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Dodge Caravan Stalling or Low Engine Idle Speed Due to Dirty Throttle Body

Dodge Caravan Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6, 3.8L V6

Average Mileage: 162,600 mi (115,000 mi - 247,000 mi)


A dirty throttle body may cause low engine idle speed or frequent stalling, as oily residue blocks air flow in the throttle when the throttle is closed. Throttle body cleaning may be necessary to correct this condition. Our technicians caution against spraying cleaner directly onto the throttle body as this may damage the throttle position sensor (TPS).

  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 155,000 mi

    Problem only happens after van is warmed up. Low engine idle causing oil light to flash or stay on, also get the dinging warning bell. This stops once I accelerate. Was told to try changing the Throttle Positioning Sensor. Haven't tried yet.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 117,000 mi

    Stalling at low speed or idle. Was told dirty throttle body.

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 179,000 mi

    Same problem and haven't been able to remedy it as of yet

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 115,000 mi

    I have described this problem to my mechanic but he couldn't duplicate the problem so it not fixed. When it stalls or starts to stall the oil lamp comes on.

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