I am another victim of the serpentine belt. I never had a problem until my mechanic told me it was time to change the belt. Then after that it has squealed and whined. Then the other day I went thru a small puddle and the belt came off. I didn't know what a common problem it was until now my mechanic said that he had another van with the same problem that came in the same day. Oh well, the van has about 114k on it; going to drive it till it drops.
Can someone help me. I have a 2000 dodge caravan sport. The trouble is I press down the gas and van moves so slow until it actually gets into speed. I replaced fuel pump thinking it was that but still the same. Push throttle down van until gets into geared also has popping. Sound too. ReaLly need solution to problem. Help! Call 8018342088 ask for k.
Oh my goodness! This is unbelievable! I am having the same problem with my 2000 Grand Voyager. I have problems with the thermostat so they say, and I changed it, drove 80 miles out, and ended up on the side of the road with the car running hot, inevitably blowing my motor. Cost me 2,000 to get a used one.
Now I have problems with the belt squeaking, I put a new tensioner on it, adjusted the pulley, and as soon as I take it home from the shop, in 4 to 5 days it's squeaking again. Don't know what the problem is. Someone suggested I trash the vehicle, because as I drive down the road, everyone can hear me coming down the road.
On my 1990 Dynasty 3.3, the tensioner removal isn't hard.
1- Negative battery cable - disconnect.
2- Put regular 15mm wrench on tensioner pulley bolt.
3- Using a 3 foot pipe, place one end on the wrench, the other on your chest, push gently, the tensioner relaxes, grab belt at idler or A/C, remove it, lean back gently, remove wrench, remove belt.
2- From passenger side, reach down with left arm to 'feel' for the tensioner nut.
3- Remove arm, use a SHORT STUBBY 15mm open end wrench, loosen 1 or 2 turns, remove arm to put stubby back, go back and remove nut by hand, carefully and slowly pull tensioner out, straight up - it's a tight fit - good thing there's no sparks! THAT'S IT. Installation is the reverse of removal. Put belt on IDLER pulley, not tensioner pulley, last.
I have a 1996 GC. The serpentine belt issue... I thought it was my mechanic not doing a AC service correctly... that was labor day 2009. Since then the belt has come off 3 times, always in the rain. I think the Gates/Goodyear kit is the fix. Chrysler should fix this issue at no charge, the car is now totally unreliable and incredibly unsafe.
My '99 Grand Caravan serpentine belt just recently started to squeal at 110K miles. I've changed 3 belts and an idler in a month since. The squeal goes away for about a weeks before the squeal starts again. I'm starting to wonder if it is the A/C pulley that has seized? Now I'm really worried about my van, because I drove through a lot of rural land.
Well guess what, yep, we have a 2000 Grand Caravan with a 3.3. The belt started coming off lately, only when it rains. However, my wife hit a raccoon recently breaking a small part of the spoiler. Now I am wondering if a splash cover was also torn off. We had 320,000 on our Grand Voyager and now almost 200,000 on this one and never had the problem. I am installing a new tensioner, because the current one is obviously misaligned. Hopefully it works.
I think that is is hilarious that all a lot of these comments about the van's quality are coming from vans that have higher mileage, drive through deep puddles, and bad weather. If your van has 50,000+ miles on it, then should you not expect to have to maintain it? Especially if you are in an extreme weather climate?
Here is my story.
I own a 1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager with 360,000 with the original transmission, and engine. The transmission is just starting to wear out, but I was still able to drive it from St Louis to Houston and back. Even with a bad trans!
I have had my issues with pulleys, suspension, fuel pumps, brakes, etc... You know, things that get worn out when you drive a vehicle over time! You know what my biggest problem has been. MECHANICS! I have spent more money and time on bad mechanics and their bad work. I have had things fixed, and had to pay someone else to fix it all over again. This has happened many times. I replaced a fuel pump in Chicago for $600, then 2 months later, it failed again in Arkansas. Came to find out, the mechanic in Chicago put in the wrong fuel pump. The mechanic in Arkansas put the right one in, and it is been 6 years since I have replaced it. The guy in Arkansas charged me $350! Same thing with the pulley. I replace the tension pulley 3 times before I ran into a mechanic that knew what he was doing.
My 1994 had to be worked on, but overall it was the most dependable vehicle I ever owned. So much so, I recently bought a 2000 Dodge Caravan. The good thing is, now I know where to take my van to get it fixed right. I think that is what is happening with a lot of these people. IF SOMEONE, EVEN A DEALER, WORKS ON YOUR VAN AND DOES NOT FIX IT, DO NOT TAKE IT BACK TO THEM.
The only van I will ever buy is a Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth. Out of all of the vans I have test drove, the Caravan is the real deal!
So, my wife and I decided we wanted another van. We owned a 1996 GC a couple years ago. We loved it. So, we trade for our crappy GMC Jimmy for a 2000 Grand Caravan.
The transmission wouldn't shift past 2nd gear. So, we took it in to be replaced. Well, after 2 or 3 weeks of them having my van, I get it back. Now, it slips from 1st to 2nd gear, no matter the speed/acceleration. On top of that, in the morning, I have to warm it up for nearly 30 minutes before the transmission will shift from Park into Reverse/Drive. Then, I have to wait for about 2 minutes in reverse, before I can I get the transmission to shift into Drive. But the mechanic says, "There's nothing wrong with the transmission.."
Then, I start my car about 2 weeks ago. It sounds real bad, so I turned the car off.. BUT.. The car kept running even with the key out of the ignition. The starter caught fire. My kids were in the car. Awesome! The mechanic replaced the starter.
Now, the day after we get our car back, the car is not starting correctly. Brought it back to the mechanic, he says, "Everything seems fine to me."
Yesterday, my wife is driving down the road and all the gauges on the dash dropped to zero. I have no clue what is wrong now. I think it may be the alternator, but I'm not sure.