Battery Problems of Chrysler Town & Country - part 1



Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 37 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category).

car image   Battery problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 10/02/2014

The contact owns a 1998 Chrysler town and country. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the battery, abs, trac off, and seat belt warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was unable to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 146,986.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 05/13/2012

Initially when I turned the vehicle on the entire instrument panel lit up and I had no gauges, nor could I open my windows or unlock my doors. I disconnected the battery and reconnected it and all the lights went off. A couple of weeks later, on June 1st, June 2nd and again on June 3rd, the instrument panel began lighting up, the wipers went on, the gauge turned off and the windows and doors would not work. This happened continuously the entire time I was driving the car. On June 2nd I again disconnected the battery in the hopes of resetting the computer and it seem to work again until June 3rd when it did it again. This time I was on the road with only my son and was not able to do anything. I hoped that it would stop on its own and it did. I has not happened today, yet. I contacted the dealer and have an appointment set for tomorrow. I am afraid to drive this vehicle, especially with my children in it, since this happens so randomly and from what I am reading it is happening to alot of other consumers, and some are complaining that the car totally shuts down and they have no power. This is a real safety concern!!!.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 05/09/2012

Drove vehicle successfully to location, then came back to vehicle to open doors with remote. Pressed open sliding door on remote, the vehicle instantly started a continuous honk and the windshield wipers and fluid started to go off. I was unable to unlock vehicle until it finally stopped 5 minutes later. I was able to turn it on and drive home. Then it occurred again in the afternoon but this time my kids were locked inside in the heat. Finally able to unlock and get kids out, neighbor got the hood open and disconnected battery. Very scared that they could be locked in there again in this heat. I did call Chrysler and awaiting a resolution.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 09/05/2011

We have been continuously hassled with electrical issues with our van. For approximately 4 months we have been experiencing brief issues with all the lights coming on in the gauge cluster along with a pulsing of the dashboard lights and the resetting of the electrical components randomly in the van. We replaced the battery and the issue seemed to go away. After 2-3 weeks it started up again. Me and my family were driving down a highway for about 30 minutes when the cluster gauge suddenly started beeping and all the lights began to flash on and off, the speedometer and tachometer dropped to 0, the radio turned on and off multiple times and the engine shut down briefly while driving on the highway. Immediately after the problem began I pulled off the road and restarted the car, the problem was gone! two days later my wife was taking our kids to school, and after less than 5 minutes of driving the car she experienced the exact same issues. This time before she made it off the road there was a complete loss of power, the brakes stopped working and the steering wheel completely locked up, she was unable to make it to the side of the road! again after a immediate restart the problem went away. We contacted the dealer and we were told that if they could not recreate the problem, there was nothing they could do to fix it. This is a issue because the problem happens randomly. We are aware that this problem has plagued a very large group of consumers and the dealer does nothing but repair random parts because they cannot properly recreate the problem due to its randomness. I feel the problem could easily cause a fatality if the steering wheel locks up at high speed or while turning!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 06/23/2011

My wife and I bought the van at a real good price or so we thought . . . She woke up this morning to goto work after taking our son to daycare. . . She stopped at a convienent store after dropping him off and turned the van off. When she came back out and tried to crank it , the van did nothing. . . The interior lights were on and so was the radio. . Thought it was the battery but come to find out the dealership that we bought it from said it was the power module and that it was aroubnd five to eight hundred dollars to fix. . We have only had the van for less than three months and it just seems unfair that this could happen that soon.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 06/20/2011

My wife was driving our 2005 Chrysler town and country on 6-20-11 and when she was making a right hand turn the vehicle completely shut off. She stated she almost hit cars on the other side of the road and was almost rear ended with our three small children in the car (7,5 and 4 years of age). She stated it started right back up and seemed to drive normal afterwards. We took it to a chrylser dealer on 6-21-11 and they could not reproduce the problem and they stated the only error code found was a low voltage battery. The battery was replaced. It waits to be seen if this happens again. We are very concerned and I have read about a current recall on 2010 models. I don't know if this could be the same type of problem or not but we feel it should be reported and or investigated if possible. Our van is the 3. 3 l v6 with 80,000 miles and we have had it for a few years with no problems like this before.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 03/11/2011

