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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Van
#1418 of 1446 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption [xwesx]
Jul 06, 2009 (6:56 am)
I have a 2006 Chrysler T&C and since last December have been adding about 1 quart every 4,000 miles. My dealership said this is normal and did not see any evidence of oil leaks or blue smoke from oil burning in the engine. For now, I check the oil every month and keep a couple quarts in the garage.
#1419 of 1446 Maintenance surprises
Aug 01, 2009 (11:53 am)
I recently took my 2007 T&C LX in for its 60k mile servicing. I had some surprises, some pleasant and some not so pleasant. On the pleasant side, there was very little that needed attention. The serpentine belt looked good, the plugs are supposed to be good for 100k miles (per the dealer), the transmission fluid looked good, and other than the oil change and air filter replacement and a thorough check, there was little to do. Even the OEM Goodyear tires still had some life in them (more on that in the Tires & Wheels discussion).
Except... the tie rod ends were worn to the point the dealer recommended their replacement. I was shocked that tie rods would need to be replaced on a 3-year-old van with 60k miles. Second, the front brakes needed replacement. I could understand how the pads would need to be replaced, but the dealer said the rotors could not be resurfaced and needed replacement also. Total was about $700.
So while I am pleased that the van has very low scheduled maintenance costs for 60k miles, I am not too happy that parts like tie rod ends and front rotors should need replacement so soon.
#1420 of 1446 Re: Maintenance surprises [backy]
Aug 03, 2009 (3:46 am)
I too am surprised (and disappointed) about the tie rod ends. But, they couldn't have been that much money, were they?
When I replaced the front pads on our '07 DGC at 42,000 miles, the rotors looked good so I left them on. I agree with your dealer about not resurfacing the rotors. They are probably thin enough as they come from the factory. But, without having seen your rotors, I do not know if I would have replaced them or not.
$700 seems a little high to me for front pads, rotors and tie rod ends. Pads and rotors are around $125-150 from a parts place. Tie rod ends (just the outer, I assume) can't be more than $40/each, so we're at $230 for parts, say $250 to be generous. I could do all that work in a good afternoon, maybe a day at tops. That's why I stay away for shops whenever I can.
Maybe there was some other work done that you didn't mention.
#1421 of 1446 Re: Maintenance surprises [srs_49]
Aug 03, 2009 (6:02 am)
The total was $744 for all of the services, including the oil/filters and inspections. Also I had a $100 coupon so the actual total was $844.
The brakes and tie rod ends were each around $350. That included a front end alignment, which seemed like a good idea given the tie rod ends were replaced.
Had I had more time, I would have gotten estimates from another shop (not a dealer). But I was leaving in a couple of days on a trip and my wife needed the van, so I needed to get the work done. Also the van has a lifetime powertrain warranty (not the Chrysler warranty, but one I got for free when I bought the van used) which requires I pre-authorize any service work if done anyplace but the selling dealer.
#1422 of 1446 Re: 2006 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption [andridge]
Sep 25, 2009 (8:55 am)
I have a 2006 T&C as well. At 39,000 mi. (and 3,000 since last oil change), oil indicator light came on, but time to get oil changed anyway. They only drained 3 qts! Checked oil at 40,500 and looks about a qt low - at min line and was at max after oil change. Going to add a qt now, with next oil change at 42k. This van leaks absolutely no oil, so it is definitely due to consumption.
I had never had a problem with oil consumption prior to the 36,000 mi. service. Based on my experience, I would check oil every 1,000 miles once you hit 36,000 (same time the factory warranty expires coincidentally), and keep a qt or two in the garage if it's low between oil changes.
#1423 of 1446 Re: 2006 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption [old_school1]
Mar 09, 2010 (2:24 pm)
I have a 2005 T&C with 3.8 and my brother has a Pacifica with 3.8. Both of our Chryslers started consuming oil at about 30,000 miles. I was baffled. No leaks and no obvious burning or smoking. I mentioned it to my brother and he had the same experience. It uses 3-4 quarts between oil changes. I changed the air filter and it made a huge difference in oil consumtion on my van. It still uses oil. but only 1-2 quarts between oil changes (3000 miles).
#1424 of 1446 Re: 2006 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption [frazer1]
Apr 08, 2010 (1:20 pm)
I have a 2006 that does this also; I was told that this is common on the 3.8 engines and the dealership won't do anything about it. My guess is that the valve seals are faulty and either we'll have to get a rebuild or deal with it. And Chrysler can't understand why people don't like their vehicles...
#1425 of 1446 Re: 2006 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption [abashal]
Apr 08, 2010 (1:35 pm)
How often do you all have to add oil? 3-4 qts between oil changes doesn't tell us a whole lot.
Leaky valve stem seals manifest themselves as a brief burst of gray smoke when the engine is first started up. What happens is that when the engine sits overnight, the oil that has collected above the head seeps past the seal and into the cylinder. When you start the engine up, this oil is burned.
#1426 of 1446 08 Dodge Gr. Caravan Alarm
Jun 12, 2010 (3:29 pm)
Just purchased 08 Gr. Caravan, on several occasions alarm goes off when opening a door prior to unlocking with the RKE (remote keyless entry). Unable to shut off alarm either by pressing unlock on the RKE or inserting and starting the van? Is this normal behavior, do you have to unlock prior to opening one of the power doors or liftgate?
Seems like it may be an issue for just one of the RKE's, have not duplicated the issue with the spare RKE?
Cannot duplicate issue at will?