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#1808 of 2160 Re: 2002 T&C LXi interior lighting question [tekemeee]
Feb 05, 2005 (7:13 pm)
Page 338 of my 2002 Chrysler Town & Country Owner's Manual has a diagram and written information about the Integrated Power Module (IPM) which is located in the left side of the engine compartment near the battery. This center contains fuses and relays. A label that identifies each component is printed on the inside of the cover.
It has a " CAUTION! "
.When installing the Integrated Power Module cover, it is important to ensure the cover is properly positioned and fully latched. Failure to do so may allow water to get into the IPM, and possibly result in a electrical system failure.
.When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a properly rated fuse continues to blow, it indicates a problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
The Heated Mirrors, Lower Instrument Panel Power Outlet and Removable Floor Console in in the front position are fused with self resetting fuses that are only serviceable by an authorized dealer. The power seats are fused by a 30 Amp circuit breaker located under the instrument panel near the steering column. If you experience temporary or permanent loss of these systems seek an authorized dealer for service.
#1809 of 2160 Disconnecting Battery while running vehicle
Feb 05, 2005 (9:05 pm)
Hey all, I've been looking for some thing on this subject but have not seen anything close to it, so pardon if it's a repost...
I just purchased a 1999 T/C Limited, and am quite pleased with the new car. I had it checked out prior to purchasing it and the only thing that came up on the ODBII scanner was that the battery needed to be replaced (still had original Mopar bat.).
I replaced the battery today with a new Gold Series Duralast. I was a bit worried about disconnecting the battery and running into problems with any (if any) security features that may be on the van. I still am not up to speed with what features come with the vehicle. I decided to run the van while I changed the battery, but upon disconnecting the battery the vehicle turned off.
Since the car was off now and the battery cable was disconnected, I just swapped the old bat. with the new and it started right up. I had the alternator checked and it's putting out 13.9vdc and that seems to be normal.
My question is, is there a feature that will shut the vehicle down if the battery is disconnected? I now know that it is not wise to disconnect the battery on newer cars (ok on 70's models maybe), and it could cause the peak voltage from the alternator ( up to 40v ) and cause serious damage on other electrical components.
Any wealth of knowledge on this is appreciated.
#1810 of 2160 Re: Disconnecting Battery while running vehicle [sylec]
Feb 06, 2005 (3:11 pm)
It is definetly not wise to change batteries while the engine is running period. With all the microprocessors in these new vehicles, I'm even leary on giving or receiving a jump-start. What code told you you needed a replacement battery? I agree that after 6 years you are on borrowed time, but the only thing that you would have lost is the clock and radio pre-sets.
#1811 of 2160 Re: Disconnecting Battery while running vehicle [97xpresso]
Feb 07, 2005 (8:35 am)
I can't remember what code the mechanic read, but the battery did die on my wife once. I have heard that with vehicles today will draw a small charge from the battery for use of the computer and security system. So running on an old bat. is just asking for problems.
I also found some sort of on board "key-on diagnostics". I'm not sure if this is coming from the on-board computer or what. Does anyone know about this. Here is what I did...
1. Hold down the trip and cancel buttons on the dashboard.
2. turn the key to the "ON" position (do not start).
3. the mileage will display the trip distance... press the trip button once and a code will start to flash.
My van just flashed 55. On my old Dodge Intrepid this meant it was the end of the diagnostics and no error was found.
Is this the same as the old Dodge code? I doubt it , but if anyone has the codes please post.
#1812 of 2160 Re: Disconnecting Battery while running vehicle [sylec]
Feb 07, 2005 (11:41 am)
"My question is, is there a feature that will shut the vehicle down if the battery is disconnected?"
I don't know of any car that will run with the battery disconnected. You need fuel and electricity to run it. Disconnecting the battery takes care of one. How else can you get fire to the plugs?
#1813 of 2160 Re: Disconnecting Battery while running vehicle [marine2]
Feb 07, 2005 (1:55 pm)
Well, my thought at first was that the car should have kept running and use the voltage created by the alternator. On my older cars, disconnecting the battery was no big deal. But with today's cars I just don't know what is dependent on the battery. I was a bit worried that I had a problem due to the fact that this is the first car that has ever shut off on me while I did this. With so many electronic components on this van and now knowing the risk of disconnecting the battery, I don't think I'll be doing this again.
#1814 of 2160 Re: Disconnecting Battery while running vehicle [marine2]
Feb 09, 2005 (3:47 am)
Sylec is correct. Older cars, once started, the battery could be tossed, and all electrical power would be supplied by the generator or alternator. I once had a battery explode on me, due to the lack of a battery tie-down (shorted to ground against hood). I was able to resume my trip without a battery. That was in a 1965 Chevy. With all the electronics in today's cars, the battery acts also acts as a huge capacitor to absorb voltage spikes. So many sensors, one probably to shut down vehicle if no battery is detected.
#1815 of 2160 town and country Lxi creaking and groaning
Feb 13, 2005 (11:25 am)
I recently purchased a 1998 T&C Lxi with 95000 miles. It has begun to make a creaking and groaning sound from driver side front. I am inclined to believe it is a bad spring or strut but I am not mechanically knowledgable to identify the exact source of the problem or what I should be looking/listening for to narrow it down. Any help would be appreciated. I just retired my 86 plymouth voyager with 226000 miles and hope to get at least 600000 more out the T/C.
#1816 of 2160 Re: town and country Lxi creaking and groaning [goinnowherefas]
Feb 14, 2005 (10:42 am)
I'm no big time mechanic and don't claim to be one, but I've done my share of replacing parts and dismantling my old vehicles.
First, how does the car "feel". Is it "bouncy" when going through road dips or bumps?
Two, Does it make the noise only when you go over something or when you make turns?
Three, Have you noticed a "Wobble" during turns?