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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    Why didn't the mechanics hook the diagnostic computer to it in the first place?
    Wouldn't it still have shown bad computer?
  • I was just wondering if anyone ever had a problem with a 97 GC where the vehicle starts and idles perfectly but when you go to put it in drive and give it gas the vehicle misfires and eventually stalls. I have changed the oxygen sensor (before CC), plugs, cap rotor, fuel/air filters, throttle position sensor and still have the problem. The OBD II reads random cylinder misfires but I cannot figure out what the problem is.
  • soc2661soc2661 Posts: 2
    Well I figured it out! It was just the battery in the remote. I guess I should have chnged it before posting here.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Well I figured it out! It was just the battery in the remote. I guess I should have chnged it before posting here."

    Battries in the remote? Yikes, I literally just bought (like 20 minutes ago) new batteries to replace the originals for both of the remotes for our 1998, just before reading this post. I wonder how your's could be so warn out in such a short period of time.

    Best Regards,
  • jingle1jingle1 Posts: 1
    My 1999 Dodge Caravan just starting having a fuel gauge malfunction. After filling the tank the fuel gauge was all over the place and then the chime and low fuel indicator light comes on every 10 seconds. Having it looked into.
  • jojo40jojo40 Posts: 1
    I Have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan it is doing the same thing shaking between the speed of 40 and 45mph. However it just started after dodge but another engine in it. the speedometer stop working also and i could not prove to them that it was there fault, and that it was working before they replaced the engine. I took the van to my mechanic he can't figure out what is wrong. He has the same year van I do, and his van is doing the same thing. So if anyone out there has the answer please, please give it up so my kids and I can stop shaking.

    thank you,
  • joonjoon Posts: 121
    I have a 97' Caravan and the windshield wipers comes on without the switch being turned on. It works once or twice and then it stops. This happens probably once a week or so. This has been going on for as long as I have owned this car (bought it new). Also, although less frequently (once every couple of months or so) my cruise control comes on without the switch being turned on. Have anybody experienced something similar to this? Does anybody know how to fix this? I took my minivan to dealer when it was still under warranty, and since this was an interminent problem, they could not find anything wrong with it.
  • The AC/Heater fan in the cabin will only blow on it's highest setting - the first 3 settings don't work at all. First thing I will do will be to check the fuse - is this reasonable that the highest setting would work but no other setting and is fuse replacement the first option I should check?
  • srothsroth Posts: 1
    I recently took my 92 Grand Voyager in for a routine oil change and once over. The shop told me it needed a new CV boot. They replaced the drivers side. One week later I had the axle break on that side. The shop says it was caused by faulty motor mounts (something they said can not be diagnosed easily) and that there is no correlation to the work they did. Does this make sense? A different shop told me it was easy to test for "play" in a motor mount and they felt the wear and tear was caused by the jolt to the engine when the axle gave - probably caused by a faulty repair in the first place. Any insight would be GREATLY appreciated. :confuse:
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Gmann, You might also want to post your question in the Climate Control Problems: All Cars discussion.


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  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    This is a very very common problem in that era Caravan. The "ghost wipers" that actuate occasionally on their own lies in the turn signal multifunction switch or in the wiring in the column itself, I cannot remember which it is since it was repaired on our 1996 Caravan under warranty many years ago.

    I cannot believe your dealer is unaware of the fix for this, as it has been a very common issue and one they should have encountered and fixed many times by now.
  • joonjoon Posts: 121

    Thanks for the heads up. I had my minivan serviced at this dealer many times for warranty and out of warranty work and always left very disappointed with their level of customer service. I wouldn't be surprised if they knew about this problem and just "claimed ignorance" perhaps because this was a "low return" type of work for them, specially since it was under warranty, and they already had plenty of cars to service (you gotta service those lemons).

    Another problem that has persisted even after several trips to the dealer is the driver's side wind noise. The dealer changed the inside rubber that goes around the door probably three or four times (always under warranty) but the noise never went away. They even sent it to their body shop people to see if the door was bent or something, but to no avail. At the end, they just threw their hands and couldn't figure out what was wrong. That was about the time my warranty expired. When I contacted Dodge's national customer service, they told me that because my warranty had expired, there was nothing else they could do about this.

