Engine Performance problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 148000 miles
Strange happenings with the old beast yesterday. Driving down the freeway at 70, power suddenly dropped to nothing, engine still running but idling rough, no power, chuffing and missing big time. Can get forward motion, but 10 MPH and sounds awful. Let it sit at idle for a few minutes, starts running OK. Ran for another 30-40 miles fine, same thing happens again. Had it towed to a mechanic at 1:00 am. Gas tank at 1/4 full.
Once the mechanic arrived at 8:00, battery was dead (probably has NOTHING to do with the problem). No codes, replaced battery (bad cell) and test drove a bunch. Could not repeat the problem, so got back on the road. Same problem half an hour later. Waited a few minutes, started running better, so I drove the rest of the way home (300 miles!) Like a little old lady, very easy on the gas, stayed under 70, and made it home OK. Filled tank about 50 miles after the last episode. Check engine light was on, only code is a misc misfire code.
Mechanic here at home can't find a problem, suggests plugs and wires (probably not the problem, but needs it anyway).
Thanks in advance for your help! Steve in Costa Mesa.
have the same problem?
Sunday, October 10th, 2010 AT 1:46 PM