1996 Town and Country Momentarily Cuts Out

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Dave, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Hope someone can give me some clues - this seems like a tough one.

    It's a 1996 T&C with 3.8L V6

    The engine cuts out for very short periods. Most of the time it's
    just a very quick hesitation for less than a second and the engine
    keeps going. Other times it dies. Almost always starts right up on
    the first try. This usually occurs after the engine is warm. Then
    the "events" may happen every couple minutes or so. This has been
    going on for a few weeks and seems to be getting worse. There's
    usually not a problem until the engine warms up.

    Seems to be an electrical problem. On a hunch, I rigged a light to
    the fuel pump (green/white wire) and put it where it could be seen by
    the driver. When the engine cuts out, so does the light. But I'm not
    convinced that the problem is related just to the fuel pump circuit
    because the engine cuts out at the same time as the light. Wouldn't
    there be tiny delay, and sputtering if there was just a fuel pressure

    During cut outs, the Speedometer still works.

    The check engine codes are 12 61 55. I'm guessing that the 61 (Baro
    Sensor Open or Shorted) indicates a bad MAP sensor or vacuum leak or
    something? But maybe not related to the engine quiting.

    I've fiddled with all the connections I could find, to no avail.

    An old message in this group suggested replacing that cam position
    sensor, but this didn't make any difference in the behavior.

    Any ideas??? Thanks, Dave.
    Dave, Jul 20, 2004
  2. Dave

    mic canic Guest

    your code 61 could be a clue to a shorted engine wiring harness or a
    corrioded wire.since the ground circuit for the engine sensors are shared
    on the same wire
    i would check it with a fine tooth comb and also get bcm fault codes
    tose might lend a clue to solving your issue
    mic canic, Jul 21, 2004
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