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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2864 of 4276 Ignition Switch/No Power
Jun 12, 2005 (11:57 am)
I have a 1992 (or according to some auto parts stores, a late 92 model) Plymouth Voyager. This van has always run great! It has almost 200,000 miles on it and the AC still works. Recently we have been having problems with starting the van...we knew it was the ignition switch but just never got around to changing it. Yesterday we went to start the van and it started smoking from inside the steering column. We pulled it apart and found the ignition switch fried. We changed it and the locking mechanism but when you turn the key to start the van there is no power. No dash light. The headlights, interior lights and everything that is not connected to the ignition works but the van won't even turn over. We have been told it is a relay switch, a cut-off switch, a fuse but not where to locate anything. My owners manual and my Haynes manual tell me nothing. Can anyone tell me if there is a safety fuse/relay/switch on this model and if so where it is? Thanks so much.
#2865 of 4276 92 GC Speedometer and Tach sticking
Jun 13, 2005 (8:23 am)
I have a 92 Grand Caravan that both the analog tach and speedometer are very 'sticky'. The tach will not go below 1000 RPM even when the ignition is off and the Speedometer has to be tapped on to get it show lower speeds. Both are very slow to move in advance and will not show accurate readings. The other guages appear to be working although there is no way to tell.
I have been told there are 2 main parts:
The Instrument cluster and
the computer control module.
Does the control module affect both the speedo and the tach or just the speedo ?
Thanks for any help !!
#2866 of 4276 2000 Grand Caravan misfire
Jun 13, 2005 (4:40 pm)
We have a 2000 Grand Caravan 3.0L V6. The engine has around 68,000 miles on it. The problem is this: it seems that I need to change the spark plugs on the van every five months due to misfires. I know that this is a misfire that we are experiencing due to the fact that the dealership mechanic allowed me to watch as he diagnosed the van. The computer showed him that one of them, No. 6, was misfiring. He was nice enough to just replace the one plug. The plug was an Autolite which, he says, don’t do to well in Chryslers. After he did this the van ran great again. This was a quick fix, but by the end month the “shudder” returned. I’m certain that it is not solely number six. So, I then had all of the plugs replaced, as well as a full diagnostic done at the dealership. The mechanic at the dealership wanted me to replace the distributor cap, rotor, plugs, and wire, all running over $800. Being that the plugs, wires, rotor, PCV valve, distributor cap and rotor were all only less than a year old, I was sure that that wasn’t worth the price for their method of troubleshooting. Now it is a few months later and it seems it’s time to replace the plugs again. I do not get any indicator lights, I am not laboring the engine with the air-conditioner—as that was how the mechanic was able to see how quickly the misfires came. The plugs themselves seem as though they may be getting too much spark. There was a slight white dust both on the plugs as well as within the distributor cap.
Any suggestions you may have for me would be extremely helpful. I don’t mind changing the plugs every few months, however on the V6 some of them are very difficult to reach.
#2867 of 4276 Re: Dead Instrument Cluster, Gauge Problem resolved [jborris]
Jun 14, 2005 (8:23 am)
Yeah I would like to know the answer to that one as well. I got a 98 GC and the the entire cluster board is dead. If so, is there a limit to how many times you can do this trick? Or should I just have the cluster board changed?
#2868 of 4276 Re: 2000 Grand Caravan misfire [cheeseruiner]
Jun 14, 2005 (8:40 am)
Is there any crud buildup on the spark plugs. Could be an early indication of head gasket failure causing the plugs to foul.
#2869 of 4276 Re: 2000 Grand Caravan misfire [davids1]
Jun 14, 2005 (12:14 pm)
no, there isn't a crud build up, however, there is a slight white dust around them, as well as within the distributor cap, which to me makes me think that it is getting too much electricity. I was told that it could be "high resistance in the secondary ignition system."
#2870 of 4276 Power Outlet Fuse
Jun 15, 2005 (8:12 am)
The power outlet on my 99 Grand Voyager stopped working milliseconds after plugging in an air pump. I'm sure it must be a blown fuse, but I can't figure out which one. They all look good, and my Haynes manual wasn't any help. Does anybody know? Thanks!
#2871 of 4276 Help: My Town 'n Country is Dingy!
Jun 15, 2005 (10:55 am)
I just called my Chysler auto shop again this morning. I am getting tired of no response other than: "There have been no recalls or reports of such a problem." If you have an idea, please let me know.
There is NO ryhme or reason for this problem. It happens in any weather, time of day, length of use....Periodically, my car acts dingy. The locks will open/close, lights go off/on, .... Once or twice while driving the entire car shut down for a few seconds then started again like nothing was wrong.
I don't want to be stranded one day. We have had it in, but we are told it must act up on them for them to "get" it.
We depend upon the dealer to help us. Very mechanical, we aren't. But they say there is nothing that they can do.
We have an extended warranty--but it will soon run out.
#2872 of 4276 pkwal: Put in a new battery.
Jun 15, 2005 (12:01 pm)
#2873 of 4276 Hard Starting
Jun 16, 2005 (7:46 am)
I have a Chrysler Voyager minivan 2000. It starts readily when the engine is very cold or very hot. At intermediate temperatures it must be cranked about 5 seconds and there is a smell of gasoline as though it might be flooded. However so far it always starts. I have had the fuel pump replaced, the injector nozzles cleaned and an AIC motor replaced with no improvement. Has anyone any suggestions.