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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2598 of 4276 Speedometer Lights on 2001 Dodge Caravan
Apr 05, 2005 (6:48 am)
The instrument panel doesn't seem to have any backlights on the speedometer. Can you imagine having to drive at night and turning on the overhead lights every so often to see how fast you're going? The only lights on the instrument panel of this 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan are the little green LED lights below the dials. Is this normal? Did they expect us to have night vision like cats to see the dials with the limited illumination provided by the little green numbers? Does anybody know about this issue?
#2599 of 4276 Re: Speedometer Lights on 2001 Dodge Caravan [paypaul]
Apr 05, 2005 (6:59 am)
Are you sure you don't have your instrument panel dimmer control turned way down? On my 1996 it is a thumb wheel next to the headlight switch.
#2600 of 4276 Re: adding engine oil every 1500 miles [fishing1000]
Apr 05, 2005 (7:31 am)
I'm not sure, but you might have to have the piston rings replaced to which could be pretty expensive. What you might try doing first, is going with a higher grade synthetic oil. Synthetic oils cost more per quart, but are better for your engine because it doesn't break down as fast as conventional oils. Especially if you do a lot of stop and go driving. Good Luck.
#2601 of 4276 Hot spot rotors...
Apr 05, 2005 (1:03 pm)
For starters this is probably a nit, but here goes anyway.
We have two Grand Caravans, both with the 3.8 liter mill, the first is a 1998 GC Sport, and the second is a 2003 GC ES. We have about 90K miles on the 1998, and each time as the van has approached each 30K interval a hot spot seems to have developed on at least one of the two front brake rotors. Said spot manifests itself as a pulsing when the brake is pressed, with the pulse getting worse with both speed and urgency of deceleration. Since 30K miles isn't too bad on a set of FWD disk brakes, I've never really worried too much about this, however, I still find it annoying to be throwing pads and rotors in the trash every couple of years that clearly have an easy 10K miles left on them.
The plot thickens...
As it turns out, our 2003 (which has over 40K miles on the clock) is nearing the end of the pad life on the OEM pads, so during my last trip to NAPA, I bought front pads and rotors for both vans. This morning as I was swapping the brakes on the 1998, I pulled the rotors out of the box for the 2003 and compared them to the new rotors for the 1998, and guess what, they are nearly identical (ie. same diameter, same bolt pattern). Okay, so what's the difference? Answer: the rotors for the 2003 are thicker by maybe as much as 5mm (ie. more meat in the swept area where the pads make contact with the rotor). Could that be the reason why the 2003 never developed a hot spot?
On a whim I mounted the 2003 rotors on the 1998 and was able to get the caliper to clear the rotor, even with the new pads in place. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to actually test the setup, plus I assume that the engineers who designed this system made the rotors the thickness they are for a reason, I just wanted to see if I could get the thicker rotors to fit. Having said that, I'm thinking that if I still have the 1998 when it's ready for the 120K brake job, I might very well give the 2003 rotors a try, just for kicks.
Anybody else tried this?
#2602 of 4276 That is interesting information.
Apr 05, 2005 (3:57 pm)
My 99 Sport is coming up to a brake job with about 74k miles. I would be interested in assessing this further. Any pictures Shipo?
#2603 of 4276 Re: That is interesting information. [vcheng]
Apr 05, 2005 (4:08 pm)
I can make some real quick, what would you like to see? I'll be doing the brakes on our 2003 this weekend, and it would be no big deal to snap a few shots of whatever you need.
#2604 of 4276 You are a great guy Shipo.
Apr 05, 2005 (4:15 pm)
I was interested in seeing the new 2003 rotor as it compared to the older 98/99 rotor. Thanks for your offer!
PS I am working this weekend, otherwise I'd drive over to your house for a cool one while you changed the brakes!
#2605 of 4276 Re: You are a great guy Shipo. [vcheng]
Apr 05, 2005 (4:21 pm)
VCheng, I'm shocked that you would think that I of all people would imbibe whilst slaving away on a car under the hot sun. Then again, "Maybe this once."
Regarding the pics, I'll get a shot of them and post them in my Yahoo! gallery (I'll post the link after I post the pictures.
#2606 of 4276 97 caravan sport stalls and restarts while driving
Apr 05, 2005 (5:50 pm)
After about ten minutes from starting my 97 caravan sport, the engine sometimes dies. If I am stopped, I simply have to restart and no more problems usually occur -- no problem starting the car. If I am going more than 15 MPH, the car usually restarts after about three to five seconds. If I am in cruise control, the cruise light goes off and if I want to restart the system I must punch the acceperate button rather than the start button (this may or may not be related). This has been happening at random for over a year and my mechanic cannot find any indication on the electronic diagnosis system he uses. It can happen under any weather conditions. Any suggestions?
#2607 of 4276 Tune up for 2000 dodge caravan
Apr 05, 2005 (6:55 pm)
Hello. I have a '00 Caravan, 2.4L. 70k miles. I've owned tha van for only 6 months now. No problems til today, when it shook in the "lower gears". Took it to Aamoco and they said that it probably just needs a tune up.
I'm about to do a tune up on it for the first time. Spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor, pvc, fuel filter. Any tips on which brand I should get for those parts and from where? Also, tips on how to perform it would be helpful. Thanks!