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'97 Plymouth Grand Voyager Electrical Problem

areed2areed2 Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Plymouth
I have a 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager with
approximately 45,000 miles and 1 year left on the
lease. I have experienced some strange things over
the last several years - batteries that failed for
no apparent reason, phantom wipers that started in
the middle of a drought, and now a bad computer
module. The module is related to the transmission,
because it caused the transmission to drop into
second gear and stay there. The technician at the
electrical shop said he found a short, but after
removing all associated wiring, the module still
shows bad. The module must be replaced and is
around $700. He also estimates labor anywhere from
$250 to $550 to locate the shorted connection.
My questions to all of you are:
*Have you experienced anything similar to this?
*Is there a connection with the wipers and the
failed computer module? Could either it or the
failed batteries have been connected to the shorted
or grounded wiring?
*This seems very unfair, and is even more
upsetting due to the fact it's a leased
I have any recourse with Chrysler? If so what
would be the wisest method of communicating this
problem. Thanks...


  • don434don434 Posts: 43
    Failed batteries -One may have gone bad for normal ware and tear but for more than one is questionable. You could have crossed wiring in that car which causes a constant drain - quite often even with the car shut down. Most modern cars have constant parasitic drains which constantly load your battery. IF everything is normal these may total about 45 milliamperes or so. If any of the solid state devices go bad your head aches will not go away until that component is corrected.
    Water may have collected in any connector or junction block which provides conductive paths to many circuits. This could be what caused you computer to go bad.
    If you have had frequent hot shots due to failing batteries you are at risk of solid state device failures. Occasional accidental reverse battery during hot shots can blow devices in your car.
    Just changing batteries over and over is not the answer many times - there must be a check - by a good technician -to locate the source of battery drain.
    You may have to change service shops or maybe take the car to a diagnostic center to find the problem.
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