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1995 Plymouth Voyager engine shuts down

1995 Plymouth Voyager - my car starts fine and after few minutes of driving it just stops. I start again and when I accelerate it stops. The lights and horn are working fine, there is no dashboard lights lid eccept the oil light when the engine stops. the next day I stated my car fine and accelerated for a few min and than it stops again.
My question is: what sensor orders the engine to stop? and or do you have another diagnostic for this kind of problem?

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  • yayaocean Apr 28, 2010

    Hi
    When I re-start the car I can hear the fuel pomp working.

  • yayaocean Apr 28, 2010

    2 year ago I had a similar problem (the engine will stop and only started back few hour after, the difference with today's symptoms was that the car did not start right away) we changed the cars computer and the problem was solved.

  • yayaocean Apr 28, 2010

    Hi Omaromid,
    Thanks for all your informations.
    We are going to take a look at all that and will definitely get back to you.


    Thanks again.

  • yayaocean Apr 28, 2010

    okay, this is what happening now:


    -Got to start the car, "Check engine" light is on at all times now.
    -Position parking + acceleration is okay.
    -position D to leave, the engine dies as soon as I accelerate, even a little bit.


    :-(

  • yayaocean Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks,
    The problem is:
    1- the car can not go anywhere right now ( we have about 1 mile range of engine running ;-0 )
    2- I do have the OBDII tool but what I need for the 1995 is the OBD I and Auto zone do not have that one (they send me to a car dealer yesterday! )

  • yayaocean Apr 29, 2010

    Hi Omaromid,
    what do you think of changing the crank sensor? what is the diagnostics for a failing crank shaft?
    I have looked everywhere to get a OBDI and its impossible, nobody sales those anymore and it is impossible for me to get the car to a dealer or auto parts.


    Thanks,

  • yayaocean Apr 29, 2010

    could you tell me where is the crankshaft sensor on this car, I can not see it.

  • yayaocean Apr 29, 2010

    6 Cyl 3.0L

  • yayaocean Apr 29, 2010

    looked everywhere and nothing!!! I've research to buy a new one and the dealers have it, so I suppose I should have one too.


  • yayaocean Apr 30, 2010

    no, I could not find it. I have the manual for my car but can not located there too. I see on the net that there is several different model!

  • yayaocean Apr 30, 2010

    Thanks Leethedeuce!
    I will try to get this manual. Have you heard about similar problems like this one?



  • yayaocean Apr 30, 2010

    Thanks but I have both and none of them show me the sensor.



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Hi,
This could be several things. How many miles on the vehicle? Could be a catalytic converter issue. Possibly even alternator. If you are planning on repairing the vehicle yourself I would consider picking up a factory service manual as it explains how to diagnose and repair every nut and bolt on the vehicle and is the best investment you can make when repairing a vehicle.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1995-95-Town-Country-Caravan-Voyager-Service-Manual-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem2a0683c5d2QQitemZ180497925586QQptZMotorsQ5fManualsQ5fLi
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    Lee A. Apr 30, 2010

    You would be surprised what could be considered common. With is the most popular selling minivan so they made a lot of them. So ya I would say its a fairly common problem. Feel free to keep me updated and at anytime please accept/rate my solution accordingly.
    Thanks again,
    Lee


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Have you had a look at your car's fuel system yet?

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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    omaromid Apr 28, 2010

    Hi,
    This kind of problem is either caused by a fault in fuel or ignition system.

    As you said you could hear the fuel pump working, it might be a sign of fuel pump working.
    What you can do is first of all do the simple trouble shooting, if you haven't had your fuel filter changed in a long time, then I recommend changing it, a clogged fuel filter causes insufficient supply of fuel to the engine, your engine runs for the fuel it got slowly clogged fuel filter and stops when that supply is cut.
    Also if you haven't had any maintenance check ups I recommend changing spark plugs and spark plug wires, remember most of problems like this are caused by very simple parts which you can change yourself, before going to a mechanic and being charged a lot of money.
    There are sensors that can cause an engine stall or bad fuel economy, but if any of them go bad you get the "check engine" light, you don't have this error which backs up my trouble shooting.
    Have a look at it and let me know you need more advice (comment back), I'd be more than happy to help you sort out your problem.
    Best

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    omaromid Apr 28, 2010

    Yes that could be also, everything on an engine is controlled by computer or ECM ( Engine Control Module), but it was working good and chances of ECM fault is very low on engine problem troubleshooting. Have you had your car jump started lately? jump starting is one the things that can cause ECM malfunction.

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    omaromid Apr 28, 2010

    You are most welcome, it's my pleasure.

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    omaromid Apr 28, 2010

    It's not gonna be a big thing, don't worry, I'll help you fix it as much as I can. Is there any Auto Zone place near you? if you could take the car there somehow, they'd check the error code of the check engine light and tell you the cause of it also, for free. But if you can't take the car there ( which is hard), you can rent the OBDII tool from them and get the code yourself, ask the the directions of how to use the tool when you rent it. once you get it there is a connector under neath the dashboard on driver's side, you connect the tool there and get the codes, note down the codes and when you go back to them ask them to bring out the description of those codes for your car's model/year.
    The good thing now is that you'll know exactly where to start trouble shooting your car's problem.

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    omaromid Apr 28, 2010

    Well it seems like you need to find somewhere else with OBDI scanner then! I can't believe such a big chain doesn't have that scanner, oh well, those scanner would be around $100 to buy and you don't wanna spend too much on that car.

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    omaromid Apr 29, 2010

    I'm sorry for that, but yea, a failed Crankshaft Sensor won't let the engine to start at all, computer uses the data taken from crank sensor to manage the firing order in spark plugs, your car is 95 some of those have distributer instead of a crankshaft sensor.

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    omaromid Apr 29, 2010

    What kind of engine you got in that car? 6 Cyl or 4 Cyl ?

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    omaromid Apr 29, 2010

    As far as I remember from Plymouth V6 engines, it should be located on the transaxle bellhousing and below the distributer.

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    omaromid Apr 29, 2010

    You couldn't find it where I said it is? If you get a repair manual for your car it'd make it easier for you to find stuff around, I remember the last time I was working on a plymouth V6 weeks ago and It was a 96 and that's where I found the crank sensor, their engines are pretty much the same, it's hard to tell you where it's located without looking at the engine, do you know how crank sensor looks like for that model ? I might be able to find a picture if it to help you locate it easily.

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    omaromid Apr 30, 2010

    There are repair manuals from Chilton and Haynes for your car, if you can't find it in one of them I recommend getting the other one, one of them must show the exact location of the sensor.
    here is the link:
    http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&...

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    omaromid Apr 30, 2010

    If your car has distributer then it won't have crank sensor, it's not mentioned in those books also.

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