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#87 of 4276 rocker arm noise -1990 Grand Carvan LE
Feb 05, 2000 (8:32 pm)
I am considering buying a 1990 Dodge Caravan. Overall, it is in good mechanical shape...with one exception: The engine rocker arms are doing a lot of clicking. I've understood this to be "normal" as cars get up into this mileage range (150k). It is not burning oil but I am wondering what problem(s) may be lurking because of the noise and what could be done to elminate or reduce the noise. Engine oil is full and clean.
Feb 05, 2000 (10:31 pm)
Those ABS brakes you had were likely the Bendix 10 system which had a high failure rate.
Feb 09, 2000 (6:54 am)
I used to change the engine oil myself and want to change the transmission oil on my own also. I looked at the transmission fluid pan underneath of my 98 Dodge Caravan (Sport model), it seemed that I have to unscrew all the screws there and take out the whole pan cover, not like the pan for the engine oil tank. Is that correct? If that is the case, will that make dirt everywhere when the pan cover is losed? I appreciate if you can give some advise and instructions! Also, what transmission fluid should I use, Morpar from the dealer or other brand? Thanks a lot!
#90 of 4276 Transmission Fluid Change
Feb 09, 2000 (11:07 pm)
Changing the transmission fluid can be a messy job. You have to loosen all the pan bolts and then remove those to the rear of the pan. Place a container underneath the back of the pan and carefully break the seal. The fluid then comes gushing out hopefully streaming into the pan. That is the theory. Half of the transmission fluid normally ends up in my driveway. One word of caution, if the pan has never been removed before you will have a hard time breaking the seal which is RTV sealant. I had to carefully pry with a pry bar using a convenient thick aluminum casting on the transmission to loosen the pan. You have to replace the transmission filter and most aftermaket filters include a nice gasket to use that makes removal of the pan much easier next time.
Use ATF+ fluid only. I have used Quaker State as it is cheaper than the Mopar and meets the same specifications. When you refill, start with 4 qts for the 4-speed transmission and then add additional fluid in small quantities so that you do not overfill. My change took about 4.5 qts. Best of luck.
Feb 11, 2000 (1:37 am)
BE VERY CERTAIN YOU GET THE RIGHT FLUID...THIS IS CRITICAL.. LOOK IN YOUR MANUAL AND GET EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS.... EXACTLY..
#92 of 4276 An update on the $29K 1996 GCV-ES
Feb 11, 2000 (9:18 pm)
An update on the $29K 1996 GCV-ES
The horn, airbag, and cruise control were fixed by replacing the clock spring under the steering wheel ( $250.00 )
The leaking transmission fluid was fixed by tightening them fancy clamps and rubber hoses Chrysler's been using for 4+ decades ($29.00)
The Wipers were fixed by replacing the control stalk ( Number 3 ) Extended Warrenty
The CD Player and Radio had to be replaced
Thanks for listening and thanks for the horn tooting lessons boys!
#93 of 4276 2000 CARAVAN TRANS SLIPPING AT 1k mi
Feb 16, 2000 (7:03 am)
The 2000 Caravan I have the transmission is slipping/jumping on the freeway at about 60 MPG while maintaining speed. Anyone else hade this happen? Do you have a clunking noise in the LR of the van? It sounds like a bottle rolling in the tire and goes away at acceleration. Please let me know. I am taking it in the Dodge on THURS. and telling them to FIX IT!
#94 of 4276 2000 CARAVAN TRANS SLIPPING AT 1k mi
Feb 16, 2000 (7:04 am)
(Updated with proper spelling...
The 2000 Caravan I have the transmission is slipping/jumping on the freeway at about 60 MPH while maintaining speed. Has Anyone else had this happen? Do you have a clunking noise in the LR of the van? It sounds like a bottle rolling in the tire and goes away at acceleration. Please let me know. I am taking it in the Dodge on THURS. and telling them to FIX IT!
Feb 17, 2000 (2:13 am)
yeah..that is normal...
#96 of 4276 1996 Grand Caravan Ok so far
Feb 17, 2000 (5:24 am)
I have a 96' GC SE with 38k miles and have not had any major problems. One brake repair, two sliding door roller repairs and two recalls for items that were working fine at the time, all under warranty. Transmission seems fine, no noises or slipping at varying speeds. The van is quiet at most speeds below 90 mph. (gets noisy at 110).
Suppose I should have the transmission fluid and filter changed soon but beyond tires, brakes, oil and wiper blades I haven's spent any major time getting to know my local Dodge service dept. Some of you folks have had so many problems I think you could have solved a lot it with a rural untraveled road, a match and a long walk to the nearest telephone. Good luck with your new manufacturer!