check enigine light comes on and off a couple of times a year, today while driving home it came on and i didnt think anyhting about it, car drivrd fine. while waiting to turn into a drive, oil light comes on and car dies, restarted able to turn in, checked oil it was ok. check engine light still on (like it sometimes does) and car drives fine oil light hasnt come back on?
Bruce Kit -
The check engine light probably came on after the engine stalled, not causing it.
You should have the van 'scaned for codes' Some shops and auto parts offer this service for free.Might do before it strands you.
Some Chrysler products that era, you can check for codes, yourself.
Without starting it, turn the key to the run position and off three times, leaving it in the 'on' position. The check engine light should flash in a sequence, or code
(IE 3 flashes-two flashes)(five flashes-five flashes) These wouls represent codes 32 and 55. Disregard 55, as it says its the end of the test.
1998 Chrysler Town & Country Van Engine When stopped Always
New User Asked -
Why is my radiator fan staying on?
Does it stay on all the time, or just untill the vehicle cools down? Some fans remain running even after the ignition is turned off and may cycle off and on to bring the temperature down.Check the temperature control sensor that controls the fan.In most cases it is located on the side of the radiator.Now would be a good time to check your cooling system.Its possible that the gauge on the dash is not reading right and the engine may be overheating.There may be another sensor around the water intake at the thermostat housing that controls this.
New User -
My fan is staying on continually - not just until the van cools down. We did just have the radiator flushed recently. The temperature gauge is still reading the same general temperature it always had.
What precisely am I checking for when I check the temperature control sensor? How will I know a broken one from a good one?
The temp sensor I'm speaking of should be located on the side of the radiator can be located by tracing the fan motor wires that lead to the side of the radiator.Once found,disconect the pulg.The fan should go off.If it does,you can OHM it out for continuity to be sure that it is the problem.If the fan dosent go of then the fan motor relay would be my next read.
1998 Chrysler Town & Country Van Ignition System Won't Start When turning No pattern
New User Asked -
I cannot get the key to turn in the ignition. I have tried other keys. I also just got a new battery. Is there some sort of reset code? The steering wheel is not locked. help me!!
Turn the wheel all the way in one direction to see if it'll lock, then try the key.
Use a spray lock cylinder lubricant (or WD-40) into the lock cylinder and a light amount on your key. Insert the key then hit the key with the palm of your hand (or an object that is not to hard as to cause damage). This will often free it up so it works again. A new lock cylinder may be needed (a weak point on these vehicles).
My 1996 T&C cranks, but won't start. I have replaced the CAM/Crank sensor, MAP sensor, and ECM. It occasionally sputters.
I would start by checking for spark at the plug wires and power at the fuel pump and check fuel filter if no power any where check all the fuses and relays if that does not work check the crank shaft sensor.
Fuel pump turns on and I have pressure in the rail. Coil, wires and plugs work fine when I manual energize teh coil with my DRB III.
Have you checked timing? What was it doing right before it quit? I say do a diagnosis and see what codes its throwing.
It is not displaying any codes. I started it and was backing down the driveway when it quit. I installed a new timing set just to make sure.
Hello, I'm not clear from your dialog if you have spark or not?
Do the fuel injectors have power when the key is on?
Will the engine run on a burst of starting fluid shot into the throttle body?
Do you have RPM on the scanner? If there is no RPM (crank sensor) signal, you will need to track the crank sensor wires to the computer. If there is a signal, but no spark actually coming, it sounds like a problem in the computer.
If you have any questions about the fuel, you can try spraying some in the intake.
If you have spark and fuel, but it will not start, try a compression test. I have seen a broken camshaft do crazy things like this. Another problem that could cause a no-start is a flywheel that is cracked off around the center bolts, or a jumped timing chain.
No, the engine will not run with a spray of ether. I checked all the sensors and am getting proper voltage to them and the spark plugs are wet when I took a couple out to check on them. When I hook my DRB and manually energize the coil I get spark, but when I just crank with a plug out I do not. I am getting compression. If I crank long enough I get a few sputters from the engine.
While I am cranking the RPM's are moving on the dash.
It sounds to me like a timing problem, such as a jumped chain, or a broken flex plate, or some other base engine issue.
timing chain and flex plate check out fine.
Are you using a timimg light to check the timimg?
This car doesn't have a distributor and can't be checked with a timing light. There are also no timing marks machined in anywhere.
You said the spark plugs are wet. Could it be flooded? Try removing the fuel pump relay, drying the plugs and cranking it then. We also need to know if you are getting steady spark while cranking. Put a ST-125 spark tester on the plug wires, one at a time and confirm strong spark. Timing is hard to check, but I would put the engine at TDC, make a timing mark and check to see what the spark timing is while cranking. It should be between 0-20* BTDC.
1994 Chrysler Town & Country Van Electrical / Lighting Systems
New User Asked -
Any suggestions as to why or what may have caused the electrical system failure I am having? Smoke poured out the vents. The digital dash does not work, the power locks and tailgate do not work. The windshield wipers only work on high and low, no delay. The outside temperature and compass work but nothing else on that display. The interior lights do not come on when the doors are opened. The headlights do not stay on after the vehicle is turned off. The power windows, radio, and heat do work. One day as I was driving down the road, the tailgate opened. After I shut it the spedometer worked and so did the battery indicator. The spedometer also worked when I was backing up after that. But that all stopped working just as suddenly as it started.
Bruce Kit -
Sounds like a disaster! First thing to do, is disconnect the battery. Then with a light in hand, start looking at the wiring where it passes through the firewall. Sounds like a short circuit caused by sheetmetal cutting through the insulation of the wiring. Should be easy to spot the burned wiring either the engine side of the firewall or the underdash area.No easy fix, I am afraid!