View Full Version : 2004 Dodge Sprinter abrupt engine shutdown

01-29-2014, 02:10 AM
We have a 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Van 5 Cylinder Mercedes Turbo Diesel. Just recently, at 68,400 miles, the engine stopped abruptly (on the freeway) and various instrument panel lights turned on. When we tried to start the van again, the instrument panel lights turned on again, and there was a humming coming from under the hood. After letting the van sit for awhile, it started normally, but the engine control unit light remained on. We took it in to a nearby Dodge dealer and the mechanic recommended replacing the fuel filter. We had the fuel filter replaced.

The engine has not stopped abruptly anymore, however, when we try to start the van immediately after shutting it down, sometimes it will not start. Instrument panel lights light up, and there is a humming coming from under the hood again. After letting the van sit for awhile longer, the van starts normally.

Previously, at 34,150 miles, the engine control unit light went on when the engine was started and stayed on for about 250 miles. The van drove normally during this time. The same thing happened at 59,100 miles and the light stayed on for about 250 miles again.

Did we need the fuel filter replaced? Does anyone know what is going on?

01-29-2014, 02:33 AM
Try replacing the fuel filter. It can lower the pressure to the injectors and cause the engine to shut down. Happened to me

01-29-2014, 02:34 AM
Your codes are probally "low fuel rail pressure"

01-29-2014, 02:38 AM
What was the code?
Based on description it can be fuel filter or tire pressure

01-29-2014, 02:48 AM
Does the van turn over (no start) on the times you hear the humming, or does the key just "click" and the engine doesn't turn over?

No engine crank + auxillary engine cooling fan running when trying to start = bad connections on steering column fuse panel or loose/bad ECU relay on that same panel.