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#448 of 652 battery light & crazy gages
May 20, 2010 (7:59 pm)
2006 Chrysler Town & Country 78000 miles Battery light came on 2 days ago..Was headed out of town today...and radio was off...ABS light came on then RPM going crazy and would not shift..everything slowly stopped working and van died....right window has not wokred for a while now..and right slinding door works off and on...will just make sounds and not open...when you try manually open you CANT...took to dealership today for evaulation..=(
#449 of 652 Re: 2001 Chrysler Town & Country Electrical problems Headlights, & inst.Cluster [stumpedagain]
May 28, 2010 (10:49 am)
Same problem, replaced clock gear and all is well.
#450 of 652 1997 T&C Instrument Panel dies/dead
May 28, 2010 (5:53 pm)
We have had this problem for about a year now. It starts and runs fine, but the instrument panel will just die. The "check engine soon" light comes on as does the ABS light. Sometimes the panel will start working if we hit a bump, but right now it's just dead. Thank goodness the low fuel chime works, so I know to get gas. I read on this forum that a fix might be to soulder the control panel. My husband is disabled so he can't get the panel out. Is this something I could do, inc. the souldering? I'm pretty good with repairs. And does it sound like it would fix it? Thanks for any help on this annoying problem.
#451 of 652 Re: 1997 T&C Instrument Panel dies/dead [byrssc]
Jun 01, 2010 (10:40 am)
The solder fix would almost certainly clear up your problem. There is a blog with an overview of this fix here:
You should not have much of a problem getting the circuit board out. I am not sure about the soldering itself, but it is more technique than anything else.
#452 of 652 Re: Similar 2005 T&C Dead Battery problem [aromanb]
Jun 08, 2010 (11:12 am)
Did you ever get this resolved? I'm having the exact same problem!
#453 of 652 Re: Similar 2005 T&C Dead Battery problem [elacher]
Jun 08, 2010 (11:39 am)
Mine was the alternator...after it was replaced everything is good now...$350
#454 of 652 Re: Similar 2005 T&C Dead Battery problem [elacher]
Jun 09, 2010 (4:35 am)
Last Sat. everything worked fine and I haven't had the chance to take out the panel. So far this time, it's been working for about 4 days. It's hot here, so I'm wondering if the solder points get warm and expand. It does seem to go out more in cooler or rainy weather. Gee, my car is just like my body - lousy weather is a no go.
#455 of 652 Re: Similar 2005 T&C Dead Battery problem [byrssc]
Jun 09, 2010 (4:58 am)
If it is a bad connection (solder joint, connector, or whatever), it is not surprising that the problem would come and go with changes in temperature or vibration (driving) or shock (hitting the dash).
Electronics that we build for the military and space applications go through vigorous environmental screening tests, including dozens of temperature cycles and several vibration tests to weed out just such things as marginal solder joints.
#456 of 652 Engine Won't start
Jun 09, 2010 (9:15 pm)
I have a 1998 Town & Country. We bought it a couple of years ago and after about a month after sitting for a bit I tried starting it and it would not start. Engine would not turn at all. After trying for a while the car would try locking the locks and eventually the battery did die. The next day after putting in a new battery it would start without a problem. Just a couple weeks ago we started having the dashboard go out on us. Radio still works, just the dash and the security alarm and abs light is on. It will work most of the time, but will go out on occassion. Then last week after work, so after sitting for hours I tried starting it and it started right up ran for a couple of seconds and shot right off again. After trying to start it a few times it would not even turn the engine. Lights and locks still work, but not the dashboard. Dealer could not find any error codes and said that the computer needed replacing and possible rewiring, bringing us to a total of 3,800 dollars. The van started right up after sitting at the dealer for the night. The van seemed to have been in an accident and the side that the computer is on was affected. We found a computer at a junkyard and put it in and it ran for a week and now we are having the same problem. If you let it sit for a while it will start again. But it be several hours before it will start again. I am afraid to go anywhere further away, there seems to be no specific trigger for this problem.
#457 of 652 Re: Engine Won't start [sabymac70]
Jun 10, 2010 (9:12 am)
Try repairing the instrument cluster (main electrical plug on the circuit board has faulty solder joints) first - that just may solve all of your mysterious problems.