    Needless to say, I'm never buying another Dodge or DC product again. I think DC is coming out with some products that from a design and styling standpoint look appealing, but based on my past experience with my Caravan cannot trust their reliability.
  • royallenroyallen Posts: 227
    #2642 amiramon, two ignition parts that are possible are plug wires and coil (or some similar part). Wires, however, should cause the same plug to misfire so not likely. Also I had a similar problem with a '96 Intrepid which was an air leak of the intake manifold gasket. Roy
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52

    I had the exact problem with my 2001 Caravan. The fan would work only on the highest setting. The problem was with the fan resistor. The part cost $18Cdn and is located behind the glove compartment. Instructions on how to replace the resistor:
    1-Open the glove box and squeeze both left and right sides so that you may get the box side stopper beyond the opening of the dash panel.

    2-This will allow the box to open further and allow you access to the resistor.

    3-Unplug the electrical connector from the resistor.

    4-Unscrew the two screws holding the resistor.

    If your new resistor didn't include a new gasket, carefully pull the old gasket from the old resistor and install it on the new resistor.
    5-Installation is the reverse of steps 4 to 1.
  • The speedometer quit working on my 91 dodge caravan, when the speedometer doesn't work the day time driving lights and the cruise also don't work. any help would be appreiciated

  • subteachsubteach Posts: 1
    I have a '99 Chrysler T&C that has similar problem. Started one day when car started and then immediately shut down. This happened repeatedly for about 20 minutes then it started and ran. This has been happening intermittently as well as sometimes the instrument failure. I first took the van in to a Dodge dealer who told me I needed a Transmission Control Module but that would be where they would start and it still might not be fixed. I said no thanks and took the car to Aamco who told me I did not need the TCM and referred me somewhere else for electric work. The new place told me I needed a power control module but they didn't want to repair it because they said they had problems with parts from Chrysler. So I took it to Chrysler who ran diagnostics and got a bus message from the TCM and the body control module but said those were both okay. The disconnected all the connectors and put dielectric grease on all connectors. Gave me van back because problem seemed fixed, but I had it less than a half hour before the instrument failure occurred again. So now they are telling me it is the cluster but I don't know. Will post again if they correct the problem.
  • masterpaul1masterpaul1 Posts: 421
    Check your owners manual to see if all of these features are connected to the same fuse. If so, the fuse might need replacing. :shades:
  • Thanks for everyones response the fuses are ok,it started out to be intermittent it wouldn't work on start up but down the road a ways it would start. Then it seemed if the van was driving down the road and there was a slight bump it would start to work again until you stopped and turned the key off. After shutting it off sometimes it would work again on start up and sometimes not. Now it hasn't worked for about 2 months. Can't find a good wiring schematic to see where it all connects.

  • chubb2ichubb2i Posts: 3
    I am original owner of van with 290,000 miles. Very well maintained, and except for known transmission problems, never left me stranded. I have the Dodge service book.
    Current problem: Intermitantly, when engine is warm (at least 5 miles driven), engine stutters, and may quit, but may recover after stuttering for 5-15 seconds and run fine for another 5 minutes or 2 days. Some days no problem at all. No engine trouble codes are generated. Except for tach jumping, I see no other symptoms. (all lights maintain brightness, etc.) With 2 exceptions, I can cure problem by turning ignition off and restarting engine. Problem may occur when at stop light, or on interstate at 70 MPH. When acting up, I have verified fuel pressure at 50PSI, so not a fuel pump problem. I have used an inline spark tester, and problem corresponds to erratic spark. I have replaced plugs & wires with new, and TPS, Idle air controller, coil, wiring harness, and computer with others from junk yard, with no change. I have had it to a service shop, where OBD computer was hooked up within 10 minutes of it just about not restarting (2 exceptions above) and nothing looked out of specs and it ran 45 minutes without a hic-cup.
    Problem is similar to that of shelleybabee from Oct 27, 2003, but I do not see the resolution to that post.
    Any input would be appreciated.
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    Have you tried cleaning the throttle body? :)
  • chuckgchuckg Posts: 69
    If the vehicle bucks and stalls and then starts right up, check/replace your crankshaft position sensor. It's located on the top/side of your bell housing. Also check your camshaft position sensor.

    I would guess it's one of those two. Start with the crankshaft. It's not uncommon for them to go bad on Chrysler's.
  • chubb2ichubb2i Posts: 3
    Throttle body is clean. I have kept up with that maintenance.

