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What happens when it sits for a while, does it start back up & go ?

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You didn't say if the check engine lite is on when still driving. With the van off and the key in and off smothly turn the key on then back off but don't go to crank, the third time leave the key on and the odometer will tell the engine control codes. I need to know what numbers are displayed as there are many and you can have more than 1 and they cause each other so their might be less wrong than what comes up. You didn't say if the van will start right back up or not or if any of the gauges quit or lie or display overheating or the speedometer quit or the Check engine light comes on then it quits, or it does it cold only or, it does it hot only. Its done it once or it shuts down so much that your afraid to drive it as you might not get home. All things being equal and no recent service work has been performed and it hasn't been doing this before and the quick for codes come up higher than P0500 or no codes the fuel pump may be stopping. The fuel filter can be partly clogged and the fuel pump gets hot and starts drawing more power till the fuel pump relay gives up and opens and the van quits. Turning the van off and then turning the starter again the realy cools a little and the van starts back OK. If this is right It'll do it less with more gas and cool gas as in just bought or sitting the van in a cool spot out of the sun. Cool morning starting cold it may run the longest before it quits. Real hot in the sun trapped in traffic with the air on it'll do it more or even not restart? . ( filter and pump are pointed at ) If it seems to quit not no pattern at all it can have an powertrain control module problem and these are hard to get right. The instrument cluster has a computer in it the transmission has on and the engine has one as the ABS and the Air bag (passive restrait) If any of these go to ground for a senser failure to ground or the wires going to them. any of these ECU's can go offline and upset the chain of comand enought that the engine computer is thrownout and it doesn't know what to believe so it thats a break and reports a serial bus comm problem. Never crashed vehicals the Automatic Brakeing system (ABS) does this more than the others and it can be unplugged the checxk engine and ABS lights will be on but it will keep running. If this works then the problem in the System needs to be found and fixed the computers don't fail often but the wries and sensers do. If the van can be connected to a nianostic scanner the computer involved may tell what it's having troble with and that road of repair should be followed. ECU's on unwreaked or not jump started wrong Vehicals are low. Wires sensers their plugs with wires backed out are common Chysler has more troble in this area than any other current vehical so concaring your problem to other non chysler vans doesnt apply. Code dianostic charts followed without skipping any steps as outlined by the scanners trobleshooter or code followup with a repair manaul or Alldata or Mitchell on demand carefully followed with out assuming that any thing is good until proven good will get a good repair. Crank Sensers short to grond and if the vanis dead and won't start but crank, Spark tested is gone and there is fuel pump on at crank injectors not fireing. Crank senser may not code unless it stumbles them stopps. Cool off and restart normal is a no code crank senser as soon as you see it do it more than once and still have fuel pressure right at crank but no spark no code, Crank senser likly it'll start with a bab cam senser but fuel mileage will suffer and the check engine light will be on while driving. unlikly to quit Need codes or not to help you more and the exact model and engine to be at the lets change this level of repair

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