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Van won't start in early morning when it's cold.

Works fine after initial "startup" ( when the weather warms up a bit)

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  • missyhemlok Dec 23, 2008

    1997 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 engine M.P.F.I. Will not start when it's cold unless I remove airbox and spray starting fluid into intake,then replace airbox.Then it will start after a few min. Could it be "COLD START VALVE" ON FUEL INJECTOR?

  • speedbuggy62 Jan 15, 2009

    we replaced the ecm last year for the same thing helped untill it got cold again . If you wait for a little bit with the key in on position you can here a relay start to chatter  when it guits chattering it will start but it acts like it is flooded.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Can you confirm year, make & model, engine, and tell me any other time it does it, perhaps after sitting a certain amount of time, or anything else? Also, have you tried cycling the key to "ON" only, (not start) a couple or 3 times first before you try to start it?

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I'd be real tempted to replace coolant temperature sensor, as it sends signal to ECM regarding engine temperature and fuel requirements pertaining to that temperature. For example, it tells ECM that engine is cold, send more fuel for cold start, but if it's defective, doesn't tell ECM to do so, or gives ECM the signal that engine is already warm, and doesn't require that extra fuel now for start up.

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