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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
#3350 of 4276 Re: Rough Downshift 2001 Chrysler Town and Country [kbmoose1]
Oct 30, 2005 (11:46 am)
I have a potential explanation because I've seen this happen.
Sometimes a technician, especially those not familiar with the nuances of Chrysler automatics, may start the engine up and place it in to a neutral or a gear before having enough ATF in the system. A sensor detects low, out-of-range fluid pressure. The Transmission Control Module (TCM) reads this and shuts the transmission down . You don't know it at the time because the vehicle is still immobile and being maintenanced, but the transmission is technically in "limp in" mode.
I'll bet in this instance if the vehicle's battery had been disconnected for a minute or two it would have gone in to the Learn Mode all by itself. After about 40 starts and stops the TCM would have re-written a new shift program on its own.
#3351 of 4276 Re: 1997 Town & Country misses abeat at high speed [liljoe2]
Oct 30, 2005 (1:55 pm)
Liljoe2: I have a 96 Grand Caravan that hesitates intermittenly cruising at 55mph or better on a level surface. I have taken the car to four shops, including the Dodge dealer and nothing has been revealed on diagnostic tests but was told the transmission was the problem. After a $1200 rebuild it still misses. Then I was told it was the computer. After replacing the module at a cost of $250. I was told it was in the wires so new wires, a distributor cap and plugs still have't stop my problem. I've depleted all my sources so I located this website, but it appears you have received No replys so all I guess we can hope for is for someone out there to venture some kind of guess as to what our problem may be. PLS HELP!
#3352 of 4276 Re: Engine stutter ! [marssoin]
Oct 30, 2005 (2:54 pm)
Marssoin: I have the same problem and have had my transmission rebuilt, new plugs ,wires , dist. cap , computer replaced and some other things for a cost of $1600 and still it misses at 55mph and up on level road. I'm on this website hoping someone can help me. Let me know if you find an answer. Txamil
#3353 of 4276 2000 Caravan...is this a potentially big problem?
Oct 30, 2005 (6:54 pm)
Hi, we're in New Jersey and own a 2000 Dodge Caravan SE, it has 52,000 miles...in the past few months we've noticed a recurring problem...a strange sort of "creaking" feeling with some shaky rumblings, especially when coming to a stop, going over a speed bump, driving thru a dip in the road, etc. Wish I could be more specific! It's coming from the underside of the car, it feels like it's right under the drivers seat!
There doesn't appar to be any leaks of fluid...although the steering column "sings" quite a bit...
Our main concern is we have brought it to the dealer who found nothing wrong, and two mechanics who thought we were nuts. Before we start spending money on a potential big problem, we're curious if anyone can shed any light what may be wrong. No one seems to be able to pinpoint the trouble.
We're debating getting it fixed or just getting something new...there seems to be some good deals lately. Any advice????????????
thanks in advance, Biff
#3354 of 4276 Took the old girl in today...
Oct 31, 2005 (9:35 am)
... for her combined 90K and 100K service (99,500 exactly on the clock as I pulled into the dealer's lot).
In addition to the standard stuff (sans oil change, I do my own with Mobil 1), I asked them to perform the Fuel Rail recall (manditory recall), the Clockspring recall (the horning device doesn't horn too well), and the Vacuum Battery Tray (or some such name) TSB (the cruise control couldn't maintain speed up long grades). They just called and said that the Battery Tray would cost me ~$120 as it was not covered by a recall, and if so, that will raise my lifetime expense total (for non-scheduled maintenance) for the 1998 GC Sport 3.8 to a whopping $205. Not bad for 100,000 miles.
Gas prices being what they are combined with the fact that I've driven 12,000 miles in the last 18 weeks have caused me to cast a lustful eye to something more fuel efficient (I average about 22 mpg during my daily commute, 90% of which is on CC set 72), currently I'm liking the new A3 very much. The flip side of course is that this GC has been super reliable and has been long since paid off, and regardless of how many MPGs a new ride can deliver, it would take years at extremely high gas prices to justify the price difference between my "free" GC and any new car.
Assuming that she keeps running as problem free as she has been so far, it looks like it might could well be a long time before I part with her.
#3355 of 4276 05 Gr Caravan Relays?
Oct 31, 2005 (10:54 am)
I recently purchased a 05 Grand Caravan (11k miles) less than 24 hours after I purchased it, it started doing the old run-on thing that the old cars with carbourators used ot do. After a day of doing this the relay box started to "tick" when the vehicle was shut off and everytime it ticked, I could hear something firing on the the engine (assumed it was the fuel injectors). It is still under warranty and of course I got the extended as well out to 70k however, I am curious if anyone else has ever had or heard of this type of issuse with the Grand Caravan or any modern vehicle. The Service manager seemed VERY confused by this issue.
#3356 of 4276 Re: 2000 Caravan...is this a potentially big problem? [biff6]
Oct 31, 2005 (7:43 pm)
At least your dealer didn't say you needed an expesive repair. Have your sway bar bushings ever been replaced? They wear out between 30-50 K, are only about $12 a pair and very easy to install. If you have had 3 mechanics who didn't find (or invent) a problem, it can't be that serious. Take one of them for a ride and duplicate the problem.
#3357 of 4276 Re: 2000 Caravan...is this a potentially big problem? [97xpresso]
Nov 01, 2005 (5:07 am)
Thanks 97xpresso, I'm going to point that out, I'm going to bring it to a new dealer tonight so they can look at it.
#3358 of 4276 2003 Voyager - radio dial frequency
Nov 01, 2005 (6:18 am)
i have just taken my 2003 voyager abroad and wonder if there is not invasive way of changing radio frequency dial mode on the FM from 0.2MHz a step, to 0.1MHz. Simply can not tune to those European radio stations that broadcact on even frequencies (i.e. 101.4).
will appreciate your help.
#3359 of 4276 Chrysler Voyager 02 Dashboard lights out
Nov 01, 2005 (9:07 am)
Hello world, can you help me with this problem? I have a 02 Voyager and basically all of my dash board lights have gone out, the white lights behind the speedo are fine, but the following are now out- Red speedo needles, all minor panel lights like the electric windows, the cruise control button lights on the steering wheel and all of the the centre console illuminations are out, as are the lights on the radio buttons. Obviously these normally come on when you turn the head lights on. To make it clear when driving in the dark everything on the dash is black and you cannot see the location of any buttons. Everything else functions normally.
In case it has any relevance or is just coincidence a couple of times recently the airbag light has remained on after startup, which went out straight away with re start of the engine. The battery has sounded weak lately and failed to start yesterday requiring a jump start, but I must admit this is only after being left for few days in wet damp weather without being driven. And after all this the lights are now out, but I cannot confirm when this problem started or if it is connected to any of the above problems. Many thanks