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#14 of 44 hesitation after restart
May 17, 2008 (9:36 am)
I have a 2005 2500 series Dodge Sprinter. I have maintained the oil changes and have 56,000 miles. the van starts fine and runs with normal power until a restart along a route. The van then will not accelerate well. the loss of power continues for quite a while . Are these symptoms common to a typical problem with Sprinters? is there a maintenence proceedure that I should have had done by 56,000mi?
May 18, 2008 (3:50 pm)
Has the fuel filter been replaced? It needs doing about every other oil change. Mine would run quite sluggish at about 2,000rpm if the fuel filter needed replacing.
#16 of 44 Re: Fuel Filter? [vpracegasatl]
May 18, 2008 (4:19 pm)
I havent had anything done except the oil changes and brakes. Makes sense though to change the fuel filter. I really suspect the EGR as needing cleaning or replacement. Ive been trying to get a scematic of these two parts in the engine compartment so I know where they are. I need a service manual basically.
May 18, 2008 (7:17 pm)
With 50k on yours, I would say the fuel filter needs replacing. Mine needed it like clockwork. Every other oil change, if I didn't have it done, the van would be sluggish at about 2krpm for a while. Very noticeable. They actually recommend the filter be replaced every oil change. I went every other though.
My Sprinter 3500 has been parked for more than 6 weeks. Mine was accelerating VERY very slow and it's not the filter. It started doing it all of the sudden after I had a fuel line replaced. The dealer found nothing wrong to cause the slow accel. So, I parked it because I'm tired of the issues (and the $4.50/gallon fuel). Got myself a Chevy 2500 truck and I'm happy. Less mileage or not. I can count on 10 fingers and 10 toes all of the issues my Sprinter has caused me. Love the van but just too many issues. It's now acting as a 14 foot enclosed trailer that sits in the driveway. Pretty funny to have a $40,000 enclosed trailer that I could drive every now and then (but I don't). HAHAHAH
Anyone wanna buy a sluggish-running 2003 3500? Good tires, new brakes ($1500). Recent full transmssion service ($1,000). New upper fuel line. All new fluids: brake fluid, radiator fluid, transmission, power-steering fluid. All kinds of new stuff. All done by authorized/certified Sprinter Service Center. Probably spent $3,000 on it in the past 6 months. Still sluggish acceleration, Haven't really tried hard to fix that part though. I just know it's NOT the fuel filter on mine now.Different symptom in this case.
#18 of 44 Re: low power/pedal response [smokythediesel]
Jun 05, 2008 (7:07 pm)
I have a 2007 2500 and I recently got a recall notice and it was noted that some of the problems that could be possible was stalling of the engine.
It had not happened to me, but I took it in for them to do the recall work.
Might check again with dealer.
#19 of 44 turbo resonator
May 10, 2009 (3:20 pm)
My o3 sprinter 2500 has been having acceleration issues. I use mine for package delivery. Sometimes it looses power on acceleration. The motor revs fine but it just won't go like it should. If I turn it off and restart it, it runs fine for a while. Does an 03 sprinter have a resonator?
Someone told me they don't. The innercooler hose that goes to the front of the engine has a plastic part in it that sure looks like one. If so, could this be the problem.
#20 of 44 Re: hesitation after restart [paul_o]
Jul 13, 2009 (5:12 am)
My 2005 is doing the same thing. My engine light is on. I had it put on the computer and it show that my fuel pressure was too low.
Sprinter vans will go into what they call limp mode. The computer automatically shuts the power down to where your turbo will not work.
Which results in a loss of power.
Have it put on a computer and see what it says.
#21 of 44 Re: low power still an issue for me [vpracegasatl]
Jul 13, 2009 (8:35 am)
You need to become friends with the mechanics at the fed-ex express terminals in your area. That is all they do is work on sprinters everynight.
We do that here where we live.
They are a big help.
#22 of 44 Re: turbo resonator [packman45]
Oct 20, 2009 (4:26 am)
Replace your fuel filter. If engine revs fine under no load but falls on its face when accelerating you most likely have a plugged fuel filter. The yellow fuel filter light will usually come on when this happens.
2003 Sprinters do not have a resonator. 2005 and later.The plastic part you are seeing is just a housing that holds two sensors. The resonator is attached directly to the compressor side of the turbo, its a big oval looking plastic box. Johnson Industries makes a nice aluminum bypass tube to replace this part.
#23 of 44 Re: turbo resonator [sprinterguru]
Oct 20, 2009 (5:38 am)
Nah, I've owned this vehicle since for 6 years and I know what it's like when the fuel filter needs replacing. What it does now is different. Filter had recently been replaced anyway, so, that's not it. It's one of those "strange" fixes. I haven't even driven it since March 2008 when I got my Chevy 2500 truck (gas engine) that costs me almost nothing to drive. lol I calculated everything and the Sprinter STILL cost me 20% more to drive when you add up all of the expensive services, expensive parts, diesel fuel price, etc.
I'm thinking it might be in "limp-mode" like someone else mentioned. Something computer-related is my hope. I certainly hope it's not what my Five Star Dodge/Sprinter dealer claims that it's because it was driven with a leaky fuel injector that kept dumping more fuel into the top-end. The injector has since been replaced but they claim that is what caused this problem it has now. I haven't gotten a 2nd opinion since then, so, I don't know for sure.
Not even worried about it right now. The van is paid-off and makes for a great 14-foot storage trailer that sits in my driveway. LOLOL
Sprinter vans are great for what they are designed to do. Heck, mine was my sole transportation for 5 years. Great vehicle. But too expensive to buy, too expensive to service, too expensive to repair, just too expensive to everything...
Full brake job $1700
Transmission service $800
Oil change with fuel filter service $200
One could buy a small used car for the cost of some of the major services of a Sprinter. HAHA