Battery Dead problems of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country



Three problems related to battery dead have been reported for the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country.

car   Battery Dead problem 1
Failure Date: 04/10/2007

2001 Chrysler Town & Country purchase 4. 5 yrs ago. One year into purchase, abs lights on, extended warranty replaced abs system. Lights kept coming on, took in 2-3 times, said they couldn't fix, didn't know why. Later, window wouldn't roll up/down on passenger side, radio quit working. Took to a shop & was told that at some point, the battery leaked (before I purchased) and the entire wiring harness was eaten by the acid/ this was covered up at some point because the wires had been wrapped in electrical tape. It is very unsafe to put the entire wiring harness underneath the battery, if a battery goes bad of course it will eat the wiring.

car   Battery Dead problem 2
Failure Date: 02/05/2005

1. Feb 5, 2005 my car doors would not open with the electronic opener. Thought the battery was dead called to have 'road service' assist. Had to manually open van with key. The clock was not working, and the cd player was making a 'ticking' sound so I switched to the radio. The display on the radio was unreadable. Also the rear liftgate would not open with the controls. 2. Radio problem. Not working. Dealer told me that the recall did not apply to my van, and that the radio could be replaced with a refurbished radio and since it was not covered by a recall it would cost me $50. 00 a check of the electrical system was not indicated on the invoice. 3. Nothing was done to correct the problem. I was also told that perhaps my van would be put on the recall list and that I should wait to see if I got a recall letter. I never got a recall letter. So to be safe, I had the radio disconnected (or the fuse taken out, I don't know which) I called the dealer I bought the car from (carmax of orlando) and they were less than helpful. In fact the service manager was rather rude and condescending. Saying to me "why are you yacking about your radio, its just a radio", and it isn't covered by any recall. Well it is six months later and since I have not heard from Chrysler with a recall letter, so I decided to call and find out if there was any other information. I called here first, and they were unaware of any expansion on recall. I have talked to Chrysler about this situation and even though the car was assembled in ontario (a cool climate) and was transferred and bought in a hot humid climate, I can't seem to convince anyone that the problem that I am having is because of the original intent of the recall, operating the radio in a hot humid climate with the a/c. I would like to see other VIN's as part of this recall, since clearly there is a problem with more of the cars from the ontario plant.

car   Battery Dead problem 3
Failure Date: 03/09/2004

Starting last October the battery went dead after the doors were open for three hours. Two months later the battery went dead again while setting in the garage and not being driven for three days. Took it to my dealer-thelen chrsyler in bay city-and after checking it found nothing wrong. About ten days later after setting in the garage for 3 or 4 days it went dead again. Thelen chrsyler performed a more thorough check and apparently fixed something which they thought was wrong, but still wasn't certain that the problem was permanently repaired. The battery was thoroughly checked and found to be ok. Drove to arizona for the winter and in February the battery again went dead after the van was setting for five days without being driven. About three weeks later while loading the van for the return trip home and having three doors open for 2 or 3 hours the battery again went dead. The battery was again thoroughly checked and found to be ok. On every occasion a quick jump by a wrecker service starts the engine and in 20 minutes everything is ok. As long as the van is driven every day or two we don't have a problem. But, if the van sets for three days or longer or if the doors are open for 2 or 3 hours the battery goes dead. It appears as though there is a very slow drain in the electrical system that leads to a dead battery. The problem started before the expiration of the 36,000 mile warranty.