I had a similar problem. This is my problem and the answer this site gave me. I havent soolved my problem yet so if any one as any ideas let me know. But maybe if we have the same problem this will help you too.
Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 131222 miles
My Dodge Grand Caravan's engine seems to choke up and die when I put it into gear from park. I can turn the key and she will turn over but as soon I take it out of park (into any position, drive, reverse, etc.) It stalls or something, the engine just cuts off. But if I put it directally into neutral with my foot on the gas to keep the RPMs up higher than idle the engine wont cut off until I let the RPMs drop again. From my limited knowledge of cars and the research i've done (including on this site) I want to say it is a fuel pump problem. However I would like a professional's opinion before I start unscrewing nuts and bolts all willy-nilly. Please advise!
If once you get it moving down the road and it runs and drives OK, it's not a fuel pump or filter problem. I would look at the idle air control (IAC). This little unit is supposed to compensate for added engine load ie. In gear, ac, headlights etc. It may just have to be removed and cleaned with regular carb cleaner.
And try what Caradiodoc said. Hold the gas down a little. If nothing else maybe it will show you if our problems a the same or not.
Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 2:58 PM