Battery Dead Problems of Chrysler Town & Country - part 1

Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 36 problems related to battery dead (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Town & Country based on all problems reported for the Town & Country.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 09/10/2017

This started about 4 weeks ago, approximately 9/10/2017. The vehicle did not want to start. We were under the impression that the battery was dead. Jumped the car and it started. After that a couple of days later my wife said that the vehicle would just crack over and have the key stuck on the cranking mode. The key was turned back and forth until the vehicle started. After which the vehicle would shut off. She was able to get the car started and drove it home right away. That night it did the same thing to me. I turned the key 3 times until the vehicle started then it shut off all by it self. We decided not to drive the vehicle until we could get it looked at the dealership. I did some research online and found that the previous year Chrysler and Jeep vehicles had a recall for a fuel relay replacement. This leads me to believe that this is the same problem after reading the symptoms. After my reasearch I walked out to see if the vehicle would start. This was Sunday morning. This time the vehicle cranked after turning the key 3-4 times. The vehicle stayed on for 15 minutes, after which it shut off. On Monday morning I did the same procedure and the vehicle stayed on until we had to leave to go to work. It ran for 15+ minutes. Today is Tuesday morning and we are about to see if we can drive it to the dealership. If this is the same issue the previous model vehicles had then I'm concern that the engine may stop while my wife and kids are driving down the road and be in an accident.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2016

A few months back, my battery died (it was fairly new). After replacing the battery with a new one, I noticed there was a constant sound coming from the back of the car even when the car was turned off - turned out to be the fuel pump continually pumping. After disconnecting and reconnecting the battery a few times, the constantly running fuel pump issue went away. Fast forward a few months and my car starts having trouble starting. It randomly won't turn over - sometimes taking 10-20 tries before it starts. Eventually it won't turn over at all. After looking online and finding a shitload of other people with the same issue, I discovered the tipm "faulty fuel pump relay" issue with the Chrysler vehicles - including mine. I rigged a cable to temporarily bypass the fuel pump relay, and now it starts every time just fine. For the long term solution I will now need to pay to have the tipm module replaced. This is the last Chrysler brand car I will buy - it's one thing to have a problem with your vehicle you build (all car companies have issues), it's another thing to know that there is an issue and give a big fuck you to your consumers by refusing to address the known issue.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 08/18/2016

I believe my issues started when my battery was dead after being shut off upon my arrival to work, within 3 1/2 hours. Battery was charged and started and made it home. 3 days later, without any notification of an issue through the onboard computer notification system, vehicle would not start. Tries to turn over, and did start after a lot of different efforts about 7-8 times(by fully depressing gas pedal when it would turn over to start and maintain rpms 3-4000 for a minimum of 5-10 seconds) and now will not start at all. After last attempts to start, and vehicle not running, you can still hear the fuel pump operating and smell of gasoline. Battery drain was noticed with 24 hours, and dead with in 2 days. When vehicle had started and able to drive a short distance, it would shut off while driving, or shut off upon stopping for a sign or red light. This is dangerous situation, as I am trying to take my 4 year old daughter and teen age son to school when this happened. I have been without a vehicle for over a month now, as this started 8/18/2016. Have lost work time and put my job in jeopardy, as I am in sales and need my transportation. I do not have the time to be running back and forth to dealers to only find out they know nothing to fix this recurring problem with their Chrysler vehicles, nor the thousands of dollars to spend on them trying to "guess" at what the issue is. Vehicles should be fixed if Chrysler actually knows what will fix it, or buyout the vehicle plus 5+% so people can replace this awful vehicle. In the meantime, gm financial still expects monthly payment on a vehicle that is worthless.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 06/26/2016

Experiencing intermittent electrical problems. The van will crank fine one time and not just a few minutes later. It acts like the battery is dead but it's a brand new battery replaced by the dealer. It has been doing this off and on. The symptoms are a perfect fit for the tipm issues that other Chrysler vehicles have experienced and have been recalled for. It has plenty of voltage and amperage to crank, it just won't. Also when it does crank it will stall out, although, not every time. Sometimes it will crank normally and others you need to press the accelerator pedal. This also appears to fit the tipm symptoms exactly. The van has worked perfectly until this issue. This is a design defect that Chrysler should pay to correct in all affected vehicles. The most recent occurrence was the evening of 6/26/16. I drove the vehicle approximately 4 hours earlier and it cranked and operated normally, however, this time it would not crank. The interior lights and a/c fan all appear to operate normally, however, when I tried to crank the van all of the lights flickered but the van does not crank. I do not receive a low batter warning either, because the batter is brand new, replaced by the dealer at the beginning of June 2016. I attempted several more times but the van never did crank. That is why I am here. I am fed up with having to drive a van with an obvious design flaw. I am seeking resolution in the form of the the dealer correcting the defect at the their own cost.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2000 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 06/20/2016