Sliding passenger door fails to work properly opens and closes at will. Has caught several children with out reopening upon contact. Continue to stall after recall as did before recall fix. Battery caused corrosion to eat away cables. Even when serviced like supposed to. Leather seats ripped within 2 mths of purchase was purchased brand new. Electrically gas mileage fluctuates all the time example 410 on fill up then 2 miles dn road it says 60 miles left etc. Yet Chrysler dealer claims all the time no dx on anything. Just shut completely down today as was turning ended up half in road thank god car behind paying attention and dump truck was coming also paid attention or else daughter and I could have been hurt severely. Never buy a Chrysler that's my response. Then had towed dealer said was relay switch they changed it brought me the vehicle then I went to drive out and it died again so I guess not. ## VIN passed ## 2010 Chrysler town and country ##.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

While driving with my family on 1/1/2011 the truck just shut off, all the lights on the dash came on as if just starting the truck and the truck restarted. I brought the vehicle to the dealer on 1/03 and they diagnosed it no trouble found and returned the truck (they said there were no error codes). On 1/20/11 the same issue happened this time to my wife while merging onto a major highway at 55 miles an hour, the truck (because loss of power steering) pulled to the left, she had my 3 and 6 yr old in the truck, I brought the truck that evening back and contacted Chrysler corporate. They saw a fault with a loose battery terminal po884 on ro, and replaced the win. My wife is petrified to drive this truck so I have been driving it since. Today 2/09/11 it happened to me at ~40 mph at ~8:15 am. I have called Chrysler again. This is a major safety issue and I cannot feel safe letting my wife drive this truck anymore nor myself.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 11/14/2010

Chrysler Town & Country, 2003 103,000 miles electrical problem symptoms 1. Battery light comes on intermittently, several times an hour. 2. Digital displays on dash board flicker and then steady followed by: 3. Speedometer and tachometer needles jump. 4. Sound only, on radio drops out for 1-2 seconds, every couple of minutes. 5. Fuel level alarm goes off and false low level indicated. 6. Vehicle periodically won't start, but after second try starts normally. 7. Speedometer needle pegs against back of stop pin, all else returns to normal operation. 8. Acceleration is slow to respond, lags about a second. 9. Periodically misses and tries to stall at highway speed, during acceleration. 10. Abs and brake light frequently illuminate. Recently had rear brakes rebuilt, and complete replacement of front brake system at 90,000 miles. 11. Cycle restarts when using turn signals, turning on headlights or a/c. 12. Able to reset instrument cluster buy holding in trip mileage reset after shutdown, but problem recurs. Same problem now 1 year old. No technician can figure it out. Remains in this condition for days or weeks, then everything returns to normal operation. Sometimes it is normal for a few days then the cycle restarts. It always follows the same order of events.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 10/24/2010

2005 Chrysler town and country power door locks inoperative. The power locks have stopped working at different intervals. Pulling the 20a iod fuse and reinserting it after 10 minutes or pulling the cable off of the battery for 10 minutes has fixed the problem so far. This starting happening when the van had approximately 48,000 miles.


 
car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 09/05/2010

Normal city driving, 35 mph, all dash function lights came on including, check engine, airbags, oil etc. All mechanical gauges (mph etc. ) stopped working. Gear selection lights (prd12) all lit. Trip computer stopped receiving information. Interior fan stopped working. Headlights came on. Total electronic disruption but engine continued to run. Stopped, restarted, all dash lights again came back on - climate control fan, radio, interior lights, door locks worked, headlights came back on (switch turned off). Cold start next morning - same problems. Replaced battery, same problems. Can't determine operating status without gauge readouts, speed, temp etc. Not working properly. Door locks not working at times. Electronic rear hatch and side sliding door not working at times. Afraid to drive the van.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 08/01/2010

