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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • this is a simple problem to fix.

    If you have a caravan you will find a plate about the size of a deck of cards bolted (on earlier models) or attached without any evident means, because there are two disposable plastic tabs similar to body moulding tabs, on to the fire wall on the left side almost in line with the serpentine belt. Either unbolt this or pull it out and replace it with a new one. Fairly cheap at a dealer. It is a set of resistors that turn down the fan speed. when they all burn out the fan can only run on high.

    they stick into the air duct so they can be cooled by the air they circulate.
  • H, I have the same problem, remove the top of the dashboard, reset the plug on the back of the panel, but I can' find the ribbon cable at the botton.

    will you guide me?

  • just wanted to let you know it was the fuel pump on my van $435. parts and labor
  • i had a similar problem.....turned out to be fuel pump
  • thanks for letting us know how things worked out. This can be as important as the original post.

    What about the brake light. That likely wouldn't be related to the fuel pump. The other problems probably were.

    Any news there? How did the fluid level check out?
  • We have a 2000 T&C and are having the same trouble. Has anyone helped you out with your problem?

  • We have a 2000 T&C and had a similar problem. Put in a gas additive (think it was a STP product) that was a fuel system cleaner and haven't had a problem since. Had a 94 Dodge Caravan that used to stall and used a gas additive to remedy that situation.

    Good luck,
  • ckmnacckmnac Posts: 12
    I am having the same problem but only occasionally on my 98 GC. It usually only happens when the van is cold and shutting it off and starting it back up will fix the problem. We thought it was the transmission even though it was replaced 24,000 miles ago. I swear this van has major issues with the cold weather.
  • I haven't had THAT problem. But I do want to ask if anyone has had problems with the power windows in their Grand Caravan. Mine is a 1997 and I have replaced almost everything but the engine (probably next). I have replaced the power window on the drivers side 5 TIMES in the past 3 months. It will last for about 2 weeks & strip the gears again. I was told by my mechanic that its "just a Dodge problem" and that it will keep happening. I don't have to pay for a new one everytime (its under warranty from when I first purchased the first motot) but it is COLD and very frustrating when the window goes down in the door and I have to ride like that until I can get to my mechanic!

    Anyone else have a problem like this?
  • My 99 GV cuts off while driving it, more often while it is still cold. The dealer had it for a week and ' couldn't duplicate the problem'. I came in and drove it w/one of the mechanics and a computer hooked up to it and it cut off after about 3 minutes of driving it. The dealer said the tests came back with numerous spikes in voltage and he could not begin to figure out the problem. It does not hesitate, drive rough, or give you any warning it's going to cut off. It just goes out. I asked about the TPS and he said the voltage would be low, not high, so he does not think that's the problem.He's not going to charge me for the diagonistics since he doesn't know whats wrong. Any suggestions would be helpful.
  • I had wheel alignment done at the local Chrysler dealership last week and following this, I purchased three hankook tires from a local store. Config. is two new Hankook tires in the front and one Hankook and one uniroyal tiger paw at the back (215/65/16 T rated)

    I noticed after putting the tires on that the car veers to the right, I contacted Chrysler and they were trying to blame it on the tire and suggested we swap the tires over as they will charge if they have to examine the vehicle again. The pull still occurs in the same direction.
    The mechanic at the tire store drove the vehicle yesterday and said it is not a problem and blamed
    it on the crown of our local roads saying it will not cause tire wear. However driving on the interstate last night, doing 60mph, it still veers to the right.

    My question is has anyone experienced this or should the alignment still be checked.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    While I'm not saying that your single Uniroyal Tiger Paw is the cause of your pulling, I will say that most if not all competent shops will not spend too much time on debugging your problem until there are four identical tires on your car. Obviously with the odd tire on the rear it will be less of an issue, but potentially an issue nonetheless.

    Suggestion, buy another Hankook tire and use the TigerPaw as a spare.

    Best Regards,
  • I have a 2000 dodge caravan. the a/c was working fine til after i had the oil pan replaced by the dealer. after that, the a/c wasn't blowing cold air. it was warm. would it be possible that there's something related to the a/c in the area of the oil pan? perhaps something the mechanic did to the a/c system while replacing the oil pan?

    doesnt make sense to me, but i dont know what else could have caused the a/c to not be cold immediately after the oil pan was worked on.

    pls advise, tks!
  • jhartjhart Posts: 10
    The mechanic may have unplugged the AC connection at the compressor. Good luck.
  • eric6eric6 Posts: 10

    Did this ever get resolved? Do you know what the problem is? I have a 2002 T&C EX. I have the exact same issue.
  • My 2001 voyager's blower (or fan) will now only work in highest setting; also sometimes passenger window won't work and rear wiper has quit working before. Just hit 60000 miles and had the "check engine light" come on with a code "P 0135". I can't find out what this code means and need help tracking down blower problem. THANKS for any suggestions.
  • I am having a similar problem with a 98 grand voyager. I haven't had it looked at yet but it will sometimes not go in drive or reverse. Turning the engine off and then back on usually corrects the problem. Hope it is not a transmission job. I'm hoping that someone has an answer that will at least help me to reduce my costs when getting it fixed.
  • I'm not sure if this is a problem or not. But I bought my GC 2001 this past Spring and I had not driven it in snow until recently. I've noticed that when I hit a slippery patch of snow my front end grinds kind of like when your ABS kicks in, but I am not applying the brakes. As soon as I get past the slippery patch, it stops. Is this normal, or is this some kind of a problem? Also, I don't know if this has traction control or limited slip on it.
    Thanks for any input.
  • 1998 120,000 miles 3.3 started to stall intermitently. It runs awsome then dies with out warning. I can start it right back up after I turn it off for awhile, but then it gets harder to start back up when it has died a few times. It will still start just have to wait longer. My mechanic can not find anything wrong. Before I started having this problem my tack, speedometer and gear lights on the dash would act up. Like the stall it happen intermitantly. My mechanic said I had a crank shaft sensor code show so he replaced that but still it is not fixed. He put in a new battery yesterday in hopes but it died on my way to work 5 times. The car still runs great if it were not for the stalling and I hate to give it up. I see where others have had similar problems. Has no one found a cure?
  • jhartjhart Posts: 10
    I know the 96 GC's had a recall on the clock spring in the steering wheel but I doubt that is the problem. It could be the BCM computor or it's wiring harness. Caravans are also prone to having poor grounds. There are several grounds associated with this car. Upper left motor mount and in the area of the radiator and under the dash. Also, I would carefully clean and check both ends of the battery cables and replace if in doubt. I did have trouble with the door locks just before the clock spring went out on my GC' but it corrected itself before I had it replaced. I did clean the cables. Apparently these vans are "ground" sensitive. Let us know how you make out. Jim
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