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#817 of 4276 2001 Grand Caravan EX Problem
Sep 10, 2001 (6:44 pm)
Bought a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX in July. Didn't notice anything on the test drive, nice features, nice van. Out on the road later I noticed a jerking motion whenever the van would shift into overdrive around 45 mph and would continue (not as noticeable) at higher speeds as well, almost like the engine was skipping or like driving a stick shift too slow for the gear you're in. I was told by the dealer I had a torque converter/computer problem that might fix itself after a 5,000 mile break-in. 5,000 miles came with the problem still there. The dealer consulted Chrysler and replaced the torque converter and pump. When I picked the van up the mechanic said the same symptoms were still there but to drive it and see if I noticed any improvement. None noticed, now the dealer is supposedly consulting the regional service manager for advice. Anybody out there with a similar problem? Advice?
#818 of 4276 Front brake calipers on 99 T&C to be replaced at 43k
Sep 13, 2001 (11:41 am)
Has anyone else had this problem yet? I need to replace our front calipers due to a caliper piston starting to crumble. I discovered its not metal, but a form of phenolic plastic.
Our 99 T&C with about 43,000 miles on it started to make a few warning sounds from the front brakes... peeking into the wheel showed the pads were fairly warn. Well, I guess 43k on a set of front pads is acceptable.
I bought a new set of pads, disassembled and removed the rotors. They were fairly rusty,had some groves etc, and new ones were $17, so I just splurged for new.
During cleanup I removed the old pads after squeezing the piston back into the caliper. I had kept the old pad there to prevent the c-clamp from leaving marks on the piston. I was surprised when I removed the old pad on the passenger side, and saw that some of the edge of the piston was cracked and rusted away....??? I pressed on the damaged section with my finger, and more pieces came away in my fingers. Never having a plastic piston, I did not know what to make of it.
After some research, I found that these are "new technology" phenolic pistons. I called the local Chrysler dealer and discovered that replacements would be identical.
Oh, yes, by the way, since we have more than 36,000 miles on the van, I get to pay for new calipers that are identical to the ones that crumbled after 43,000 miles. To be fair, only one side is crumbling, the other one is fine, but I intend to replace both as a pair.
#819 of 4276 We had to replace Disc Brake Rotor on Volvo at 29,600 miles
Sep 13, 2001 (1:10 pm)
If you went 43,000 miles on a set of front pads, that is MUCH BETTER than the service our NEW Volvo gave us when we had to replace the Right Rear Disc Rotor at 29,600 miles.
That was just one of many problems. When the rear seals of both axles started leaking oil at 45,000 miles we felt we had endured enough of the "Reliability" of our foreign made car and traded it off.
We have had far better reliability with GM, Ford and DC than we had with either Volvo or Volkswagen or my sister had with Nissan. Parts and Labor also much less expensive with vehicles from the "Big 3".
#820 of 4276 tc99owner
Sep 13, 2001 (4:30 pm)
For what it's worth, my '94 Grand Voyager LE AWD's front calipers have been replaced twice; like yours one side went, both both sides were replaced together for symmetry. First time was three years ago, and the second time was two months ago, when the rotors/pads were also replaced. According to the technican, the caliper was starting to stick causing it to wear the pad prematurely, and causing the rotor to heat up/wear unnecessarily. This happened the last time as well, which is why I thought it was odd. In any case, the pads were covered under the warranty for this case, but the calipers were not. Since they have been replaced once already, they took off the labour charge for that item after I squawked.
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Sep 17, 2001 (10:43 am)
I have a '97 Grand Caravan 3.8 and have noticed that when I fill up and remove the gas cap there is no vacuum. This has been the case for some time and I actually don't remember if it ever had it. On my other car it's there. Is the vacuum there for the rest of you? Do I potentially have a fuel system leak? By the way I have checked for possible DTCs but all is clear.
#824 of 4276 Beware of loose intake manifold bolts
Sep 22, 2001 (8:56 pm)
I have a '97 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.8 with 75,600 mi. on it . The other day two intake manifold bolts snapped on start up causing coolant to leak into the combustion chamber. There was of indication of corrosion on the bolts and one of the holes had to be helicoiled. Repair bill: $500.00. Other repairs necessary after the 3/36 warranty expired: Driver side power window track and motor replaced; water pump replaced; oxygen sensor replaced. Items now needing repair: Airbag light on; horn not operating; intermittent check engine light, possibly another oxygen sensor.
I swore off buying Ford products after our '87 Aerostar. I have now sworn off buying Chrysler products.
#825 of 4276 '97 Dodge Caravan with leaky transmission selonoid pack
Sep 25, 2001 (12:25 pm)
Our Caravan had a leaky selonoid pack that was replaced at 53K at $380. Now, I see transmission fluid on garage floor again, and it appears it is dripping from back of the pan. On the last leak, the dealer said that it leaked at selonoid pack and dripped rearward.
At 84K, if it is selonoid pack AGAIN, does anyone know if I can force Chrysler or the dealer to pay for it this time. It is annoying when the same component goes bad twice. At $25K, I expected much better realibility. Our old 89 Mazda MPV with 155K never gave us any trouble.
#826 of 4276 2100 rpm Vibration Problem
Sep 27, 2001 (7:38 am)
I just purchased a 2002 Voyager, which has a slight 2100 rpm vibration problem. What is the current status of the 2100 rpm problem? Can it be fixed? Has DC issued any instructions to dealers how to fix it? I would very much appreciate any response.