2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Stalling in reverse and first


#1

Our '03 Dodge Grand Caravan has been stalling sometimes in reverse and in first gear when starting to move. This usually only occurs if we hadn’t yet driven it that day, or if it has completely cooled.

Put it in reverse and give it a little gas to get out of the spot, turn the wheel, and it stalls… Park - Restart - Drive, and any attempt to press the gas normally probably results in stalling again. This presents a problem as I get to a stop sign and it stalls while in the middle of an intersection…so there is danger to this problem.

The only way I have found to somewhat thwart the problem is to ever so lightly feather the gas, and I mean I don’t even push it, I tap-tap-tap it. This usually results in not stalling, but a slight lunge in acceleration.

There is a check engine light on and the code is for the emissions Evap. solenoid. Does this have anything to do with it? If not, what the heck is going on?!


#2

The tank may not be venting properly. Try loosening the gas cap and see if it helps. Could be a weak fuel pump too. How are the plugs and wires? Does it idle properly?


#3

"There is a check engine light on and the code is for the emissions Evap. solenoid. Does this have anything to do with it? "

Possibly, if a failed solenoid is allowing carbon canister vapor to dump into the engine (or act like a vacuum leak), it might just cause your problem.