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1990 plymouth van will not stay running

Would like some help. I have a 1990 Plymouth mini van that when I try to start it some time it will run then it stops some time takes up to 1 1/2 hour of trying to start it before it stays running . What do you think is wrong with it. thanks

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  • b4xpdnc Jan 18, 2009

    We've had a similar problem with ours for the last several years--the difference being that we can start ours right back up. It doesn't seem to matter whether the engine is warmed up, whether we've driven anywhere, or even the outside temperature. The engine will just randomly stall at low idle. Having the van stall out at stoplights became so dangerous that we have learned to keep our left foot on the brake and our right foot on the gas to prevent the idle from getting too low.

    We tried tuneups, higher grade gas, one time even had a mechanic try forcing the idle speed higher a few years back but that didn't help.

    Does anyone think the aforementioned rotor sensor jobbie below the distributor cap may be the problem in our case?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help....

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Do you know how to retrieve trouble codes from dash?

  • Phil Goncalves May 11, 2010

    Is this problem intermittent or does it happen everytime? when it's running, how does it drive?



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Try replacing the Hall Effect Sensor that's underneath the Distributor. It consists of a round disk with a pick-up coil that senses rotation of the distributor shaft. The connection to the coil may become intermittent or open up completely. The engine will shut down when this happens. For a while the problem may be heat-sensitive or affected by vibration.

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