We locked our (ONLY!!!) keys in th van... in the ignition... while it was running... with very little gas in the tank...
After a half hour... while we were still trying to get in.... our van sputtered and died, we thought we ran out of gas. However after putting ten liters in the tank we cannot get the engine to turn over... The lights,and dash board lights flicker, and the gages jump... there is also a loud clicking noise when the key is turned...
Can you please help me troubleshoot this problem ?
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Someone will need to figure out if you are loosing spark to the plugs or fuel to the injectors when it dies. You should be able to run it in drive at home and watch the RPM gauge drop when it dies. As it drops try one foot on the gas and one on the brake to keep it running. If it slowly dies you have a fuel problem, if it cuts off like you turned the key you have an ignition problem. Often times a stalling problem is a dirty throttle body or a sticking idle air control valve which may not show up on a code test.
It could be a vapor lock but not likely. Since the introduction of fuel injection vapor lock has been eliminated. You need to figure out if you are loosing fuel pressure or spark when it will not start back up. Could be a fuel pump relay or ignition module among other things. Even a problem with the vent for the gas tank.
it sounds like the small arm inside the steering colunm has broken. on my windstar it was actually two pieces. if you do not have tilt steering the job to replace it isn't too bad tho you have to pull the steering wheel and remove the lock cylinder. to test if this is correct you would need to pull the ignition switch... it's under the steering column. there is a pin on it that fits into the arms that come down from the ignition switch. remove the ignition switch and turn the key while looking up into the hole where the small arm is. if it doesn't move it is broken.
for the immediate problem just either pull the fuse for ignition or remove the breather snorkel that attaches to the throttle body and block it off with your hand.
had the same problem with a 99 dodge van. tow truck driver put the key into the ignition and tapped it a couple of times while turning the key to freed it up and start the engine. works as long as you leave the key in the ignition so i use a second key to lock/unlock the van. hope this works for you. gary
normally if you hold the gas pedal a little bit and it start that the idle air control valve that defective (iac) when that iac old and you disconnect the battery or in our case the ignition switch they take long time to reajust itself put the van in drive let it idle for 30 minute i now it long and if after its still not wright you have to change it thanks pierre