1999 Plymouth Voyager Hesitating

Tiny
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  • 1999 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 137,100 MILES
Sometimes when I start my car it hesitates to start. I will try it 2 to 3 times and then it will start. I just had the fuel pump and the fuel filter replaced. Can you tell me what the problem is?
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 2:48 PM

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Tiny
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Why was the pump replaced?

Was the problem present prior to the hesitation?

HAs the computer been checked for codes?
If so, what are the numbers?

What maintenence regarding performance has been performed over the last 30,000 miles?
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 5:33 PM
Tiny
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My car would not start just hesitated. So my husband said it had to be the fuel pump so we took it to a mechanic and he replaced it. No the codes have not been checked. I have a the CARMD would that pick up any codes? I've had the car for a little over a 1 1/2. We had a tune-up done when we first got it but that was it (besides oil changes).
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
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I think there is a terminology problem.

Let me go back. IT didn't start was the reason it was replaced?

Hesitation to me is that you press on the pedal and the van doesn't move as fast as expected.

Maybe both was happening?

Or maybe I didn't read carefully ;-)
I see what you meant now.
Long crank is what I mis-interpreted. Did it ever not start though?

If the fuel pump replacement did not change anything then we know that was not the problem, although it may make it more complicated if something went wrong during the replacement, such as faulty pump, wiring, etc.

I'm not familiar with the CARMD. Should check them anyways.

During the tune up, what exactly was done. See tune-up a term that has evolved over the years and it's meaning has been mis-used.

Cap, rotor, wires, plugs air induction service

A weak fuel pump would surely be a suspect for a long crank. Checking fuel pressure may have helped to confirm it. Another check is to turn the key to the on position and back off, waiting for 5 secs or so between cycles. After doing this 3-4 times, you can then try cranking and see if it starts. What happens is the fuel the is in the line may drain back into the tank. By cycling the key, it bring the fuel back to the engine before you crank it.

Might be worth pulling the plug wires off and getting a look into the spark plug holes for any oil contamination. Checking fuel pressure would help if this is fuel related.
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 6:26 PM
Tiny
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I'm sorry I guess I was using the wrong wording my car won't turn over sometimes. Before my car would not start but it sounded like it wanted to. The fuel pump was changed and now it starts but sometimes it doesn't start right off the back. As far as the tune up I think I was ripped off. I have no idea about cars so when they said they did a tune up and charged me like $150 I assumed they did the job right.
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
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What brand of fuel pump was used. The ONLY one I would use that has been reliable of the chysler products are OEM. From the dealer.

$150 really doesn't mean everthing. If you just got a set of plugs. Your right. Grab the reciept and find the mileage. Otherwise It is hard to understand the whole ripped off feeling. IT gets back to my point that the meaning of a tune up has been lost or muddied up anyways.

So look at the plugs and wires for oil contamination.
Get the codes, and check the fuel pressure. Let me know what your results are.
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 7:01 PM

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