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My Caravan accelerates sluggishly, even dying out when I stop at a light, or even when I am in park, I have changed the fuel filter, plugs, pickup coil and distributor cap and rotor. It is still doing it... it seems to get better as I travel longer, so I cant seem to pinpoint it yet. It also jumps when i put in reverse. It doesn't happen all the time, only when I drive for longer than an hour.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA J.R. If your vehicle is acting this way with out storing a hard trouble code causing your check engine light to stay on, you may have a sensor such as Idle Air Control Valve or Mass Air Flow that could be failing.

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Well Hello There! I think you might have 2 situations going on. The first of course is the dying out while you are on the road. The second is the sluggish and jumping in reverse. Both of these issues need to be taken care of. I recommend you check out the askpatty.com website for a shop in your area to help you. There are so many possibilities of what can be causing the trouble. I can feel your frustration. I wish you the best of luck. Mechanically yours, Audra

Diane Larson, Owner/Manager at Larson's Service Hi JR, Few things that I might look at: Throttle Plates, Idle Control Valve, Mass Air Flow Sensor and Transmission for the Jumping in reverse. Have a Fun Day! diane

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto A common problem on Chrysler vehicles is the MAP (Manifold Absolute Pressure)sensor. Since you did not mention the year of the vehicle, it may have this sensor or a MAF(Mass Air Flow) sensor. Failure of either may cause these issues. Hope this will help. Super Girls Auto

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear JR, You may want to have the fuel pressure checked. It*s possible that you*re having trouble with your fuel pump. It may also be an injector issue. If you check fuel pressure you*ll be able to pinpoint your problem. As for the transmission, check the fluid level first. You should also check the last time your transmission fluid was changed, this could help the problem as well. If there is high mileage on the vehicle and the transmission fluid has not been changed regularly, it*s usually recommended not to change it. This can add other problems. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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