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Caravan/Voyager Starting and Stalling Problems



  • My van started doing the same thing. It will die in either drive or reverse unless I give it a few RPM's it will not go. Anyone found a fix for this yet?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152

    Please retype your post in normal mixed case letters to that the rest of us can read it and comment.

    Best regards,
  • eshanieshani Posts: 3
    The van keeps cutting out while driving normally ill turn it off and restart it an it turns over on 1 ocassion it did not turn over and i had to wait about 5-10 mins before it would do so ,also the rpm is out of control it goes up but it wont come back down,then theres this thing with the gears not cathing.
    ive been to 2 mechanics one said i need to replace fuel pump and filters also possible electric problems. the second one says i need vehicle speed sensor, cam sensor and ignition coil pack. With all these different possibilities idont know who or what to believe and really cannot afford to replace things that arent damage. If any one has an idea or any helpful information it would be gladly appreciated
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Problems like this are very difficult to diagnose via the internet. A good place to start would be to get the van to your local AutoZone and have them plug in an OBDC-II reader and capture the error codes.

    FWIW, I kind of doubt the fuel pump is an issue, but depending upon the number of miles you have on the van, the filter might be an issue.

    Regarding the electronics, oxygen sensors, cam and vehicle speed sensors do fail over time and you should be prepared to replace these as well (assuming the codes point that way). As for the coil pack, I highly doubt it is an issue either.

    Keep us posted.

    Best regards,
  • eshanieshani Posts: 3
    Thanks for responding . I went to a third mechanic today he first said it could be electrical problems then he attached a little computer looking thing once he finished he told me that its presenting transmission problems a code came up and i was told that i need to replace the computer for the transmission he also said thats the reason why the gears arent catching, the head lights are out and also why the rpm is wack,he also said that its only runing on 2 cylinders instead of 6. So heres the thing the mechanic says once the computer is replaced the van shouldnt have anyore problems, my thing is i just purchased this van 1 week ago with 96,183 miles on it apparently it seems to be a lemon,i spoke to this dealer guy and he wants me to take it to his mechanic to have it fixed and im kind of ify on the matter because i dont want to get stuck with continuos problems, so at this point dont know what to do should i let him fix it, should i trade it for another or should i get my money back and am i entitled to a refund under the new york lemon law.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    First off, I believe that the New York Lemon Law only applies to new vehicles, although I could be wrong on that one.

    Were I in your shoes, I'd take it back to whoever you bought it from and ask them to fix it. If they won't, I might be inclined to talk with a lawyer.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    Best regards,
  • I have had similar problems wiht my '9 Voyager, and finally took it to a Mennonite electric motor place who told me I needed a new power train computer, which I ordered. i am expecting to get it back from them today, so if you can hold on a day or so, I can let you know how that works for me. I found a place that sells these more reasonably than the dealership. They were very helpful, lifetime warranty:
    Hold tight if you can.
  • My mechanics say that they part I bought did not fix the problem
  • I have a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE. I turn it over and it starts then immediately shuts off. After the 4th or 5th time when I turn the key it does nothing! The idiot lights come on but nothing else happens when I turn the key, no clicking, no nothing!! The dealership that I have service done at started pulling sensors and found that the circuit board for the instrument cluster was shorting out so they changed it ($676 later!!!) But now my alarm goes of all by itself randomly???!!! Can you help? Any theories, suggestions, etc?? Thank you!! bbdoll62
  • Our van has been misfiring and stalling for the last 2 months. We have hooked it up to the computer 3 times with no codes, even though the check engine light is on. We have replaced plugs and wires and coil pack with no improvement. It runs better on hot days with the air conditioner on. Runs well as long as you are giving it gas, when you slow down or stop it sputters and sometimes dies. Restarts fine. We have the gas tank out and the fuel filter is out but there doesn't appear to be anything wrong that we can see. Any suggestions on where to go next?
  • eshanieshani Posts: 3
    Does any one have an idea how much it cost to fix an electrical problem . I took the van to the mechanic to replace the computer turns out he wasnt able to fix it said it started to smoke and that it has serious electrical problems when i asked him about fixing it he said he does not do electrical problems. Back to square one . Lemon law does not cover electrical problems ,any suggestions will be greatly appreciated
  • parncparnc Posts: 2
    Please help! Followed the instructions on the manual for what to do when the steering wheel is locked. The steering wheel will not move at all when the ignition key is inserted - the key won't even turn, it's as if it's locked. Tried changing the tilt steering column but still not luck. Replaced new batteries 2-months ago. I can turn my headlights on and the interior lights too when the ignition key is in.
  • Hi everyone, have a problem that I hope someone can help with. I have a 2000 Grand Voyager with 109k. When putting the van into drive it dies. It starts right back up, no hesitation or engine issues. When you put it into reverse it backs up just fine, but every time you put it into drive it dies. At one point I was able to limp forward about two blocks. Since it happened late at night, and of course away from home I had no choice but to have it towed home. Transmission was rebuilt @ 72K and I had the transmission fluid changed at 100k. Any info will be appreciated.
  • Hello all, I am new to the forum and I hope I can recieve some valuable info from this site. I have a 2000 Grand Caravan Sport. It has the 3.3L V-6. For aprox. the last month or so it has been having cold start issues. It cranks over for at least 3-5 seconds before it will fire up. When it does fire up it seems to run fine. After the engine is warm it will fire up every time right away. I've had the fuel pump pressure checked, changed the spark plugs and had the coil pack checked out for proper spark. Still having problems. Does anybody have a clue what it could be? Your help possibly may save a marriage. (lol) Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Do you wait for a couple seconds after turning the key to the "on" position? That will give the van time for the fuel system to fully pressurize. My '98 DGC will take a few cranks to start when very cold, especially if I fail to plug in the engine block/oil pan/transmission heaters for a couple hours prior, if I do not let the fuel system prime.
  • Thanks for replying . Yes, I do wait to start after turning the key to the on position. I started waiting to start when it began to turn over longer than I thought it should.
  • my husband has put a new computer, crank shaft/ cam sensor ,new coil pack , plugschanged feul filter feul pump every time he does something it runs fine for about three days then it starts stalling again ,anyone got any more ideas to make this car stay running! any info : would be helpful
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