Once after hitting water puddle and then while driving in rain, belt slips off pulleys and steering loses power. Then battery dies quickly while flashers are on. Very dangerous on the side of the road in rain!.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 11/13/2015

Car sometimes does not start, takes 4 to 6 times. Engine stalls. New battery could be dead overnight or in a few hours. When this happens doors can not be unlocked, no ligths, no radio, or instrumentation panel. Needs to be jump, then works, but it has been happenning often.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 10/15/2015

Vehicle battery dies overnight and requires a jump start. Clicking noise can be heard coming from the fuse box under the hood (tipm?). Vehicle is unresponsive to the key fob and accessory mode won't even turn on while key is in the vehicle. Jump start remedies the problem for the day, but this is required everyday since the battery dies overnight.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

Battery failure last month followed by a tipm failure this month. Battery cost me $220 to replace. I found out it could have been caused by the tipm failure. 8/12/15 could not start car. I took it back to the dealer and they told me the tipm was not sending a signal to the fuel pump and had to be replaced. It was not covered and it cost me $1050. 05 to replace. This seems to be a major issue with Chrysler vehicles.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 06/05/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact experienced difficulty starting the vehicle with the key. The key would not start the vehicle after it had been turned off. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14v373000 (electrical system), but the failure recurred. In addition, the instrument panel lights flickered and the doors did not properly lock and unlock. The battery also failed and had to be recharged and replaced. An independent mechanic diagnosed that there was an internal electrical malfunction and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for repair. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v394000 (air bags and equipment). The parts were unavailable to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 04/14/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the vehicle's battery failed constantly. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v373000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 01/19/2015

This is the 5th time in less than two weeks!!! how many times is this going to happen? it has already been to Chrysler who somehow can't find anything wrong!! on its way getting towed again back to the dealership. 5 times the battery has died for no apparent cause. Of course I am not over paranoid and go through the trouble every single time I am done driving to turn off the interior lights, turn off the radio wait for every single light to turn off and take pictures of all lights off and guess what . . . Dead? but the battery tested fine according to dealership and found nothing on the scans. When they jump it, lasts for less than 24 hours, when they charge it, lasts for 4 days each time. Wont start, no electrical, nothing turns on, fob don't work. . . . Awesome! hope Chrysler is enjoying footing this bill for towing, labor and rentals every time cause I certainly am not enjoying missing work, endangering the welfare of my children in the middle of winter, being stranded at hospice and every minute so they can tell me they can't find a problem!!!!!.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 01/04/2015

The vehicle would not start, no lights, no power, unable to unlock/lock with fob. (nothing was left on in vehicle or plugged in). Fully charged battery to 100%, drove next two days with no problems. Bluetooth stopped working and connecting, buttons failed to respond, power seat on driver stopped working, power slide door on passenger stopped working. Battery died again, this time able to get lights, but not start. Chrysler jumped the vehicle, left running to charge. Drove 5 hours straight home and parked, ensured everything was turned off and locked. Next morning, battery dead again, no lights, power but static sound coming out of all speakers in the car. Chrysler towed car. Ran scans /diagnostics, claim to find no problems but cannot identify what caused static to come out or why other electronical equipment failed. Their claim is they used the only authorized battery scanner for Chrysler which triggered no problems with battery or electronics. . Still in shop again. 3 dead batteries in one week.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the battery had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however, the failure recurred. Also, the contact stated that when the vehicle was parked the hatch opened and closed without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,406.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 08/12/2014

Car will not start normally either first thing in the morning or during day. Will take 5 to 10 minutes of attempting to get car started. Battery will die for no apparent reasons if left un-driven for a few hours or days. Car is currently at Chrysler service center for now 4 weeks with no solution on hand. They claim it is caused by a electrical draw and need to work on every relay and system to identify its source. I contacted Chrysler corporate for additional information on how to resolve, no response yet; it has been over a week. I have suggest that problem can be related the broader tipm issue affecting many Chrysler/Jeep vehicle. Service adviser had no interest and stated they must check every system as stated by manufacturer.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 09/03/2013

