2001 Ford Grand Caravan Minivan. Car was starting in the morning but if I stopped driving after ~5 min it would be hard to start again. Engine turns over but it idles for a second then sputters out. Or won’t fully turn over. But it always eventually started.
Now it’s happening all the time (except for the 1st time I start it in the a.m.). It sounds like it’s going to turn over but won’t. Sometimes it will start and then peter out or when I put it in drive it stalls out.
I got stuck yesterday and came back to it a few hours later and it started. Now it seems to stall if I just let it idle. I had to ride the brake to get it home, having to press the brake and the gas at the same time during red lights so it wouldn’t stall. As long as it’s reved up it won’t stall out.
It does have a problem I’ve been trying to fix, a leak in a metal pipe near the front. It leaks coolant/water so I have been putting water in each time I drive. But it still unavoidably has gotten hot a bunch of times. It did stall out because of heat, I know that may have caused problems. I tried to JB Weld the hole but it didn’t work, going to try again. But now it’s stalling so much I can’t even get it up on my ramps.
It has had very low gas levels lately because I’m budgeting. But before I got stuck yesterday I gassed it up with $6. Stalled at gas station, started then stalled at supermarket and would not start until a few hours later. So I wasn’t out of gas.
Thanks for any suggestions!