Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 1:11 AM
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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2618 of 4276 Re: 1992 caravan tranny problems???? [buymichigan]
Apr 08, 2005 (7:41 am)
I've got a 99 plymouth minivan that had a similar problem, as well as a 1990 dodge dynasty that did the same thing. What is happening is the computer is detecting a transmission error and going into "limp in" mode. What this basically means is that the transmission shifts into 2nd gear and stays there. The transmission is electronically controlled transmission, controlled by 2 shift sensors. I'm not exactly sure where they're located, but if you change them, it probably will eliminate the problem. The shift sensors run about $25 - $30 a piece.
#2619 of 4276 Re: dashboard lights instuments dead 98 voyager [spr]
Apr 09, 2005 (6:03 am)
I had the same thing I found when I took the assembly off that the wire clip that hooks into the circuit board was burnt on one of the wires that in case you have to get a new clip and a new assembly
#2620 of 4276 Rotor details, as requested...
Apr 09, 2005 (9:28 am)
Okay VCheng, I've added a few shots of rotor details to my "Caravan Stuff" directory on my Yahoo! Photos site. Said photos can be seen at:
The first four shots titled "RotorDetail01-RotorDetail04" show various angles of the new 1998 rotor mounted with the new 2003 rotor resting on the ground leaning on the 1998. The last two shots titled "RotorDetail05-RotorDetail06" show two slightly different angles of the new 2003 rotor laying flush with a used 1998 rotor.
One thing that I didn't notice until looking at these pictures is the difference in the hat height. That alone would preclude using the 2003 rotors on an older van because the calipers wouldn't be properly centered, and might possibly rub on the inside of the wheel.
#2621 of 4276 I forgot to mention...
Apr 09, 2005 (9:53 am)
To get the full resolution of the details, you need to "Download" the Yahoo! photos to your local computer and view them from there.
#2622 of 4276 Re: Tune up for 2000 dodge caravan [fishing1000]
Apr 09, 2005 (10:36 am)
Turns out that 2000 caravans dont have distributor caps and rotors. I checked out the fuel filter and it was in a location that a beginner like me would not be able to replace it. The worker at autozone said that the pcv valve wouldn't need to be replaced, so cross that out also.
I decided to only do the plugs and not the wires because they seem to be in great shape. I changed the plugs. They were in awkward locations, but after playing "Tetris" with the limited tools I had, I got them all out and replaced them.
But the check engine light is still on. Earlier, AutoZone ran a test and it pointed out a "cylinder misfire" which resulted from the plugs. I guess I'll take it back to Autozone to have them run the diagnostic again.
Feel free to reply with some tips or whatnot you think would be beneficial for me. Thanks!
#2623 of 4276 Re: Hot spot rotors... [shipo]
Apr 10, 2005 (7:32 am)
Yes, we are talking about the same thing. As you described very well, the rotor will become harder in one localized spot. The end-effect is a pulsating that is interpreted by the driver as a warped rotor.
In most cases, not all, I think you'll find that where ever the rotor comes from the casting is OEM. The reason is cost. It's cheaper for the aftermarket manufacturer to buy blanks from the OEM and then finish the rotor as opposed to designing a new casting and molding. If you go to the Brembo site they tell you that they "...start with a factory blank."
Yes, the OEMs will cast identifiers for aftermarket outlets. I would bet this is what NAPA does.
Nice pictures, by the way.
#2624 of 4276 Thanks for the pictures Shipo!
Apr 10, 2005 (7:47 am)
#2625 of 4276 Re: Hot spot rotors... [dustyk]
Apr 10, 2005 (9:39 am)
Hmmm, starting with a factory blank... Interesting, I wonder why NAPA has two different rotors for the 1998 Caravan, one being nearly twice the price of the other. Could this be one of the few cases where a manufacturer decided that given the number of vehicles on the road that it might be cost effective to in fact create their own tooling and cast their own?
#2626 of 4276 Re: The pictures...
Apr 10, 2005 (9:40 am)
#2627 of 4276 Re: Tune up for 2000 dodge caravan [top3gun]
Apr 10, 2005 (4:27 pm)
Any thing I need to pay attention to so that I dont mess things up when removing the plugs? How long did it take you to replace the plugs?
You may want to check that the electrical wires from the cylinder to the computer that the computer has identified that misfires are in good order. My daughter's escort had a problem with the fuel pressure sensor and everyone told me to replace the sensor. I was not sure because the car was running fine. I did all kinds of tests only later to find out that the problem was a wire that feeds the computer with the pressure signal being cut.
Another thing. Have you checked out the plug wires. Granted that they looked good. But that could be deceiving. A bad wire can be located by turning the engine on at night. If you see some arc along a wire, he wire is bad.