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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions

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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Also, I don't know if this has traction control or limited slip on it."

    Well, you do now... That grinding noise you heard was the traction control system in action. If you had been driving across the slippery stuff with little or no throttle you would not have heard the noise, however, as soon as the traction control system sensed wheel slip, it actuated the brakes in rapid fire fashion to eliminate said slipping.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • For the passenger compartment fan blower problem, you are looking at a fairly simple replacement of a resistor pack that controls the speed. it is located on the firewall between the engine and the passenger compartment. Open the hood, look towards the back of the engine in line with the serpentine belt. On the wall at the back of the engine you should see a plastic rectangle about the size of a credit card with a wiring harness plugged into it.

    this needs to be pried off and replaced with a new one. I haven't done one this new but I'm told that if you slide a screwdriver in from the outside it will compress a clip that will allow you to remove the resistor pack.

    You'll have all the blower settings back. it's an easy swap.

    good luck.

    The rear wiper motor isn't too tough to swap either but I'm confused about your "before" comment. If it's working now, just leave it. I had to cut the wiper arm off the spindle in order to remove it.

    You'll need to give more information about how your passenger window doesn't work. This could be a mechanical problem or an electrical problem depending on what's actually going wrong.
  • HAS ANYBODY HAD THE NOISY EXHAUST PROBLEM RESOLVED? I JUST BOUGHT A NEW 2005 TOWN & COUNTRY LIMITED BACK IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR. I LOVE THE VAN BUT THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT HAS BEEN THE LOUD EXHAUST GLASS PACK NOISES. ON THE HIGHWAY GOING 70 IT IS NOT VERY NOTICABLE, BUT CRUSING AROUND TOWN IT IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE. IT MAKES A LOUD GROWLING SOUND THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY.

    THIS IS NOT THE QUIET MINIVAN THAT I HAVE READ REVIEWS ON. WHEN BUYING A SO CALLED "LUXURY" MINIVAN, THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS CRANK UP THE RADIO TO DROWN OUT THE MUFFLER SOUNDS.

    IF CHRYSLER HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT THIS & IS JUST SAYING THIS IS INHERENT TO THE VEHICLE, THIS WILL BE THE LAST CHRYSLER THAT I WILL BUY(I STILL OWN A 99' T & C THAT IS VERY QUIET--AND HAS THE SAME ENGINE?).

    I AM NOT SURE IF ALL 2005 T & C'S HAVE THIS ISSUE BECAUSE I CAN NOT FIND MANY POSTS ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THIS PROBLEM --THE LAST ONE DATED SEPTEMBER 2005 IN THIS EDMUNDS FORUM.

    CAN A DIFFERENT MUFFLER BE USED TO REPLACE THE ONE ON THE VAN & SOLVE THE PROBLEM?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    For starters, please don't shout (typing in all CAPS), it's considered rude, it's difficult to read, and as such, many posters won't even bother to respond, even if they happen to have an answer.

    Now, to the point of your post, you didn't mention what your dealership has had to say on the subject. That being said, I don't imagine that it will be all that difficult to diagnose such a problem that is as loud as a "glass pack" level of exhaust noise. It could be a cracked joint or otherwise split or holed pipe, it could be a hole in the muffler, it could be a loose bolt coming off of the exhaust header, it could be something wrong with the catalytic converter.

    Regarding your comment that said, "I still own a '99 T&C that is very quiet -- and has the same engine." Well, not really. True, they both are probably sporting the 3.8 (the same as our 1998 and our 2003 GCs), however, they aren't the same engine, hence the difference in power and fuel economy. Same block? Yes. Same everything else? Some yes, some no, and that includes both the intake and exhaust systems if I'm not mistaken.

    Question tree #1: Did you take it for a test drive before you took delivery of it? If so, did it make the noise then? If so, why did you take delivery of it?

    Question tree #2: Have you gone back to your dealership and asked to ride in another similarly equipped van? If so, did it make the same amount of noise? In the unlikely event that it did, then I guess that's just way it is. If it didn't, did you bring the difference to the attention of your service advisor? If so, what did he/she say?

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    besides the things you mention: it's possible it's a missing rubber grommet for one of the hangers on the exhaust system, or some part of the exhaust system could be pushed up against the underside of the vehicle, or something from the road may have lodged in between a part of the exhaust and the underside...

    i'd bring it in and have someone put it on a lift.
  • Thank you for the response. I am happy to know my vehicle is equipped with this safety feature.
    :)
  • I'll try the resistor pack replacement this weekend. The rear wiper on 2 or 3 occassions has stopped working but is working now so I agree to leave it alone.

