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We had a similar problem with our van and it ended up being that we had to replace the crankshaft sensor we bought a code reader at advanced auto for $60 to tell us what it was for sure because we were told either the crankshaft sensor or the camshaft sensor
The 3.3/3.8L crankshaft sensor is located on the rear of the transmission housing, above the differential housing The bottom of the sensor is positioned next to the drive plate. Remove the 10mm bolt holding the sensor in place and remove the sensor. Install the new crankshaft sensor. Install crankshaft sensor bolt and tighten. Connect wiring. merry christmas !!
Probably a bad distributor. The cam sensor and optical sensor are under the slotted wheel and when the bearing goes, it gets brown dust on the optical sensor. Temp fix is to clean the optical sensor, but you will need a reman distributor, $200 on ebay. 1999 was famous for this issue.
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The CPK is only used for diagnostics, it does not affect driveability. For a 99, I think you have a bad ditributor due to a bearing going that spreads brown dust on your optical sensor (CPMS) that controls spark timing and fuel injection.
remove distributor cap and rotor (1 screw on side) and remove metal cover. look for dust on slotted wheel and opitcal sensor. blow dust off and see if better for a while. If yes, get rebuilt distributor on ebay for $200. There's a guy on ebay who sells bearing for $30, but Ive never replaced one.
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you may have a broken crankshaft snout.This was a common problem on 93-95 Villagers if customer replaced a/c belt and overtightened the belt tensioner.
Did you ecently have the belt changed?
Also, remove distributor cap and rotor ( 1 screw) and slotted plate/ Look for brown dust on optical sensors. If yes clean them and see if van starts. If it starts you will need a new distributor (ebay $200) as the bearing is going.