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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions - READ ONLY
Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 2:11 AM
You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#3243 of 4276 Re: Canada Recall on Chrysler Mini Vans for Rusted Brake Lines [vankings]
Sep 11, 2005 (4:19 pm)
Global TV - Calgary - canada.com network
Chrysler is recalling 23000, 2001 and 2002 Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country ... The rear brake lines can rub together and become corroded. ...
Chrysler should also look at the 1999 Models. I just had my 1999 Dodge Caravan up on a lift and it has the same design problem with the brake lines rubbing together. When the brake lines rub together, the zinc coating is removed and the brake lines will rust out.
#3244 of 4276 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem
Sep 11, 2005 (7:05 pm)
Out of the blue, with no warning at all, neither of my keys will turn in the ignition of my 2002 Dodge Caravan. Has anybody else heard of, or had this problem? If so, what's the cure??
#3245 of 4276 Caravan reliability
Sep 11, 2005 (7:49 pm)
Thought I would add my 2 cents to the discussion about the reliability of the Dodge Caravan.
I have a 95 Caravan SE with 183,000 miles on the clock. The following are the items on which I've had work done:
Fuel pump replaced under warranty.
Serpentine belt replaced by the dealer and guaranteed for the life of the vehicle.
3 brake jobs.
1 A/C compressor.
2 rebuilds of the transmission - It should have only been once, but I foolishly took it to AAMCO the first time and it lasted just past their warranty (12 months). Second time to the dealer at 112,000 miles. It's still working fine.
It's been a very reliable, comfortable vehicle and I would buy another without hesitation, but this one's just getting broken in so I expect to have it for a few more years.
#3246 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [barton1]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:29 am)
Maybe you need a new battery?
Try to get a jump start from someone. If it starts, then drive immediately to a autoparts place that can check out your old battery and charging system-these places usually do it for free, in anticipation of you buying a battery from them if needed.
#3247 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [badgerfan]
Sep 12, 2005 (7:23 am)
I'm pretty sure the battery is working, all the lights and door alarms work, I just can't get the keys to turn in the ignition. I'm calling the mechanic this morning. I was just hoping to find someone on here had a similar issue.
#3248 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [barton1]
Sep 12, 2005 (8:35 am)
Did you try your second set of keys and the spare key? Some times the keys get worn and will not turn in the ignition.
#3249 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [masterpaul1]
Sep 12, 2005 (10:15 am)
OK, I went to the dealer today (after trying both keys multiple times) I was going to purchase a replacement key to see if that would do the trick, but the parts guy talked me out of it, he said he didn't want me to waste my money. He told me to go home and put the key in the ignition and tap it with a hammer. He said that dirt and build up get in there and sometimes just knocking it loose works, but that it would only be a temporary fix and the cylinder in the ignition would probably have to be replaced. So, I came home and did what he said and now the key will turn toward me (allowing radio to come on) but still won't turn the car on. I'm going to wait until my husband comes home and see if he can hit it harder, maybe then it will work. The parts guy at the dealership said it happens all the time and they eventually have to fix the ignition cylinder.
#3250 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [barton1]
Sep 12, 2005 (10:27 am)
On your initial post you neglected to mention that the key wouldn't turn in the ignition, so I assumed battery might be bad as you said it wouldn't start, not that the key wouldn't turn. This is a whole different story. You might also try rocking the steering wheel and shift lever while trying to turn the key. Sometimes these park/shifter interlock systems get hung up if there is any load on the steering wheel.
#3251 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [badgerfan]
Sep 12, 2005 (11:05 am)
Yeah, as I said in my initial post, niether of the keys will turn in the ignition. I'll try rocking the steering wheel and shift lever while trying to turn the key. It's worth a try at this point. Thanks
#3252 of 4276 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan Ignition problem [barton1]
Sep 12, 2005 (1:40 pm)
I just thought of something. If your steering wheel is locked, you will not be able to turn the key to start the engine. (This is an anti-theft feature). I know for a fact that the only way to turn the key, is to turn the steering wheel to the right and hold it there, which is hard even for a young guy like myself, and turn the key at the same time. This is a good feature, but very tiresome after while. We no longer lock our steering. Hope this helps.