    The passenger window has also stopped working 2 or 3 times but is working fine now too. When it acts up it will go down and then not come up except in about half inch increments over about 10 minutes of of trying.
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    The day time running lights on my 2001 Caravan quit working the other day. The fuses look fine. Is there a relay linked to these lights? I am not sure if Caravans sold in the U.S. have this setup, but any advice would be welcomed.
  • My 98 GC with 170k, recently the air bag light came on. Perhaps not coincidently, the horn stopped working at the same time. Also probably not coincidently, about 1.5 years ago the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel stopped working. I could get them to work by moving the tilt wheel up and down but after a while it stopped working altogether. I understand that there is a clock spring recall on some the of the GC's, but I also know that this van never had the recall performed, as I did not own it at the time of the recall. Anyway, any suggestions or ideas on this? Is it probably the clock spring, or something else? If it is the clock spring, any chance I could get Chrysler to pay for the replacement? Thanks!
  • jhartjhart Posts: 10
    The clock spring on my 96 went out and I waited a year and surprise it was recalled for replacement. They want a lot of money do do it. The part is not that much. Call your dealer and ask them. Have your VIN ready. Also Allpar.com may have it in their archives. Good luck!
  • Thanks for the link jhart. The clockspring problem was in there still, and good news, I dug through the storage compartment under the passenger seat and found the ORIGINAL recall notice for the van sent out in november of 02. the notice states that if you have under 70k miles on the vehicle to immediately come in for a replacement, and if you have over 70k miles to keep the notice and if the airbag light ever comes on to bring the notice in and they will replace the clockspring free of charge. Now I just have to see if my local dealer will still honor the over 3 year old recall. Thanks again! BTW, the clockspring does control the airbag, horn, and cruise.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I had the clockspring done on my 1998 six weeks ago during its 100,000 mile look-see. They did it for free under the recall notice.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • This could be an easy repair so I'll give it a try. I just don't know the terminology and the Haynes manual doesn't have much to say.

    On my Canadian 91 Caravan, one day my wife called me at work to say that the daytime running lights wouldn't go off. I told her to go out and run the car every so often so that the battery wouldn't go flat. Then I called the dealer to ask what to do.

    I got lucky and was told what to do without having to take the car in. The repair was dead simple and I pulled a new part from a wrecker's for almost no money.

    There is a regulator that controls the daytime running lights in the engine close to the firewall on the serpentine belt side of the engine. It is fairly easy to spot. There is a bit of covering around it as if to avoid contact. Probably because it gets hot. Looking at my 99 voyager, it looks like an igniter from a stove. It has a bit of white ceramic on it unless I'm mistaken. It has a wiring harness attached. If you unscrew the screws and remove it you will probably see that it is scorched on the other side. If it is, you know it is toast. Get a replacement. I looked around at a "pull your own" wreckers and found the one that looked the best. Never had to replace it again.

    I think this is the problem but the difference is your lights don't go on whereas mine didn't go off.

    Personally I wouldn't put a lot of money into this. It is the law for manufacturers to install daytime running lights but I'm not sure it is the law to keep using them. If you want the safety, put on your lights. You get a chime if you forget to turn them off. I didn't pay much for the replacement, but the guy at the dealer just told me to unplug the regulator. That would have given me exactly the situation you have now.

    I'd encourage anyone with a better description to add a post.

    gino45: wait for a bit before paying to get it fixed. Someone else will surely add to my comments. Or else look around for the part I describe.
  • I have a 87 Dodge Caravan with the 3.0 liter motor that has me confused at first it started to act funny by stalling everytime i tried to turn right while driveing and then it just quit working
    now i have no spark and so far i have changed the ignition coil, changed the entire distributer and changed the computer but still i have no spark, fuel pump works, engine cranks distributer turns but no fire cause there is no spark and i am trying to figure out why, sombody please help me, please!

    also the internal diagnostics give me a diagnostics code 11 no ignition referance
  • If your Tranni is controlled by a computer you might want to get it checked out a friend of mine had a van with a similar problem, turned out to be a broken wire going to the computer that controlled his tranni which forced the van into limp home mode
  • check to see if you have spark
  • eric6eric6 Posts: 10
    Hi,

    I have a 2002 T& C EX. The power sliding door opens only about 1/2 inch and then stops. It does not matter which button I press. The problem happens intermittingly, but is becoming more frequent. This happens when the van is running and when it is not. I have replaced the battery. I have also notice when I open the door manually it is hard to open.

    Does anyone have an Idea for the cause? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Eric
  • jhart1jhart1 Posts: 16
    A code 11 is a camshaft sensor or a crankshaft sensor. Since the problem occurs when you make a turn, it could be a loose wire at either sensor. I would get some electronic cleaner at Radio Shack and spray all the connectors. Also it could be a bad ground. There are several grounds on the Caravan. Some are by the radiator and some on the engine and under the dash. Chrysler did make a kit to replace broken or shorted wires to the computer. That could also be the problem. My guess is the crankshaft sensor. They seem to go bad more often. Buy one from a junkyard and replace it and see if it helps. If not buy a camshaft sensor and try that. Better to take your chances with a used part as most places won't take back electrical parts. I once had a code for the throttle position sensor and purchased a new one. I still got the code and thought it was bad or I had another problem. On advice from a tranny repair man I cleaned the connectors with electrical spray and the problem was resolved. Good luck>
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    Thanks Justaskins for the info, but unfortunately my Caravan is a 2001 model. Apparently the day time running lights are controlled by the power control module. Thus, I had to take in to the dealer to get it fixed. The reprogrammed the module for $40 and lights now work fine. It seems that most accessories go thru some module or another and Chrysler dealer's are the only ones who can reprogram them. :(
  • There was not anything on the firewall that looked like the resistor pack that you described. I've swapped the fuses and relays and they seem ok. Seems like I'm at a dead end here. Maybe disconnect the battery and see if something resets.
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