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#1977 of 2160 Re: 2001 Town & Country nightmare [lecor]
Nov 28, 2005 (8:44 am)
This same thing happened to my husband this weekend. The yellow engine light when on only gave him about 5 minutes to get off the the road and just died right there in the middle of the road,then he lifted the hood and smoke was coming out of the area where he thinks you put transmission fluid. What did they find out was wrong with yours,ours is in the shop now and we are waiting to hear from them,it only has 45,000 miles on it,we have the regular maintanence on it. I also keep having problems with the power steering fluid being low making the power steering grind,no evidence of it burning or seeing it anywhere outside the car but when I add more fluid the problem goes away. Im sure these are two seperate problems. We are outside our warranty by 9,000 miles and its a lease we were getting ready to purchase it but now I dont know,I really dont know what to do,I am not made of money and I need a car. I have been using the morning to read up on these Chryslers and its not a pretty story,I am amazed to see all the recalls on my car and not once ever a notice received. Im really scared to drive it now once its fixed. Any help appreciated.
#1978 of 2160 Re: water leak? [kvy107]
Nov 30, 2005 (5:09 am)
Those are probably weep holes at those locations to prevent standing water, should exhaust not heat up (short trip) Most DCX mini vans exhaust systems (stainless steel) out last the life of the van even when 10-15 years old.
#1979 of 2160 Re: water leak? [kvy107]
Nov 30, 2005 (9:08 am)
Water is one of the major products of combustion. When it is cold out and you don't run the car long, this water condenses in the exhaust system because the pipes are cold. There are built in weep holes to drain this moisture out. Sometimes it will come running out the end of the exhaust as well when the engine and exhaust pipes are still cold. Nothing to worry about. Same goes for the white clouds of vapor you get out of your exhaust when the weather is very cold, just harmless water vapor.
#1980 of 2160 Re: water leak? [badgerfan]
Nov 30, 2005 (10:17 am)
Thanks for your help and your time to answer me. So even when it is mild outside (50s/60s) for a day or two, it will still drain. Should I throw dry gas into the tank for the water or just leave it well enough alone.
#1981 of 2160 Just bought used 1996 T/C LX....HAVING ISSUES..
Dec 01, 2005 (8:22 am)
Hello, thought I could give this a shot. I just bought a used 96 T/C LX. It has 70,000 miles on it, and seems to run pretty well. Well, for starters, windshield wipers dont work properly all the time, supposedly the dealer fixed them AND our heating problem. Well the heating problem just reverts to how it used to work, IT ONLY WORKS ON HIGH, thats it. It makes sounds when i turn it to the other settings, like it wants to work, but nothing comes out. So yes at least the heat works, but only on high, I cant figure it out, and i dont want to take it back to them just for them to rig it up again. I d just rather pay for it to get done and done right. Any ideas to what may be the problem with my heating let me know, anything would be helpful.
Thanks so much
Clueless in Ohio
#1982 of 2160 Re: water leak? [kvy107]
Dec 01, 2005 (9:46 am)
The water is a product of combustion and is not in the gas initially or if it is, it better be in very low concentrations or you will have other problems.
Gasolene is mostly carbon and hydrogen molecules. The two main products of combustion are CO2 and H2O which is of course-water! So the water you are getting in your tailpipe is coming from the burning of gasolene in your engine.
#1983 of 2160 Re: Just bought used 1996 T/C LX....HAVING ISSUES.. [carclueless2]
Dec 01, 2005 (9:56 am)
There are a set of resistors that are switched into the fan circuit that control the blower speed. It appears these resistors are shot. I don't know where they are mounted, but probably on a circuit board near the blower or somewhere else in the dash. Maybe someone else will chime in here and can give you details as to where they are.
As far as your malfunctioning wipers, this was a common issue with that era DC minivans and is I believe related to the multifunction switch in your steering column. Any good mechanic familiar with DC minivans should have seen this before and can fix it.
Dec 02, 2005 (8:49 am)
Thank you for responding. Ya know, thats what the dealer said it was, and it worked for about a week, sort of, it still sounded like it was struggling, but it did work at different speeds, and then it just stopped again, indefinately working on anything but high.
I wanna know how they rigged it up to work for the time being(meaning for 1 week). I just want to make sure it doesnt happen to me again. The wipers worked after they fixed them, but on a rare occasion when you turn them off, they just stop in the middle of the window and do not go to their resting position. Anyway, wipers are the least of my problems, Im way more concerned about the heat, being that its like the arctic outside. Do you think I can fix it myself or is it too labor intensive?? Anyway, thank you for your help, I really had no where to even start from. Thanks again!!
A little less clueless in Ohio:)
#1985 of 2160 Re: Where to Get The Service Manual For Our 01 DGC?
Dec 02, 2005 (3:59 pm)
Anybody know any place else that I can obtain the service manual? Daimlerchrysler want's $107 and I think this is way to much.