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While driving in 100+ degree heat, my van died.

While driving in 100+ degree heat, my 1993 Dodge Caravan died. While we were on the interstate, she was fine, but as soon as we entered the city, she died. We sat for 30 minutes and she started back up. Drove about 10 miles through the city and she died again. Sat for 10 minutes this time and she ran okay. Tonight, with cooler temps, she drove the 30 miles home drive just fine. What gives?

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  • chklasek Aug 02, 2010

    Everything is from the factory. Thanks!

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I'm thinking more along the lines of fuel boil and vapour lock. Ford Tempo / Topaz also had this problem. If it was over heat it would boil over the radiator and your gauge would go all the way into the red or temp light would come on it wouldn't simply just quit. Is this by chance a 4 cylinder engine?

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SOUND LIKE COOLANT FAN NOT COMING ON.WHEN YOU ARE IN CITY.YOUR ENGINE RADIATOR NOT GETTING MUCH AIR FLOW IN THE CITY.BECAUSE YOU STOP AND GO ALOT.DUE TO A LOT OF STOP LIGHTS.CHECK COOLANT FAN RELAY AND FUSE.IF BOTH GOOD.COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR SENSOR.IF ALL IS GOOD HOT WIRE COOLANT FAN TO SEE IF IT RUNS.IF NO FAN MOTOR BAD.IF YES FAN MOTOR RUNS WIRE CONNECTOR IS OPEN OR DAMAGED.

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

  • chklasek Aug 07, 2010

    Not the coolant fan. The van never overheated and we could hear the fan running. I'm going with the vapor lock theory since nothing else seems to fit and she's back to (almost) perfect now.

  • Jonah Oneal Aug 08, 2010

    have your evaporative system checked out like purge valve solenoid and the charcoal canister which is gas soaked stopped up not allowing excessive gas vapor build up in fuel tank. flooding stalling out the engine the engine vapor lock can be caused by if your fuel lines get hot near the engine cause fuel to get hot.check to see if you missing heat shields to protect fuel lines from heat.

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