Chokes out and dies after being hot.

Tiny
RAVENTHEMYST
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  • 1995 DODGE VAN
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
I first brought my Dodge Van 2500 in because it would be hard starting in weather below 40 degrees. After much time, this so-called shop figured it was the "brain", even after changing the coil, dist. Cap and rotor and the ignition coil. The "new" problem now is that they can't figure out that when I drive the van, and the van is hot, the van chokes out and diesels out and dies at stop signs and will not start for ten minutes until "something" cools. I did not have this problem until they worked on the vehicle. They have had my van for two and half weeks! Ridiculous! They can't figure out what's wrong with it. The check engine light has come on once, but of course not now for them. The cold starting problem started last year in winter, but now that is fixed, but now it seems I have this problem. They have let me go from the shop twice and twice I have been broken down after ten minutes of driving it hot, even though I said to run the hell out of it first before they let me go to be stranded again. And again, something is wrong they can't figure out. Help! This is my work van too. Van is in good shape. This shop is ridiculous for not being able to diagnosis this after two weeks. Actually amost all December 08.
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 AT 9:05 AM

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Tiny
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First of all, has the van acted up in the presence of the mechanic? I run into that sometimes. The customer will say their vehicle is doing something wrong but it won't do it for me. Assuming it has done it for him/them, They should first check the fuel pressure when it WILL NOT START! If it's chugging and dieseling, that USUALLY means it's starving for fuel. There could also be a problem with the idle air control solenoid. What if you hold the throttle open a little while you try to start it? If the IAC solenoid is bad, it will start if you hold the throttle open some. This will also cause it to die when you come to a stop. These are a couple of things I would try while it's acting up. Hope I've helped some. Please reply with any new details or findings and I'll continue to try to get to the bottom of your problem.
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 AT 6:41 PM
Tiny
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I have tried having the throttle open and doesn't do anything, so I don't think it's the IAC solenoid, and yes, the fuel pressure was checked and is good. It has done this problem in front of the mechanic and he tried replaceing the ignition coil and that didn't work. He took it for a high speed spin, worked well, got back to the shop, and then. It died and wouldn't start for ten minutes until cool. They said it's probably the computer "brain" malfuntioning when hot. Could this be a symptom or solutuion?
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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 AT 4:19 PM
Tiny
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The computer is the last thing I would suspect. There may be a problem in the distributor. There's a hall-effect switch inside the dist. Is there spark when the van wont start? If the engine cover is already off, and the van wont start, check for spark at the coil. If there's no spark, we'll try to figure out why. Get back with me.
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Monday, January 5th, 2009 AT 5:53 PM

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