Last post on Oct 01, 2007 at 4:56 PM
You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
What is this discussion about?
Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Van
#4 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [jonathann]
Sep 27, 2007 (8:09 pm)
"By way of explanation the earlier "Thank you Shipo" post was supposed to be the one you just read, but it got sent empty by mistake. When I lost the content, it was too late in the evening to re-post."
No worries, I've messed up more than a few of my own posts.
"Is the serpentine belt the timing belt? I can only see two belts and the A/C belt is dedicated."
On the 3.3 and 3.8 liter vans there is only one belt that does all of the work (i.e. water pump, alternator, A/C compressor and power steering pump), I haven't worked on a Mitsubishi engined Chrysler product since the late 1980s and didn't remember that they have a dedicated A/C belt. Sorry for the confusion.
"I live not too far North of you in Brockville Ontario, Canada and have travelled extensively in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine but don't know exactly where you are in New Hampshire."
I'm easy, just a couple of miles from Exit 3 off of I-93 (yeah, way down by the Mass border).
#5 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [shipo]
Sep 27, 2007 (8:39 pm)
Don't worry, I'm not planning to drop in on you. I just Googled your location and it's only 33 miles from Boston. You have mentioned in several posts that you commute much further than that. Where is your office site?
I did not realize that the 3.3 and 3.8 had only one belt. So are you confirming that the other belt on the 3.0 is the serpentine/timing belt?
For some reason the time notation on the site is 3 hours behind the actual time.
It is now 11:40 PM.
Go to bed!
#6 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [jonathann]
Sep 27, 2007 (10:04 pm)
Hehe, couldn't sleep and got back up.
Yeah, we're 35 miles from Boston, however, up until June I was commuting to Portsmouth and Exeter. Since then I had a short contract with the state of Michigan and drove there twice in the 1998, a local contract five miles from home, and now I'm looking for yet another. The insurance company that contracted my services for the last two years is trying to bring me back, however, budgets and such are in the way. If they do bring me back they've since moved to Dover, which is something like 65 miles from here, needless to say, a bit of a hike.
Regarding the belts on your 3.0, IIRC the "other" belt runs the water pump, power steering pump and the alternator, and is what is generally referred to as a serpentine belt (in that it has a very noncircular in and out kind of routing).
Regarding the time offset, there is a place where you can set it to a value of "3" for the Eastern Time Zone, however, with the many redesigns of this site, finding that page is EXTREMELY difficult. I found it and set it years ago and so all posts that I see have the correct timestamp.
#7 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [shipo]
Sep 28, 2007 (2:28 pm)
I work for the Ontario Ministry of Justice and travel extensively in Eastern an North Eastern Ontario (a very large territory). I have been driving an assigned Government 2001 Chevy Blazer 4x4 but turned this in recently and have since been driving my Caravan and charging mileage. This suits me just fine because the Caravan is a much nicer ride and is much more comfortable than the Blazer (a real truck).
Anyway, I'm hoping it takes them some time to replace the Government vehicle.
I love my Caravan!
#8 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [jonathann]
Sep 28, 2007 (2:44 pm)
Yikes, that's a lot of real-estate. Having grown up "North of Canada" in the Detroit area (where I still have family) and now living in New Hamster, I get a chance to drive Ontario fairly frequently (between Buffalo and Port Huron four times in our 1998 DGC this last summer).
I have to tell you, one of my favorite places in the entire world is in Ontario. Killarney Provincial Park has got to be one of best kept secrets of all time, been going there since the mid 1970s. If one cannot unwind and decompress from the modern world there, then they can't do it anywhere.
Side question; Do you ever drive past the Sarnia airport? If you do, I noticed what looked like a WWII vintage German V2 rocket off in the distance laying horizontal on a trailer or a cart. Was I seeing things?
#9 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [shipo]
Sep 28, 2007 (3:17 pm)
Don't know about the V2, but I will look into it.
