Unveiled at the 2000 North American International Auto Show on January 10, 2000, the redesigned 2001 Dodge Caravan and 2001 Chrysler Town & Country were released for sale in August 2000.

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Why does the Caravan shut down intermittently?

Hello, my car Dodge Carvan SE 2001, off after driving several miles, after waiting for 15 minutes I can turn it back on. The temperature gauge reaches the half.

DANIEL RAMIREZ

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It's hard to tell what is happening by your description. Are you saying your car can drive for a couple miles then it shuts off? The temperature gauge is only reaching the half way mark? How old is the car and how many miles on it? Any recent work done on it? The information you give us the more we can help.

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We have a 2006 dodge caravan that has 230,000 miles on it and it has started doing this too. We hesitate to even drive it. We don’t want to buy another vehicle. What do we need to do to keep it running?

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I have a 2005 with 203K miles. We've given it TLC but this morning, right after I filled it with gas, I drove about a block and turned into a parking lot and it just died. I couldn't turn the wheel even. I shut it off and it did restart as if nothing happened. When I returned from my errands, it started fine. My college-aged son was hoping to use this van for his summer car to commute to work, but he'll be traveling at high speeds on a highway, so can't image having it die suddenly in this scenario. I'd like to fix this issue if it makes sense just to get through the summer as we are cash-strapped right now and don't want to purchase another used vehicle. Thoughts? Thank you!

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I hope someone reads this. 2005 Caravan, 155k miles. It's been running rough of late, stalling with idling and idling like it has a cough. I replaced one of the fuel injectors a week ago. Yesterday, while driving, it suddenly shut down, just shut down in mid-flight. I had filled up the tank and then put some injector cleaner in to hopefully cure the coughing at idling. Five miles later it just stalled and there was no way to get it started again. It was a $95 tow job. Any ideas? I do not want to cough up thousands for another car.

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Walter, my van had this problem and then stopped. I wish I could say why it stopped...but it was doing it during very hot weather and after I filled the very empty tank with gas. After I drove a block it would die while I was moving. I would put it in park, shut if off and restart it. Your incident sounds slightly different because it didn't restart. We did find a loose spark plug wire, and my son fixed that and replaced the fuel injector. Right now the weather is cooler and many other smaller issues have been fixed since. My van now has 214,000 (it had 205K when this problem occurred) and I have the luxury of a husband + son who are willing/able to fix most things. Basically I'm saying that your current issue should not be a life-ending or expensive problem for your van. Wishing you luck.

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Daniel,

Although it is difficult to tell what is happening by your description, I think I have a solution, or at least a place to start looking for a real answer.

I think your problem may be vapor lock. This occurs in aircraft more often because of altitude changes. If the temp gauge reaches half (on the gauge) that would indicate a normal operating temperature for most vehicles. A quick look at the instrument cluster will show most needles in the straight up position. This is by design so that when you see one needle pointing one way or another, you know there is an abnormal situation with just a glance.

If you are operating at the normal temperature, this may mean that one of your fuel lines, or fuel rails is being heated abnormally in the engine compartment. Perhaps a fuel line bracket is missing or broken causing a line to lay on a hot engine component such as the exhaust manifold or an oil line or a header or the engine block. You might also try wrapping your fuel lines in a heat reflective tape. Another suggestion is to fashion a heat shield under the carburetor.

However, you may have a different fuel delivery problem, such as debris in the tank, restriction in the fuel line or fuel filter, or tank pickup.

Here is an interesting article about vapor lock and it's prevention.

One more article on prevention.

I would be interested to know if any of this works.

Frank

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Have an 03 caravan that I replaced fuel pump on just a few days ago .. it ran fine for two days then did the same thing . So I thought maybe new pump was bad and replaced again . Van ran for two days again then died .. starving for fuelseems like . I am broke down and in parking lot now .. if I turn key all the way to off then try to start it will hit ..sometimes even start button at idle speed only .. if I can get to throttle cable before it dies I can get it to take gas . But it will not stay running .. my wife passed away just two day ago and do npt have anyone to help with funeral without van can this van be vapor locking and if so how can I fix it ?

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I have the same problem before and I change to many parts , the last part I change is fuel pum and I no have problem anymore.

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i have a 2003, and my folks have a 2005 both with v6 engines. I have had similar problems with both and it ended up being the crank position sensor both times

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I have a 2001 dodge grand caravan automatic 3.3L engine., He began to fail. the engine suddenly goes out, to go running by reducing the speed, high do. As the current is cut, sometimes the boot into neutral again operating the key, in others not start and had to stop, put on parking and turn the key and immediately ignited. According to power the Czech failure was the petrol pump but do not keep well, following the same fault, until the day before yesterday I parked for about half an hour and trying to turn it off two otres sometimes killing each other and then we would not only estarea. They changed the crankshaft sensor and nothing

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