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Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Voyager

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  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Try e-bay or try a junkyard, there should be tons of simple owners manuals around. Don't limit yourself to just Chrysler Voyagers, the Dodge Caravan is essentially identical and will work.

    Another choice might be to find someone who owns one and tie up a copying machine!
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    You can also try Dodge or Chrysler's web site. They have a place on there that says owner manuals.
  • Is this code universal. I mean We have a 95 Voyager and I am getting code 32 ALSO. :surprise:
  • jasonmwcjasonmwc Posts: 6
    I Have a 2006 GC SXT. I was looking at the transmission and noticed 2 metal hoses that are coming out of the top of it leading to the front of the vehicle (radiator area). I can only trace them so far and then I loose them. My van didn't come with a transmission cooler, but it appears these hoses do something with cooling, anyone have any ideas as to what they are? Thanks.
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    Those hoses are to cool the transmision fluid in the drivers side of the radiator. If you had a trans cooler they would go to it.
  • jingle3jingle3 Posts: 1
    I am having problems finding a torque converter for my 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8L engine with 4 speed automatic transmission. It has been rebuilt and when we went to get a new torque converter, couldnt find one to match it. Can anyone help?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    From time to time I like to pull out all of the stops and see just how far I can coax our various cars on a tank of gas. This time it was our 3.8 liter 1998 DGC's turn, and so last Friday morning, immediately after I filled it up, I started driving uncharacteristically easy and smooth.

    Over the years I've performed this test on the 1998 a number of times and the best result achieved so far was a 23.2 OBC reading done at the end of March this year. As a point of reference, this particular car has been averaging 21.259 mpg over the last year (a little over 30,000 miles), and 19.542 over its eight year 118,276 mile life.

    With the above in mind, imagine my growing surprise when this particular set of 5 round trips to work (50% interstate, 40% suburban 2-Lane road, 10% urban crawl), plus a half a dozen local errands, continued to average within .5 mpg either way of 26! In fact, this evening as I was pulling off the interstate I had a solid 26.0 going, unfortunately there was a 1 mile crawl up to the intersection with the gas station, and the OBC "clicked" down to 25.9 just as I was rolling up to the pump. :-(

    The particulars are as follows:
    Beginning fill up: 28-Jul
    Starting mileage: 117,852
    Ending fill up: 3-Aug
    Ending mileage: 118,271
    Trip Mileage (obc): 423.4
    Elapse Time (obc): 9:15
    Average Speed (calc): 45.77 mph
    Gallons of Fuel: 16.318
    Mileage (obc): 25.9
    Mileage (calc): 25.95

    Interesting items:
    - The EPA rating for this van is 17 City & 24 Highway
    - Over the week I "Cold Started" the van 12 times. Each cold start and the subsequent driving until fully warmed up exacted a fairly significant toll in OBC mileage (.7 mpg last Friday night, .2 mpg this evening).
    - The highest number of miles ever in this van for one tank of gas prior to this tank: 407.6 (the same tank that yielded 23.2 mpg in March), however that tank took over 2 gallons more at fill up.
    - Given that there were an easy 3 gallons of gas left in the tank, had I been so inclined, I could have probably driven just over 500 miles on one tank. I know folks with the smaller/more fuel efficient engines in these vans do this all of the time, however, I think that's pretty rare for a 3.8 liter van.
    - I've been running Mobil 1 0W-40 oil in this van for some time and many folks "In the know" (think BITOG) have opined that my mileage should suffer because I am using a heavier oil than what is specified in my Owner's Manual. Hmmm, could have fooled me. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • I have a 1998 grand caravan sport with the 3.3 litre motor. I would like to see if anyone has suggestions on how to get some more power out of this motor. I have tried to find a "performance chip" for this motor but have failed. I tried hypertech and superchips without luck. I have also tried to find a high flow air intake also without luck. Doesn't anyone want to increase their performance/efficiency on this motor?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Likely no one, or very few have any desire to do any performance modifications. This is, after all a minivan. Not many people have any interest in turning a minivan of any variety into a "tuner".
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Ummmmm...sir, it's a MINIVAN!

