Battery Dead Problems of Chrysler Town & Country



Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 22 problems related to battery dead (under the electrical system category).

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 1
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!.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 2
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.

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
Failure Date: 08/16/2003

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

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car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 9
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 10
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 11
Failure Date: 07/13/1999

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

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 01/19/1999

Battery failed. (attorney for consumer).

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 08/01/1998

Battery failed. Yh.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 07/21/1998

Battery failed.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 07/01/1998

Battery failure. Mgm.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 06/17/1998

Fan/electrical relay and battery failed. Yh.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 05/01/1998

Battery failed. Nlm.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 11/26/1997

Failure in the electrical system caused battery to fail.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 19
Failure Date: 10/27/1997

Battery failed.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 20
Failure Date: 06/28/1997

Battery failed, causing vehicle to stall.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 21

Battery fails without warning and after failure will not take after jump started. Nlm.

car image   Battery Dead problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 22

Battery has gone dead three times-all replaced under warranty-in less than 3 years.

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