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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#1741 of 4276 power window issues
Apr 05, 2003 (8:13 pm)
My mother has owned a number of vans, all of them chrysler, since they were first introduced as a model. He most recent, a 1996 dodge grand caravan has had a number of infuriating problems, but it has been a good relieable car for most of its life. Our latest problem has been a driver side power window issue. It works some of the time and is obviously a loose connection, but we are having a terrible time finding an honest dealer (this seems to be the plague of the chrysler corporation) our latest quote was for over 700 dollars to fix this problem. If anyone knows of a dealership in the new england area, particuarly in connecticut or new york city with a good reputation, please let me know. thank you
Apr 06, 2003 (5:00 am)
That school is not hosted by Chrysler but by the CT/NY small business administration
I have had good luck with almost all the dealers here in Indy after I go out of my way to establish a relationship with one person.
Apr 06, 2003 (8:23 am)
I have been lucky I guess to have received great service over the past twelve years on my two Caravans from my dealer. I've gone to the same service adjuster the whole time and they have often gone above and beyond what is required in order to satisfy me. In fact, this dealer is the main reason I would consider getting another DC van when the lease expires on my '99 GCS next spring.
#1745 of 4276 How to reply PCV valve?
Apr 06, 2003 (10:13 pm)
I tried to replace the PCV valve for my 98 Caravan sport (3.3L version) today, however, I got problem taken the old one out. Does anybody else got the experience and know the solution for this?
#1746 of 4276 bakelly11 - Transmission Problem
Apr 07, 2003 (11:00 am)
I also have a 2001 DGC and I have found the shifter detents to be problematic. I have found that most of the time the shifter will hang up between detents rather than dropping into the detent as it is supposed to do. This could be what is causing your transmission problem. If the shifter hangs up between neutral and drive it is possible for it to slide into neutral while the vehicle is moving. I have not actually had my van do this but I am careful to make sure that the shifter is fully engaged when I change gears.
#1747 of 4276 Thump in front end
Apr 09, 2003 (9:20 am)
I have a 2001 T&C with the 3.8L engine and I have a kind of thump in the front somewhere when driving over rough roads or bumps at slower speeds. On smooth roads, there is no thumping sound and I dont hear it at higher speeds but that could be because of road/wind noise and kids. I had it at the dealer and they heard it as well but they said they could not find it. They said they put in on the lift and checked all the suspension components as well as steering components and nothing was broken or loose. The service guy told me they tried to do some road test where they attach sensors to different parts of the car and then take it for a road test listening for the sound so they can identify exactly where its coming from. Unfortunately, it was raining that day and they couldnt tell. I am taking the van back in again this week since no rain is in the forecast to have then check it again.
Anyhow, my family and I are driving to Florida from Ohio (about 20 hours) next week so I am not excited about having something amiss in the front end before the trip. The service guy told me everything is fine and safe for the trip but I told him to check it again so he is. Has anyone else had anything like this happen where something has broken or come loose in the front suspension or front end that was not easily identified? I just really hate the thought of driving with my family all that way there and back when I know something isnt right.
Sorry for the long post.
Apr 09, 2003 (11:41 am)
My last minivan was a 1990 Caravan that I traded in 3 years ago. Was a good van overall, but it had that problem that you mentioned with the bumping sounds. It was quite noisy driving down the dirt road I live off of. However, a friend of mine mentioned something called a strut bearing plate that could cause this problem. So I went to the dealer and bought 2 at $60.00 a piece and had my friend install them for me. This fixed the problem! However the suspension design may or may not be much different from my van which was based on the first generation design. Anyway the strut bearing plate is what the strut mounts to and allows the strut and spring assembly to turn with the front wheels. The bearing plate then mounts inside the front strut towers with three nuts which can be seen under the hood over top of the wheels. I know that these wearing out has alot to do with living on dirt roads as the sand gets up in there and eats away at the bearing surfaces. This may or may not be your problem, but it might be a place to check out. I found that by pressing down on the front bumper with the hood up I could imitate the sound and see the play which was causing it. Hope this helps! Goodluck.
#1749 of 4276 Voyager Brake problem
Apr 09, 2003 (2:53 pm)
I have a '89 Plymouth Grand Voyager and the brakes have gone out completely. The pedal goes to the floor. I replaced the Master Cylinder thinking that should fix it, but no luck. It seems that only the rear brakes are working. I was thinking it may have to do with the Height control proportioning valve in the rear. Has anyone had a similar issue and what did you do to fix it?
Apr 09, 2003 (7:31 pm)
Yeah actually I did! It was with another kind of of vehicle, but I think that I may be able to help. I had my pedal sink to the floor, though if I pumped it, I could stop but the pedal would eventually sink to the floor again, if say for instance I was at a stop light. It was my master cylinder that was bad, and it went all at once. However, it was my rear brakes that were not working instead. I think it goes both ways though. Just out of curiosity did you bench bleed the master cylinder, and did you also bleed all the brake lines after the new master cylinder was installed? This might be a really good place to start if you haven't done this yet. It will take two people though and it is kind of meticulous. If you have a shop manual this can provide ALOT of information on how to do this. If you have bled the brakes and the master cylinder then you may have a broken brake line (though you would see brake fluid everywhere). Does the brake light come on when you depress the pedal? Beyond this I guess I don't know if I can offer much more help and I apologize for that. I hope this helps and if not maybe someone else here can. Good luck!