I have just started a secondment with the Ministry of Natural Resources. They are responsible for Ontario Parks, so I will pass on your compliments re: Killarney. My territory with MNR (you have Google maps) covers North Bay west to Sault Ste Marie and north to Manitouwadge, so I am going to be seeing some new and interesting things. Might get an opportunity soon to fly into Moosonee, Attawapiskat and Peawanuk on Hudson and James Bays (make sure you put Ontario after the location if you punch these into Google maps). Might even get an opportunity to get further north because MNR is involved with decommissioning and environmental clean up of DEW Line facilities in Nunavut and Greenland.
Only problem is, no roads up there. Can't take the Caravan, so have to fly.
By the way, how is your Caravan running?
(Asked this to stop the moderator from deleting this thread.)
#10 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [jonathann]
Sep 28, 2007 (3:57 pm)
Hmmm, maybe I should finish getting my private ticket and become our personal pilot.
True story, we flew to Hong Kong late last month on a day when there was a line of weather so severe that both O'Hare and the Aurora, IL ATC were shut down. We had already taken off from Newark and were heading on a northwesterly track when all hell broke loose in the Chicago area and we were rerouted. Our course first turned north, and then northeast as we flew along the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay. We then tracked directly over Nunavut and over the northwestern most edge of Greenland. From there we shot a line almost directly over the North Pole, into Siberia (where at one point Novosibirsk was the closest town some 1,800 miles away), over Mongolia and then central China.
Regarding our DGCs, our 2003 has ~99,500 on it and is still running like a top, and our 1998 (that I just stepped out of) has 149,911 miles on it and it too is running perfectly. I'm figuring they'll each be able to hit an easy quarter of a million miles.
#11 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [shipo]
Sep 28, 2007 (5:45 pm)
I Googled Novosibirsk and traced the arc (on the flat map, probably a straight line on the globe)of your flight. Seems you kept a safe distance from the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Now to Caravans:
I mentioned that my wife, Markie, bought a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD earlier this year. I bought the Caravan in 2000, but shortly after that I got issued a company car, so the Caravan sat in the drive getting maybe 3000 miles per year.
Markie had a 1998 Honda CRV AWD, was doing a lot of highway driving. She got the CRV up to 80,000 in short order. Then she decided to use the caravan instead, and loved it, never going back to the CRV. Now the CRV sat in the drive getting very little use.
She got the Caravan mileage up to 120,000 and early this year, decided that she wanted a new vehicle and it should be like a Caravan but with AWD. She chose the Santa Fe which seems to be about the right fit.
So, we had the 1998 CRV with 85,000 or the 2000 Caravan with 120,000 to trade. The CRV trade value was $8,000 and the Caravan was $1,500. Very easy decision to make.
I love my Caravan. It only cost me $1,500!
#12 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [jonathann]
Sep 28, 2007 (7:06 pm)
Yeah, I'm thinking that one of the very best deals going these days in the used car market is a used Caravan. Last year I cooked the transmission on the 1998 and decided that the $2,600 to put in a factory remanufactured transmission was cheap compared to what it would cost me to buy another car with any where near the comfort and reliability of the DGC.
#13 of 13 Re: Fuel Filter Replacement Schedule? [shipo]
Oct 01, 2007 (4:56 pm)
Yeah, I'm thinking that one of the very best deals going these days in the used car market is a used Caravan.
Absolutely, if you go in with your eyes open! I was looking for a used car in the "beater" price range (less than $5,000) earlier this year and it was a nightmare. I could not believe all the junk people wanted me to pay 3500-5000 to own! I finally settled on my '98 DGC with (at the time) 170,000 on the ticker. It was a well-maintained vehicle, and that makes all the difference. My wife hates the seating position in it (the seat backs, even when all the way up, force the driver into a somewhat reclined position and my wife prefers, what I call, the "thrust through the windshield" position), but other than that we have no complaints. We have 177K on it now and are headed into winter. We should have snow any day and I look forward to it!
By the way, thanks for the descriptive dialog! Very enjoyable to read and imaginatively appreciate.
From a bit farther north,