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3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,822 miles

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan engine problems

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #29

Dec 172003

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,821 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The serpentine belt fell off intermittently. Dealer indicated the need to install bracket to retain the serpentine belt.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #28

Dec 112003

(reported on)

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Serpentine belt fell off the tension pulley, causing a loss of power steering. Tsb 6088784 was issued on the problem, which indicated that cause was rain/stagnant water, and snow. 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan experienced problem where serpentine belt fell off the tension pulley causing a loss of power steering, power brakes and engine failure. Chrysler corporation sent a memo to their dealerships addressing how to correct the problem. The memo also stated that this problem was not a safety issue.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #27

Dec 042003

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
Serpentine belt of my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan came off while driving down the highway. I lost ABS, power steering, radio, and the engine overheated almost immediately. My daughters were in the car and I was in heavy traffic. I could barely steer the van. I was alarmed to find that many others have had this same problem. If my wife had been driving, I'm not sure if she could have steered the van. I could have easily caused an accident/injury/death to myself or others. The belt was not frayed, the tensioner is fine. The thing just slipped off. It was raining at the time as well, making a dangerous problem almost catastrophic.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #26

Jul 102002

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On two occasions, both during a heavy rainstorm, the serpentine belt had fallen off the vehicle while driving at a high speed. This caused a lost of power steering, overheating and the alternator light had come on. The service could not find a reason as to why this occurred. The consumer was also told that this was common on the East cost due to the rain and snow. (model/sport)

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #25

Oct 152000

Grand Caravan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We purchased this vehicle used in August 2001. After two months of having the vehicle we had to replace the serpentine belt, which broke as soon as I turned a corner, (we were told the dealership, maroone Toyota in weston, fl sould see nothing wrong) we then had to have the vehicle looked at as our engine light came on (we were told there was nothing wrong with the engine) within the next 2 years of having this car, we have replaced the serpentine belt 4 addiotnal times, we have had the motor in the driver door break and we cannot get that window down, we have the warning lights come on for the air bag system (which I just noted is a recall issue that I never received notice), we have just experienced the A/C breaking down, wich looks in turn that this will be a problem with the pulley or system it is attched to ( a coil problem). We have 3 small children and I must admit that this has been the worst experience that I have ever encountered with a used vehicle. We have had nothing but complications with this vehicle - I should have returned thevehicle and count my blessings, I'm afraid the next time something goes wrong with this vehicle - it may cost us ourlives. Can someone please contact me and tell me my options.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 142003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
I have had to replace the serpentine belt 5 times since I bought the 1998 Grand Caravan a year and a half ago. I have also replaced all idler pulleys, tensioners etc multiple times trying to get rid of the squaking noise and the belt falling off when you get it wet.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #23

Aug 012003

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • 27,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When it rains hard the serpentine belt comes off the engine. This results in loss of power steering, and overheating.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #22

May 302003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
Serpetine belt has shredded two times in the last two months. A small section of the belt on the inner side next to the engine appeared to have been cut, both times this occurred the damage was the same. Vehicle had 99,000 miles and was well maintained. This event never occurred until the vehicle was over 95,000 miles.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #21

May 262003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
While driving the drive belt came off and shredded into pieces which caused loss of power steering and the vehicle to overheat..

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #20

May 102003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,700 miles
The drive belt came partially off while driving. The belt shredded and then came off completely. The belt was replaced 6000 miles ago. It was a wet day outside (light rain).

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #19

Feb 252003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,389 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Tension, idler pulley. Second time this has occurred. Wet pavement causes belt to slip and loss of power resulting to vehicle during operations. This has occurred during regular driving, as well as highway driving under what should be normal operating conditions.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #18

Feb 242003

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The engine serpentine belt slipped off the pulleys.

- West Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #17

Nov 052002

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Serpentine belt fell off when driving through a puddle. This disabled all of the accessories and made the van undrivable. This has happened once before. Vehicle was disabled in the middle of a busy street

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 312003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Serpentine belt comes off often causing loss of steering and other functions.this is something that happens very often in the short time that I have owned this car.there must be some way this can be prevented or corrected!!

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #15

May 232002

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Belts have been braking after ~ 18000-20000 miles. Dodge does not seem to care.

- Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA

problem #14

Sep 071999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The failure of the tensioner belt caused the serpentine belt to come off resulting in power steering failure.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #13

Apr 011999

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Serpentine belt will come off in heavy rain, this has happened 4 times. Dealer will put on new belt.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 012001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine belt has had to be replaced five times since date of purchase. Also, all electrical components including lights and hazard lights and power steering are lost. Vehicle cannot be driven more than twenty miles per hour when this happens. Dealer has been contacted. Consumer stated that the tensioner failed and was replaced for the fifth time on 1-04-02.

- Silver Soring, MD, USA

problem #11

Sep 071999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The failure of the tensioner belt caused the serpentine belt to come off resulting in power steering failure.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #10

Aug 092001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Serpentine belt failed X3 over 3D incl. On hwy -> loss of power. Steering, alternator and other functions.

- North Bethesda, MD, USA

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