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#23 of 49 Re: 2002 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY BRAKE HELP [tomaydin]
Feb 01, 2007 (3:50 pm)
I posted this last year and now have over 60,000 miles on my Caravan, 36,000 since front pads were changed, still over half thickness left on them:
4th generation Caravans are very heavy vehicles, and tend to roll forever when you ease off the gas pedal (unless climbing a grade) I purchased my Caravan with 24,000 miles, and had to replace the front pads immediately, because they were worn to the metal. I now have close to 50,000 miles, and the replacement pads look almost the same as the day I installed them. I read many posts about early brake wear in Caravans, and I am willing to bet driving habits have a lot to do with it. I have seen many people who either have their foot on the gas or on the brake, not anticipating stops, and never rolling to a braked stop, but like I said from the gas pedal right to the brake pedal. With the weight and inertia of these vans, the brakes will not last if driven this way
#24 of 49 2004 T&C LX power steering issue
Feb 07, 2007 (6:29 pm)
I have a 2004 T&C LX with 53k miles. I just brought it into the dealership to have transmission and radiator fluids flushed. Then had them check the humming noise from the front end when steering right or left. I was called back today and was told that the PS cylinder had a leak and bled the PS fluid into the boot where it caused a bulge. I was then told I would have to replace the steering gear because it was a matter of when it would fail. So, I'm looking at a $900 repair bill. I asked if this should be covered by powertrain warranty and was told probably not. Does anybody know if this is correct? If not, how can I minimize my repair cost?
#25 of 49 Re: 2004 T&C LX power steering issue [hanegrtc]
Feb 07, 2007 (7:34 pm)
Probably not covered under 7/70,000 as steering components are not considered part of the powertrain. I would take it someplace else for a second opinion, not mentioning anything about what this dealer told you.
#26 of 49 Re: 2004 T&C LX power steering issue [97xpresso]
Feb 07, 2007 (7:57 pm)
Thanks for the info.
#27 of 49 1999 T&C Oil Pressure???
Feb 24, 2007 (11:08 am)
My 99 T&C has almost 157K on it, still drives like a dream. About two weeks ago, the oil light came on. Checking the manual it seems this light is not for oil level, which was the first thing I checked. Does this light coming on, mean my oil pump is going bad? Or does it have something to do withthe sensor installed into the oil pan? If someone could put some light onthis for me, Big Thanks!
#28 of 49 Re: 1999 T&C Oil Pressure??? [ncnavyman]
Feb 24, 2007 (7:12 pm)
If it still runs like a dream, chances are the low oil pressure is not from worn engine internals. I would drop the oil pan and check if the oil pump pick-up screen is clogged. With 157k, it wouldn't hurt to try a heavier oil, 10-30 or 10-40 instead of the recommended 5-30, but check the screen first.
#29 of 49 1997 T&C OBD not ready
Mar 05, 2007 (1:21 pm)
I have not driven my T&C for almost 2 months (due to some brake problem that I'll post later.) I went to a local emmision test station yesterday. They said my OBD is not ready and need to drive my car normally for next couple of weeks - called drive cycle. Does anybody know how can I tell if my OBD to be in "Ready" state? I really don't think I need to drive 2 weeks in order to get OBD started.
#30 of 49 Re: How long will my 2003 t@C last [erof]
Mar 09, 2007 (7:41 am)
I have a 1997 LXi and its still running good after 148,000 miles.Im about to start with a synthetic oil regimen,and change it once a year.(i dont drive it much any more)
#31 of 49 Holy Cow! All these horror stories make me cringe.
Mar 09, 2007 (7:59 am)
I bought my 1997 Town and Country LXi(at daughters insistence)brand new.I changed oil every 3000 miles and did the routine maintenance.Despite the fact that I had an accident in it,it still is pretty rattle free and orginal engine and tranny.My only complaint is the weird noises I hear sometimes from the transmission and drive train.Otherwise it's the best car I have ever owned.
AC condenser(the thing under the dash,maybe its the wrong term)
Brake fluid lines
Battery x 2
water pump(mechanic suggestion)
Most of the repairs I considered pretty routine.
#32 of 49 Re: How long will my 2003 t@C last [fish8]
Mar 09, 2007 (8:02 am)
That was my question too,I guess maybe he doesnt know.