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I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport. Sunday afternoon I put 6 gallons of gas in the tank (gave me a little over 1/2 tank). Went into the store, came back out and when I put it into reverse and backed up and the engine died. It started right back up but it did that several times. Finally, I got it going but then it "skipped" (or missed) several times while driving down the road. Monday morning it acted like it wanted to die a few times as I was attempting to stop at a light but Monday afternoon, it run perfect. Now this morning, it died everytime I stopped at a traffic light. Any suggestions?

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  • Lori Shook May 17, 2011

    There is no problem with the idling when the van is in park nor is there any hesitation/miss when you rev it up. It doesn't seem to make any difference whether the van is hot or cold. Like I said, it run perfectly yesterday afternoon after it had set from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. but this morning after it sat from about 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 this morning, it acted up again.

  • Lori Shook May 25, 2011

    I took it to the shop last week and the initial check showed it was only getting have voltage. They took off every wire harness, took it apart, checked the wires and couldn't find a bad wire. It appears to be running OK now so I don't know if the shop inadvertently did something to fix it or not. If they did, they have no idea what they did! Thanks!!

  • Lori Shook May 25, 2011

    I took it to a repair shop. Thanks!!!

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  1. Unplug the connector from the Cam Shaft Position Sensor.
  2. Get a multi-meter and set it to Ohms.
  3. Touch the probes on the multi meter to the terminals on the connector on the Sensor. Beings this is a check using Resistance there is no polarity to pay attention to. just stick the probes into the connector leads.
  4. If the meter reads "0" then the sensor is shorted.
  5. A reading of Infinite indicates it is probably still good.

Regards, Tony

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    Iron May 24, 2011

    The sensor I speak of is not just for idling.

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    Iron May 25, 2011





    • That's great to hear.

    Regards,

    Tony

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Hi

What I would suggest is to do is to clean the throttle body. The throttle body builds up deposits on the plate and doesn't allow air into the motor. This causes stalling at Idle and hesitation. You can clean this with throttle body cleaner or brake clean. You need to rub the bore and plate until they are nice and clean! The motor may be hard to start after you clean the throttle body, hold the gas pedal down a little to get some extra air into the motor. If you want to take this to a shop, tell them you want throttle body cleaned really good. Some shops offer an induction service; they clean the throttle body during the service, run a cleaner through the intake and add some fuel injector cleaner to the gas tank. It has fixed a lot of stalling problems.
Also it is caused due to a failing Fuel Main Relay (they're about 80 bucks at auto zone). Basically this relay gives power to the fuel pump and they tend to have more trouble when there hot if they're bad. Shutting the car of for a bit cools down the relay and lets it make connections again. Also the inability to speed up to highway speeds is a likely a result of low fuel pressure because the fuel pump is only running intermittently or not at all(when it dies) so fuel pressure drops. It's pretty easy to put in a main relay.


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