1997 Dodge Caravan Other - Engine


Question: I have a 3.0 liter engine. The service engine soon light came on and stays on after resetting. The symptoms are a slight loss of power on inclines and a loss of gas mileage ( about 60 miles per tank full) The service engine soon light blinks after speed is leveled off but only at 60 mph or above. It blinks at least 5 times sometimes more. There are no noises or sputtering only an occassional slight quiver that is hard to notice. I changed the rotor cap and plugs but while badly needed did nothing to help the problem. The air filter is clean and this has continued for 4 tanks of fuel. does anyone have a clue on what may be the trouble?


 
Technican: Hello, do you have access to a code reader or scanner? Have you checked for the diagnostic trouble code associated with this check engine light event? What is the code? How are you resetting it?
Owner: No idea about the code nothing consistant. I have not had it checked at a shop just because it runs. Starts up easily no problem. The reset would have been when we disconnected the battery and touched the terminals for 5 seconds during the replacement of the plugs and rotor cap we also replaced the battery.
Owner: Just to add when the computer was reset the light stayed off until the van was driven over 60mph and has remained on. It gives 5 blinks in rapid succession when driven over 60 not during acceleration but when leveling of the speed. Also seems sluggish during quicker acceleration as when entering a freeway.
Technican: A check engine light usually means your engine is not meeting emissions standards. We need that code to guide our thinking. Can you stop by a national auto parts chain store and have the codes read? In my area there is no charge for this service, but you may want to call ahead for information about a charge. They will not clear the code due to liability issues, but they usually will read them in the hopes to sell you parts.
Technican: Hello, any change in the status of this question? Just checking in with you,
Technican: Still need help here?

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