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Caravan/Town & Country Electrical Problems

jmudryjmudry Posts: 2
My wife's 2005 T&C has been acting up. All of the dash warning lights will come on and all of the gages will stop working, even the temperature readout and cruise control will stop working even though the car is still running fine. Last night was the third time into the garage. It just came out of the garage which they said a module in the computer had to be replaced. They had the car for four days. Yesterday, the same thing happened so we brought it back.
When you turn the car off and start it back up, everything's okay for a while and then the lights come on again.

Anybody else experiencing this problem and are there any suggestions?


  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Dodge Chrysler minivan's displays are very sensitive and can act weird when a battery is going bad. You might want to get the battery and charging system checked. If this van is still under warranty, let the dealer deal with it, however.
  • renae3597renae3597 Posts: 1
    We have a 96 T&C that shuts off for no reason. We have had it to 3 different places for computer hookup: they all say there are no codes. The service engine light stays on. However, the shutting off is a BIG concern. It will shut off when you stop at a light, or a stop sign. However, it will also shut off if you are driving 65 mph on the highway with or without cruise control set. No warning, just shuts off. Generally it restarts very easily and often it will die again several times before finally running properly. Any one else with this issue? We have replaced some computer chips, as well as the fuel pump. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Renae
  • chuckgchuckg Posts: 69
    The symptoms you are describing point to either the crankshaft position sensor or the camshaft position sensor being bad. I had this problem with my '94 New Yorker.

    I replaced the crankshaft position sensor, located on the bell housing, with a $35 part from NAPA and that fixed it.

    You can do a search over on the Caravan boards and find more info.
  • dinobotdinobot Posts: 4
    Our T&C has been a nightmare for over three years. Hundreds of dollars spent and the same problems persist. Here is a list:
    1] We will be driving down the highway and the van just turns off.
    2] We can be driving and the guages lose all power, there are no lights on in the dash, and the engine light goes on and the alarm set button turns on.
    3] We turn the van on and it stays on for about 3 seconds and dies. At the same time there is no power to the guages and there are no lights on in the dash. This can happen anywhere -- at a rest stop, a grocery store, a national park, and we are stranded, sometimes for hours, until, miraculously, we start it and it stays on.

    Our last trip to the service center, they had it for a week and they could not find the problem. It is an undriveable and dangerous vehicle. Do we have no recourse?
  • sm1005sm1005 Posts: 1
    I have an '02 T&C w/ 85K miles. Recently, the windows/radio/AC would "blink" on and off. Things seem to turn off when the clucth for the AC compressor engages and then come back on. Very troubling when driving. No system trouble codes in the computer. Any suggestions?
  • steve0steve0 Posts: 1
    The electric rear hatch lift has stopped working on my aunts T&C. Checked the fuse and it's OK. Anyone know how to diagnose the hatch electricals or have a wiring diagram? I'm not getting 12v on any of the pins in the lift plug. Thanks.
  • eggshopeggshop Posts: 1
    I have 2 (TWO) 1997 Town & country LXI with the same exact problem, starts up and dies within a couple seconds of starting for no reason, all dash lights will go off and alarm sets, left us stranded many times, no one at the dealership can give an explanation for this, at first I figure it was a problem with the first van, however now I realise it is a Chrysler problem, anyone with a fix for this would be greately appreciated, no more Chrylser for me.
  • dinobotdinobot Posts: 4
  • dinobotdinobot Posts: 4
    There seems to be enough of us with the same problem that we have to figure out a way to get Chrysler to listen to us. My husband has MS and we frequently use the van to travel for treatments and to go to the doctor. We have been stranded, and I am terrified that my husband could be left in a situation at a rest stop with no air conditioning and no way to get out of the heat. Surely there is someone to call, or appeal to, to have this very serious and dangerous problem addressed by Chrysler. Do we call Ralph Nader?????????????
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Or you can file a complaint with the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation.


