2000 Plymouth Voyager Doesn't start/shuts off on its own

Tiny
MRS. ALVERSON
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  • 2000 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER
Engine Performance problem
2000 Plymouth Voyager 6 cyl Automatic 137000 miles

Please forgive my descriptions, I am a computer person, not a car person.
I just purchased this van from a used dealership not even 5 days ago. It seemed to be running fine. Yesterday morning, the engine stopped while I was making a u-turn. I was able to put the van in park and start it up again. That afternoon, however, I noticed a sharp hissing noise, almost like a tea kettle ready to boil over. Thinking it was my engine coolant, I went ahead and filled it up (it was nearly empty) after the van had sat for about 2 hours, just to make sure it was cold. The van started up fine, but in the course of a 2 minute drive from my in-laws to my house (it's not even 3 blocks) the van "shut down" on me 3 times, most noticeably when I was taking a corner. No lights cut off, my AC and radio didn't skip a beat, but the engine treated itself like I had pulled the key from the ignition. Each time I had to put the van in park, give it a minute and attempt to start it up. Each of these three times however, I had to really hold down the ignition a while (maybe close to 15-30 seconds, sometimes I had to stop and try again) to get the van to turn over. I can hear the starter whine and try really harder, it almost sounded like if the car wasn't getting any gas. I have a 3/4 full tank, and I believe my van was suppose to have a fuel injection system? When we (finally) got it home, we got out and noticed the hissing noise was louder than ever. Since the car was in park, the engine ran fine for a few minutes. It almost seems that the clear issue is:
Hissing noise
Very difficult to turn on
Engine shuts down whenever a turn is made (regardless of direction)
Can you advise me what I need to do?
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 AT 5:59 AM

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Tiny
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Ok lets address one problem at a time. First is why is it hissing. What hose is bad and has a hole in it, or is the water pump bad. How much anti freeze is in it now. If it was near empty it went somewhere and where did go?
Now on the start problem it may be a fuel pump or fuel filter do you have any records as to any recent maintance? Let me know what you know and we will go from there ok. Have a Great Thanksgiving ok.
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
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A friend checked and the hissing was coming from the radiator?
He replaced a thermostat and it seem OK for a little bit, but when the car was parked it like all the coolant rushed out of it.
I put over two gallons of coolant in it today alone, and the guy who replaced the thermostat filled the reserved with water. I don't know how to check to see where it was leaking from.
The used dealership did not give me any maintenance paperwork.
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 AT 5:54 PM
Tiny
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Ok so if it is leaking from the radiator then you need to replace it and do both upper and lower hoses and clamps with it. If a vehicle gets hot and it will not run right and can if it gets hot enough blow the engine so this must be adressed and fixed ok. If you can do a pressure test on the radiator with a radiator pressure tester or have a know good shop do it for you and verify the radiator leaking ok. Lets get this fixed first then we will address the other problem.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 10:01 AM

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