Desperate for help on this one.
The car is a Chrysler Voyager 2000. For the most part we haven’t ever had any issues with it. We have had it for about 2 years, and the only thing questionable it ever did was that it always took about 3 key turns to start the engine. Something we were able to just kind of ignore, since it started eventually, and ran great afterward.
Recently however, things have taken a turn for the worse. About a week ago I let the tank go fairly low (I swears not empty), stopped for gas, and then drove across town. No sign of the impending doom to come. Got home, parked it for about an hour, went to start it again and the engine seemed to be struggling. Backing down our driveway something seemed very off… it just didn’t seem to have any “go”. Put into drive, pushed gas… and it died. Since then, that has been the story, you give it gas it dies. While I sat there trying to get the engine running again, really laying into the pedal, the engine light came on. It also sputters softly, with little baby backfires while trying to idle. It acts like it wants gas, but you hit the pedal… and she dies! no sputter, no warning, just dead. It’s like the pedal has become an emergency kill switch.
So it will start (with some effort) it will idle (somewhat unhealthily seeming to ask for gas, slight sputtering) and IF it will accept some pressure to the gas pedal (gotta be so tender) it seems to rev, but not accelerate… any real pressure to the gas AND it dies. : (
We have been researching what we can and unfortunately it has come to a seemingly endless list of possibilities. Hubby decided he would just start throwing parts at it (absolutely can not afford numerous parts plus labor costs) because we must get it running again ASAP. This is our only family vehicle.
Thus far he has replaced all the air/vacuum hoses, the PCV (noticed it was slightly cracked) and the air filter. He also had a friend run a code check on it, while I do not have the code now, he did tell me the code was non-descript. It did not offer any specific solutions or specific part problems, only that the issue likely involves air/fuel. DUH!!
If I can get it to go as far as the AutoZone, I would like to try another code check. In the meantime, here are our best guesses at what might need to be replaced;
fuel pressure regulator (if is isn’t a part of the fuel assembly)
Does anyone have any insight, or experience with this issue? Can you steer us toward which of these things would be best to try first? Anything else that he hasn’t considered?
Please ask all the questions you need to gather info, I will be watching this posting like a hawk!! We MUST get this darn thing running as cost effectively as possible.
Thank you in advance.
~ BroomBroom (cause that’s what my stupid van needs to do)