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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions

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  • dan02dan02 Posts: 1
    Hello world, can you help me with this problem? I have a 02 Voyager and basically all of my dash board lights have gone out, the white lights behind the speedo are fine, but the following are now out- Red speedo needles, all minor panel lights like the electric windows, the cruise control button lights on the steering wheel and all of the the centre console illuminations are out, as are the lights on the radio buttons. Obviously these normally come on when you turn the head lights on. To make it clear when driving in the dark everything on the dash is black and you cannot see the location of any buttons. Everything else functions normally.
    In case it has any relevance or is just coincidence a couple of times recently the airbag light has remained on after startup, which went out straight away with re start of the engine. The battery has sounded weak lately and failed to start yesterday requiring a jump start, but I must admit this is only after being left for few days in wet damp weather without being driven. And after all this the lights are now out, but I cannot confirm when this problem started or if it is connected to any of the above problems. Many thanks
  • pamompamom Posts: 1
    Within the past two weeks the power seats in our 97' T/C have been going wacky. We have dual programmable driver seat. When you open the door using the keyless entry, the seat positions and side mirrors change to random positions. And occassionally the programmed seat position button will not work to return the seat position back to normal. Any suggestions on how to resolve this?
  • To follow up on this, this is day 2 for them havin git in the shop. The service guys (who has been great) has been on the phone with folks from Chrysler who are absolutely stumped on this. They are gradually replavcing electronic mudule after module, apparently the Auto-Stop relay which should not have power when the vehicle is off, is getting power (along with who know how many other relays) when the van is turned off. Could be a bare wire, could be a bad bus on the main board inside the vans "brain". I guess I am comforted that so far nobody has seen this before. Hopefully, that means there is not a design flaw, and once the track it down and fix it, I should never have this issue again. Please let me know if anyone else has seen this. I am hoping that I am the only one.
  • Finally got the van back. They ended up having to go back 1 level above the main computer board. They replace some type of power dist module and the issue went away. Apparently, the fuel pump was also getting power when the vehicle was off. Just so any of you know, should your vehicle start doing the run-on (it will be intermittent at first) get it in right away and give them the link to this post. If they need more detail have them contact McKenney Dodge in Gastonia, NC (Assisatant Srvc mgr Robert Towe) for how to fix it before it degrades to the point that the relays, injectors, and fuel pump are always powered when the vehicle is off. Like I said, it looks like this is a rare issue so hopefully I am posting this for nothing. However, should anyone else get this, hopefully you can save a day in the shop.
  • kjo1kjo1 Posts: 1
    Talked to dealer. said that resister burns up because one of the motor windings is broken. To fix need to all so replace motor. The dealer knew all about it so it must happen often. I'm hoping that Dodge will put a recall on this.
  • Yes, I've had a similar problem. The dealer replace the computer module, but after 6 month the problem has started again. Currently trying to get the dealer to fix it. but they want to gouge me again. My view is they this should be under the warranty of the last repair.

    Also will be going to an auto electrician for a second opinion.

    I'd like to know a little more about how you are getting on with the problem.

    Angelo
  • Our minivan (2001- 67K miles)is hesitating especially on acceleration. When we called the service dept they said many people have had this problem and to correct it they replaced the "spark plugs and wires". My husband asked if we could have the fuel filter first replaced and they told him that it was not servicable and the fuel pump would also have to be replaced at around $300. Has anyone had a similar problem. I know nothing about cars. Thank you for any advice or clarification.
  • Q. I have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan with a 3.3 liter engine. Automatic transmission with about 122,000 miles
    own it for nearly 5 yrs. With an alarm, over the past month, this problem has happened six times. I go to start
    the car, and when I turn the key, to the run position, the instrument panel DOES have power, the temperature gauge, fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, odometer and shift letters are working. However,the car will not start.

    Everything else has power, the radio, blower, mirrors, directional's, lights, ABS light, Check Engine Light, etc. When it does this, the car will not start. It will NOT crank . After a couple of times of doing this, it won't even attempt to start anymore, After waiting a while, one time it was five minutes another it was over ½-hour, I put the key back in, turn it, and everything is working again and the car starts perfectly. The car will not crank or start up now.

    I have been doing a lot of reading on the internet trying to research this, and have seen that there are a lot of others that have had this problem, but no one posts what the fix is. I have read try replacing the ignition switch, starter contacts, or the neutral safety switch.

    The instrument panel is getting power, But will not crank or start. Any advice you could give me would be

    GREATLY appreciated.

    :confuse:
  • leon5leon5 Posts: 1
    I have had the exact same problem and been searching for some answers and I am wondering if you got any replies posted I would like to get my van going again if thats possible.
  • Our minivan (2001- 67K miles)is hesitating especially on acceleration. When we called the service dept they said many people have had this problem and to correct it they replaced the "spark plugs and wires". My husband asked if we could have the fuel filter first replaced and they told him that it was not serviceable and the fuel pump would also have to be replaced at around $300. Has anyone had a similar problem. I know nothing about cars. Thank you for any advice or clarification.
  • My 1999 T&C has a similar problem. It is at 105k miles.

    I was told to add 6oz of Auto-RX and drive for 1000 miles (it is at 400 miles now) and then I plan to go to dealer to flush/exchange the transmission oil. Hope this will solve my problem probably yours.

