Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 1:11 AM
You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
What is this discussion about?
Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#3646 of 4276 Re: Heater is blowing cold air [motoringmama]
Feb 05, 2006 (9:12 pm)
I have a 1998 plymouth grand voyager and this past september I noticed that only on the passenger side and in the rear it blows cold, but on the driver side it blows hot, I have to let the vehicle warm up for a long time in the mornings just to get it halfway comfortable for my children to ride. Also, all the lights on my control panel flash for about twenty minutes after the vehicle is running. Has anyone heard about the clockspring recall. I recieved the letter in the mail and lost it before I could get to the dealer because I wasn't having any of the problems now I am having all of the problems of the faulty clockspring.
#3647 of 4276 Power OUTLETS not working
Feb 06, 2006 (2:52 pm)
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. On a trip when the kids were watching a movie on our plug-in VCR, the unit just stopped. The light on the power plug wasn't lit, so I suspected I blew a fuse. I replaced all fuses and still neither the front dash or back AC power outlet works. Any suggestions?
Feb 06, 2006 (10:31 pm)
Under the hood is the power distribution center. It is a large black box on the driver's side of the van. It opens with two plastic clips on top and bottom. The top right relay controls the cigar /accessory power. If it is blown you will have no power to either power outlet in the van. Some vans had a spare fuse in the top left position. Check the inside of the cover for locations.
#3649 of 4276 Re: DVD [claires]
Feb 07, 2006 (8:36 am)
If you look at the Maintenance & Repair Forum, you'll notices vehicles of all origins that are titled "XXX Problems" (with no mention of solutions). At any rate, I've edited the title here, if that helps.
Yes - it gives me hope! lol
We have a 1999 Caravan Sport and looked at a 2006. It was so similar on the inside that my wife decided she'd prefer to keep driving hers. It has 90,000 miles on it. We replaced the trans at 73,000 miles or so, but otherwise it's been an excellent vehicle and IMHO is the best looking minivan ever made. Although I know some consider that a conundrum.
#3650 of 4276 Re: DVD [garandman]
Feb 07, 2006 (8:52 am)
We have both a 1998 GC Sport and a 2003 ES, both with the 3.8 mill. Personally, I prefer to drive the 1998 in spite of the leather seats, smoother transmission and more powerful engine of the 2003. Why? Well, it's the little things, things like the door lock buttons that are flush in the older one but stick up into the meat of your arm on the 2003. I think that your wife made the best choice.
Feb 07, 2006 (6:13 pm)
I've been wondering how to transplant a new 3.8 into it....
#3652 of 4276 Re: 3.8 [garandman]
Feb 07, 2006 (6:27 pm)
"I've been wondering how to transplant a new 3.8 into it..."
Hmmm, interesting question. For starters, "Are you serious?"
If you are, I guess the first question is, "What engine do you have now?"
IIRC, the 1999 GC Sport came with a 3.3 as the base mill and for a while at least, Dodge was offering the 29N package with the 3.8 as an option. I know that because that's how we managed to get a 3.8 in our 1998 GC Sport. Funny thing, we got ours because Chrysler allegedly ran low on 3.3s and started offering the 3.8 as a $250 option to the 29N package, even though the Dodge web site never listed such as an option. Come the 1999 model year, they listed the 29N 3.8 option for maybe the first half of the year, and then it disappeared, apparently never to be available again.
So, if you have the 3.3, dropping in a 1999 version of a 3.8 should be fairly easy, however, given the differences in the entire top end of the newer/higher horse power 3.8 (like the one in our 2003), I'd be surprised if you could make said newer engine fit with all of the accessories in the proper place and all of the linkages set properly.
From a subjective point of view, our 1998 3.8 performs about as well as the 2003 3.8, up to about 65 or so, not surprising due to the fact that the older van is both lighter and has almost the same exact torque available from the engine. Above that point the extra HP of the newer mill makes itself known, but even then the difference just isn't all that great.
If I had a 1999 3.3 in nice condition, and really wanted to keep it, I would certainly consider a 3.8 transplant; I'd just make sure that the new engine was built for the same vintage of van.
#3653 of 4276 No low beams on 94 Grand Caravan
Feb 08, 2006 (1:01 pm)
My low beams stopped working all of a sudden, I switched to high beams which worked and then back to low beams and they worked. After shutting the car off I had the same problem only this time the low beams never came back on. Any Ideas?
#3654 of 4276 Re: Debg3 Brake problems [hayneldan]
Feb 08, 2006 (4:59 pm)
you're right! Our mechanic had checked the master cylinder but didn't see leaks anywhere but after the last problem took it out and found the mc was bad (he had replaced it 1.5 years ago) and the brake fluid was leaking into another part of the brake system he couldn't see before hand. Luckily the parts store covered the cost of both parts since the mc was the cause of ruining the other part. Thanks for the tip!
#3655 of 4276 Problems/solutions
Feb 08, 2006 (8:38 pm)
The problem is the poor quality of Chrysler products. The solution (which I definitely will follow) is to never buy Chrysler again.