1994 Dodge Caravan Engine misfire and speedometer drops

Tiny
EPGOERSS
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  • 1994 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 146,000 MILES
The van has a 3.0 liter engine. When driving, the engine will misfire and at the same time the speedometer will drop in speed. Sometimes it drops to near 0 if it continues to misfire. When I leave off the gas pedal and then reapply it will run fine and the speedometer immediately returns to the correct speed. Sometimes it will then run well for many miles, sometimes for only a few seconds. This started happening about 6 months ago once in a while and then would be fine for days or weeks. Now it is happening almost every time I drive the van. I just did a full tune up, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, fuel filter, air filter, and oxygen sensor but it didn't help. The only error codes are 12 and 55. Does the 12 mean the controller is loosing its electrical connection or is that just the starting code? The controller has been in the van for about 2 years and the battery has not been disconnected at any time since then. Any help you can give regarding this problem is appreciated.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 10:36 PM

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Tiny
ZACKMAN
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Code 12
DRB displays BATTERY DISCONNECT. Condition is: Direct battery input to Powertrain Control Module (PCM) disconnected within last 50 key-on cycles.

Code 55
DRB display will be blank. Completion of trouble code display by MIL light.

I would start by checking the battery posts and terminals. Make sure they are both free of corrosion and tight connection. Then go to your PCM (on driver side front corner of engine compartment) and make sure that the plug has tight connection and also check the ground for the PCM, as well.

I understand that the battery has nor been disconnected (on purpose), but the PCM somehow doesn't receive power from the battery intermittently.

Let me know what you find out.
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
BILLYMAC
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Code 12 just means you are in the diag mode code 55 is a pass code. So no codes are stored so the prob is going to be in an area not monitored by the ecm most likely suspect would be fuel system. Possible fuel injector malfuntioning. You really need to get it scanned this will give a history and determine which cyl are loseing power or if they all are. If a cpl are secondary ignition. If they all are fuel supply. So prob going to be the pump but without haveing these diag stats you would just have to take a chance and throw a pump at it. Good luck billymac
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 8:05 PM

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