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While overheating may be the issue, does the exhaust emit a steam-like cloud or sweet smell? There is a part which cuts off power to the fuel pump. This part is called an Inertia sensor. If a door or the hood is slammed, it can activate.
It is usually behind a front floor kickpanel and has a reset button on it. Read the Web for articles showing photos.
When your not feeling heat coming from the heater it usually means that the coolant level is too low in the radiator. It sounds like you have a coolant leak somewhere which is causing your overheating problem. Fill your radiator and let the engine run for about a half hour with the radiator cap on tight. Then turn off the engine and check for any leaks under the van. If you don't see any leaks under the van then see if the carpeting is wet on the passenger side of the vehicle. If the carpet is wet and it smells like anti-freeze you have a heater core that is leaking.
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The smell you are probably smelling is leaking coolant coming from your heater core, check your coolant level and see if its low if its low you are probbaly loosing your coolant because of a bad heater core, if this is the case i wouldnt drive the vehical until its repaired, if you run the car out of coolant you run the risk of engine damage from overheating and that would be a very expensive repair.....
This could be a serious problem. Check your coolant level, then check the rear heater lines that supply coolant to the rear heater. They run under the van, over time they rust and leak. Because it is under and to the rear of the van it is hard to notice, i.e. coolant puddles and smell. But please note that this engine has aluminum cylinder heads and does not take kindly to being overheated.
Very common fault is head gaskets. causing coolant consumption and bubbles in radiator. Run vehicle, have a friend accelerate once or twice hard, while you smell exhaust for sweet smell of burning coolant.