About a year after purchase the automatic doors intermittently stop working and rear inside lights would remain on. This didn't effect operation or safety of vehichle so I didn't complain to dealer. No further incidents until September 2013, while on a roadtrip to texas, air conditioner and directionals stopped working. No local dealership in the area so I was forced to bring car to local firestone auto center. They were unable to find source of issue but issue seemed to resolve itself. While away that following December car was left unused for several days and battery was dead. Battery was replaced. Electrical issues continued in March 2014 and pulled car over emergently into sts auto center. They couldn't find source of electrical drain however problem again appeared to resolve itself. Brought car to dealership repeatedly since then. All gages fail while windshield wipers remain on. Dealership has replaced instrument cluster, then a defectove dome light, then claimed the battery was bad and replaced that again, then it was the instrument cluster again. Now I'm supposed to trust this car is going to be reliable and I'm being told be Chrysler that there is nothing more they can do or feel obligated to do. I called in today to file complaint and reported my car is functioning. I just went out to my car and all gages are flashing at me. I must have jinxed myself!.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

The key will not remove from the ignition. Chrysler has replaced my key twice thinking that was the solution. It was not. Currently the only way to get the key out of my ignition is to - leave my keys in my car until my battery dies or unhook my battery to remove the key. I've been told by a Chrysler dealership that this is something Chrysler is 'looking into' as a potential recall and that only Chrysler dealerships are allowed to fix this. So I am not allowed to have anyone else fix it but them (for top dollar). My options are pay upfront for Chrysler to fix and it hope to be reimbursed if the recall goes through.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

The first problem we noticed with the van was the brakes. They wear out way to quickly. In the 5 years we have had the van we have replaced the brakes 6 times and rotors 2 times. The next problem was what seems to be a well documented leak of the coolant on to the engine causing smelly smoke. We were forced to by the part from the dealer as it was not available anywhere else and paid over 100. 00 for it. Thankfully my husband was able to replace it. Now at 80000 miles the key and ignition has been having issues. It started with not being able to remove the key fob. The engine will cut off but it will only go into accessory. If left overnight or for sometime it will kill the battery. It started occasionally and has progressed to almost every time you cut the engine off you cannot remove the key fob. It will release but it is after sometime sitting in park. It is very frustrating having to leave your key in the ignition and be forced to leave it sitting in a random parking lot and just hope that when you return the battery is not dead. I have researched this issue and it is very common among this van and other Chrysler vehicles. At this point I am so fed up with it if someone decided to steal it because they saw the key in it I would just wish them good luck. I will never own another Chrysler ! seems like there has to be a fire injury or fatality for them to do anything to satisfy all the unhappy customers they have.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 06/01/2007

Automatic sliding doors will not close. They make a clicking noise when I push the door close button. After repeated attempts it finally will close. This happens numerous times everyday for the past five months. Chrysler says that a new latch will be available in Aug. 2007. It is now oct. 2007 and they still have not received the part. Also, battery died after 25,000 miles.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 19
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.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 20
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 image   Battery Dead problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 21
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.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2000 Chrysler Town & Country 22
Failure Date: 08/16/2003

Premature battery failure (twice since purchased new in may 2000).

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 08/17/2000

The original battery failed at 27,000 miles and was replaced in March 1999 with a new 60 month battery. Now 17 months later the battery has failed again and was told by the dealer that the battery had to be replaced. There seems to be an issue with the short life of batteries in these minivans. A side note is my sister inlaw has a 98 t&c with 26k and her battery needed to be replaced. Please provide any information that you have on this. Thanks!.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 24
Failure Date: 10/07/1999

Battery totally dead at 19000 miles (20 months-orig. Battery), 31k miles (39 months-1st replacement) and now 40k miles (52 months-2nd replacement). There are no warning signs that battery is getting weak. First two times diagnosis was just that battery wouldn't hold a charge-->replace battery. I previously have asked for a more in depth diagnosis to find root cause of why battery wouldn't hold a charge. Now that vehicle is out of warranty, dealer is happy to do the $70 diagnosis. If that had been done the first time (under warranty), I probably wouldn't have had to come back the second and now third time for the same problem!.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 25
Failure Date: 07/13/1999

The vehicle would not start due to battery failure. Yh.

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