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Chrysler Town and Country, Van
Aug 24, 2007 (4:58 pm)
We have a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country that has started giving us problems. About six months ago some lights were left on and the battery died. Since then we have had problems with it needing to be jump started periodically. We just got a new battery yesterday because the battery died and we had no power, no dinging when the key was inserted nothing. Right after installing the new battery I walked out of the car parts store and tried to start it. Nothing again, not even the dinging. I went back in and told the guy who had just put it in. He came out and tested the charge on the battery. It was a new battery so there was not problem there. Then he had me crank it. It cranked up perfectly. After he went in I turned it off and cranked it again to see if it was a fluke. It started right up. Today the same thing happened, no power. I had to jump it off. Some guy stopped by and said he thought it might be the alternator. I don't know, but am going to try that next.
#64 of 205 Re Dead Start
Aug 25, 2007 (5:21 pm)
I replaced the alternator, $196.00, and the van is running fine. It was no too hard to replace myself. Only took a Saturday afternoon.
#65 of 205 Re: Dead Start [ehudwill]
Aug 27, 2007 (9:41 am)
It may be a loose or corroded connection. Check your battery cables at both ends to make sure they are tight, corrosion-free, and in good condition. An alternator would not make any difference in terms of whether the vehicle starts. It also would not cause the battery to drain while not in use and if you received NO response from the vehicle when you turned the key, it would not take you from point A to B without hiccup during the previous operation. Additionally, a bad alternator will tend to allow the vehicle to die a convenient 3-4 miles down the road from where you received your jump-start!
That is, if the problem you are experiencing is not due to a faulty instrument cluster (see other posts about this).
Let us know if the van continues to run well for you with the replaced alternator.
#66 of 205 Re: Dash - Instrument Cluster Circuit Board - Problem Starting.. [rchii]
Aug 31, 2007 (2:19 pm)
My 98 T&C is in the shop with the same problem. He says he went under the fender area where the computer is and barely has to touch the computer and the engine quits. Does this mean maybe my computer is bad as well as the panel circuit board? My panel has been acting funny for 3 or 4 months too with the blinky lights and door lock/unlock going crazy saying a door is ajar. It acts up only occasionally then may do it for a week straight then be fine for a few more weeks. I think it is all connected. Did you get your fixed finally???
#67 of 205 3.3 ENGINE PROBLEMS [CHECK ENGINE LIGHT]
Sep 03, 2007 (7:11 am)
I HAVE A 2000 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY MINI VAN....72209 MILES, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON, NOT RUNNING PROPERLY, GAS MILEAGE DROPPED TO 9.1 MPG...DIO. SHOWS #2 CLYIDER NOT FIRING PROPERLY...DID A COMPLETE TUNEUP, COIL, FUEL FILTER,PLUGS, WIRES, #2 INJECTOR, INJECTOR DRIP CLEAN OUT, STILL NOT RUNNING PROPERLY,TOOK TO DEALER--SAME READING..#2 CYLINDER NOT FIRING PROPERLY....THEY SAID EITHER BURNT VALVE OR BROKEN VALVE SPRING.......TOOK BACK TO MY MECHANIC AND WE HAD THE FRONT HEAD MACHINED....REPLACED HEAD, NEW BOLTS, NEW GASKETS AND STILL NOT WORKING PROPERLY, NOW CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS BACK ON AFTER 50 MILES.......I HAVE $1200.00 IN THIS FOR REPAIRS AND STILL NOT WORKING PROPERLY..WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THIS CHRYSLER......I HAD A 1991 PLYMOUTH WITH 200,0000 MILES AND NEVER HAD THIS MUCH MONEY IN IT FOR THE 6 YEATRS I OWNED IT....I DONT BEAT MY VECHILES BUT I DONT BABY THEM.....WHAT THE HECK!!!! COME ON CHRYSLER!!!!!!!!!
#68 of 205 Re: t&c prob [rchii]
Sep 09, 2007 (2:16 pm)
Have you fixed your problem yet. My Town and Country started doing the same thing back in April, and we changed the battery, and had the codes reset. I though the problem was fixed until the other night when it happened again. Same situation where the engine would start then shut down with in 1 or 2 seconds. Did that 3 times then it would not even crank. After shaking the wires around the fuse panel down and waiting about an hour it started up and ran like normal. Took it to work yesterday and it ran great. Took it today and about 5 miles down the road my ABS light came on, then the tach and speedometer went dead. I turned around and took it home. Just a few minutes ago I went out and looked at it and it starts up and all the gauges but the Speedometer works. So getting back to my original question, did you by any chance get yours fixed yet?
#69 of 205 Re: t&c prob identical problem [nchunter]
Sep 09, 2007 (5:40 pm)
your problem along with everyone else's is exactly what I'm experiencing with my 98 town and country. It started about 6 months after I bought the vehicle and I've had it for two years now. I had a problem initially with the ignition locking up and not being able to turn. We started using a hammer to give it a little "help" and that seemed to work. Now for the last year we have had problems with the car starting but dying after 1 or 2 seconds. I changed the battery but the problem persisted. I had the mechanic look at it and they determined it wasn't a problem with the starter. We have had the same problems with the ABS light and the tach and speed lights going dead as well. We still don't have it fixed.
#70 of 205 Re: t&c prob identical problem [reechisoz]
Sep 09, 2007 (6:46 pm)
To all who share our starting problems, send your email address to mizaferyahoo.com, I will send you an email with pictures of the the circuit board where the connections were re-sodered, and remedied the starting problem on his t/c.
#71 of 205 Re: t&c prob identical problem [mismaili]
Sep 12, 2007 (3:38 pm)
I didn't expect to get as many emails as I have, here is the url link
to see the pics to repair the Circuit Board, please no more picture requests,
#72 of 205 Re: t&c prob identical problem [mismaili]
Sep 13, 2007 (2:39 pm)
Hahahahahah! That offer of assistance went from "expect scattered showers" to "experiencing heavy thunderstorms" real quick!
Thank you for the information, though!