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Sounds like the timing belt is going bad and the motor is out of time slightly. this motor is a dual overhead cam design and it is pretty tricky to change this unless you are a good mechanic.

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Q: What might cause a 1997 Dodge Caravan with a V6 engine with 96K miles to start backfiring?
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