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#3784 of 4276 1997 Grand caravan (3.8L) Cruise & Engine cutting out
Mar 19, 2006 (9:42 pm)
This is driving me mad! The cruise keeps cutting out momentarily when the engine is cold (in the first 30 min), not very interesting you may think BUT the rpm and the speedo needles both fall to zero and the 'check engine light appears'. All of this only lasts for around 1/2 second (as if the van cuts out)with the van then cutting back in and the needles resuming normal positions/check engine light going out.
Incidentally the only way to then set cruise back on is to cancel it and then turn back on.
This only seems to be happening when cold (and is getting more frequent) but if taken for a long trip (over 2 hours) the thing runs faultlesley!!
It has recently also started to just cut off when idiling........I would be grateful for any advice as all the mechanics and Dodge dealers in the area are at a loss to the fault!!
#3785 of 4276 Re: 1995 dodge caravan Hesitates when idle [blacklab78]
Mar 20, 2006 (7:51 am)
What you found are MIL codes (Malfunction Indicator Light)
12 means 'battery disconnect within the last 50 cycles', and 55 is 'End of code' display.
You can find those codes in automotive manuals like Haynes.
My '97 T&C shows the #12 code for a long time now, even though the battery has not been disconnected in the longest time.
If you do an OBDII scan, you get more precize pinpointing to a specific problem.
Mar 20, 2006 (8:24 am)
I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan. I have about 60k miles on my van and so far I've had problems with the sway bar bushings, tie rods, sliding door wiring (chain) instrument cluster and transmission leak in a cylinoid. That being said, Question #1. Does anyone know if there is any maintenance you can do for the sliding door chain? I just paid to have one side replaced and the other door is making the same noise (gritty sound) the other side made before it broke. The dealer said to "wait untill it breaks". Because the chain is plastic I wasn't sure lubrication would do any good? #2 The lighting on my instrument panel is fading from about 0-40. The dealer said I needed a new Instrument Cluster and quoted me $552.00! Any advice?
#3787 of 4276 Re: 1997 Grand caravan (3.8L) Cruise & Engine cutting out [rickyd3]
Mar 20, 2006 (4:04 pm)
I had the same problem with my 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan with a 3.0 L engine. I ended up replacing the throttle position sensor and that solved the problem. Might work for you.
Mar 20, 2006 (4:36 pm)
My 2002 Voyager A/C, pw, radio stop working as the car starts. When the key is on ACC, everything works fine. When the car warms up, everything starts working fine. Transmission is also a little eratic when these gages are not working. The dealer wants to replace the console cluster as the poster above. I hate to spend $600 on this. Any advice?
#3789 of 4276 Re: 1998 Dodge Caravan Stalls [virg5410]
Mar 21, 2006 (2:58 pm)
I have a 96 T&C with same problem. Also looses power momentarily at speed with no change in rpms. Replaced cam and crank sensors and computer and ingition switch. Problem persists. There are no codes on computer. Anybody have an answer?
#3790 of 4276 Re: 2002 Grand Caravan engine coolant problem (3.3L engine) [shipo]
Mar 23, 2006 (7:55 am)
Thanks for the advise Shipo. Replacing the rad cap did not solve it. Further testing revealed that one of the cylinders leaks to the cooling system via the head gasket. The leak is so small that it does not affect engine performance, but I still need to replace a whole bunch of gaskets at considerable cost. Is this a common problem in these engines? I sure hope it does not happen again.
#3791 of 4276 Re: 2002 Grand Caravan engine coolant problem (3.3L engine) [appie]
Mar 23, 2006 (8:25 am)
For a definitive answer to your question, you might want to search the TSB database (sorry, I don't remember the link, anybody?), that having been said, I've been active on these boards since late 1998 and you're the first to report a head gasket leak on a relatively young Chrysler V6 that I can remember. While that statement isn't definitive proof that your leak is a very rare occurrence, it is at least a very good indication. Good luck and keep us posted.
#3792 of 4276 Suggestions to posting #3786
Mar 24, 2006 (6:55 pm)
I have not had a response to my posting yet. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions? Much appreciated!
#3793 of 4276 Re: What Next? [ledford]
Mar 24, 2006 (9:53 pm)
Question #1. Does anyone know if there is any maintenance you can do for the sliding door chain?
The only thing that I can suggest is to keep the well clean from debris. Vacuum the well and plastic chain whenever you vacuum the inside of your van. This way the plastic chain can move freely when the doors are opened and closed. Also, I had noticed with our kids, they would use the well as a step by putting the front part of their foot inside the well, which could mess up the chain by stepping on it or putting dirt and stuff in there. Not to mention, they would kick the snow off their boots in the well. (I had a talk about this with them and they no longer do it.)
#2 The lighting on my instrument panel is fading from about 0-40. The dealer said I needed a new Instrument Cluster and quoted me $552.00! Any advice?
We had the same problem last year, but between 40-60. I did not have the dealer look at it, but was told it could be a few hundred dollars just to pull the dash out to see what the problem was. Well, I prayed about it and the problem is fix. Just cost me a little of my time and faith.