I've had this minivan since July 2009. The previous owner told me that when it would get down to a quarter tank of fuel, it would stall as if it were out of gas. With this in mind I just made sure to not let it get any lower than a half a tank, 3/8 at the lowest. Over the years I have changed the oil and filter regularly and replaced a few things. Water pump, EGR valve, MAP sensor, and ignition module. Gave it a tune-up about 14 months ago and over all it's been a pretty good vehicle for me, that is until recently.
Saturday 11/30/2013, it just quit on me on my way home, no warning. Wouldn't restart and the battery went dead pretty quick too. Towed it home, charged the battery and it started and ran like nothing ever happened. The following Monday, it crapped out again (again, no warning). Wouldn't restart because the battery went dead already. Looking rather old and worn, I replaced it with a new one and it was fine. 10 miles later it quit again, would turn over ok, but we couldn't hear the fuel pump when I had the key on, so I put a new fuel pump and screen in it. This time I only made it about 7 miles and it quit again. Tried a new fuel pressure regulator and it ran fine, for about 2-1/2 miles. Pushed it to the side of the road and traded places with 2 of the 3 relays behind the passenger side headlight, started right up and I made it for another mile before it died again. After I had it towed home (again), I replaced some fusible links that looked suspicious. Only 4 miles later and it quit again. Friday evening, I went out and started it and let it run, checking on it every few minutes while I was typing a note like this to another online website. About 15 minutes later, it quit, but started right back up and ran fine. I shut it off after a minute or so, it was getting dark by then, but come back out about 5 minutes later and it wouldn't start. The mechanic from the other website said it could be the ignition module or pickup coil, so Saturday I checked the pickup coil with my ohm meter, and it was ok, 734 ohms. Couldn't find any tests for the ignition module in my manual or online, so, out of desperation, replaced the ignition module anyway and it still wouldn't start. About a half hour after I was towed home (for the EIGHTH TIME in a week) it started right up and ran fine.
You can only imagine just how infuriating this past week has been for me, not to mention very stressful. I've been describing this ordeal to a buddy of mine over the phone, he's a certified mechanic and he's just a baffled as I am. I'd take it to him but with this being so prone to breaking down, I don't think I could make it there. (He's about 20 miles away) Every repair that I have made has been very temporary, and I am completely stressed out with this thing and on the verge of giving up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
have the same problem?
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 AT 9:10 AM