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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
Aug 31, 2004 (6:53 pm)
We have a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan with 50,000 miles on it and have had many problems from the gitgo. The electrical system never worked well. Unless you slam the drivers side back door numerous times the "Door Ajar" sign stays on and beeps while you're driving. Sometimes it will go on and beep even after you've been driving for an hour. The transmission went on the car. We also had to replace a "solonoid" twice in the last 6 months. Overall, I've not been very impressed with the car. I also own a 1996 Chevy Cavalier with 110,000 miles and have had it in the shop less times than with our caravan.
Aug 31, 2004 (8:41 pm)
The sliding door problem is an easy fix. It's a simple adjustment of the striker bolt. Have you ever taken it to the dealer to fix?
#2343 of 4276 Electrical (?) Problem Dodge Grand Caravan '99
Sep 23, 2004 (5:07 am)
My 99 Gr. Caravan has started to act up. My wife was driving the van for about 8 minutes on local roads when she slowed to make a left turn. The engine died. When she went to restart she got dash lights, radio, etc. but nothing out of the engine. No noise, clicking, anything. When I got there ~10 minutes later the van was on the side of the road and I got the same; lights, dash lights, radio but nothing out of the engine. Tried several times in the hour waiting for AAA and got the same each time. AAA put a jump on the battery and it started. Drove to the local mechanic I use and on the way for one moment, the engine felt like it wanted to stall and simultaneously the speedometer and tech revved way up but the engine did not. THen it was fine. AA and mechanic thought it was battery short. CHanged battery and still happened. THen mechanic thought it was ignition switch which he changed (put 1st battery back) and seemed OK. I picked up the van and drove for ~ 10 minutes. Parked at wor for ~ 2 hours then left. After driving about 2 minutes it died as I approached intersection to make a left turn. It restarted and died twice within 30 seconds. While waiting for AAA, 10 min., I got it started and made the turn the speedometer/tach thing happened again and then fine. Drove it back to mechanic. He said he can't find anything wrong but cannot access the engine computer. He can get into the body computer fine but not the engine one. It's at the dealer now. ANyone ahve any ideas?
Sep 23, 2004 (6:41 am)
Try a Discussion Search in here for stall - there's some posts that may help, like this one:
dustyk Oct 11, 2003 9:31pm
#2346 of 4276 Re: Electrical (?) Problem Dodge Grand Caravan '99 [kkovak]
Sep 30, 2004 (11:27 am)
Turns out this was a dying / dead engine computer module. Covered under Fed. Emmissions Warranty. Cost me nothing (except aggravation).
#2347 of 4276 Computer Codes
Oct 01, 2004 (2:55 pm)
http://www.ptcruizer.com/computer-codes.html. While this says PT Cruiser, it applies to all Chryslers with OBDII. My 2001 Caravan set 2 codes yesterday, one being P0445 which is called a large leak in the evaporative recovery system(probably a problem with the gas cap) and the battery has been disconnected in the last 50 starts(????).
#2348 of 4276 Re: Computer Codes [mfahey1]
Oct 02, 2004 (2:25 am)
A torn diaphram on the evap. purge pump is the most likely cause, don't worry about the the other code (batt. discon.)
#2349 of 4276 Re: Computer Codes [97xpresso]
Oct 07, 2004 (4:25 pm)
I lucked out because after a couple of days, the codes reset themselves and haven't come back. This is my wife's van and it's possible she didn't get the cap on tight.
#2350 of 4276 Re: Are There Any Gotyas? [bradharmer]
Oct 07, 2004 (4:41 pm)
Unless you pick 17" tires with the same diameter as the originals, your speedometer and odometer won't be correct which may also affect shift points. On many cars, this can be corrected for with a different speedometer gear in the transmission but this may not be the case here.