2001 Dodge Caravan I left the ignition switch turned on! He

Tiny
TAMBAM
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2001 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Automatic

I left the ignition switch on (not on accessary) but the car was not running. It was on for about four hours and now the van smells like it is burning gas and acts like it wants to die. Then it does die! The check engine light is on and the battery light is on now what do I do. Is something wrong. Did I ruin the van? Please someone help. My husband thinks I ruined our new van which we just purchased in june!
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 1:10 AM

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Tiny
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Does the car run or not run? It is possible; however, unlikely that you burned up the fuel pump (this is by total accident of course since once pressure builds the fuel pump cuts off). If the engine starts and runs then the fuel pump is not of concern. (You can confirm this by observing the low hum of the fuel pump when the ignition is in the ON position). Now burning gas smells usually come from a very rich running engine (totally seperate issue) except if you have a leak onto the exhaust manifolds. Make sure you do not have a fuel leak at the fuel injector O rings, quick connect fittings or pressure regulator.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 1:38 AM
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The van does start yet it stays running for a few seconds sometimes minutes and then dies. We disconnected the battery and left it off all night when my husband gets back he is going to reconnect it we thought that it could be the computer going crazy too. I dont know whats going on. Please help!
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 8:48 AM
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Does the car sputter and stall or does it completly shut off? Is the battery dead after running it? If so then test your alternator.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 10:52 PM
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We have checked the alternator and replaced the battery with a new one. We tested the check engine light for codes and found 5 different ones yet sometimes one will be on there then the next time not. It is acting really funny. It does spit and sputter and then die. We had someone tell us that they thought it was the ECM. What do you think?
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 AT 9:55 AM

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