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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • Anybody know how to check/replace the gauge cluster back light? I noticed on the speedometer, that a part of it is very deem as if a light went out. I'd like to see if I can fix it myself before taking it to the dealer.

    Thanks in advance. :)
  • I have a 2000 Chrysler Voyager.
    At 1st the blower would not work on the forth setting now it only works on High. Any suggestions, I checked the relay under the hood at its OK
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    It is a well known fault. The resistor pack is located on the firewall, on the passenger side, and usually a loose connector and/or corrosion is the problem. If beyond a cleaning repair, replacement (<$50) cures the issue.
  • hi i am having the same problem with my dodge caravan and i was told at the delership it could be the power distibution center and /or the headlight/daytime module. the cost is quite a bit if it is only one part it could be $400.00 if it is both parts you arenow looking at around $800.00 installed. my caravan is out of warranty by mileage but what about you is it under your warranty? next step is trying to locate through a scrap yard and hope it works for now. i just dond't know where the daytime module is located. do you know where fto find it under the hood?
  • hraohrao Posts: 78
    I purchased a 7yr/70,000 warranty for just $950 from the dealer when I bought my 2000 Yoyager, so far no problems, but I would recommend that everyone purchase a extended warranty it just gives your peace of mind.
  • my sister has a 1994 short body dodge caravan with 150k miles. the single (manual) sliding door on the passenger side has broken, is inoperable and requires major work welding, etc. $360 estimate.

    she is going through a costly divorce and if possible wants to avoid repairing the door. she definitely is not in a position to junk the vehicle either.

    she is willing to have her children climb through the passenger door, and climb back into the seats, and exit by doing the reverse. Note: she has 5 children, aging from 2 to 13.

    question: from a safety perspective, is this a concern? Is the sliding door considered a safety exit? or can she have it bolted or welded shut (to avoid someone accidentally pulling it off, causing injury.

    concerned big brother asks for your input.
  • Hi.. just thought I'd chime in that we had the same problem with our 03 Caravan (you described it perfectly, by the way). The dealer replaced the sway-bar links the first time, but the problem was still there. They ended up replacing the whole rack & pinion. Thankfully it's still under warranty! :shades:
  • We have an 03 Caravan and had the power steering hose (or whatever that was) replaced when we got the recall notice. Not long after, maybe a couple weeks or so, we started noticing a low whine when the van was cold. It would get louder when we turn the steering wheel. We checked the power steering fluid, b/c I know it'll whine if the fluid's low, but it wasn't.

    Now, it's a little worse on start-up and while still cold, but it goes away when the engine is good and warm. We're taking it in to the dealer soon, just wondering if ya'll had experienced anything similar so we'll know what to expect. Thanks!
  • royallenroyallen Posts: 223
    John, I would think this would be somewhat of a safety issue and if I were facing this situation I would get one of the emergency exit tools like those advertised by AAA - the hammer end has a pointy side for knocking out glass. In my Caravan, there are 4 side windows that all are hinged at the front and have a buckle/tether at the rear. If one needed an emergency exit and had a tool to break the tether base free the window would swing open providing a wide emergency exit. Roy
  • replace the plugs, or plug #6
  • I have an 02 T&C EX bought used in good shape recently.

    We just had a cold snap go through my area and was warming the van up with the garage door open. After 10 minutes, I went out, opened the rear hatch, then shut it. Ever since then, it will not open at all (seems like the mechanism stopped working whether locked/unlocked).

    Any time I pull on the handle to lift it, I hear a "click" like it's trying to release the latch and nothing else. Seems like something broke with the latch mechanism (and I don't dare try using the power liftgate). Wondering if anyone has any ideas?

    Stinks having kids and the liftgate not able to open. It has warmed up since then so if it froze up things should have thawed out by now. My next step is to try and pull the inside trim from the door and see if I can get to the mechanism. Thanks
  • jjtjjjtj Posts: 103
    We had the same problem in our 03 GC.. it was the power steering resevoir. Ours was out of warranty and cost around $150 or so if I remember.
  • Did you try turning the key in the lock and lifting the liftgate at the same time to open it?
  • does any one know why the front brakes would stick on my van after the master cylinder and calipers were changed just the right side brake
  • I have 2005 TC stow n go. About 3K miles. Getting a high pitched sqeaking noise from the midrow driver side area. Sometimes worse when driving over bumps. Sometimes will squeak even on smooth road. From the rear row, it is definitely from the driver side second row seat area. Could it be driver side sliding door? squeak from second row seat? Anyone else with this problem? Thanks
  • Hi clean the trottle body and this help for a while.But then the problem come back. iam cleaning this at least once per week, this help but is not enought. do you have any idea what can be the original problem??
  • I had the same problem with my 1999 Grand Voyager. The ignition cylinder had to be replaced. It happened to me twice. Locksmith said this was a common occurance in these vans.
  • The power door on the van won't close all the way when using the electric switch. It stops 3/4's of the way closed. Also when opening the door with the switch it stops at the same spot 1/4 opened. Are there contact or micro switches?
  • I have a 1992 Plymouth Grand Voyager. I have some problems. When the car is idling it feels as if the engine looses power and gains it back. This goes on back and forth. The whole car is jerking so u really feel it. When you are in the low gear going high rpm you dont feel it as much because the doesnt jerk as much. If you are in a higher gear and going LOW rpm you really feel the jerking/twitching. This happens in every gear if its runing low rpms (i.e below 1600 ) or so. I THINK its the fuel injectors but cannot be sure. PLEASE give me an answer thanx.
  • The flexible brake line has collasped internally. You should consider the flex lines on both sides.
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