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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2089 of 4276 no illumination for controls
Dec 17, 2003 (5:40 pm)
I have found that the steering wheel speed controls and dash-mounted controls for power mirrors and parking/headlights are not illuminated, so they cannot be seen at night. There is a lighted indicator to show when fog lights are on. My vehicle is a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT.
Is this lack of illumination a design "feature" or does my vehicle have an electrical defect? I will be seeing the dealer's service department in a couple of days.
Dec 18, 2003 (8:59 pm)
An ABS equipped vehicle should have an ABS warning light on the dash which lights with the key "ON" and the engine not running.
Dash lights not coming on could be a dash light control switch moved to the "OFF" position. This switch could also malfunction leaving the lights off. A repair option other than a dealer would be an auto electric specialty shop. Roy
#2091 of 4276 Chrysler ABS
Dec 25, 2003 (8:35 am)
When ABS is in action in Dodge(I have seen it in our van and my old Stratus), it makes the usual ABS noise and brake pedal pulsates differently from our other cars; 95 Cutlass Supreme, 99 GA, 96 Camry, 01 RX300, or 97 Camaro. I feel GM and Toyota cars have less ABS noise/pulsation than Chrysler products. Not that there is anything wrong with them, just different.
#2092 of 4276 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT transmission noise
Dec 30, 2003 (9:56 am)
Anybody experiencing a humming noise coming from the transmission on your new 04 Grand Caravan? The noise happens when coasting to a stop between 0 and 25 MPH. I have less than 150 miles and just purchased a couple of days ago.
Dec 30, 2003 (11:27 am)
It is likely the normal operation of the solenoids that control the fluid flow in the transaxle. If you listen while walking on the street, most DaimlerChrysler 4-speed transaxles make the same bzzzz-tic sound as the solenoids open and close the valves.
#2094 of 4276 Grand Caravan AWD system question.
Dec 31, 2003 (9:27 am)
My wife's van is a 1999 Grand Caravan ES AWD. My understanding of the AWD system is that the car is normally 100% FWD. When the front tires slip, torque is transferred to the rear. My question is what happens when you are backing up? Does the AWD work in reverse gear or is reverse strictly front wheel drive? Our driveway is up hill from our garage. When trying to back out of the garage and go up the driveway in snow or icy conditions, the front wheels spin and the van goes nowhere. Is my AWD system functioning properly or not?
#2095 of 4276 re: New 04 SXT Grand Caravan Noise
Dec 31, 2003 (10:00 am)
Thanks Eneth for your reply. Only problem is that the vehicle was not making this noise when we drove off the lot. We went back to the dealer and for the heck of it test drove another new exact model and it did not make the noise. Dealer is checking it out.
#2096 of 4276 Oil pan gasket installation
Jan 02, 2004 (8:16 am)
My buddy hit some pavement with the oil pan on his 96 caravan. Upon inspection, the oil pan is dented but doesn't leak, but it seems that gasket is leaking.
Does anyone have anything to relate to replacing an oil pan gasket?
Do you just put the new one in and tighten the screws, or is there any kind of glue you should use?
Thanks in advance,
Jan 02, 2004 (2:07 pm)
Most likely the oil pan itself will have to be replaced. If it's dented, then it may never seal up correctly again even with a new gasket. I can only imagine how tough that will be with the engine in the van.
#2098 of 4276 1999 T&C Mini Van Problem
Jan 02, 2004 (9:27 pm)
I have a 1999 Town and Country Mini Van. For the past year I have been having a problem with the van when I attempt to start the vehicle. When I put the key in the ignition and turn the key the van starts up but once I let go of the key the van cuts off. After trying to start it about three times in this manner then the van won't turn over at all. I notice that this problem occurs only when I use the keypad to lock and unlock the door. When I first started having this problem a friend suggested I let the vehicle sit for about 20 minutes then use the key instead of the keypad to open the door and it worked the vehicle would start right up. Lately though it has gotten worse and when I go to start the car I turn the key let go and it cuts off and won't start after any period of time. I have had to have it tolled three times already. Twice it went to places that were not the dealership. They both said that the Anti-theft system had a short in it. They also said that they couldn't fix the problem and that it would have to go to the dealership. Neither places charged me anything. I took the van to the dealership as suggested and told the people at the dealership what I was told. At the time I got the van to the dealership it was working and since the people at the dealership could not create the problem they said they could not fix it. It made since to me and the next time it broke it was towed to the dealership. I explained what I had been told about the anti-theft system causing the problem and was told right away by the service personnel on the phone that, that was not it. After the vehicle was checked out by a mechanic I was told that my battery was dead and that I needed a new starter. I paid a total of $816.00 for a battery a starter and a few other services not related to the problem that I knew needed to be done. I took the van home and not even 24 hours later the van broke down for the same problem. The van had to sit for a day and a half because of the holidays and the dealership sent a tow truck for it but when I put the key in the ignition the van started so I drove it to the dealership. They kept the van for about 5 days trying to recreate the problem by using the key pad but the problem never occured. There was no charge for them to keep the van and check it out. I picked the van up just yesterday from the dealership at 4:00 p.m and at 9:30 p.m the van broke with the same problem. Again they will have to come tow the van. Hopefully this time they will concentrate on a different area since I have a new battery and a new starter. Has anyone heard of this problem. I like my van and I want to keep it.