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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2945 of 4276 Re: '94 dodge caravan +transmission [alemon]
Jun 30, 2005 (6:25 am)
I would think you would still have a warrantee on that transmission if it was done by the dealer.
For those of you that have your van cutting in and out or the engine quitting and restarting later. I had a 1993 Eagle Vision that did that. At first the dealer couldn't find anything wrong. When it got worse, it turned out to be the crankshaft sensor. I believe that was the name of it. It wasn't that expensive to replace.
#2946 of 4276 '98 Dodge Grand Caravan Clicking from fuse box & flashing dash lights
Jun 30, 2005 (7:17 am)
My '98 Caravan has had the digital lights (milage & PRND) flashing on and off, when this starts the battery light and the ABS light also come on. Now today it will not start at all, engine does not even turn over. There is a fast clicking noise coming from the fuse box area under the dash. The clicking stops when I put the key in and starts again when I take the key out.
Also, the check engine light has been coming on and off, took to Auto Zone twice and both time the computer said everything was OK. My horn will not work and the air bag light stays on all of the time.
I don't know if all of this is connected or many different problems. I have had my fuses checked many time and they are all fine, also alternater checked out fine.
Can any one help???!!!???
#2947 of 4276 Re: '98 Dodge Grand Caravan Clicking from fuse box & flashing dash lights [klr3]
Jun 30, 2005 (7:44 am)
Clean your battery post and cables. If that doesn't fix it, have your battery checked out.
#2948 of 4276 Re: '94 dodge caravan +transmission [alemon]
Jun 30, 2005 (6:14 pm)
On that vintage Caravan, the cam sensors fail on high mileage engines. The fact that it's intermittent is a tell-tale sign. If the cam sensor solves your problem, the oxygen sensor code will probably go away after you've reset the PCM.
#2949 of 4276 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan no power to instrument panel and gauges [dougt2]
Jul 01, 2005 (7:30 am)
I got a call from my wife yesterday saying this had just happened to our '97 Gr Caravan. Actually, it had been happening occasionally up until this time. It always fixed itself after shutting down and restarting. But this time it was perminantly off.
After reading everything I could find on the Web, I went home and attacked the problem. I started with the battery, which did not fix anything. Then, following something '5bucks' put in a forum, I decided to try the plug on the back of the instrument panel.
As soon as I touched the panel to pull it out, everything came alive! There was one connector that I reseated and a ribbon cable at the bottom. Both were easy to reach from the back of the panel.
I recommend only taking the top half of the dash board off to access the panel. If you remove the air vent, that supplies the drivers side door, from the dash then you only have a few screws holding the dash in place. There is a plastic panel over the top of the stearing wheel that has to come off. After that it's mostly metal pressure clips holding the dash on. Just start wiggling the plastic and they will slide out. I was done in about an hour.
Hope this helps!
#2950 of 4276 Re: Dead Instrument Cluster, Gauge Problem resolved [5bucks]
Jul 01, 2005 (7:44 am)
I just wanted to thank you for sharing this fix here! Yesterday, after numerous temporary failures of the instrument panel in our '97 Gr Caravan, my called to say the panel was dead and would not recover.
After reading these forums, I went home and pulled the dash to check the plug on the instrument panel. As soon as I touched the panel it came to life!. I pulled the plug off and reseated it, along with the ribbon cable at the bottom of the panel. Everything is working again!
#2951 of 4276 Re: 1990 Gr Caravan 3.3 stutters/stalls [chubb2i]
Jul 01, 2005 (9:07 am)
Its impressive that you were able to go 290K miles. Can you tell us what you did to prolong the life that long? Also, pls. note if the stuff you did were something that you did yourself or if you had to go to a mechanic to have it done.
I think this would be very interesting to other members as well.
#2952 of 4276 2000 Caravan; tranny, brakes, serpentine belt etc. etc. problems don't stop
Jul 01, 2005 (12:34 pm)
We bought our caravan new from the dealer, by 2001 we were having problems with brakes that Midas repaired and then re-repaired and re-repaired etc. When we got tired of that game we took it to the dealer and requested a brake check (2002) and were told brakes were fine. In 2003, still complaining about brakes, we were told that pads were not separating. Replaced the pads and resurfaced the rotors. But by 2004, the dealer decided to replace the master cylinder; then this week (2005) when we took our vehicle in for a 30000 mi check (10000 mi late) the dealer replaced both rear wheel cylinders and bled the hydaulic system and replaced the pads and shoes as well as the rearbrakes and machine drums. The brakes have always squeeked as if they were worn even when new. They finally have stopped squeeking after 5 yrs of that horrid noise. I sure hope that is the end of that story.
In addition to the brake issue, we had brought our van in (2003) for a leak in the tranny(along with the brake prob), which the dealer fixed at a $550 charge for replacing the solenoid and oil gaskets and refilling the fluid. Now once again at our recent check we were told that the tranny and lines were leaking and they replaced the transmission solenoid pack, valve body and lines. In addition, I was told that the serpentine drive belt was frozen so they also replaced that along with the tensioner. (a quick internet search revealed that it is an extremely common occurance for the serp belt to slip off or shred, no mention of freezing (in fact there is an entire website dedicated to this issue with over 3000 complaints)). This time it cost us $1800 for repairs. At least they didn't charge us to fix the recalled clock spring issue.
My question is, am I being screwed????? Seems like the same problems keep getting repaired and the costs just keep going up. BTW here is a link to a website dedicated to dodge tranny problems http://www.aei.ca/~gregoire/claude.html
#2953 of 4276 Re: Blower speed control failure? [sunfox1]
Jun 30, 2005 (8:07 am)
Blower speed control failure & Battery failure.
Just recently I have had my blower control switch stop working except for the highest setting. Can that be fixed without going to a garage?
Last fall I was traveling in Northern Wisconsin. Just about dark I drove out of a wooded area and fifteen miles to a town of 150 people to get gas (Saturday evening). I filled up my tank and when I tried to start the car, it didn't! The lights on my dashboard started flashing and the headlights seemed to work for a bit. To make a long story short, I had to buy a new battery. Most of my driving is on the highway and I do not have ALL the power dodads that some vans have. This seems to be a problem with 2001 Chrysler T&C's. Is there any recalls out on this???
#2954 of 4276 It might be a good thing.
Jun 30, 2005 (8:18 am)
The lights on my dashboard started flashing and the headlights seemed to work for a bit. To make a long story short, I had to buy a new battery. Most of my driving is on the highway and I do not have ALL the power dodads that some vans have. This seems to be a problem with 2001 Chrysler T&C's. Is there any recalls out on this???
Batteries go bad no matter how little dodads you have on them. I have read many posts of the Dodge/Chrysler vans doing the same thing. It might be programed to work that way in order to warn owners that their batteries are about to give out or that they are corroded enough that the van is not getting enough power. I would think this is a good thing. I have had batteries go dead on cars with no warning at all. Like on the 2001 Dodge truck I use to own.