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#75 of 199 2001 Chrysler Town & Country - Cabin Heat Issue - Eng Temp Gage Issue
Feb 07, 2008 (10:13 am)
I have a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country LX MiniVan. It has nearly 160,000 miles on it. I live in Michigan where it gets cold and snows. Two weeks ago (end of January), the vehicle began having heating issues...
Upon start up, the engine runs fine. The needle on the engine temperature gauage remains at the bottom, at "C" for at least 5 to 10 mins. Then it slow increases to the 1/4 mark. Then within 1 minute it shoots up the the 7/8 mark close to the "H". (The first few times this happened I shut off the vehicle). However, now I found that after another 5 minutes, the needle lowers back down to the "just below the 1/2 way" mark.
At the same time, my cabin heat stopped functioning correctly. Related? Perhaps.
I can't get any heat in the cabin unless I'm traveling at least 40 mph. Therefore while driving through town, there is not heat. On the highway, I have all the heat I want. However after slowing back down to below 40 mph, the vehicle begins blowing cold air again.
Since I take my children to school in the morning, they are freezing the whole way. I don't dare turn on the heat since it only blows cold air, but instead I've given them blankets. After dropping them off, I hit the highway to get to work, and then I'm warm and toasty!
Let me know what you think,
#76 of 199 Re: 2001 Chrysler Town & Country - Cabin Heat Issue - Eng Temp Gage Issue [chaz6]
Feb 07, 2008 (3:28 pm)
It sounds like a stuck thermostat to me. When it first takes a long time for the temp gauge to rise and then you say it shoots way up, that indicates to me that the thermostat suddenly opens and lets all that trapped hot antifreeze through.
The fact that the heat only works at higher speed might mean that there are clogged passages and you're only getting effective coolant flow when the engine is at a higher rpm and generating a higher water pump pressure.
I recommend a new thermostat and a cooling system backflush.
Also, I'm not a mechanic but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express.
#77 of 199 '02 LXi not cooling like it used to...
Feb 13, 2008 (9:51 pm)
I have a question about the a/c in an '02 LXi with a 3.8L engine if anybody can help out. The automatic temperature control (ATC) doesn't seem to be working like it used to. When I bought the van the a/c ran ALL the time, and I couldn't get "just" outside air, it was always "cool and dehumidified" air. Well, there was a big hole in the evaporator core, so a new core, accumulator, and interior cabin filter and $958 later...it doesn't work like it used to. My question is: is the a/c really supposed to run all the time, or not? I actually kind of like being able to cool the front seat (back seat a/c still seems to kick in to maintain temp) with outside air...but I also think it needs to be fixed if it needs to be fixed. TIA!
#78 of 199 dual control heater
Feb 14, 2008 (1:31 pm)
I have a 2001 T&C with the dual control heater. The passenger side slide bar works but there is no heat from the vents. drivers side is O.K This problem just started this week . Is this a fix it yourself problem.I should say their is cold air and ACbut no heat. Any advice is appreciated.John
#79 of 199 blower fan wont shut off on 2003 town & country van
Feb 25, 2008 (8:09 pm)
I have a 2003 3.8L town & country van with auto climate control. this weekend i noticed that the blower fan in front will not turn off and it runs in only one speed. the temp adjustment works fine. when i try to turn off theheat/a-c the fan get louder like it is in recirculation mode even though the control panel looks like it is turned off. is this due to the resistor?? does anyone know the correct part number??
#80 of 199 front blower fan not working
Feb 28, 2008 (11:16 am)
i have a 2001 t&c limited and last night my blower fan stop working. the one in the rear is still working. Could this be the resistor/power module that is attached to the blower be the problem???
#81 of 199 blower fan not working (front)
Mar 01, 2008 (6:12 pm)
Can anybody tell me what should i check if my 2001 T&c blower fan doesn't come on. I change that resitor module that's located in the glove compartment but that didn't fix the problem. Any ideas???????
#82 of 199 Re: blower fan not working (front) [james90x]
Mar 01, 2008 (6:58 pm)
there is a fantastic website that should be able to help. you set the price as to what the answer is worth starting at $9 on up if you are satisfied then you pay but not unless the answer works a great time saving tool i have used it in the past well worth $9. good luck
#83 of 199 Re: blower fan not working (front) [jbob1315]
Mar 02, 2008 (1:13 pm)
I'd try a free Google search first. There are many links dealing with 2001 T&C blower motors. Here's one that might have the answer:
2001 Blower Motor
From the above link:
just wanted to update this topic, I replaced my blower motor module tonight, took a whole 2 minutes and it fixed the problem
#84 of 199 Re: blower fan wont shut off on 2003 town & country van [jbob1315]
Mar 09, 2008 (6:31 pm)
jbob1315; re: message #79
I have the same exact problem you have, also on a 2003 T&C! The blower fan will not turn off and runs in only one speed. Temperature control works fine. When I turn the climate control system off, the blower switches into recirculation mode, even though the display is off. Coincidentally my daughter got a jump start yesterday, and they did not disconnect the battery. jbob1315 or others have an idea on this one?