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The van starts right up but shuts right back off

The van starts real good but doesn't stay running for more than a second or two. It doesn't spit and sputter it just shuts right off

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    starts fine but shuts off right away. the key is not the problem.



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You might have a regular key instead of a microchip key. the micro chip key sends the signal to the computer. If you have a regular key it will start and a couple of seconds it will shut off and do it over and over again.

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Replace each plug and wire one at a time matching them to the new cap from the old cap. Start with the back passenger side plug, as it's the hardest to get to, and is more time consuming. If you can use as small of a rachet as possible with an extention.

Once these are replaced, and the wires are on correctly, start the van. Also, have a diagnostics test done to see if one or both of the two O2 (oxygen) sensors are good. These too could keep the van from starting.

How I know all this? I owned a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE and replaced everything I just mentioned to you. Here's a heads up too: if you get a tranny leak or the tranny starts slipping (from a leak) park the van asap and have the seal and torque converter replaced immediately. If you notice a leak, check underneath to see if it is coming from between the tranny and teh engine block. If so, it is the seal inside the tranny. Replace it and the torque converter. Have the trannsmission fluid and the cooling system (radiator and block) flushed and filled with new fluid, and appropriate fitler and gasket.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. I hope this helps you fix your van. Being a previous owner of this exact make and model, I know the frustrations of such issues, and everything I have told you is what i did to ensure my van ran as needed.

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