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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    ... left front wheel well after removing the liner.
  • Hi! I have a Grand Caravan that has had nothing but problems. It does have almost 120,000mi but the problems started well before it even hit 50k. The brakes have always been an issue. It loves to eat brake pads. The newest brake issue is a horrible shaking when the brakes are applied. This is even after the brake pads, calipers, and rotors and been replaces. What could this be and how expensive is it to fix (ball park)?
  • What would I be looking for? I'm sorry. I'm totally mechanical stupid.
  • aprendizaprendiz Posts: 17
    Thanks, I found it. It don't work, either is u/s or receive not command to change position from PCM, no way for me to know for sure. I will try changing it.
  • willemwillem Posts: 16
    The Monroe's are (semi) metallic pads. I've never used ceramic pads on any vehicle. Very curious whether you're happy with that, and how long they will last!
    You realize that the harder the pad,the longer they last, but the quicker your rotors are finished :)

  • willemwillem Posts: 16
    It doesn't sound like a complicated problem or so, but if you're not mechanically inclined, bring your van to your mechanic or the dealer :)

  • I had new front brakes pads put on my Gr.Caravan last May. Just in the last month they have begun to squeal every time I apply them. It seems to be the worst after I've driven for about 20 minutes or so. I returned to the place that put them on, as they have a 25 year warranty supposedly. The guy showed me the pads all the way around and they still looked real good. He said they had at least 90 percent left on them. Bendix semi-metallic. He said the squealing could be that my rotors have a lip of rust around the inner edge and the pads are rubbing this. he quoted me a price for new rotors. I haven't decided if I totally believe this story. Any thoughts? Thanks
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    Not saying the mechanic didn't do it but there is an anti-squeak shim and goop that is supposed to go behind the pads.
    As to the ceramic pad question, my Bonneville came with them and when they went, I replaced them with ceramics as well. One very nice thing is the minimal amount of brake dust. I did have the rotors turned as they were very lightly scored but they certainly weren't worn out after 83,000 miles.
  • I would have the shop make sure they tightened all the bolts. Maybe the shaking is caused by the rear drums being out of round. At 120k they may be on their way out
  • What are the rear drums and do you know how costly they are to repair? We have someone interested in buying it for under $4000 so I think we may do it and just cut our losses. It's 6 yrs old now. Thank you
  • smith23smith23 Posts: 2
    The 15 amp mini-fuse for the AC clutch blows as soon as I turn on the AC. I have replaced it twice, and it blows immediately.

    How do I determine if this is an electrical problem or a clutch/compressor problem.

    Any help very much appreciated. My wife is going crazy not having AC in the van !!!

  • joygirljoygirl Posts: 1
    I am new to this board and I,m a single gal with not alot of money to spare on car repairs. I recently had my oil changed and my tires rotated. BTW, its a 1994 Dodge Caravan. Its always been reliable. I bought it used about 2 years ago and it was a one owner car. After the tire rotation and oil change, (and I noticed this as soon as I drove it away from the station) it ran real rough. Almost like driving on those real rough concrete highways they make for wet and icy weather. It sounds like its the tires. There is a slight vibration in the steering wheel, but mainly its just rough sounding. No light comes on and it doesn,t heat up. Also, I only notice the noise when I get it up to 35-40 mph. What in the heck could this be and why would it just start after an oil change and tire rotation?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    well the AC clutch is electrically operated, so it could be both a clutch and an electrical problem in this case. I'd guess a wiring issue somewhere, that is, a short. Might be interesting if you could temporarily bypass the AC switch at the dash and see what happened (jump the switch with a wire). Make sure you know which wires you are jumping however....make REAL sure.

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  • smith23smith23 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the suggestion - I'll try it out and let you know what happens.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    a good place (but not convenient place) to look for shorts is behind the fuse box, which on some cars isn't too hard to unscrew and take a peek and on other cars is a real pain.

    I always try to look for an exposed live wire touching ground.

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  • dogleg1dogleg1 Posts: 4
    Let me get back to my problem ,several posts ago, with the heater temperature control on my 2002 caravan. Can someone tell me where to find the electrical diagrams for this heater system? Maybe I can figure it out on my own if I have the schematics. Thanks.
  • deeksterdeekster Posts: 4
    Hello, my 1993 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl. has gone from 15mpg to 10 mpg. I am not using the A/C. Could it be that all I need is a tune up? Thanks.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Well, how long has it been since you had the van tuned up?
  • Just read your recent msg on the noise. As I write this, my
    Town & Country LX is in the shop. As for the groaning noise, I did some research and found that there is a technical service bulletin on the power steering.

    I quote the description in the bulletin:
    "Moan/foghorn-like sound while turning at slow speed or parking lot maneuvers."

    The bulletin's NHTSA number is 1901104.

    I had the van in the same shop about 6 wks ago to look at this problem and they said the fluid was low! I knew this was wrong. The ultimate fix is to replace some fluid lines and add a cooler to the system.

    I hope this helps.
  • deeksterdeekster Posts: 4
    Bought it 2 years ago but never tuned it up. I have only put maybe 2000 miles on it since I purchased it. Do not know if previous owner had tuned it up before selling it to me.
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    Certainly a tuneup including plugs and wires is in order. I'd check the cap and rotor as well. However, you didn't say what the mileage is on the van but I'd vote for replacing the oxygen sensor.
  • deeksterdeekster Posts: 4
    Sounds good to me. 124,000 miles on the vehicle. Thanks for the advice.
  • 97xpresso97xpresso Posts: 249
    The tires that were on the rear are out of balance. Not enough that they altered the ride while mounted on the rear, but now that they are up front, you can feel it especially in the steering wheel. They still may be noisey after a high speed balance, due to wear pattern, but the steering wheel shouldn't shake.
  • Can you (or anyone)tell me where I can locate the fan relay for a 98 Town & Country?

  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Check the tire pressures. Maybe they grossly overinflated your tires when they rotated them.
  • I have 4 Interior switch lights flashing(A/C,Interior airflow, Front wipers(top 2 )). Problem 1st started after rad. fans would not turn off minutes after key removed. I removed the neg. term. cable from battery, which stopped the fans, but I believe they have not turned on since, as the water temp went to the max during heavy traffic. I also noticed that the interior lights by the drivers and front passenger do not turn on when the door is opened, but will if turned on by pressing the switch.
  • I have had this multiple times. I have been able to release it by 1) banging on the tire or 2) pulling the lever(that holds the connector in)to release the plastic connector. Once off, I think the best thing to do is shave the connector so that it is smooth.
  • dodge01dodge01 Posts: 12
    I have a 2001 and its located behind the glove box. Simply open the box and push in the release tabs. I believe it was a white plastic item about the size of a credit card

    Whole thing took about 15min to do
  • dodge01dodge01 Posts: 12
    my 2001's is behind the glove box. just open it and push in the release tabs, this will allow the box to flop all the way open. you will see it behind there (assuming yours is like mine) It was a white plastic piece about the size of a credit card and not very expensive.

    took me about 15min to replace

    hope that helps
  • dogleg1dogleg1 Posts: 4
    I give up on this so-called help panel. Adios and AMEN.
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