I have a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager and recently I have been noticing some very strange problems. Please allow me to first give a brief history of the minivan.
In 2009, I replaced the PCM and some other electrical parts at the Chrysler dealership (nobody except the dealership was able to find the problem) since my minivan would sometimes stall when braking to a stop or would stall during idle. After the repair, it didn't stall anymore. Later, in Fall 2009, one of the hoses that transported antifreeze started leaking (it was spraying antifreeze through a very small hole on the hose) when the vehicle was hot. I promptly replaced the defective hose.
After that, in Winter 2009-2010, there was a problem in which the battery terminals were going bad along with the end of the wires connecting to the battery. I got a new battery and relevant service done (i.E. To the part of the cables near the battery). It seemed like this new third battery had to be put in much earlier than it was supposed to (the defective battery did not last nearly as long as the original battery).
Now, there is an issue with the vehicle again. A few weeks ago, I started noticing some problems which I thought were minor. Each time I decelerated and came to a complete stop, I could tell that the car's electrical system partially turned off for a second. The minivan did not stall or turn off, but only, for example, the digital clock on the radio disappeared for a split second.
Today, the vehicle did not turn on, and AAA was able to jump start. I knew then that this problem of the car not turning on had to be related to the battery and the electrical system of the minivan. But I am not quite sure, since I drove the vehicle for about 25 minutes after the jump start of the battery. Just to make sure everything was fine, after parking and turning off my vehicle, I tried to turn the minivan on again. However, the same problem appeared again: it didn't start. So now I am stuck with a minivan that doesn't start - and it seems like something is wrong with the electrical system. The remote control lock/unlock/panic system does not work either. But then again, I tried experimenting with the remote control locking system, and I heard the vehicle lock itself. The vehicle then dies out again because the remote control lock/unlock key doesn't work immediately after. What do you think it could possibly be? Do you think the dealership might have put in a faulty PCM for the vehicle which as been causing all these battery and electrical problems including this problem? Do you think the heavy rain today might have exacerbated the problem so much that now the vehicle does not turn on? Also, a part of the rear light cover has been broken for the past several weeks. Do you think water getting in through the tail light might be damaging the electrical system?
Please help ASAP. I really need your advice.
have the same problem?
Monday, March 7th, 2011 AT 5:15 AM