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#2058 of 2390 2000 dodge grand caravan transmission prob..
Feb 09, 2005 (3:56 pm)
Hi, has anyone had this problem with their 2000 or newer Grand Caravan. I have had the transmission not lock into the drive position 2 x now. Once at a stop sign, I just tried to start moving again and the vehicle didn't go anywhere. I checked to see if it was in drive and it felt as if it was not or would not lock into place. My wife was backing out of the drive-way and she could not get it into drive. Both times resulted in eventual placement into drive after a few attempts. The only other issue is a leaky master cylinder, of which the dealer said was not uncommon and should need to be replaced. Any problems or advice here? Linkage or trainy problem, 51,000 miles scheduled for a trainy service this Friday the 11th.
#2059 of 2390 Caravan Towing
Feb 11, 2005 (6:10 am)
I have a 2005 Caravan with a rated tow capacity of 1800 (no tow package). Is it ok to use this vehicle to tow a trailer that weighs 3000 for short distances or will I stress the frame too much.
#2060 of 2390 Re: Caravan Towing [dave26]
Feb 11, 2005 (4:48 pm)
I think you answered your own question. 3000 lbs without the tow package is asking for trouble.
#2061 of 2390 Re: Caravan Towing [dave26]
Feb 13, 2005 (10:56 am)
It's not just about the frame. It's about the tires, axel, brakes, etc. Most importantly to you, if you get into some sort of accident while you are driving with a trailer that exceeds the maximum capacity, you will be at fault. Even in short distances, there are stop sign in your neighborhood and children that could jump out into your way. It's REALLY a bad idea.
#2062 of 2390 Re: 2004 Grand Caravan instrument panel lights [bcoleman]
Feb 15, 2005 (7:57 am)
That was one of those cost cutting deals Chrysler did a few years ago. They have taken many little things off over the years. I had a 2001 Voyager that I traded for a new 2003 Voyager LX and I found several things that my 2001 had that my 2003 did not have. Others did the same. BTW, I bought a 2005 Saturn VUE last month and the switches for the windows and seat warmers light up at night! We were very happy to have that!
#2063 of 2390 Towing package for 2001 caravan
Mar 03, 2005 (9:07 am)
I have a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan (3.3 liter, no towing package) that I used to tow my 10 foot pop-up camper around to various Wisconsin campgrounds.
We're going to Yellowstone park this summer, and I'm not confident about my van's ability to handle the trip while towing the pop-up.
What are my options? Can I get a towing package installed? How much would it cost?
#2064 of 2390 Re: Towing package for 2001 caravan [joe34]
Mar 03, 2005 (12:08 pm)
From what I remember you would need the bigger 3.8L engine, 160 amp alternator, transmission cooler, heavy duty radiator and the 600 CCA battery.
#2065 of 2390 Repair your Dodge 96-01 Caravan power windows
Mar 14, 2005 (8:22 pm)
Beware of expensive repairs to your 96-01 Dodge Caravan power windows. My drivers door power window motor quit working. The dealer with a straight face quoted me $360 to replace the motor. The parts dept quoted $192 for the motor with regulator (can't just buy the motor alone) anyway, after unsuccessfully trying to get the old regulator and motor out, I took off the motor case and sprayed QRC contact cleaner (available at auto parts stores) and guess what - all that built up black gunk was gone and the power window worked again. Amazing what a little tinkering will do! I am sure Chrysler doesn't offer this type of repair! Or want folks to start tinkering on their own. Hope this helps others.
#2066 of 2390 Re: Repair your Dodge 96-01 Caravan power windows [soccerhorse]
Mar 14, 2005 (8:49 pm)
How difficult is it to access the motor? What has to be removed? How long did it take you to do the repair?
My driver's power door window sometimes does not work. It will work once in awhile by just flipping the switch a few times and if not, just open and slam the door and it works.
Did yours have this symptom before it just quit working?
#2067 of 2390 Re: Repair your Dodge 96-01 Caravan power windows [hansienna]
Mar 15, 2005 (7:30 am)
Yes - you have the same symptoms as described by my wife. Basically the contacts in the motor or brushes are all gunked up with black gook. To get the panel off, do the following: remove 2 screws holding the window switches in place, unhook the switches and remove it. Note: 1 screw is behind cover about size of a dime, remove screw by handle you grab when you close the door, remove 2 long screws under the map side pocket, then all that is holding the door on is the plastic tabs which will break off and cost $2.25 to replace (takes 5). Then remove the door handle and the courtesy lamp swithch and now you have access to the motor.
Next to clean the motor, remove the cover motor (about 2"x4" black vertical case)with a phillips screw driver and then I sprayed contact cleaner on the whole setup. I also pulled the motor up so I could spray the part that the 2 brushes are touching and to make sure the brushes are clean. I also sprayed the inside of the case to clean it out. QRC contact cleaner works great.
It should take you no time at all to do as you now know the secret. You can probably do it in less than an hour. Basically when you slam the door, the motor is now making contact with the brushes and it temporarily works again. It seems like a poor design as the motor is housed vertically pooling all the black gunk on the brushes which are located at the bottom of the setup.
Hope this helps and keeps $360 in your pocket.