1990 Dodge Caravan WILL NOT IDLE

Tiny
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  • 1990 DODGE CARAVAN
Engine Mechanical problem
1990 Dodge Caravan 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 234, 0+ miles

MY VAN WILL START BUT I HAVE TO FETHER THE GAS JUST TO KEEP IT RUNNING. BUT IT STILL WONT GET ENUFF POWER TO PUT IT IN GEAR AND GO. THIS IS MY ONLY CAR AND IM A SINGLE MOM WHO NEEDS HELP. MAYBE SOMEONE CAR TALK ME THROUGH POSSIBLE REPAIR.I AM MECANICALLY INCLINED. PLEASE HELP! THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. JANA
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 6:09 PM

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Tiny
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Could be fuel sensor. Are you up to date with tune ups? You do have a lot of miles. Donate a few bucks and a pro will help.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 6:29 PM
Tiny
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I HAVE KEPT UP ON MAINTANCE AND THERE IS CLOSE TO 235K MILES ON IT. IS IT EASY TO FIND AND REPAIR? CAN IT BE TESTED TO C IF IT'S BAD. LIKE A STARTER OR ALTENATOR?
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 6:35 PM
Tiny
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Still do not know that to be the problem. If it were, ou should still be able to floor the gas and get some RPMs. A few other things to check while you wit for the pros. Clogged fuel filter (can remove and spray out with WD40 to see if it improves) vacuum leak at intake manifold, plenum, or vacuum hoses. Did the car start to loose power before this happened, or is this all of a sudden
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 8:33 PM
Tiny
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I HAVE CHANGED FUEL FILTER, PLUGS AND WIRES, AND DISTRUBETER CAP. BEFORE THIS IT WOULD IDLE HIGH FROM TIME TO TIME AND SEEMED TO DISAPATE ONCE A PRESSED THE CLUTCH IN. IT ALSO HAPPENED WHEN GAS WAS GETTIN LOW. WHICH DOESNT MAKE SINCE TO ME.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 8:55 PM
Tiny
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I am truly sorry, but with the high mlage and numerous possibilties you may have to wait for the pros. I am scared it could be a timing issue and perhaps your timing chain. What I know about idle lopping (which once again it may be a sensor and not a component) is it could be a number of things. Leaking head gasket, clogged air filter, ignition system, throttel control sensor, leaking EGR valve or vacuum leaks. If you did donate for this question you should get a responce soon.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 9:05 PM

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