1997 Chrysler Town and Country anti theft system

Tiny
HOTRODDADDY
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  • 1997 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
I am experiencing an intermittent problem with the anti theft system shutting down the fuel pump and not allowing the van to start. I used to think that it was caused by the system not resetting when the doors were unlocked, but it has done this even when the doors were not locked prior to starting. I had it towed to the local dealership once after it happened, and they told me it was caused by a loss of communication between 2 of the ecm's. They then "reestablished" communications between them (for a cost of $125) and it worked for a while. Twice I have had the van towed to my house where within 4 hours it would start again. I know it will not start the moment I turn on the ignition and the display for the odometer and the gear shift indicator are not lit up. Can you help me? I have not driven the van for over 5 months because the dealership doesn't have a clue what is causing it and they want to start changing out the control modules which they say cost around $1000 each. I would gladly donate to your cause if you can help me. I am not in a very good situation financially right now and do not want to offend you by making too small of an offer. If you coud help me solve my problem, what would be a proper donation?
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 8:19 AM

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Tiny
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The tip is the instrument cluster not working when it happens, Chryslers are known for loose pins on the IP cluster circuit boards, remove the cluster and re solder the loose pins. These are where the connectors plug into the boards, remove the connectors and inspect carefully!
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 9:12 AM
Tiny
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I have removed the cluster, but I am having a hard time telling if any of the pins are loose. They pass through a plastic piece that the wiring connection plugs into. This plastic piece is fastened to the back of the cluster by 2 screws. Should this be removed?
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Monday, May 25th, 2009 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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Yes, you need to expose the circuit board. Wiggle and try to turn the pins. Also look at the connectors and see if any pins pushed out a bit.
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 AT 2:24 AM

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