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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: Belts And Associated Pulleys Problems

8.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,975 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Plymouth Voyager engine problems

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1998 Plymouth Voyager Owner Comments

problem #20

Oct 172005

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The serpentine belt on my 1998 Plymouth Voyager was replaced by the dealer in August 2004. It has gone back to the dealer twice after that maintenance because the belt slips when driving in rain. The dealer replaced a mount which is in the recommended tsb by Chrysler but to no avail. To this date it slipped on me 3 times already and once I was in dallas, Texas. I belive that this is a design defect that Chrysler knows but they are not doing anything about it. It is a major safety issue in as much you loose all your control when this belts slips.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #19

Jan 302004

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I now have 100000 mi. On my Plymouth voyger. I have had to replace the wide or serpentine belt six times. Three of these times I was told I needed to replace the tension pully. Each time, the belt starts enraveling nearest the outer or passenger side. Each time I am told that the other two narrower belts need to be removed so they are replaced also. I bought this vehicle in 1999 with under ten thousand miles.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #18

Jan 182004

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
While driving, the serpentine belt in the engine broke causing the vehicle to lose power steering. With great difficulty, the driver somehow got the vehicle to the side of the road without incident. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who replaced the serpentine belt.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #17

Dec 222003

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

1998 Plymouth Voyager-serpentine belt comes off pulleys when run in wet conditions. This has occured three times in the past month. After first two times, the belt was simply put back in place by dealer stating this is a common occurence with this vehicle. On the last occurence, dealer informed me of tsb 07-01-99 dealing with the serpentine belt and replacing a bracket that keeps the belt in alignment. It will cost approximately $100 to replace. This obvious defect has serious consequences especially since the belt controls power steering and cooling of the vehicle. An obvious loss of steering control at high speeds can have disastrous consequences. NHTSA should require Plymouth to retrofit all of these vehicles.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #16

Jun 072003

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles
Air conditioning compressor froze at extremely low mileage (24,000) creating fire hazard beneath hood due to rubbing action of drivebelt.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 022003

(reported on)

Voyager

  • miles
The vehicle was improperly aligned causing the serpentine belt to break. Currently, the belt pretension needs replacing.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #14

Sep 192002

(reported on)

Voyager

  • miles

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

While driving power steering went out with any warning. Voltage regulator had overheated, and alternator was not charging. Serpentine belt got wet, resulting in belt coming off the pulley. This happens everytime serpentine belt gets wet.

- N. Augusta, SC, USA

problem #13

May 122002

Voyager

  • miles
Serpentine belt keep slipping off the pulley. Dealer contacted. Feel free to provide any further infomation.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #12

May 142002

(reported on)

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Serpentine belt slid off due to a bolt not holding tension. Lack of tension resulted in total steering failure immediately and engine overheating from lack of cooling fan operation. This was second occurrence.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 022001

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Serpentine belt came off the pulley causing over heating and loss of power steering causing loss of control, third time in three year.

- Cos Cob, CT, USA

problem #10

Jun 152001

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was going 10-15mph around a corner when serpintine belt broke, and consumer lost slight control of vehicle. Dealer didn't have an explanation for belt breaking. Consumer went to an independent mechanic for service. Belt tensioner broke and belt slipped off. Belt did not break. Consumer almost lost control of vehicle.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #9

May 082001

Voyager

  • miles
Tensioner & serpentine belt replaced 3 times so far and it still is not working correctly. The transmission failed on us while I was driving with my kids but no accident occurred.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 232001

(reported on)

Voyager

  • miles
The transmission, fuel injection and serpentine belt failed causing the vehicle to be inoperative. Nlm

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 142000

Voyager

  • miles
Under wet driving conditions the belt came off causing loss of power steering and overheating of the engine. Nlm

- Delray Bea, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 212000

Voyager

  • miles
While driving on a road in the rain; traveling through a small puddle of water causes the belt to slip off the engine; as a result the car looses power and power steering; loss of control of car on road; note: This has happen before at one other time.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 232000

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 45mph on highway and it was raining. Water on the road, and water splashed up towards the tires that affected the pully, causing belt to come off, and vehicle just shut down. Dealership was aware of problem. The coming off of the belt causes loss of power steering and power brakes.

- Eden, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 132000

Voyager

  • miles
Serpentine belt frayed and was replaced twice. The third time the belt snapped while van was traveling on gsp in NJ at 65 mph. Van was towed into service department, where belt and defective (quote from repair order) tensioner were replaced.

- Neptune, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 271999

Voyager

  • miles
Serpentine belt keeps breaking and shredding. When this happens there's a hard knocking noise. Took to dealer and it broke again. This had to be repaired 4 times. After last breakage, car to died.

- E. Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 261999

Voyager

  • miles
Cause of loss of power steering support is accessory/serpentine belt coming off the drive pulleys. Has happened four times within 12 months, about every 2,000 miles. Tsb 07-01-99 by Chrysler describes the problem, albeit making wrong assumptions regarding affected models and conditions triggering the incident (snow/moisture). This is a serious safety problem that should be addressed by NHTSA. Chrysler's responsiveness to my complaints has been zero. My wife and children were lucky that an accident caused by the sudden loss of power steering could be prevented. With an attorney's help, I will start to seek remedy under lemon law protection this week.

- Grosse Ile, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 201998

Voyager

  • miles
Belt comes off when driving in wet conditions -- sudden loss of power steering

- Lynn, MA, USA

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