    Try reading at this site www.auto-rx.com
    At least my trial on engine works, it cleans the engine and restore a lot of power back.
  • I was driving along and smelled some bad stuff. Opened hood and my ac compressor on my 97 plymouth g voyager was smoking and black oil was all over. It finally seized and the serpentine belt broke. A shop replaced the compressor with a used one but said he didnt recharge it because he doesnt do it. Can I just recharge it myself? Has this happened to anyone else?
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    I have a 93 voyager that has a driveability issue. Whenever i accelerate the van wants to shake sometimes violently, but when i let off the gas it smooths out. At slow speeds it almost feels like i have a tire that is loose or bent. any ideas please let me know

    Thanks
  • I too have just run into this exact issue. Any luck tracking down the cause?
  • Try changing the position (tilt) of the steering wheel and retry.
  • iyeriyer Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 plymouth voyager 3.3 liter v6 van.

    It has been showing "service engine soon" when I start and drive the van.

    I checked the earlier forum info and someone mentioned to start the key and not start the engine and it should give a code, but no code showed.

    Help.
  • iyeriyer Posts: 2
    Also, on my 1998 voyager v6 3.3 liter van, when i drive i hear a bothering click-click noise coming from the tire side.

    in one of the msgs it was said it has something to do with
    wheel bearing or something.

    can you provide some info.
  • 3LV6, runs fine as long as tank is kept topped off. If falls below 2/3 of a tank, stalls and chokes off and won't restart. If you let it sit for an hour or so, it will run long enough to get you to a nearby gas station (within 2 miles) so that you can top off, which seems to relieve the problem. Have replaced the spark plugs/wires, ignition coil, and the throttle position sensor, per the computer diagnostics. Also, not sure if related or not, but low fuel light blinks off and on occasionally, not related to level of fuel in tank (could be completely full). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • I have an 02 Caravan Sport. This van came out of Canada and has the daytime driving lights. The left driving light is on and the right driving light is off. When I turn the headlamps on the right low beam comes on and the left low beam goes off. When I switch the high beams on the right goes off and the left comes on. I have checked the connections on power dist. module,& lamps. I can unplug and reconnect the front control module with the lights on and the lights will operate properly for a little while then the problems return. Any suggestions?
  • jill7jill7 Posts: 1
    Help - I have a '01 town & country minivan with 76,000 miles on it and the transmission went out on us while traveling this weekend. I understand this is a habitual problem with these vans. Do we have any way to fight the price of a $3300 new transmission with the dealer or are we just stuck?

    Thanks.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    A "habitual problem?" Hmmm, to the best of my knowledge, the most common mode of habitual failure for these transmissions is when the transmission fluid was replaced with non-Mopar fluid from a non-Mopar service center. Many service centers claim that their fluids are "compatible", however, the frequency with which these transmissions with the tainted fluid fail suggests otherwise.

    Then again, I suppose the question should be asked, "How did your transmission fail?" Apparently there are several different things that can go wrong (and are “habitually” missed by service personel) that don't require a transmission rebuild. You might want to seek a second opinion.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • gindogindo Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. Recently the front blower started malfunctioning. It does not shut off. And even blows on high when I turn the power off to the system. Does anyone have any idea on what this could be? thank you for any help you could lend.
  • My brakes lost pressure the other day so I replaced the master cylinder and bled both the cylinder, lines and wheels and still no pressure? just to make sure we went and bought yet another cylinder to see if that was the issue and it wasn't, same results.

    I am wondering if it has something to do with the fact that they are power brakes, with regular brake systems I've never experienced this?

    can anybody help out on this?
  • Help! Driving my 96 caravan the other day and heard a spinning noise--similar to those kids toys you "wind up" on the floor--then alot of clunking noise coming from the rear end. It stopped the same day. The brake light has been coming on and off and they were due to be replaced, so we did--but when my husband, a mechanic, took the wheel off, he couldn't find any damage or anything loose. I'm a little worried about the transmission...I can hear no 3-4 upshift but can achieve the speeds! Someone alse suggested maybe a belt shift in the tire--they also said that I would have a wobbly ride after a belt shift, to which I replied, "You've never driven a Dodge, huh?" It's always been a bit of a bumpy ride!! Any suggestions? Thanks!
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Another question is what kind of maintenance have you completed on this van's transmission? Where was the maintenance done? If it has all been done by the dealer or at least using the correct fluids at the correct intervals, then the dealer might assist with a replacement. If not, the chances are minimal you'll get any help. Good luck!
  • Could be your fuel pump if it's positioned high in the fuel tank. I had a Pontiac minivan that would act up intermittently that way when the gas level got low. The pump was overheating when not fully submerged in gas which kept it cool.
  • That's the anti-lock brakes doing their job Pefectly normal
  • grif6grif6 Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager and it stalls going down the road sometimes. When it stalls, sometimes it will start right up and sometimes it wont. When it wont start, you can turn the key off, turn back on, but it doesnt recognize the last two positions. The oil lite,check engine lite, etc. wont come on and the fuel pump wont run. After a couple of times it will turn over and run.Sometimes it wont start first thing in the morning. Sometimes it will go for days and not act up at all. Ive already replaced the ignition switch. Help.
  • Hope I can get some help with this. Have 155,775 on original 303 v-6 & 55,775 on tranny. Keep car in top shape--except for peeling paint but that's another matter!

    Since last week, car, after 3-5 miles of driving, hesitates, bucks, shudders on acceleration, with engine sounding like its weezing

    Had complete tune-up within last 2000 mi & had CAT, MAP sensor & TSA(?) sensor replaced to combat problem but to no avail.

    Any ideas?

    BTW, engine is quiet & still gets great mileage
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