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Car Not Starting - Engine Fuse Blows - 3.0L

So, I was driving my van most of the day, under high than average hauling weight, and I noticed a few symtoms:

-Lower rpms Idling 700 compared to normal 1100 with or without A/C
-Power steering would pull a little then go back then pull and repeat. almost like a pulse
-Loss of power
-One stall, piror to this one but I was getting ready to turn it off and I was pretty sure it stalled.
-The last week longer than normal cranks to start, however still fairly quick

Anyways heres how it went down, I was stopped at a red light downhill A/C on. Talking with my other 8 (most heavywieght which put it under a lot more stress than normal) passengers and then when I go to take off I notice it had stalled.

We get it pushed to the nearby gas station and crank on it, no higher than 200rpms and never seems to respond to giving it gas. (Though I know its EFI so maybe its not supposed to)

A once over of the fuse box shows a blown fuse in slot 2 the Engine slot. I replace it with the aux fuse, crank 3 or 4 times, and it blew that fuse too.

No error codes were being thrown, engine temp water temp normal.
Only check light was the Oil but that would only come on during ACC not when running.
176,900k MI
The only other problem was the A/C was draining into the car on the passenger side, and had it absolutely DRENCHED. maybe it shorted something?

Gas tank was halfway full, so it if was the fuel pump i doubt it would have kicked in. I've heard you can run it on a full tank without the pump.

Did not test the relays, but did check fuses only fuse 2, Engine Fuse, 20A Blade fuse was blowing. Indicates a short, but where should I start.

It was probabbly a 150mi of driving at this point.

Tried starting it in N and P in the case that it was the Neutral Safty switch but it turned over in both gears.


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    Alexander Back Jul 21, 2009

    it was a frayed wire that I had to track but i got it fixed. Thanks



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One possible Cause could be That your drain tube for your evaporater core is blocked. Now all the Condensation that is built up on the evaporator core leaked insde.
On these chrysler Vans there were 2 computers one for the engine located on the kick panel of the van and one is for the Transmission locates misc...
the one on the kickpanel is near the evaporator core, and could have gotten moisture near it causing it to short, and preventing the van from starting. The build up of moisture built up and is suppose to leak outside.
Im pretty sure that your a/c was working wonderfully B4 this happened.
I Hope Im wrong but this is just one solution i could generate from the problem.

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