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#3488 of 4276 1998 Dodge Caravan Stalls
Dec 14, 2005 (1:51 pm)
1998 120,000 miles 3.3 started to stall intermitently. It runs awsome then dies with out warning. I can start it right back up after I turn it off for awhile, but then it gets harder to start back up when it has died a few times. It will still start just have to wait longer. My mechanic can not find anything wrong. Before I started having this problem my tack, speedometer and gear lights on the dash would act up. Like the stall it happen intermitantly. My mechanic said I had a crank shaft sensor code show so he replaced that but still it is not fixed. He put in a new battery yesterday in hopes but it died on my way to work 5 times. The car still runs great if it were not for the stalling and I hate to give it up. I see where others have had similar problems. Has no one found a cure?
#3489 of 4276 Re: 1998 Dodge Caravan Stalls [virg5410]
Dec 14, 2005 (5:14 pm)
I know the 96 GC's had a recall on the clock spring in the steering wheel but I doubt that is the problem. It could be the BCM computor or it's wiring harness. Caravans are also prone to having poor grounds. There are several grounds associated with this car. Upper left motor mount and in the area of the radiator and under the dash. Also, I would carefully clean and check both ends of the battery cables and replace if in doubt. I did have trouble with the door locks just before the clock spring went out on my GC' but it corrected itself before I had it replaced. I did clean the cables. Apparently these vans are "ground" sensitive. Let us know how you make out. Jim
#3490 of 4276 Re: grinding sound when sliding on snow [motoringmama]
Dec 14, 2005 (5:15 pm)
"Also, I don't know if this has traction control or limited slip on it."
Well, you do now... That grinding noise you heard was the traction control system in action. If you had been driving across the slippery stuff with little or no throttle you would not have heard the noise, however, as soon as the traction control system sensed wheel slip, it actuated the brakes in rapid fire fashion to eliminate said slipping.
#3491 of 4276 Re: 2001 voyager blower problem [stedyek]
Dec 14, 2005 (8:55 pm)
For the passenger compartment fan blower problem, you are looking at a fairly simple replacement of a resistor pack that controls the speed. it is located on the firewall between the engine and the passenger compartment. Open the hood, look towards the back of the engine in line with the serpentine belt. On the wall at the back of the engine you should see a plastic rectangle about the size of a credit card with a wiring harness plugged into it.
this needs to be pried off and replaced with a new one. I haven't done one this new but I'm told that if you slide a screwdriver in from the outside it will compress a clip that will allow you to remove the resistor pack.
You'll have all the blower settings back. it's an easy swap.
The rear wiper motor isn't too tough to swap either but I'm confused about your "before" comment. If it's working now, just leave it. I had to cut the wiper arm off the spindle in order to remove it.
You'll need to give more information about how your passenger window doesn't work. This could be a mechanical problem or an electrical problem depending on what's actually going wrong.
#3492 of 4276 Re: Noisy Stow and Go minivans Part 2 [veritasusa]
Dec 15, 2005 (8:25 am)
HAS ANYBODY HAD THE NOISY EXHAUST PROBLEM RESOLVED? I JUST BOUGHT A NEW 2005 TOWN & COUNTRY LIMITED BACK IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR. I LOVE THE VAN BUT THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT HAS BEEN THE LOUD EXHAUST GLASS PACK NOISES. ON THE HIGHWAY GOING 70 IT IS NOT VERY NOTICABLE, BUT CRUSING AROUND TOWN IT IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE. IT MAKES A LOUD GROWLING SOUND THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY.
THIS IS NOT THE QUIET MINIVAN THAT I HAVE READ REVIEWS ON. WHEN BUYING A SO CALLED "LUXURY" MINIVAN, THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS CRANK UP THE RADIO TO DROWN OUT THE MUFFLER SOUNDS.
IF CHRYSLER HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT THIS & IS JUST SAYING THIS IS INHERENT TO THE VEHICLE, THIS WILL BE THE LAST CHRYSLER THAT I WILL BUY(I STILL OWN A 99' T & C THAT IS VERY QUIET--AND HAS THE SAME ENGINE?).
I AM NOT SURE IF ALL 2005 T & C'S HAVE THIS ISSUE BECAUSE I CAN NOT FIND MANY POSTS ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THIS PROBLEM --THE LAST ONE DATED SEPTEMBER 2005 IN THIS EDMUNDS FORUM.
CAN A DIFFERENT MUFFLER BE USED TO REPLACE THE ONE ON THE VAN & SOLVE THE PROBLEM?
#3493 of 4276 Re: Noisy Stow and Go minivans Part 2 [nategb555]
Dec 15, 2005 (8:46 am)
For starters, please don't shout (typing in all CAPS), it's considered rude, it's difficult to read, and as such, many posters won't even bother to respond, even if they happen to have an answer.
Now, to the point of your post, you didn't mention what your dealership has had to say on the subject. That being said, I don't imagine that it will be all that difficult to diagnose such a problem that is as loud as a "glass pack" level of exhaust noise. It could be a cracked joint or otherwise split or holed pipe, it could be a hole in the muffler, it could be a loose bolt coming off of the exhaust header, it could be something wrong with the catalytic converter.
Regarding your comment that said, "I still own a '99 T&C that is very quiet -- and has the same engine." Well, not really. True, they both are probably sporting the 3.8 (the same as our 1998 and our 2003 GCs), however, they aren't the same engine, hence the difference in power and fuel economy. Same block? Yes. Same everything else? Some yes, some no, and that includes both the intake and exhaust systems if I'm not mistaken.
Question tree #1: Did you take it for a test drive before you took delivery of it? If so, did it make the noise then? If so, why did you take delivery of it?
Question tree #2: Have you gone back to your dealership and asked to ride in another similarly equipped van? If so, did it make the same amount of noise? In the unlikely event that it did, then I guess that's just way it is. If it didn't, did you bring the difference to the attention of your service advisor? If so, what did he/she say?
#3494 of 4276 Re: Noisy Stow and Go minivans Part 2 [shipo]
Dec 15, 2005 (9:53 am)
besides the things you mention: it's possible it's a missing rubber grommet for one of the hangers on the exhaust system, or some part of the exhaust system could be pushed up against the underside of the vehicle, or something from the road may have lodged in between a part of the exhaust and the underside...
i'd bring it in and have someone put it on a lift.
#3495 of 4276 Re: grinding sound when sliding on snow [shipo]
Dec 15, 2005 (11:29 am)
Thank you for the response. I am happy to know my vehicle is equipped with this safety feature.
#3496 of 4276 Re: 2001 voyager blower problem [justaskin]
Dec 16, 2005 (12:58 pm)
I'll try the resistor pack replacement this weekend. The rear wiper on 2 or 3 occassions has stopped working but is working now so I agree to leave it alone.
The passenger window has also stopped working 2 or 3 times but is working fine now too. When it acts up it will go down and then not come up except in about half inch increments over about 10 minutes of of trying.
#3497 of 4276 Day time running lights
Dec 16, 2005 (1:41 pm)
The day time running lights on my 2001 Caravan quit working the other day. The fuses look fine. Is there a relay linked to these lights? I am not sure if Caravans sold in the U.S. have this setup, but any advice would be welcomed.