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  • Why would you call Ralph Nader for a car problem?
    This guy is a lawyer!!!!!!!!!!! He doesn't solve your problem, he's not a mechanic He will share your problem with the world and try to make money of it!!
    Just go to your mechanic or Chrysler dealer and have it fixed!!
  • I have been having the same problem with my 98 T&C. It will start and die three times and then not start at all. The dash lights will go off too. 4 trips to the dealer and they can't find the problem. Have you had any luck getting and answer?
  • Have you found out what was wrong, I have the same problem
  • Yes, it was the left-most button in the overhead console. Please see my post on the previous page.
  • I have no sloiding doors and no dead swith, any one else with an answer
  • Been going thru the same thing with my '96 T&C LXi. My son's a master mechanic and can't track it since two weeks ago. No warning of any kind that it wasn't going to start. Down over $400 at mechanic prices/no labor. Desparate for an answer. Love driving this van but can't afford not getting to work without friends' help. Could be serious if it happens when I have a Senior client with me. Help!
  • The overhead display that tracks mileage, DTE, direction, etc. has never worked properly since we purchased the van used. It will not tell direction and we have tried to recaligrate numerous times. The other functions seem to work satifactorily. Any suggestions? Ideas?
  • Gages sometimes act up or go dead, door locks operate themselves, in worst case car refuses to start and relays start clicking until battery finally dies (if you don't disconnect it to reset the computer)? My 1997 Caravan had this problem. Several forums discuss it, one had explicit instructions with pictures on how to fix. Remove plastic cowling from dash (Haynes manual useful). Unplug and remove gage cluster. Unscrew circuit board and flip over. Where wiring harness plugs into gage cluster, see if ground pin all the way at the end has a circular crack in the solder. If it does, resolder it. This seems to have cured my electrical problems for now.
  • Where are the circuit breakers located on this van? The van is totally dead and I can't figure out why. Any suggestions.
  • jorgy1jorgy1 Posts: 1
    The front wipers on our 1999 Town & Country were not staying "in-sink" and then stopped all together and have not been able to get them working again. Is there an easy solution?

    Also, the driver's powered window stopped working. The control switch was acting up before and then it stopped working all together. Please advise.
  • It took three weeks but found the culprit. Son took out the main computer (locatedup on it's edge on the backside of the battery. Had it checked out at a dealership parts dept. A previous owner had replaced the original with a part out of a used vehicle. Not even the same model, year, etc. Just can't do that. The wonder was that they were able to make the van even run at all. There were warning signs: Doors would lock themselves. seat adjustment settings would go crazy, & some other things. Thanks for all the imput. It all helped. Sbabcock
  • Are you saying that someone replaced the main computer with one from another model year, and that you had to replace that computer with a new one to solve all of your problems? You aren't clear about the solution. Just the problem.
  • Basically, yes. I'm not the mechanic, so perhaps I didn't make myself clear enough. During the 3 weeks, mechanic found some other problems (some were likely related to the main computer problem) The van mow runs like a top - even the turn signal turns itself off when it should. sbk
  • Not sure about the 1999, but I recently received a recall notice for my 2005 T&C and it said something about the wiper motor.
  • Hello Snorkleman,

    A year ago you wrote " I like to do some basic maintenance myself such as oil and oil filter changes.

    Basically I see that every other oil change I should be also changing the air conditioning filter.

    What is the cheapest quality filter that I can use?

    For example, I do NOT buy a Mopar oil filter and I use the Supertech oil filter sold at Wal-Mart.

    Since this a/c filter needs to be changed fairly regularly, I assume that some of you should be able to quickly answer this question."

    I couldn't find a way to reply to that message; however, I have the same question. Did you ever find a source for reasonably priced AC filters?

  • If you are referring to the cabin filter, a Bosch Charcoal filter is $28.99. We have a 01 DGC EX and this filter only needs to be changed every 15K or less. (Depending if you live in a dusty area.) :shades:
  • 1. If, by "cabin filter" you're talking about the filter that filters air inside the passenger compartment, yes, that's what I'm talking about
    2. If you have this kind of filter for a T&C Van, do you also have it for a Pontiac Vibe 2003? If yes, for how much and what would shipping cost me for the two filters?

  • Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, but I don't sale these filters. I found ours at Autozone. You can check their website for pricing and shipping. :shades:
  • Started a few months ago, after starting the car there would be no power to windows, wipers, radio, fan for a few minutes then it would kick in. That happened intermittently for a couple of weeks. Then the check engine light came on while driving and the transmission would not shift into third; turned the car off (light stayed on) but trans okay. The check engine light would eventually go out itself. This happened a couple of times. Each of those issues have self resolved, but now the brake light (dashboard) and ABS light are on continuously. I don't want to think about what's next, but I hate the idea of going to the dealer with an electrical problem. Any ideas?
  • limpylimpy Posts: 1
    I have an "02 T &C. Recently, all accessories shut down after starting. While trouble shooting this problem, after several starts the engine would not crank. I took it to a dealer. The tech first said that acid had dripped into the harness, causing a short. Repair would be $200 to $500. After i authorized that amount, he said that The tranny solenoid had been leaking into the harness and had haderned the insulation on the wires so badly that he could not find a place to begin the repair. the harness would have to be replaced at a cost ot $2500. Doesn't the wiring actually go into the solenoid where it is exposed to transmission fluid? A few years back another manufacturer had a problem with hardening wiring and they recommended soaking the harness in oil to keep it soft.
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