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DODGE CARAVAN ENGINE PROBLEM

1999 Dodge Caravan • 180,000 miles

1999 Caravan 3.3L flex fuel no codes engine idles smoothly at 1500 RPM in park, replaced IAC & TPS, removed & cleaned TB, Fuel pressure 51 PSI, vacuum appx. 20 PSI at intake manifold test port Thanks
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99Caravan
November 24, 2012.




So normal idle with foot off gas is rough?What are the symptoms?
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Saturntech9
Nov 24, 2012.
Normal idle with foot off gas, in park, the engine idle is 1500 RPM engine runs smooth no rough idle no codes now. Had code P1294 target idle not reached cleared code did not retrun. Other then the high engine idle in park no other issues. Replace IAC TPS PCM spark plugs sparkl plug wires coil pack completely clean TB

Tiny
99Caravan
Nov 24, 2012.
Have you looked for a vacuum leak yet?

Saturntech9
Nov 24, 2012.
Yes, no sounds of a large leak, no air lines unpluged - checked all air lines around engine surge solenoid and EGR also cleaned EGR unit and underneath vehicle lines leading to canister visual only no cracks or bad areas. Sprayed TB cleaner and noticed a very very slight change in RPM response on intake manifold on corner area around spark plug 6 outer edge of manifold, checked torque on bolts of manifold in that area ok - could be air leak - but at this point unless there more evidence of a leaky gasket won't change out - Is there a method to check for air leaks with auto vacuum gauge, have hand held unit Also just noticed on cold mornings now there a rough engine start for about 60 seconds RPM 700 - 900 surges RPM up and down - then engine warms up ant holds at steady 1500 RPM in park and 1000 RPM in drive

Tiny
99Caravan
Nov 24, 2012.
The best way to check for leaks is inject smoke into like the brake booster vacuum line and look for smoke leaking.A professional smoke machine is almost a 1000 for the starting price.I have seen people use cigars canned smoke etc to look for leaks. See if you can find some caned smoke

Saturntech9
Nov 25, 2012.

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