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1997 Dodge Caravan Base 3dr 113 WB

1997 Dodge Caravan
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Front Wheel Drive, 3 Door, 2WD Special Purpose
20 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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January 15, 2013, 3:41 pm

Tim P
 

Question: why wont my van stay running?

I have a 2001 dodge grand caravan sport with a 3.3l V6. When i went to have emissions done, it came up with evap leak. I checked all hoses and found a hole in the line that feeds into the purge solenoid. I replaced the hose. When i started the vehicle it was pouring white smoke from the exhaust. Now it starts, but shuts off immeadiately. When i start it and hold the accelorator the engine surge's. I only replaced one hose to complete the evap system. What do i do?


January 23, 2013, 1:43 pm

Elizabeth K
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The evap system shouldn't effect the engine that dramatically. It is more likely that a hose got knocked off, or something got unplugged, while you were working on it. A good first step would be to look for vacuum leaks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CPqbaSgcok


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