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#3322 of 4276 Caravan Starts Intermittently
Oct 11, 2005 (5:11 pm)
Here's the problem: I have a 2003 leased Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.8 L engine, 72000 km. Last week in the parking lot the engine just turned off. The key would turn in the ignition, but it would not restart. After 5 minutes it started and I took it to the Walmart Service. They sold me a new battery, but the van wouldn't restart again. After awhile it would start and they sent me to a "full-service" mechanic, I was able to drive there. They spent at least 2 hours working on it, but could not find the problem (no charge). The battery, the alternator, and the starter each tested fine. Finally I had it towed to the dealer. When it arrived there it started fine. It also started for the next 2 hours without fail. They said they couldn't figure out the problem if it wasn't doing it for them. Finally I left (no charge again) and drove home, 1 hour. For the next 2 days it worked fine, without fail, going to work, kids hockey, guitar... Then all of a sudden it wouldn't start. I called roadside assistance and had it towed to the dealer in town where I bought it. It took about 2 hrs for them to arrive, I finally left before it was picked up. It has been there for 3 working days, and is starting fine. They of course can't figure out what the problem is if it not doing it. Sound familiar?? Somebody help! I don't know what to do next. They're not doing any research to see if its happened to other vans.
#3323 of 4276 2002 T&C LX 3.3L has driver side front door power window problem
Oct 12, 2005 (8:17 pm)
Intermittent problem. Works fine most of the time and the window will always go down but sometimes goes an inch or two and stops...other times part way...and then up an inch or so at a time or all of the way. Never consistent when it does not go up.
Took it to dealer today and was diagnosed as a bad pin connection. Paid $ 100 deductible portion of the bill, started the van and put window down. Guess what? Would not go up again. I drove back into sevice writer area and told him it was not working. Now what could be wrong?
Otherwise the van has been excellent and will soon have 37,000 miles on odometer...but I am glad it has the DaimlerChrysler "Added Care" Extended Warranty that covers almost everything to 7 years 70,000 miles and has the powertrain coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles.
I had read about DaimlerChrysler power window problems here in Town Hall but can not find the postings. Can anyone help?
#3324 of 4276 Re: 2002 T&C LX 3.3L has driver side front door power window problem [hansienna]
Oct 13, 2005 (9:23 am)
Had the same thing happen on a 2001 T&C. In fact, I just finished working on it 2 hours ago. The window motor's rotor was discolored and burnt. I cleaned it with a scotch-brite pad and it works beautifully. To get to this little varmit, you'll need to take off the interior door panel(3 screws and pop it off at bottom and sides- then lift it up) and remove the plastic barrier at least part of the way. There are 3 #30 torx screws holding the motor assembly to the door and 2 phillips screws holding the motor to the cable drive assembly. I was told by a mechanic that the motor cost about $100. I was willing to try it myself before sinking $100 plus labor on it. Good Luck!!!
#3325 of 4276 Re: How to fix 2002 T&C LX power windows [tanthony]
Oct 13, 2005 (1:31 pm)
Since I am not mechanically literate and could not find how to fix it, I had taken it to the friendly DaimlerChrysler dealership that has provided excellent service.
They replaced the regulator this morning and all expenses were covered under the DaimlerChrysler "Extended Care" Warranty...except the $ 100 Deductible for yesterday. I asked the Cashier what it would have cost and he said warranty paid $ 345 today but would have been $ 445 without the warranty. The cost yesterday would have been $158.60 of which I paid the $100.
Congratulations on your ability to fix things yourself.
#3326 of 4276 blinking assessory lights
Oct 13, 2005 (2:08 pm)
I just had some work done on my 98 Caravan (seals and timing chain). When I started driving, I noticed the lights on the AC, Recirc, and 2 of the rear wiper switches were blinking. I can't seem to make it stop. My regular mechanic has retired and I am not sure of the new guy so would rather not return to his shop. Has anyone else experienced a problem like this and what did you do to fix it?
#3327 of 4276 94 Dodge Caravan Stalls While Driving
Oct 13, 2005 (5:34 pm)
I had an oil leak in my 94 Dodge Caravan (65,000 miles) so I took it to the local dealer service dept. They replaced the seals and also the timing belt. Since then, the thing stalls while driving - no warning - sometimes it will run fine for a week and then stall. At first it would start right up again, but the last two times it didn't until it sat for about five minutes (which is hard when you're stalled in heavy traffic) I've had it back 5 times - they replaced a Map sensor and said that fixed it - it stalled while they were driving it out for me to pick up. Then they said I was using bad gas. Then they said they had cleaned out the injectors and that fixed it. It stalled again. Today they told me the injectors needed to be replaced ($1,000). It didn't do this before they replaced the seals and the timing belt - so I believe it has to be something they did.
I don't dare drive it now - I don't believe it needs new injectors. Any advice from anybody?
Mary Jo Murray
#3328 of 4276 Re: 94 Dodge Caravan Stalls While Driving [mmurray1]
Oct 14, 2005 (3:08 am)
Not that this is the type of advice you were looking for, but I might as well say it before someone else does....if you can, take it to another dealer or even pay a small fee at a trusted independent mechanic to have the real problem discovered. It's pretty obvious the dealer is just throwing parts at the car at your expense.
Having the car checked for error codes at the local Auto Zone, etc wouldnt be a bad idea either.
#3329 of 4276 Re: blinking assessory lights [rhy1]
Oct 14, 2005 (6:56 am)
I had the same problem when we had some body work done and the battery had been disconnected for a few days. I took it to the Dodge Dealer. The service writer said that the module had lost its programming. He was able to fix it while I waited, so it is easy to fix, but I think you are going to have to go to a dealer to do it.
#3330 of 4276 Crazy turn signals and brake lights
Oct 14, 2005 (7:12 am)
I backed my 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE into a parked truck, breaking the tail light lens on the driver's side of my vehicle. I replaced the lens cover and light bulbs, but now when I use the turn signals the lights blink fast and if I push on the brakes, the blinking speed increases and the rear tail lights look like they are alternating. Is this another computer needs resetting problem or do I need to replace all the light bulbs again because I have a bad one somewhere that is causing the system to act like it has a short? All the light bulbs light up, but the problem occurs when I'm driving and using the turn signals or brake lights. Has anyone run into this problem before?
Oct 14, 2005 (7:54 am)
The service engine light came on 2 weeks ago and nothing was wrong ... yet now it
shakes when its idling and today the fan wont turn off ... eeeeeeeeek what do I do? help