Last post on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:21 AM
You are in the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan
What is this discussion about?
Dodge Grand Caravan, Auto Body, Van
Aug 05, 2008 (4:48 pm)
I think i get the area you guys are talking about. Any chance of a pic or illustration of exactly where this tape/silicon is being applied?
When I was getting the noise, I found it would go away for a couple/few minutes if I pumped washer fluid on the windshield. The fluid must have filled up the same gap.
#15 of 16 Re: [kdjk5467]
Aug 10, 2008 (4:56 pm)
The gap is between the rubber seal around the windshield and the painted metal pillar that supports the roof. When I first read alsterling's description, I thought the gap was between the rubber and the glass. So, first I applied tape over this area; it didn't stop the noise. Tape over the rubber/metal gap works. Wife's report from her road trip is that she hasn't heard a squeak.
To find the affected area: Put your finger on any part of the windshield and work left or right. At the edge of the windshield you'll encounter approx 1/2 inch rubber weather seal, then a 1/8th inch gap, then the painted metal surface of the A pillar. I applied tape over this gap from base of the windshield to the top (about 2 feet length) on both A pillars.
Tape worked as a temp fix / troubleshooting aid. The silicone sealant should work as a permanent fix. It seems like a filler of some kind, like the thin rubber tube that holds a window screen in it's frame, could work as well. Gotta see what Dodge has come up with.
#16 of 16 Finally took it to the dealer
Aug 26, 2008 (9:21 am)
Finally took it to the dealer and talked to the service manager about the honking noise. All my wife had to say was "Around 65 miles per hour..." and the manager knew EXACTLY what the problem was. He said the dealership had fixed this problem on 14 cars over the past 10 months. First time, they replaced the windshield. Now, it's a known problem with the simple fix of squirting sealer into the gaps around the windshield. Makes you wonder, though... we ordered this van in late May, took delivery on July 10. Did they know about the problem then? Why didn't Dodge apply this fix before the van left the factory, or even the dealership?