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#1639 of 4276 Backup light switch on 1995 Dodge Caravan
Jan 15, 2003 (10:38 am)
When I put my car in reverse the backup light does not come on. If I (carefully) adjust the shift lever slightly toward neutral the light will come on. I pulled the switch out and it appears that in the "normal" reverse position, the gear or whatever that is inside the case is not centered in the hole, which means that it does not contact the switch properly. Only by adjusting the position of the shift lever does the inside portion come into the correct position. The car is due for inspection and I'm not sure if I can convince the inspector to play around with the shift lever. My question is, can the linkage cable be adjusted to correct this problem, or is there any other adjustment that can be made without tearing into the transaxle?
#1640 of 4276 1995 Caravan SE Sport - Rough Idle
Jan 15, 2003 (10:16 pm)
I have a DC Shorty with 170K miles on it. 3.3 engine and it has been a descent vehicle; heck with that many miles I can't complain.
Well, lately our weather finally turned cold and now it seems to kill at stop signs and run rough sporadically. Other times it runs smooth...? It cruises fine, but when I come to stop signs it MAY kill at times. I've checked the pcv, air cleaner, spark plug wires, etc. Any ideas? Is this a computer or electronic switch deal? I plan on selling the old buggy in a month or so. So money IS an object. It has a newer tranny in it and I've had new axel shafts put in to eliminate vibration I was having.
#1641 of 4276 reply tcmm1
Jan 16, 2003 (4:38 pm)
Suggest you check for trouble codes and if none disconnect the air cleaner and spray the throttle body intake with Gumout TB cleaner with engine running. I find that this procedure keeps my 3.3 from stalling out.
Jan 16, 2003 (5:32 pm)
I second Robert's(pluto5) recommendation. Other possibilities are discussed at http://www.allpar.com/fix/stall.html Also look under the hood at sundown or dark for plug wire arcing and/or put a timing light on each wire to see if any are misfiring. Roy
#1644 of 4276 Response to "Is this a good deal?"
Jan 17, 2003 (8:43 pm)
Charlontario, Keep in mind that most everything you read on these boards are from either a) people asking for help on problems with their vehicles (hey...even including ME!) and/or b) people criticizing other makes/models because they believe "theirs" is the best. I've noticed this in particular in the Honday Odyssey chat groups.
We've only owned two Dodge van products. A '94 Voyager for about 9 months and then in '98 we upgraded to a used '96 Grand Voyager. We've owned the G.V. for about four years now and we're very close to 100,000 miles (don't know how to do that fancy-shmancy KM conversion...but it's a lot of miles). Generally speaking we've been very happy with it. Over the course of those four years we've spent about $1500 in general "unaccounted for" repairs, i.e. NOT brakes, rotors, etc. But if you consider that we paid $15,000 for a 2 year old van (at the time in '98) with only 28,000 miles on it, then the $1500 in repairs amounts to a 10% repair premium. So then I have to ask myself if I could have purchased a "higher quality" 2 year old van - a Toyota or Honda presumably - with 28k miles for just $16,500 (the original cost of $15k + $1500). In the area of Southeast Michigan I can guarantee you that the answer is NO. Most "slightly used" import vans are going for low to mid $20's here, and you can STILL get a nice used D.C. minivan (full size) for $15-$16k.
I do believe the imports may have a slight (VERY slight) leg up on D.C. - but I base that on anecdotal stories - not hard facts. And you also have to consider the repair costs of each brand. Our friends down the street - proud owners of a '99 Odyssey - spent >$1000 fixing their radio/center console after their 4 year old dumped sand in the cd player. Would a comparable D.C. repair have cost as much? And their Odyssey, in my humble opinion, lacks comfortable seats, rides like an '88 GMC truck (I should know, I used to own one) and is the same color as 80% of the other Odyssey's I see on the road. But it does have those cool automatic sliding doors, is very reliable (when they remember to turn off the interior lights which drains their battery overnight...something our van never does) and has a little more get-up-and-go than our van does. But then again they paid a 30-40% premium for that van.
Jan 17, 2003 (9:52 pm)
2000 GC owner who really enjoys their family van the past 3yrs and 49k miles. But, beginning to wonder if I should have purchased the ext warranty when new. Have had a few annoying experiences, most occurring the last two years.
Warranty covered problems:
1)upon delivery-inside rear door panel rubbed exterior approx 3-4" when opened
2)approx 5k miles-trans leak, replaced seals
3)approx 15k-sensor in trans went out, would not shift out of 2nd gear
4)36k! (just made it under warranty)-misfire in one the cylinders due to faulty seat in one of the ports, engine had to be pulled and affected part (head?) sent to machine shop for regrinding. Glad I didn't pay that bill!
Most Recent annoyances: (not under warranty)
1) 49K, Check engine light on, cruise works most of the time, trans leak again. Oxygen sensor #1 found to be the culprit for engine light and possible affect to cruise. Refered to independent shop who charges $200(a little steep I think) to replace sensor and traces cruise wiring to say it appears to be ok and tighten bolts on trans. Seems to be all fixed. Engine light did come on briefly for a day or two following repair. Have sched follow up to put back on computer to see if any codes show up.
Guess I should count myself lucky, have only spent $200 besides routine maint. But the transmission thing worries me given the history of DC trannys.
Any suggestions where to shop for an ext warranty?
#1646 of 4276 Wobble wheels and killing sometimes at idle
Jan 20, 2003 (9:23 pm)
Others before have talked about these issues:
I have a 95 Caravan 3.3 which has 170K mileage on it. It's starting to kill at intersections (SOMETIMES)...cruises just fine. Been told its the THROTTLE BODY needs to be cleaned. Imagine this means injectors too..? Seems worse with the recent cold weather.
Also the wobble; relates to shafts. Had both of mine replaced for a tune of $600 at my friendly Dodge dealer. What the heck, they've been going for 170K miles! Rides smoother now...but still has a slight pulse at 70+MPH. Maybe it's just old age...feels like a wheel balance problem, but took it to Tires + several times and they say things are fine. Tires have 6K miles on them. Any OTHER ideas on why I feel the pulse at high speed?
#1647 of 4276 reply tccmn1
Jan 21, 2003 (5:17 pm)
I wouldn't mess with the injectors other than putting some fuel additive into the gas tank. The throttle body is the part that's connected to the air intake. Get a Haynes manual--a picture is worth a thousand words...........
As far as the wobble at 70+ mph I don't feel safe driving mine over 65!
#1648 of 4276 2002 CHRYSLER VOYAGER TRANSMISSION VIBRATION
Jan 22, 2003 (10:34 am)
I PURCHASED A 2002 CHRYSLER VOYAGER IN THE SUMMER/FALL OF 2002. THE VEHICLE IS GREAT EXCEPT FOR ONE PROBLEM, AT ABOUT 45 MPH YOU CAN HEAR A VIBRATION COMING FROM THE TRANSMISSION AREA WHEN YOU ARE SITTING IN THE DRIVERS SEAT BUT WHEN U ARE IN THE PASSENGER SEAT IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS COMING FROM BEHIND YOU. IS THIS THE SPEED THAT IT SHIFTS INTO OVERDRIVE??? IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH THE SHIFTING IN THERE TRANSMISSIONS??? IT IS A GOOD RATTLE AND I DON'T THINK IT IS THE EXHAUST. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PLEASE LET ME KNOW! MY EMAIL IS cellman03aol.com if it isn't listed! thanx a million!