1998 Dodge Caravan 3.0 from North America
Good except for this problem and the lack of dealer awareness and resolve by Chrysler to resolve it!
Serpentine belt is misaligned.
During routine check of my 1998 Dodge Caravan 3.0L; while changing the oil, the mechanic noted the serpintine belt was partially off the rear pulley. He replaced it, ran the engine and it immediately went back to running with the belt half off the pulley. The pulleys are obviously misaligned.
The belt tensioner seemed to be good. After checking the power steering pump and pulley against a replacement part, he concluded that changing those parts would not change anything. They suggested I take it to the dealer.
I am glad I looked up this problem on Google and found these postings. Typical reaction by Chrysler, to put their head in the sand until the cost (in lives) forces them to make some changes.
Hopefully the Gates Kit will solve this problem, but isn't it a shame that Chrysler couldn't have taken the initiative to resolve such a serious safety problem.
I will be adding my complaint to the list received at NHTSA.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th June, 2007