20th Apr 2010, 13:42
I have a 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE that developed a problem with the universal belt slipping off every time it rained. Turns out there is a tiny plastic "shield" that, over time, gets brittle and distorted. Our mechanic ordered a new one and didn't even charge us to install it. It was about $1.50. Belt problem solved! It's been fine for 5 years since then.
4th Jul 2010, 01:34
I have a 1998 Grand Voyager, dashboard goes out and then back again, but with check engine light on. Took to dealer 4-times, spent $1200 on parts, but the problem is still there. Dealer can't find the problem, anyone know? (I requested a refund for the parts).
7th Aug 2010, 23:06
Anyone with a 2000 Grand Voyager van or similar vehicle that has a instrument cluster problem, the gauges don't work, lights on and sometimes the engine cuts off, should look into replacing or fixing the instrument cluster. Apparently the jack that connects to the circuit board in the back goes bad or the solder on the circuit board has a hairline crack causing the circuit board to fail. The circuit board also houses the neutral switch, which makes sure your car is in neutral or park to start. Since the plug or solder is bad, the computer reads the car in drive and won't start. The best thing is to replace the cluster.
18th Aug 2010, 18:39
Had the same problem with the dash going completely dead. Pull dash tweak connector reinstall works for a month, repeat works for a week maybe two months. Finally replaced dash cluster got from ebay. We have a 98, did not want 98, got 99 and just modified connector end has been six months no problem. The belt is a pain, always chirping for the first ten minutes every time we start. Have replaced the water pump, tensioner, idler, P/S pump what is the problem? I put on new belt, works for 1000 miles. Heard there was some kind of mounting plate issue.
19th Aug 2010, 13:45
My 1997 Grand Voyager has had "check engine" light problems for 4 or 5 years!!! The biggest problem is each year when we need to renew license.
The light has been turned off multiple times, and often comes back on in a week or two.
The more annoying problem is that the gauges all go dead from time to time, no speedometer, rpms, gas, gear light, temp (the instrument cluster). It's my wife's vehicle. She learned to smack the dash and often all the gauges resume!
The problem is right now, the gauges have been off 2 weeks, and we wonder if they'll ever work again.
2 months ago, the dealership said that there were possibly 3 components that may need to be replaced to fix the problem, starting with the instrument cluster (about $600!) and then some other unit, and if it still didn't work, the 3rd component would surely fix it!!! Those 3 parts & labor about $2,200!
Also in addition to the "check engine soon" light, the ABS light and the airbag light stay on, AND now the horn won't work! Could these things be related? Never had the horn problem before. The horn fuse was bad, I replaced, but still no horn.
Can anyone help me? Wouldn't 1st step be to find a loose connection (re: gauges stopping), since a smack on the dash often turns it all on? How can I get to those connections? Any experience with this?
8th Sep 2010, 14:38
My 1998 Grand also has the problem of the instrument panel dash not working. Banging the dash has worked, BUT if you hit it too many times, the needle on the odometer may fall off. Mine did. I pulled the dash apart and took out the entire instrument panel. Separated the 2 pieces and put the needle back on. When plugging the wire harness back in, the lights and gauges flickered. I began wiggling the wires going into the harness, the lights and the gauges would go on and off.
Something is wrong with the wire harness. One of the wires going into the harness was loose, so I grouped all the wires together, and then wire tied them. No problems since.
13th Sep 2010, 16:14
My 1998 Grand Voyager SE IS LOCKING & UNLOCKING 24/7. 80.00 diagnostic shows nothing wrong.
I put new batteries in the transmitter & followed all instructions; still doing same thing. Please all, help needed, thank you.
Encountered the brake problems.
Fixed the serpentine belt problem.
I really like my van. It is roomy and gets great gas miles.
I'm a widow on fixed income; spending a lot of money on a new van & having to deal with new problems is not on my wish list.
14th Nov 2010, 17:38
For those dealing with the instrument cluster/dashboard/gauges (just I/C here on out) failing, it looks to be bad wiring harnesses.
A quick fix would be to give the top of the dashboard a few good smacks on the right side, *just* above where the gas gauge is, and maybe a little to the right. (Tip: Do this while stopped). In the meantime, you'll want to pull out the I/C and unplug and replug the electrical connector - give about an hour to do the disassembly and reassembly - you'll have to pull apart that part of the dashboard to get there from here. Consult the Chilton's book (#20302) for details on how to get to it.
24th Nov 2010, 14:53
I have a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.3. I'm trying to take the alternator out, it's all undone, but too many things in the way. Removed a lot of stuff, but still can't get it out. What do I do?
30th Dec 2010, 12:00
My 1998 Plymouth Voyager has really been a pain in my butt since I got it. I like having a van, but hate the problems.
I have had some similar problems that have already been posted, from the belt sliding off in rain, to the dash lights (electrical??). Also the speedometer and rpm gauges both get stuck. I guess I turn the van off and turn it over again; it's fine.
My most recent problem has been the last few days; I am getting up, warming up the car, and drive (this has happened three times), and while driving, my oil light comes on and the car stalls out. I can turn it over again after a few minutes, and it drives fine, but it is scary to be in traffic and not know if it will stall out or not.
If anyone has experienced something like this, please share what you did to resolve the issue. This has only happened early in the morning when it's really really cold out; during the rest of the day, if I drive, it hasn't happened.
10th Aug 2014, 20:22
Same thing for me. Found out you can replace the cluster board cheaper off of eBay. Or a you pull it place. A lot cheaper. This will also fix your light on the dash problem. Good luck.
10th Aug 2014, 20:32
For your belt; I bought a shield adapter and put it on the idle pulley. This is a part Plymouth did not let people know would work. They want you to buy the idle pulley with the shield on it, thus costing more money. I paid about $15.00 for the shield adapter versus up to $100.00. The belt has not come off since.
The lights going off and on, on the dash. You need to check your cluster panel. Could be needing new solder. However, it's just best to get a new cluster panel. Check around on the prices. Hope this has helped.
9th Jan 2015, 04:02
I have a 98 Grand Voyager. The car's radio works once in blue moon, the windshield wipers the same, and the gauges cut out every now and then. I was driving to work today and the car shut down. Got it started, drove another 10 miles, and stalled out again. Any thoughts?
10th Jan 2015, 10:43
I've had a few of these Caravans over the years. Cheap to buy and a great reliable beater; underrated in my opinion.
First thing I would check would be battery and electrics. Perhaps it's an old battery and it needs replacing. Another option would be the alternator not being able to hold a charge. A common problem with any older car.
Another good thing to do is change the fuel filter. Often they haven't been changed in years and have been running low grade fuel (most people don't put premium in a 97 Caravan, let's be honest here).
Stalling problems can also be a dirty fuel injector system, dirty O2 sensors, etc, once again from low grade fuel. If you fill up with premium, add a bottle of fuel injector cleaner to the tank, and sometimes stalling problems will stop just like that. If not, you may need to replace the O2 sensors.
14th Jan 2015, 15:40
Try a thinner oil in winter, like 20 instead of 30. It might be reading as no oil, when it's just too thick when it's cold.