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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#1340 of 4276 Dodge Grand Caravan
Jun 20, 2002 (3:46 am)
I live in hot and humid South Florida. Since the purchase of my 1998 Grand Caravan SE, I have replaced 3, three!!!, A/C evaporators, at least one per year. So far, Chrysler has honored warranty replacements. It all starts with a moldy smell, apparent when turning the A/C on. Then the under dash hissing occurs, noticeable when stopped, say at intersections. Then within days, no A/C. I have been told that it is a design defect and that the A/C was never intended for constant use as it is here in this part of the USA. Really?
Jun 20, 2002 (8:11 am)
hummm, my dad has a 96 town and country and it has never had any a/c problems whatsoever...and it gets used very frequently.
sounds to me like your system has some sort of leak that hasn't been found. 3 evaps in 3 years is unheard of...either that or you must be one unlucky sole!
#1342 of 4276 Heater Problem Advise?
Jun 20, 2002 (6:54 pm)
I had the same problem with my 1999 Intrepid. I live in Delaware. The dealer diagnoised the problem and fixed it under warranty. The problem has something to do with you remote keyless entry device. The device needs to be recalibrated because its signal effects the electronics built into the vehicles climate control system. Kind of like buying a garage door opener from sears and after installing it you find that your remote opens both your garage door as well as your neighboors but in no particular order. I'm not a mechanic but thats how the dealer explained it. Hope it works for you.
#1343 of 4276 Transmission
Jun 24, 2002 (7:45 am)
My 1999 grand sport with only 38000 has been in twice for transmission work, speed sensor was one and a adjustment?? was on the second. I am patiently waiting for the tranny to decide to just give up all together. I have read many a complain of dodge transmission problems but have yet to read any resolutions by dodge to fix the problem
#1344 of 4276 Re Transmission
Jun 24, 2002 (12:24 pm)
My '99 GCS with 31,000 miles had the speed sensor replaced many months ago. Not a big deal, and it was done under warranty. It does not mean the tranny is about to fail. I have had sensors of various types go on many cars. What kind of "adjustment" was done to your van's transmission? In normal service a modern automatic transmission should not require adjustment (not like the old days when the bands had to be adjusted), but it does require maintenance i.e. fluid changes. Did the "adjustment" include a fluid change?
#1345 of 4276 Dashboard radiator
Jun 25, 2002 (3:46 pm)
I've had my 01 Caravan about a year without any problems except: the huge expanse of dark gray dashboard absorbs a huge amount of heat through the huge windshield and then radiates it into the passenger space, causing the AC to struggle mightily to keep up. Of course I keep one of those folding reflectors there when parked, but it can't stay on the dash when driving. Does anyone know of a cover that could be installed to help reduce heat absorption? My 89 Caravan doesn't have this problem - I wish they had kept the same design. I guess the new way is sexy, but it's not very practical.
Jun 26, 2002 (3:31 pm)
Have you considered one of those ugly but functional dashboard carpets?
#1347 of 4276 Serpentine Belt Replacement
Jun 27, 2002 (9:20 am)
I posted a while back about chirping serpentine belt on my 96 Caravan with the 3.3 V-6. The chirping came back shortly after I sanded the flat surface. So last night, I replaced the belt myself. The new one went in very easily. I drove up on my ramps to get more access under the front end. I just needed to remove the plastic stone guard under the belt beneath the van. It is held by two bolts and a plastic clip. I removed the old belt by using a box metric wrench on the bolt on the end of the tensioner pulley to remove the belt tension(it helps to use a 2 foot piece of pipe over the metric wrench to get more leverage). Then I threaded the belt through from above and below onto all the pulleys, lastly backing off the tensioner pulley and slipping the belt over the top idler pulley. There is a convenient belt routing diagram sticker in front of the radiator to refer to so you don't have to memorize the routing. Then I started the van up to make sure the belt ran OK. Shut it down, bolted the guard back, and I was done. Now I have no chirping. Total cost for the belt $29 plus tax. Total time for replacement including getting the tools and ramps out and put away, 45 minutes. I probably saved $50-$75 over having it done. If you have any mechanical aptitude, this is a no brainer to do yourself.
#1348 of 4276 Bum battery
Jul 01, 2002 (7:53 pm)
My '99 GCS just turned 3 at the end of May. It has 31,100 miles on it. Today I loaded up the van with my family and their luggage to take them to the airport. It was dead. I thought the battery had died (hot weather, lots of short trips) and after taking my family to the airport in my trusty Hyundai, I called the 1-800 number for Chrysler service (for the extended warranty). Fortunately, the wrecker came within 30 minutes and the warranty paid for the call. OK, so then I start driving the van over to my neighborhood Batteries Plus to check the battery and get it charged, or buy a new one. As I start driving down the street, I get an early fireworks display from the instrument panel--lots of flashing lights, including the odometer. The ABS and battery light stay on. Being a bit worried, I drive all the way to my Dodge dealer so they can check it out. Turns out the battery did fail, but in doing so messed up the computer, causing the flashing lights. By the time they have run their diagnostics and put in a new battery (5-year warranty, big deal) the bill is $180. Of course, batteries are one of the parts NOT covered under the extended warranty.
The moral of the story is, if this happens to you and you see the light show, save a few bucks and drive over to your local Sears store or wherever you can buy a quality battery for a lot less than $180.