1998 Dodge Caravan stalling

Tiny
TOM AB
  • MEMBER
  • 1998 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 12,365 MILES
Car stalls frequently after startup and when stopping
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 AT 7:59 AM

11 Replies

Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
Has the check engine light come on? Have you checked for vacuum leaks?

Let me know.
Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, June 4th, 2010 AT 1:05 PM
Tiny
RUSTYFORD
  • MEMBER
Vacum leaks was checked first. Yes engine light constant always misfires. Is there a easy way to check timing belt?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
If the vehicle runs good other than this problem, the timing is good. THe random misfire makes me question other things such as the crank sensor or fuel pressure. Have those things been checked?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 AT 9:47 PM
Tiny
RUSTYFORD
  • MEMBER
Oh heck no. It runs sluggish. With occasional backfire.I just purchased new belts, they are visibly worn, (cracked)If I remeber correctly, I beleive the tensioner pulley was changed last year. The smoke is blue, but seams to smoke less after oil change. Thanks Joe. Will post after belt change.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 11:00 AM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
After the belts, consider doing a compression test to make sure it is good. If it is running slugish all the time, I suggest checking the catalytic converter. It could be partially plugged if you have been burning oil. Too much back pressure can cause these symptoms.

As far as the timing belt, you will need to remove the cover to check it. Also, based on which V6 you have, you may have a timing chain.

Let me know. Also, bad valve seals will produce blue smoke, but clean up after driving for some time unless the guides are really bad too.

Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 11:05 PM
Tiny
RUSTYFORD
  • MEMBER
Hi Joe: It looks like some how I got mixed up with the guy who has the stalling problem? I'm the guy with mis fire. No matter, we both may have the same problem. Anyway.I changed belts & also splurged on a new tensioner. At first, on the first run. Ran great. Wasn't sluggesh. Second run 2 hrs. Later, same thing. You may have something. With the cat.I replaced the upsteam o2 a couple months ago. It tripped a code all winter.I just erased & ran fine. The only doubt I might have about the cat. Theory is the second downstream o2. It should of fouled up by now, no? Rusty Ford
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, June 7th, 2010 AT 6:29 AM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
One would think so, however, the upstream is exposed to more heat and backpressure. Try disconnecting the converter to see if it runs better.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, June 7th, 2010 AT 7:33 AM
Tiny
RUSTYFORD
  • MEMBER
Unbeleivable.I guess I should of listened to the first trouble code. Misfire cyl.#4 Turns out #4 terminal on the cap corroded, arked and cracked the cap. Very small crack I never seen the first time I checked. That one crack caused mayhem. Duh. Will no better next time. Thanks for the tips. Oh ya. One last question. Since I purchased a new tensioner. It doesn't have a guide on the outer edge to stop from slipping off like my old one. Is it possible to un bolt the pulley on my old one & bolt the guide on my new one?That is all that Goodyear kit is right?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, June 7th, 2010 AT 7:22 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
That is good news. It was just a pain to find it. Regardless, I'm glad you found it.

As far as the pulley, if you are refering to the small flange on the end of the pulley, you don't need it. The new one will be fine. The belt won't come off.

Let us know if you have questions in the future.
Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 AT 1:32 PM
Tiny
RUSTYFORD
  • MEMBER
Hey Joe:
Yes, the flange. Well obviously it unbolts, because you can change just the pulley.I'm kinda kickin myself now, because the new tensioner already looks misaligned. The old one wasn't.I could hear the bearing was shot, but it still looked straight.I don't understand.I paid 120 for that tensioner& they have a little note inside the box suggesting to buy the extra kit. Talk about a money grab. Shame on chrysler.I think I may as well leave it for now. Besides just getting at it was a royal pain.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
They are a pain. I can't believe it cost that much. Did you get it from a dealer? I don't know where you live, but I'm in PA. Around here they are in the area of 60.00.

WHat part of it looks missaligned? Also, if you could hear the bearing going bad in the old one, it would have eventually frozen up on you and cost you a belt and maybe a tow based on where you were. It's better that you replaced it.

Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 AT 8:55 PM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Recommended Guides