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#21 of 411 2001 T&C Power sliding Door Not Working In Cold Weather
Oct 28, 2006 (4:53 am)
My power sliding door will not open in cold weather. It will unlatch when I push the open button but will not open the rest of the way or close if already open. In warm weather it often works but not always. It is not difficult to open manually. Found a motor on ebay but the seller told me it was not a motor problem but a tape track wiring problem. Anyone else had experience with this?
#22 of 411 Re: 2001 T&C Power sliding Door Not Working In Cold Weather [eruceht]
Nov 12, 2006 (5:43 pm)
Have you found a fix to your problem? I have the same issue in my T&C and with the cold weather the sliding doors get "stuck". I have lubricated the latches today with WB40, thinking that the lubricant might help the metal parts to move when they are cold. Still don't know if this will be the fix.
#23 of 411 Re: Power sliding doors difficult to move manually [boiloff]
Nov 14, 2006 (7:34 am)
My 2001 T/C Lxi does the exact same thing. Poor design. I'm going to Toyota/Honda for my next vehicle. I'm doing some experimenting on this issue and will let you know if I find out a solution.
#24 of 411 Re: Power sliding doors difficult to move manually [boiloff]
Nov 18, 2006 (10:04 am)
After 2 years of struggling with the issue, I finally had my garage guy look at it. The problem was caused by the motor/gear unit. I replaced the unit, and now the door opens/closes reliably, but even more important, it is much easier to open and close by hand.
Unlike the first electric sliding doors (for example on my 1994 Olds Silhouette) the drive is disengaged when the door is operated by hand, making it very easy (just like a mechanical door).
But the Chrysler smarties ten years later couldn't just copy what works well!
#25 of 411 Re: Power sliding doors difficult to move manually [boiloff]
Nov 22, 2006 (10:07 am)
I am having a problem with my 2005 Town and Country passenger side power sliding door.
Both doors worked very well, although they were hard to open and close manually, at least for me. A friend tried to open the door manually one day from the outside and I don't know if she was too hard on it or what, but after that the door only opens about 8 inches and at that point also the warning lights stop working.
After that if you push it manually for about 4 inches, the warning lights start working again and if you push any of the buttons it will open completely. When I try to close it, it closes up to the same point that gives me trouble when opening up, then everything stops working and I have to push it manually to close it completely and then it latches and the warning lights work again...
Anybody has any idea if this is something we could fix easily?? It is as if the electronic part that makes the door move doesn't work in that spot...
#26 of 411 Re: Power sliding doors difficult to move manually [conejita]
Nov 22, 2006 (6:16 pm)
It should still be under warranty. Take it back to the dealer to fix.
#27 of 411 Sliding Door Buttons Won't Work
Nov 28, 2006 (8:45 am)
2001 Town and Country. The sliding doors will operate using the keypad and also by using the overhead buttons, but the buttons actually at the doors in the middle seats will not operate the doors. This occurred on both sides simultaneously. Is there a fuse somewhere to replace? Thank you so much.
#28 of 411 Re: 2001 T&C Power sliding Door Not Working In Cold Weather [alex2233]
Nov 28, 2006 (11:49 am)
I picked up my 01 T&C LXI from the dealer yesterday. Same problem. It was cold here in Tampa last week and I noticed that the p/s/doors will not work in the mornings, just only in the afternoons, when the weather warms up. I had other things wrong with the vehicle sway busings, transmission celunoid etc. So I got them to check the doors as well. Their findings was that it is the latch and they want close to 300 dollars to fix it. I had the latch on the left hand side done last year at Brandon dodge, and I checked my invoice again. I had the parts supplied and fitted for 90 dollars. The only drawback now is that since United Auto, my warranty company declined the door issue, Coutesy Chrysler still had me pay 85 dollars for the diagnostics. Interesting point now is that the door has been working since yesterday without any problems until the temp drops again.
And, yes it is hard to manually shut the doors.
On another not if anyone can answer this for me please, dealer says car backfires really badly, but to me it is fine as I listen by ear. I have 71k miles on it, some places tell me plugs are not due for changing until 90k miles and my dealer tells me it should have been changed at 60k miles.
#29 of 411 Re: Sliding Door Buttons Won't Work [zusano]
Nov 28, 2006 (5:46 pm)
Make sure that the on/off switch on the overhead counsel is on. Also, make sure that the van is all the way in park. I had a problem like this once and found out that the gear shifter was not all the way in park, even though the P had the square around it. Another time, the overhead counsel power door switch was off, which didn't allow the doors to be opened by automatic from the 2nd row.
#30 of 411 Re: Sliding Door Buttons Won't Work [masterpaul1]
Nov 28, 2006 (6:10 pm)
Thank you! That was it! How simple. The overhead switch was on off instead of on. Thanks so much.