After rain, sputters for a couple of minutes, sometimes light on.
Like subject, 2005 caravan 3.3l, if it rains the night before, van sputters and chugs for first five minutes of driving, then it is fine, sometimes, not always, the engine light is on. if van is running and it rains, there is no issue, only when wet AND cold it seems there is sputtering. surely something to do with ignition, plugs and wires? i called dodge and there is no dist cap on that model. should i spend 200$ on MY whim and replace plugs and wires? if so, to reduce cost, how do i replace the plugs at the back? lol. thx
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well when it rains really bad and water gets under your hood either it goes in your oil and you have to replace it or it gets in your air filter and in your engine to get the water out pull all the spark plugs and crank it untill there is no more water coming out then put the plugs back and dont forgot to change your air filter
Hi, I happen to own a van too with the same problem except that I know what my problem is. I can tell you that you have a leak somewhere where the wiring to your lights is getting exposed and wet and the sooner you find the leak, the better. If you let it go too long, something is eventually going to short out and leave you with bigger problems and hopefully it won't be the ECM. So I suggest you turn the garden hose on and give your car a good wetting and follow the wiring from the headlights, all the way back to the harness/firewall. Im sure youll find exposed wires that are wet. Good luck
I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM BUT WITH AN ASTRO VAN. THE PROBLEM WAS WATER WAS GETTING INTO THE FUEL PUMP CONNECTOR UNDERNEATH THE VAN, NEXT TO THE FUEL TANK.THIS WAS CAUSING A SHORT, NOT BAD ENOUGH TO BLOW THE FUSE, BUT ENOUGH TO CAUSE THE PUMP TO SHUT DOWN. BEST WAY TO DUPLICATE THE PROBLEM IS TO FIND THE CONNECTOR AND SPRAY IT WITH WATER WHILE THE VAN IS RUNNING. ALSO DO A WIGGLE TEST, THIS IS DONE BY GRABBING THE HARNESS TO THE PUMP AND MOVING IT AROUND, IF YOU HAVE A LOOSE CONNECTOR OR A BAD WIRE THE VAN SHOULD SHUT OFF.
Sounds like the seal around the windshield is letting the water in the van. You may need to replace the seal around the windshield. Take the van to a windshield replacement center and have it inspected for leaks. Hope this will help you.
No not at all. The problem may be with the anti-theft system. Sometimes in older cars, especially Dodges', the theft system starts to act up even though you put the key in the ignition. You may want to have it checked out at the dealership, shouldn't cost that much just to have it looked at.
on the floor of your Van, you have drain plugs. One of these could have come loose, or is in need of repair. If you can look under your van in these areas you may find a round rubber plug. Check them and make sure they are tight. This may help.
What you have here sounds like problems that are coincidental, but unrelated. It's hard to say without knowing the engine size (3.3V6??), but the oil light on right hand turns might be an oil pump problem, but I would be more apt to say that your oil level was low, so do check it & add regularly. The rain sputtering could be a bad distributer cap, or even in rare cases, an egr valve, which might explain the engine light...I assume the sputtering only lasts until it warms up. Having worked for Dodge for some time, I can say that these are uncommon problems for a van so new, unless it's a high mileage, or poorly maintained vehicle... Very peculiar. Normally they are very reliable (I drive one myself). Take care & good luck