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#3047 of 4276 2002 Chrysler Town and Country No-Start/Electrical problem
Jul 21, 2005 (12:34 pm)
currently own a 2002 Chrysler T&C LXi with 3.8 liter. My electrical problems started when one morning my van would'nt start. The local shop diagnosed it with a computer as having a bad ECM. They replaced that. The vehicle had no problems for about a week and then the same identical thing happened. No start problem. I had it towed in (the tow truck driver also couldn't start it) The shop started it immediately upon arrival and then checked the starter, battery, neutral safety switch and ignition wiring and found no problems. It continiued to start for them with no problems. I picked up the vehicle, took it on vacation and also had no problems. This last time I saw the ABS lite come on (which I had also noticed intermittently on the prior times) As soon as i shut the vehicle off it would not restart. As i began to analyze all occurrences it dawned on me that the abs lite was on prior to all three occurrences and also i had noticed that the seat belt lite had been flickering on and off at different times (although this didnt necessarily happen before the no start problem) This time the shop noticed that the fuse was blown for the ABS circuit. As soon as they replaced the ABS fuse the van started. This was noto necessary the prior two times. The shop checked the ABS module (it was O.K.) and checked wiring (said it was O.K. too) they don't know what else to try. They told me that they would just be "throwing parts at it" at this point. Any suggestions or input would be helpful.
#3048 of 4276 Re: Fuse for Power Outlet and Radio [rrichers]
Jul 23, 2005 (1:17 pm)
The exact same thing happened to me the other day. The fuse, spring and ring are most likely part of the plug on your wifes cell phone not part of the car. But, the failed radio is probably a result of the plug coming apart in the outlet. I suspect that there is an in line fuse somewhere, but I have dismantled my entire dash and not turned it up. Have you solved your problem? If so how?
#3049 of 4276 Re: Fuse for Power Outlet and Radio [rrichers]
Jul 23, 2005 (3:51 pm)
As it turns out, your wifes cell phone plug probably came apart in the upper power outlet and the metalic ring caused a short in the system which blew a fuse in the IPM Relay and Fuse box located next to the battery under the hood. I had the exact same problem today and was able to fish out the plug pieces and fix the plug (put spring in first, followed by old style glass tube fuse, followed by metalic ring ... there should be a threaded piece of plastic and a metalic little tip that goes through the middle of the threaded piece of plastic and acts as the spring loaded tip to the cell phone plug). With mine the metalic tip had fallen into the dash and I had to fish it out from behind the bottom of the CD tray. Once you are sure all the stuff is out of the outlet (especially the metal stuff), purchase a mini 20 amp fuse from your local auto parts store and replace the RDO 20 amp fuse in the IPM Relay and Fuse box on my 2001 Caravan it is about midway up the left hand side of the Relay and Fuse box (left as you look in under the hood). This fix should cost you < $2 and will allow you to enjoy your radio again. I hope this helped.
#3050 of 4276 Re: 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.0 Highway Speed Overheating [lastwraith]
Jul 24, 2005 (3:54 am)
lastwraith: $8.99 later, I believe the problem is fixed. The thermostat was apparently broken in half. My wife drove 15 hours yesterday from MI to SC w/no heating problems. Thanks for your help. (You are right on the fans, also.)
#3051 of 4276 Re: Power OUTLETS not working [cathc]
Jul 24, 2005 (12:06 pm)
Update: Found "Cig/Acc" relay in box under hood and replaced. All working fine now, so "never mind"!
#3052 of 4276 2000 Chrysler Town and Country LXi, AWD
Jul 24, 2005 (1:15 pm)
We have a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country with 91,000 miles. Recently it has started to make a clunking noise when it starts up. After running for a few minutes the noise gets fainter. When shifting into any other gear the noise stops completely. Any idea what would be causing the noise?
#3053 of 4276 96 DC w/156K miles, sell now or wait one more year?
Jul 24, 2005 (4:05 pm)
I have a 96 DC with 156,000 miles on it. We have replaced one CV joint at about 121k miles and my steering wheel is starting to wobble, which I think indicates it is time to fix the other one. We like the amenities of our van, but are concerned that it might start costing us a bunch to keep running. Blue book (7/2005) is about $2500. Things that make us wonder if it is time to sell include:
1) The CV thing will be about $600.
2) Our A/C makes a funny sound when we shut the engine off, and we have had to have it charged in the spring the last two years.
3) We just replaced the fuel pump.
4) The dealer says we should put a water pump and timing belt in.
5) Transmission has made a ringing sound while idling in neutral for 60k miles.
Is this transmission going to go out soon?
6) Minor things like the slider door mechanism breaking and some of the exterior molding starting to come off makes one wonder about the general integrity of the chassis and accessory equipment.
We do like our van though, great for four kids, with the dual doors. (all paid for)
Can we drive this one more year w/o paying a bunch of money in repairs?
Or, is it best to sell now and get something else while it is still worth $2500?
#3054 of 4276 1997 Town & Country misses abeat at high speed
Jul 24, 2005 (6:23 pm)
I have a 1997 Town & Country with the 3.8L engine (130K miles). When I get the van in overdrive on the Interstate I keep feeling a sensation like an engine miss or just a slight lapse in power. This only lasts about a half a second and the motor just continues on. I watched the tach as I drive but it doesn't indicate a power loss or surge. I thought it was the transmission slipping but it only happens in overdrive at high speed. Any ideas?
#3055 of 4276 oil/fuel pump life
Jul 24, 2005 (6:58 pm)
hi..my 96 3.8 just passed 100k relatively trouble free miles...i want to keep it for a few more years, i'm trying to head off a possible sudden breakdown on future long trips.. anyone have any idea how long oil/fuel pumps usually last? other than water pump, what other drivetrain areas need to be watched on this model? thanks in advance
#3056 of 4276 98 Dodge Grand Caravan-Battery or Stater Problems???
Jul 24, 2005 (8:03 pm)
Recently when I try to start my Caravan it will just click, once. The radio and clock go out but the lights do not dim. As I try again and again to start it it will do the same thing. Most times on the 4th or 5th time it will start to kick over, slow cranking as if the battery is dead. One more try and it will usually start. The battery is only a couple of years old. When I tried to jump it the cables touched together and there was plenty of juice, jumping it seems to work but not all the time. I don't think the jump is really a help just a coincedence. I'm thinking it is the starter but am not sure. I'd hate to replace the starter if this is not the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.