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Tom 2/12/2019

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited 6 Cyl 4.00L


Sputtering, engine light flashing

Started sputtering , engine light flashing , I made it 2 blocks from home back to my garage!!

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Teddy B

Teddy B 2/12/2019

When a Check Engine Light is Flashing,you go directly home or to a repair shop
& walk away from the vehicle & not use it, until diagnosed & repaired.

In my experience & there may be other reasons,a flashing check engine light, is usually
a Class A Cylinder Misfire & if you continue to use the vehicle,it could result in engine damage.

My guess: the spark plugs have been in the motor for years & now you have one or several
failed ignition coils, & maybe other issues to work thru.

Teddy B

Tom 2/12/2019

Thank you Teddy, I had it towed to repair shop! God Bless


Jimm 2/12/2019

First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA.
Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance.

This aspect is important; there may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

Do not skip this important first step - there are literally hundreds of possible fault codes. Avoid wasting/ throwing money at the problem.

Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
Dirty air filter (change filter)
Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

Dirty or worn spark plugs
Bad plug wires
Weak ignition coil
Wet plug wires


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