WHY DO I LOSE ACCELERATION?...

  • Tiny
  • StickyBeets
  • 1997 Dodge Caravan
  • 235,000 miles

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan.235,000+ miles. Starts perfectly. After being parked for a few hours, I can just tap the accelerator and it'll take off like a bullet. Then maybe after the next or second stop at an intersection, when I tap the accelerator, it has lost that acceleration. It'll move, but slow and not with the quickness.I press the accelerator more as to give it the gas to move a little faster. My concern is the lost zip. Had catalytic converter, muffler, belts, head gaskets, etc. Replaced to the tune of $2800 already. Problem still exist.I'm afraid to move out from a stop into traffic as I enter into the expressway. What could be the cause.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 AT 11:17 AM

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  • Tiny
  • hmac300
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Check your fuel pressure it could also be a timing belt that's slipping.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 AT 1:19 PM
  • Tiny
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I failed to mention after I sent the question that when I tap the accelerator as it takes off slow, that as I continue to depress the accelerator, the transmission wont shift until it gets to or near 40mph.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 AT 2:06 PM
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Then have the trans looked at it may be a trans problem especially with your mileage.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 AT 2:18 PM

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