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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
Dec 19, 2000 (10:51 am)
While driving down the run the other day in our wonderful 15 degree weather my heat suddenly went out. None of the defrosters or floor heating vents work anymore. The blower is still working and its blow extremely cold air. I'm thinking its my thermostat that went out but there has been no change to my coolant guage to indicate that. Its within the normal operating range. The hoses look okay too. Does anyone have any ideas. My van is a 1998 Plymouth Voyager. 3.0l engine.
#565 of 4276 My 1998 Caravan - Won't Start until I move Steering Wheel from side
Dec 21, 2000 (2:34 pm)
My 1998 Caravan - Won't Start until I move Steering Wheel from side to side while attempting to start.. This is intermittent only.. I have seen cars do this before..
Can someone suggest part I need.? I can do most anything there is to do to a car..
#567 of 4276 1996 Dodge caravan transmission failure-recourse? by shadow 6595
Dec 22, 2000 (4:40 pm)
My 1996 Dodge Caravan's transmission failed at 48,000 miles.Is this a common problem? The dealer not only would not do anything but wanted to overcharge me so I had it fixed elswhere. I have all my records
but this happened 3 years ago and I no longer have the vehicle (DOG).
Do I have any recourse?
Dec 23, 2000 (8:09 am)
Yes, it's common that these units fail around that mileage, and yes, DaimlerChrysler knows about the problems and has since this transaxle was introduced (for the 1989 model year). And yes, many people have success getting DaimlerChrysler to reimburse for repairs - but it is not likely you'd have any success if you've since dumped the vehicle.
for some links about this problematic trasaxle.
#569 of 4276 Re: No Heat
Dec 23, 2000 (9:48 am)
I don't know if it works the same way in DC vans but I had the same problem with my 91 aerostar. The HVAC controls work off of a vacum line system that open and close various pathways to the vents. You may a vacum leak in one of you hose thus causing no heat. If you are not getting any heat at all then it would probally be the main duct by your heater core not operating.
#570 of 4276 Has anyone had electrical problems?....
Dec 23, 2000 (8:32 pm)
Has anyone had electrical problems like the ones I have been having with my '99 Grand Voyager SE (twin of Grand Caravan)? Currently I have 26K and have had a another electrical type of problem now twice; the second time tonight?
I will try to be accurate, but brief.
At about 6K miles, I pulled onto our street and the entire vehicle just died. Turned the key and nothing -- no click, no sound, no lights, no radio, etc. DEAD. Turned out to be a electric command module of some sort, but it took over 4 days to diagnosis, get the part and fix.
Everything was fine until tonight, when a somewhat similar -- but not exact -- electrical problem happened. When I inserted the key, it would NOT turn. However the steering wheel was NOT locked. I was able to turn the steering wheel until it indeed did engage in the lock position. Ironically, I held the steering wheel to one side, and I was able to turn the key and start the car! Great I thought...
Until I realized that my BRAKE, AS, and AIR BAG warning lights STAYED LIT. I also did not have any power to the center portion of my dashboard -- no radio/time light, nor did my fan or defroster work (I live in central WI and tonight it was +3F degrees.
I quickly drive home and backed the vehicle into the garage incase I could not drive it to the dealer on (yikes) Tuesday.
Again -- anyone have similar tales or adventures? Although it may seem quite minor to a few, I am somewhat frustrated at 26K miles.
#571 of 4276 Scanner - Please respond
Dec 23, 2000 (8:40 pm)
The problem that I listed above was simliar to the question you asked -- in being that I could not start the my '99 Voyager minivan without as the key could not turn...(for details see my question on Electrical problems)
What has been your experience?
#572 of 4276 Dodge Caravan 99 Problems
Dec 27, 2000 (7:43 pm)
Just wanted to share some problems we are having with our 99 Caravan E. Now at 27,000 miles have had the following problems: Ringing noise in engine, brought in 3 times, changed belt, said will continue, only hemp fix, brought in two more times for same noise; transmission went out at about 20k miles, sensor needed to be replaced; panel circuit board went out which controls odometer, etc gauges ; loud moaning noise when turning steering wheel, replaced rack & pinion and steering column; now my cruise control went out on the highway, works when it wants and also my rear a/I vents sound like they are blowing, but no air coming out. Will bring in again! Not happy at all. Anyone having similar problems?
#573 of 4276 '97 Dodge GC LE problems so far
Dec 28, 2000 (10:22 am)
Bought the van new 7/97. It has 68K miles on it now.
Front brake pads at 53K, normal wear
Leaky transmission solenoid 57K ($330)
Frozen serpentine belt tensioner 59K ($135)
Right now, I have very small on/off water pump leak. The power steering pump has started to leak and the front driver side strut has started to leak. TOO MANY LEAKS AT 68K!!!!
For power steering pump leak, I have put one of those "stop leak" products in the reservoir.
Will let you know if it works.
No transmisson problem so far. I changed the fluid/filter at Chrysler dealer at 55K. On suggestion about the transmisson; make sure you make complete stop while changing gear from D to R or visa versa. And if you leave in icy /snowy area, do not let the wheels spin too much on icy roads.
Our old '89 Mazda MPV with V-6 engine and 156K miles ( sold it in '97) did not have as much problem.
At the time that we bought the Dodge, there was nothing out there that was comparable to Chrysler's vans. If the new Honda Oddessy was out at the time, we would have bought the Honda.