect the battery to isolate the electricity. Wait five to minutes before disconnecting any wires to avoid accidental engagement of the air bags.