1993 Chrysler Town and Country Bendix 10 sucks worse than a

Tiny
ABE_ROBINSON
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  • 1993 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 166,000 MILES
So I have a 93 Town n Country with the Bendix 10 brake system. Recently the pump stopped running at all. I thought it was a little too complicated, so I took it to the dealer. They called me the next day, and said that the pump was bad, and would be replaced under warranty, and that I need a ABS relay at a cost of $195.00. I told them fine to go ahead and do it. The next day they call and tell me that they replaced those items, but I still have an electrical problem, and that it will cost another $170.00. I told them just give me my van back. I went and picked it up, and the brakes were exactly the same as when I dropped it off. I called the service manager and told him that I did not mind paying to replace the relay, because I knew it had some kind of electrical problem, but I felt they were just trying to change parts to see if that would fix it. He said it was working ok at the dealership, it just had an intermeittent problem. He said he would also give me another $100.00 worth of time to find whatever the problem was. I went home and checked things out, and as best as I can tell, the hot wire that comes up to the relay, that is red with a green tracer is dead. I am thinking that maybe the pump had shorted out and burned up the fuse link, but I do not know where any fuse link for it is. Also the relay they charged me $135.00 plus installation for looks like a regular old bosch relay. At this point I am upset. This is a good van, but I cannot afford to sink much money into it. The trans was rebuilt at 106K, and a cooler added, and I keep everything else on it working correctly. If someone answers this question, please have specific knowledge of the Bendix 10 system on a 1993 Town & Country. Thanks.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 AT 1:06 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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The Bendix 10 system was used 2 years by Chrysler, 1992 and 1993. There is a reason why it was only used for 2 years. In fact, Chrysler put in place a lifetime warranty on it because of all the problems they had with it. However, that didn't include all components such as the relay. As far as a fuseable link, it doesn't exist. The pump is fused. I can't remember the exact fuse, but if you check your owner's manual, it should indicate which one it is. If the fuse is good, you should be getting power to the relay. If there is no power, then you are simply looking for a broken or damaged power supply wire. If the dealer is offering you 100.00 in shop time to locate the problem, let them go for it, but make them aware you expect it fixed and will not add money on top of the 100 for additional diagnosis time.

Just so I know, did the vehicle brakes feel as if you had no power assist?
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 AT 9:16 PM
Tiny
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They had no assist at all.
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Saturday, August 29th, 2009 AT 3:02 PM
Tiny
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The service advisor from the Chrysler dealer called this morning and told me my van was ready. I asked what the problem had been with it, and how much it would cost, and he kind of dodged (get it?) My question and said it was a "wiring problem" and they took care of it. I went and picked up the van, and the printout said that they had repaired a fusible link. Luckily they did not charge me, but then they gave me back my key, and pretty much told me to find my own car. At most dealers the porter brings your van up front. AT least they gave me an idea where to look, and told me if I couldn't find it, they would get someone to help me. It was down a hill in a big mess of junky old Chrylers. I am just glad to have my properly repaired van back.
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 11:55 PM
Tiny
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Ok so we have a 93 town and country. We have had it in the shop 4 times on the recall on the abs. First time they replaced the 3 parts they are supposed too. After that they replaced the abs piston 3 more times as it kept failing. Just a few weeks ago it failed again, and as anyone who has experienced this knows the brakes get very hard to operate. Well my wife put both feet on the petal pushing as hard as possible trying to stop and could not winding up in an accident, complete with the beads being releaaed and a airbag deployment. I kept telling the chrystler shop it has to be something causing it to fail. Well now I am getting ready to fight tooth and nail for a resolution. I feel it is part thier fault that the accident happened as we took it in to be fixed properly and it kept right on failing over and over. If your ABS fails PARK IT. Sometimes pushing with all your might may not stop you soon enough
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 10:03 PM
Tiny
ABE_ROBINSON
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Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon, Ares / Reliant / Volare / Aspen / Cordoba / Laser / Diplomat / Gran Fury / the list goes on and on of the ugliest, stupidest cars ever. The power module and logic module. The computer sitting up on the air cleaner, plastic power window control strip thing, buttons wear out on the "quartz lock" stereo, A F***NG STUPID TALKING CAR, CARRYING EXTRA BALLAST RESISTORS IN THE GLOVE BOX, and then our government bails them out AGAIN. I think Chrysler really embodies everything that has gone wrong with America's manufacturing sector, and why a 1979 Honda Civic is a better car than a new Dodge. All in all, I HATE CHRYSLER.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 AT 1:52 AM

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