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Old 04-21-2013, 08:45 PM
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Default 1999 Dodge Caravan starting problems

I have a 1999 Dodge Caravan that is hard to start, you have to press gas pedal about 1/4 throttle to start. I hear it can be crank sensor, fuel pump, fuel filter, or broken fuel lines. It runs great after it is started. It's my daughters van and she is going to college in fall and i want to get it running in tip top shape for her. She said that she paid someone to put a fuel pump and fuel filter on, i gotta check and see for myself. I will go to autozone and borrow fuel pressure checker, what should fuel pressure be? Any other suggestions would be appreciated. The air filter is new, i am gonna put a tune-up on it all. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:11 PM
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Welcome to DF! I will move this to the correct section.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:07 AM
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Did the check engine light come on? You should need to push the gas pedal down to start the engine. Check and see if you have any stored or active codes in the van.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:57 AM
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Try giving the throttle body a good cleaning, could be plugging the bypass so you need to open the throttle to get some air intake.
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Fuel pressure should be 49 psi on a 3rd generation van - yours. I'll second the TB cleaning. Open the throttle plate and clean the area behind it. That's where the IAC orifice opens to let air bypass the throttle plate.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:18 PM
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shouldn't gas pedal NOT need to be pressed for cranking. ?
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:06 PM
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Yep, should have been a "not" in there
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Splitting a few hairs but what Tizzy1 was saying in post #4 is you are having to open the throttle to get air BECAUSE the IAC bypass orifice in the throttle body may be clogged. Didn't need the word "not".
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Thankyou, i will try that, it used to start up without touching throttle, it just started acting up. thankyou
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:01 PM
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The check engine light isnt on, i just took it for recall last week for the clock wire recall, the horn and cruise control stopped working and airbag light stayed on but all good now, im gonna try cleaning like you all said
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