Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 1:11 AM
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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#3714 of 4276 Re: Spare tire stuck... [shipo]
Feb 26, 2006 (7:34 am)
We had that happen back in December with our 1997 Plymouth Voyager - there was a leak in the side of the tire - and couldn't get the spare off. After about 20 minutes of tugging it from the cable, we found out there's a special way to get the spare out. We had to crank the cable down, then up to the tire, then back down again. The tire eventually came down with it, but that was a new story. We had to figure out how to get the spare off the cable. I don't know how we got it because it was dark, but we eventually did.
#3715 of 4276 Re: Spare tire stuck... [good4u]
Feb 26, 2006 (1:43 pm)
The spare comes off of the cable real easy, all you need to do is separate the two plastic pieces that form the "T" shaped wheel hanger (slide the vertical portion of said "T" up through the top horizontal portion) and then slip them through the hole in the wheel.
Regarding the down/up/down procedure, unfortunately I tried that too. Didn't work.
Since I took my son and a friend of his Tubing this afternoon, I was already cold and wet so I decided to crawl under the older van and check out the mechanism prior to rehanging the spare tire. From the looks of things, it seems that there is a safety catch inside the receiver for the vertical portion of the inverted "T" wheel hanger. Said catch appears to be designed to release when the nylon winch nut is turned counter clockwise, and engage with clockwise rotation. I'm thinking that it is this catch that is most probably the culprit on our 2003; however, Mrs. Shipo is currently out running errands in it so I cannot check to see of there might be some way for me to easily release the safety and drop the wheel.
#3716 of 4276 Re: 30 mpg is possible. [marine2]
Feb 28, 2006 (3:26 am)
I agree, as I usually check using the "divide miles travelled by gallons put into tank" method. I have no problem getting upwards of 25mpg with mostly hwy driving in the Gr. Voyager so I don't really understand the previous comments by others...
#3719 of 4276 Center Console Background Lighting.......
Mar 03, 2006 (8:48 am)
2001 T&C Limited. In 70,000 miles we have had one fuel injector and one rear antiskid sensor replaced under warrenty. I replaced the two warped front brake rotors ($25 each from NAPA) which was an easy and quick job.
We drive with headlights on and have lately noticed several center console background lights out in the upper horizontal row of switches as well as the lower air conditioning control panel. After digging into these panels I find the bulbs soldered to circuit boards and for all practical purposes unreplacable. The panels come as complete units, $65 for the upper panel of switches, $340 for the lower panel. I think I'll let the next owner decide if he needs background lights!
#3721 of 4276 Re: 1998 Plymouth Voyager hard starting [rdemontigny]
Mar 03, 2006 (8:27 pm)
Either: Battery is getting tired, or battery cable is loose on battery, Cable is loose on starter, starter relay, starter. Advise you to check the free stuff today (loose connections, check battery). Then wait for relay or starter to fail.
#3723 of 4276 does this sound right?
Mar 06, 2006 (11:07 am)
I took my Gr. Caravan 2001(63,000 Miles) in for the heated seat recall. Two hours later they called to tell me that they took the "courtesy" of checking my trans. fluid and that is was orange/brown instead of red, so it needed a flush. $150.00 Then he proceeded to tell me that the mechanic had a hard time starting it, so they checked my plugs, and they were worn down, so it needed a complete tune-up including cleaning the throttle body, etc.,$250.00. Next, he says the mechanic heard a sound when he pulled it in to the garage, and that my left strut and bushing is worn, but is covered under my extended warranty. The thing is, I have to wonder if these things are legit.or whether since they are making no profit on my recall job, that they are coming up with these other things. I bought this used so I don't know what the other party had done to it, but I keep it maintained with the oil changes, and fluids filled, etc. It runs like a top for me and I was surprised when he came up with all of this stuff. Does this sound "right" to you, do you think I really need all of this done at 63,000 miles? I haven't said yes to the repairs yet, I'll wait for your responses. Thank you all for this great forum.