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#105 of 227 Re: 1995 Dodge Caravan, Engine Surging and then Dying when stopped and in Drive [danutdlp]
Jun 11, 2008 (4:22 pm)
WOW... sounds like a similar problem that I'm fighting right now in a 2002 Grand Caravan. It's got 105K miles and dies at stop lights, going around corners and sputters when you put it in reverse. In neutral, the car maintains a constant 1000 RPM. Slide it in drive and apply throttle and it sputters (light surge and bucking) and then stall.
It's been in the shop (local shade tree mechanic with 30+ years under the hood) and he's baffled. He's gone thru extensive diagontics and replaced thermostat and manifold pressure sensors.
It's tempermental and does not act up when he's chasing the problem. So, I'm open to anyone that's solved this mystery. It's been acting up since mid May. Otherwise, it's a solid van.
Jul 22, 2008 (2:31 pm)
I used to own a 1992 Ford Taurus, and it did the same thing. I had the fuel injection system cleaned, went thru all the Auto Zone/Advanced Auto fuel fixers. It would help for a little while, but nothing solved it. Giving in, I took it to the local Ford dealership, and they said it was the O2 sensor. This little device senses the oxygen/ fuel that is being sprayed thru the injectors. If this is not sensing correctly, it will cause the fluctuations that you may be experiencing. This was relatively inexpensive($100.00or less), if I'm remembering this right. I KNOW it was the O2 sensor in the fuel injection system. I also had a Ford Escort, and the spark plug wires got mixed up, and at times it would do what you're talking about, especially at red lights! Come to think of it, not long after the sparkplug wires were replaced, we had to get the "MODULE" replaced. What this is, I do not know, but your local mechanic should know. GOOD LUCK GUYS, and let me know if any of this helps, cause I have one now that is doing kind of the same thing.
#107 of 227 Engine Surging and then Dying when stopped and in Drive
Jul 25, 2008 (10:01 pm)
The throttle position sensor was bad.... it's a simple rheostat that provides the position of the throttle into the computer. It had a couple of dead spots that were intermittent. Hence, the mechanic could never duplicate the problem. The mechanic mentioned it was "plugged with oil". I'm not sure where it's located but he said that's what made the troubleshooting so difficult.
It's a $40 buck sensor but on top of about $400 in diagontics. Not to mention the fuel injection flush, thermostat, manifold pressure sensor and that air induction gizzmo.
I hope this helps some other poor fool.....
#108 of 227 Re: 1995 Dodge Caravan, Engine Surging and then Dying when stopped and in Drive [caravanaholic]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:51 am)
My van started doing the same thing. It will die in either drive or reverse unless I give it a few RPM's it will not go. Anyone found a fix for this yet?
#110 of 227 Re: 97 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN [eshani]
Aug 29, 2008 (9:59 am)
WHAT? I CANNOT HEAR YOU, YOU'RE TALKING TOO LOUD!
Please retype your post in normal mixed case letters to that the rest of us can read it and comment.
#111 of 227 97 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
Aug 29, 2008 (11:26 am)
The van keeps cutting out while driving normally ill turn it off and restart it an it turns over on 1 ocassion it did not turn over and i had to wait about 5-10 mins before it would do so ,also the rpm is out of control it goes up but it wont come back down,then theres this thing with the gears not cathing.
ive been to 2 mechanics one said i need to replace fuel pump and filters also possible electric problems. the second one says i need vehicle speed sensor, cam sensor and ignition coil pack. With all these different possibilities idont know who or what to believe and really cannot afford to replace things that arent damage. If any one has an idea or any helpful information it would be gladly appreciated
#112 of 227 Re: 97 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN [eshani]
Aug 29, 2008 (12:33 pm)
Problems like this are very difficult to diagnose via the internet. A good place to start would be to get the van to your local AutoZone and have them plug in an OBDC-II reader and capture the error codes.
FWIW, I kind of doubt the fuel pump is an issue, but depending upon the number of miles you have on the van, the filter might be an issue.
Regarding the electronics, oxygen sensors, cam and vehicle speed sensors do fail over time and you should be prepared to replace these as well (assuming the codes point that way). As for the coil pack, I highly doubt it is an issue either.
Keep us posted.
#113 of 227 Re: 97 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN [shipo]
Aug 29, 2008 (5:49 pm)
Thanks for responding . I went to a third mechanic today he first said it could be electrical problems then he attached a little computer looking thing once he finished he told me that its presenting transmission problems a code came up and i was told that i need to replace the computer for the transmission he also said thats the reason why the gears arent catching, the head lights are out and also why the rpm is wack,he also said that its only runing on 2 cylinders instead of 6. So heres the thing the mechanic says once the computer is replaced the van shouldnt have anyore problems, my thing is i just purchased this van 1 week ago with 96,183 miles on it apparently it seems to be a lemon,i spoke to this dealer guy and he wants me to take it to his mechanic to have it fixed and im kind of ify on the matter because i dont want to get stuck with continuos problems, so at this point dont know what to do should i let him fix it, should i trade it for another or should i get my money back and am i entitled to a refund under the new york lemon law.
#114 of 227 Re: 97 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN [eshani]
Aug 29, 2008 (9:17 pm)
First off, I believe that the New York Lemon Law only applies to new vehicles, although I could be wrong on that one.
Were I in your shoes, I'd take it back to whoever you bought it from and ask them to fix it. If they won't, I might be inclined to talk with a lawyer.
Good luck and keep us posted.