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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • lastwraithlastwraith Posts: 350
    There were a few posts some pages back regarding various fixes for your symptoms, you should check around for them. There was a very detailed description about servicing the electronics of a computer component that led into the tach/speedo assembly a few posts ago as well.

    good luck
  • I have a Gnd Voyager 2000 with 74000 miles, and recently the engine put a rod through the block as a result of water being taken up after driving (a friend drove!) into a flood. Not sure if I should upgrade now or repair and keep. Insurance will cover the repairs, but I am worried about other problems that may come about - either as a result of the age of the car in general, as a result of the new engine (i.e. more power through the older transmission), or due to other unknown water damage. We want a reliable car we can take family vacations in, and this van now makes me nervous. Any ideas? I like the Chyrsler T&C 2005. Should I keep the GV and drive it into the ground, or will it start failing me? Is the Chyrsler T&C 2005 a good replacement?
  • dennisctcdennisctc Posts: 1,168
    but I am worried about other problems that may come about - either as a result of the age of the car in general, as a result of the new engine (i.e. more power through the older transmission), or due to other unknown water damage

    I'd get it repaired, then sell it. Speaking from an electrical standpoint, you might start having electrical gremlins due to water damage...corrosion of terminals. If you were keeping it for local jaunts...fine, but family vacations....Hmmmm, I'd get the 2005 T&C. IMO
  • lhjlhj Posts: 3
    I own a 96 Gr.Caravan 3.3, 4 speed. I stopped my van put it in park and removed the key. When I try to start it again nothing happens. The instrument panel shows that it is in Reverse although it is in Park. When I try to move it to Neutral the shifter will move but the N doesn't light up and the van still won't work.

    Any ideas?
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    A weak coil can be masked by spark plugs and plug wires in new condition, but as the plugs wear and the wire insulation becomes embrittled, not having enough spark voltage can result in a misfire.

    With respect to the aftermarket parts comment, I've seen a lot of aftermarket ignition components that are not up to the grade of factory equipped. No matter what I'm working on, I always use factory ignition parts, especially the wires and plugs. I (almost) never cross plugs from one make to another.

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    My first thought is the shift cable (from the gear shift lever to the transmission) has broken.

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    How's the engine run? This could be the result of a speed-distance sensor failure. Or, you may have a fuse open or other electrical problem.

  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    My first thought is the shift cable (from the gear shift lever to the transmission) has broken.

    or came loose. Not sure what holds them together but it could be just a broken carter key or nut that came loose and fell off.. But I think Dusty is right on with the problem.
  • rrichersrrichers Posts: 1
    My wife has a 2001 T & C. She recently pulled her cell phone charger out of the power outlet (the upper outlet, not the one run directly from the battery) and a fuse (an old style small glass cylinder with metal caps on both ends) attached to a spring, and a ring-like part popped out. Now the radio doesn't work. I checked on the cover of the Integrated Power Module and it says nothing about the radio.

    I assume this fuse is for both this power outlet and the radio, but I have no idea about how to get it back in.

    Can anyone help?
  • dougt2dougt2 Posts: 3

    I have a 98 Gr Caravan with exactly the same problem. Runs fine but the instrument cluster is intermittent. After searching the forum for answers, so far I've

    - removed the instrument cluster, removed and reinstalled the connector
    - replaced the battery
    - checked the codes in the instrument cluster readout by holding the trip/odo buttons and turning it on
    - removed and reinstalled the IDO fuse

    any other ideas?
    - replace instrument cluster circuit board $370?
    - replace computer?

  • dennisctcdennisctc Posts: 1,168
    I don't think you can replace just the circuit board? I would replace the entire instrument cluster...maybe pick one up in junk yard? Swap it out
  • matt20matt20 Posts: 2
    Thanks guys. CB wins the prize. After I posted this I went out and couldn't crank the van at all. Replaced battery, problem solved.

    It was a Sears Diehard gold that died after only 14 months. Luckily it was still under warranty.
  • bg7163bg7163 Posts: 3
    This has nothing to do with a Grand Caravan or a Dodge Dakota but I've been reading your posts about both vehicles' speedometer issues and you seem to know a lot so I would like your opinion regarding my problem. With my 98 Honda Civic LX Sedan, the engine light came on around 50,870 miles and the primary o2 sensor was replaced. It ran fairly well until this past winter when the gas mileage got down to as low as 20 mpg. The exhaust manifold was found to be cracked and leaking. The dealer replaced the manifold/cat converter, both gaskets, and nuts per emissions warranty, at 78,843 miles, 3/23/05. Then, yesterday, the engine light came on again. Checked gas cap, etc., per owner's manual instructions, no problem found. Continued driving. Discovered the speedometer, odometer, trip meter and the cruise control was no longer working and the automatic transmission started jerking around at lower speeds, when slowing for a stop sign or accelerating. What's going on??? Can I continue driving this car until it can be fixed? ??? Can I even drive it to the dealer 45 miles away???? Any guidance would be appreciated.
  • lhjlhj Posts: 3
    Thanks for the help!
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Are the bolts that hold the seat to the frame the same for the LX, eX, LXi, and Limited the same?
    The higher priced T&C seem to have a more comfortable seat (the ones with the separately adjustable head rest). ;)
    My T&C LX has a wiring harness under the driver's seat. Is that the same wiring harness that the power seat of higher priced T&C minivans use? :blush:
  • mfaymfay Posts: 2
    Since my first post I have learned the following about this failure:
    I started the van two days latter and the instrument cluster operator correctly. The "service engine soon" light remained on. I went to the local AutoZone and they hooked up their hand held OBD2 terminal and obtained failure code P1698 - Manufacturer controls - Auxiliary Inputs and Auxiliary Outputs. A second employee doubled checked the codes with the same unit and no codes were displayed. The AutoZone computer data base did not list P1698.
    I did pull the battery leads and clean the contacts. The alarm is gone and I have not seen any symptoms since. :confuse:
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    It really seems strange what a weak battery can do to the instrument lights on these vans. One would never believe it possible. I guess with all the electrical stuff on these vans, it does happen though.
  • dennisctcdennisctc Posts: 1,168
    I doubt DCX would use different bolts for different seats...they should all be the same. I would also guess the wiring harness is the same too. You should be able to install power seat without problems.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Thanks. I like everything about the van but the uncomfortable front and middle seats. ;)
    Sadly, I cannot just put the left half of the rear 50/50 split seat into the driver's seat location as the rear seat is VERY comfortable.
  • bbmombbmom Posts: 4
    The battery was replaced today but it somehow stopped the radio/CD player from working. The bass/mid/treb lights flash continuously. The mechanic (not a dealership) thinks it is due to the anti theft system but can't remember how to get the radio working again. No info in the manual. Mechanic checked all fuses and they are fine. Anyone have this problem ? What do the flashing lights mean ? How do I fix this ? Thanks !
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