    It has never occured to me to try and get more power from our van.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    We just bought a GC SE with the 3.3L engine, and while it certainly will never win a drag race, it is entirely adequate for its normal people/family/stuff hauling useage. Plus, we saved some money over the SXT with the 3.8, but still got options that included the "essential features"-Stow and Go, three zone AC, power windows and locks, remote, tinted windows, etc.

    The EPA mileage is just a tidge better with the 3.3 than the 3.8, though whether better in the real world is probably questionable. Even if you could find "tuner" items for GC, these would all detract from fuel efficiency, which is more important these days than how fast you can get 0-60.
  • griff10griff10 Posts: 1
    I'm considering going with the GC SXT and am not sure about the optional trailer tow package. I currently have a ~3000lb tent trailer to pull. The reason that I'm not sure about it is that if I demand that option it will very much limit the number of GC's that I can choose from in my area.

    So, should I pass on the option and add the transmission cooler later or get the package? What are the pro's cons?

    Thanks,
    Steve
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    opt for the trailer package it contains a 600ah battery, load leveling rear suspension and the heavy duty engine cooling pkg, trailer wiring harness, as well as the trans cooler. The amount you pay now is a lot less than having it installed later.
  • just received DTC P0303 on my 2005 Grand Caravan SXT - 36500 miles - anyone else had this or similar problem
  • Does anybody know if the dealership will do a complete once over of my Grand Caravan before the 36k warranty is up and see if there are any warranty problems? My guess is no even though they get paid to replace anything under warranty. Do I need to take it to an independent person to look at it and if so, how much should I pay.
  • I don't think they will do a complete inspection on their own. (Now they might if you ask them.) If you have no warning lights on, no rattles, no drips under the van, everything electrical is working, AC/Heat works, the motor runs smooth and the trans. shifts smooth. You have nothing to worry about. The only things that would be of concern would be the suspension parts and brakes. Have them looked at for free at CarX or Madias. Remember, if you don't have a problem already, then you don't have a problem. Make sure to have the trans. maintenance done at a Daimlerchrysler dealership. For they are the only ones that have the correct fluid for your trans. :shades:
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    Does anybody know if the dealership will do a complete once over of my Grand Caravan before the 36k warranty is up and see if there are any warranty problems? My guess is no even though they get paid to replace anything under warranty. Do I need to take it to an independent person to look at it and if so, how much should I pay.

    I was told to take my van in just before the warranty expires and have them check for anything that looks like it might need replacing. It might cost you an hour of labor charge, but if they find something that is about to need replacing and does it, you'll more than save money. If nothing wrong, you can feel at ease at least.
  • I live in Phoenix Arizona and my wife drives my daughter to school every morning and picks her up. The mileage one way is about 3-5 miles one way. The temps here in the summer are easily above 105 so when my wife gets to the school somethimes she has to idle with the ac on for about 10-15 minutes. All other trips that she makes are less then a couple of miles each way. What gas mileage would you expect a Grand Caravan to get with this sort of driving. I am curious. Does anybody else do this sort of driving? Also I change the oil with 5w-30 every 3k but want to know if I should change the regular oil every 3k or synthetic every 7500-10000. Which is better for the type of driving that I do?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Under the above mentioned difficult service I'd be surprised if a Caravan would even get 15 mpg (probably less). Also, even with synthetic oil I wouldn't go 7,500 when driven under the above conditions without first performing an oil analysis or two to confirm the oil is still good for that long.

    Beset Regards,
    Shipo
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    I also live in Phoenix and picked up my grand kids after school last year. But I always turned off my van and waited for them in the shade rather than let my van run all that time. Gas prices being what they are today, I don't think I'd want to pay for it just setting there idling. It's really not that bad in the shade.
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