    I replaced the cam position sensor yesterday, and will see what happens there. I have not (yet?) replaced crank position sensor. In reading the service book, the cam position sensor seemed to control spark more so than crank sensor.

    I had a previous problem (unrelated to this one) where it was hard to start, but once running, did fine. I found a trouble code that the temperature sensor was bad, and replaced that, and the hard start problem was gone. I suspect maybe similar situation here, where a seemingly unrelated component is going bad, and causes the computer to give a weak or no signal to the coil bank and cause stuttering. But I am guessing.
    Thanks for input.

    Any way to contact shelleybabee from older post, and find her(?) resolution?
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    shelleybabee has their email marked private and has not been in the Forums for quite some time (years).
  • chuckgchuckg Posts: 69
    chubb- Let us know how you make out.
  • I have replaced the same resistor pack on my 2001 Caravan twice. It went out this morning again! I took an old (bad) one and looked at the thermal fuse (metal bodied part looks like a capacitor) to get the rating. For the record, The OEM part ID for the thermal fuse is MICROTEMP KKJAFW G4A15 TP 128c. I researched Microtemp on the web and noticed that the part is no longer listed on Microtemp's website (if you can call it that). The G4 series is apparently discontinued or just not listed. It is supposed to be rated 10 amps, but I think it's more like 4 amps. If 4 amps is indeed the rating, then it is borderline for a 12v DC motor. The inductive load at turn on is probably what is blowing the thermal fuse. DO NOT DESPAIR! I found a replacement thermal fuse at Radio Shack (of all places). The R/S Part Number is 270-1322 and cost is $1.49 US. It has the same 128 Degree Centigrade rating as the original. The Microtemp Part Number(s) is MNMABM G4A00 TF 128c (R/S Specification says it's 10 amps). I was able to remove the steel shield from the assembly to get to the thermal fuse (use a permanent marker to reference the shield, plastic body, and PC board so re-assembly won't be confusing). Snip the original leads just past the bends away from the fuse body. Place the new fuse (with leads bent to fit in place). Then solder in place. BE SURE TO USE A HEAT SINK BETWEEN THE SOLDER POINT AND THE FUSE BODY! I used 2 alligator clips from R/S PN 270-0346 pack of 10 $ 2.79 US, to heat sink and hold in position while I soldered one side, then the other. Before I re-assembled, I used an ohm meter to verify fuse continuity. After I assembled the resistor pack, I re-installed on the Caravan, and viola it works! I now have several spare assemblies (that I have repaired), and can replace if it happens again. If you aren't very good at soldering, you might be able to find someone that can do this for you (for a few beers Ha Ha). Keep the old assemblies so that you can repair them for future replacements. Total cost for repair was $ 7.26 US. That was for 3 thermal fuses and the bag of 10 alligator clips. Much better than $ 13 US for replacement assembly! Good luck, and I hope you get you fan problem sorted out!! Caravandal.... Suwanee Georgia USA.
  • jeffw1jeffw1 Posts: 1
    4/25/2005 My Grand Caravan just started ringing for low fuel on a full tank last week. I have checked fuses but no problems there. Making appointment soon.
  • vanman10vanman10 Posts: 3
    Since the end of winter and the start of spring my 2000 Caravan has been running rough. This happens in the mornings and once the engine warms up it runs smooth. I've changed the fuel filter, air filter, oil change, timing belt (replaced last summer), tune -up (done last summer). I've also added good quality injector cleaner to a full tank of gas. And still it runs rough and sometimes a little back fire occurs. None of my check engine lights come on. Has anyone experienced this problem.
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    Have you cleaned the throttle body? :confuse:
  • vanman10vanman10 Posts: 3
    Hi hayneldan.

    What and where is the throttle body.
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    If you have a 6 cyl van the throttle body is at the other end of the air cleaner hose atop the engine. unscrew the clamp holding the large black hose nearest the top of the engine. Remove the hose, and you will see a silver throttle body. With the van not running, move the linkage from the gas pedal, or have someone in the van step on the gas pedal. You should see a round valve larger than a silver dollar that opens and closes as the gas pedal is depressed. If it looks dirty around this throttle body or the ports (holes) just behind the valve look clogged or dirty, it needs to be cleaned. Buy some throttle body cleaner (not carb cleaner) that will not damage emission controls. Read the instructions carefully and follow the directions on the throttle body cleaner. This cleaning will make the van run smoother at idle and stop stalling if it is dirty. Good Luck. :)
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