1988 Dodge Caravan engine idles up and down

Tiny
FLEAANDSUGAR
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  • 1988 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 280,000 MILES
Engine revs up then goes down. It drops so low that the engine dies unless you step on the gas pedal
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Friday, May 23rd, 2008 AT 2:05 PM

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Tiny
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Is the check engine light on? If yes, turn the key from off to on three times then leave it in on position on the fourth time, then count the flasshes.22 would flash as 2 blinks, then a short puase, then 2 more blinks. If several codes are stored, the pause is longer between codes, code 55 will be the last code. Do this and post all codes found. You may have a vacuum leak, get a can of spray gumout, spray the vac lines and maniflod area, when the idle changes, youve found the leak! You want the engine running and spray on the outside but do direct the stream onto the hoses, if it is a vacuum leak, the engine idle will change speed, then you have detected a leak, repair the vacuum leak and see how it runs! The other thing that it could be, and may not set a code, is the idle air control, it's bolted to the throttlebody.
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Friday, May 23rd, 2008 AT 2:10 PM

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