Our van has had a dead battery 5 times now since we purchased new from the dealer. It's not even 2 years old yet. Each time this happens, we call the dealer and have to take it in to them only to have them tell us that something is probably draining the battery, but they are unable to say what. They charge the battery & send us on our way, but they aren't resolving the problem. This isn't the reliable vehicle that we thought we purchased.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 07/30/2010

This car has been nothing but problems since the moment I bought it. It is so aggravating that Chrysler won't own up to the issues with these cars. Aside from the multiple recalls this car has had in three years, the break system is awful. I had replaced the front breaks and rotors around 28000 miles (maybe earlier I can't remember). Now the back breaks are shot and once again, I will need breaks and rotors that will cost me $375 according to the dealer. My car has 38,000 miles on it. I have owned Mini vans in the past and many cars and never have I had to replace both front and rear break pads/rotors this soon. My tires are so bald that all four need replacing. Again, I have never had to replace tires this soon on any of my vehicles over the years. The radio sometimes will not come on or will go black. The factory battery needed replacing at 30,000 miles which was extremely unusual as well. The side doors need to manually be closed when exiting vehicle because if I use the automatic switch, they bounce back. I have come out of stores with my doors wide open. When using the cruise control on the highway, the car with suddenly accelerate with rpms going into the red zone. Only way to stop it is to turn off cruise control. This morning on my way to work pulling out of my neighborhood I heard a grinding sound as the car began breaking on its own. Meanwhile the ebs and abs lights came on. I pulled over, shut off the car and turned it back on. Drove up the road and lights are still on. This car is junk all around. I have only had it for three years, still have a car payment. Ridiculous. I may just lease next time. That way Chrysler can pay for repairs.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 05/03/2010

Beginning in 2010, both rear sliding doors began malfunctioning. When opened either with the remote or inside button, they begin to open and when most of the way open, close on its own. It started out doing it infrequently, about once every 50 times the door was opened. Over the last year it has become more frequent, doing it about once every few days or so. Once in 2010, my 3 year old daughter was getting out and the door malfunctioned and caught her in between, causing a bruise on her face. For some reason the door did not "bounce back" when it made contact with her, but thankfully I was standing there and was able to manually force the door back open. This year, the door again malfunctioned and almost caught my 8 yr old, but he managed to get out of the way. I have taken it to the dealer twice for this and both times they told me it is functioning fine. The first time I picked it up from the dealer I tested the door. I opened and shut it about 15 times and it malfunctioned. I went inside to get the repair tech to show him and when it didn't happen again he told me there was nothing he could do. When I brought the van in again to have them look at it the second time, they again told me it was functioning fine and that since my van needed a new battery that they thought the battery was the problem. The door did it again that night and again after that three days later. I contacted them twice about it again, asking them if I video taped it if they would believe me and figure out what was wrong. They told me it wouldn't matter and that they would need to keep it until they saw it. They had my van this last time for 5 days! I had to pay $217 for a rental because they didn't find anything. This is dangerous! I have four children getting in and out everyday. I don't have the money for rentals for an unspecified amount of time, but this is dangerous and needs to get fixed!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 01/23/2010

Two years ago, February 2008, I had the body control module on my 2005 Chrysler Town & Country replaced. The van was a little over three years old and out of warranty. The repair cost $658. It was replaced with a dealer part at a Chrysler dealership. This past Saturday it started with the same symptoms as in 2008. It won't start, the doors will not unlock, and it drains the battery. I just want to know if other van owners have the same problems.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 11/05/2009

2005 Chrysler town and country bad battery, power locks quit working removed the iod fuse and plugged it back in.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 10/12/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler town and country. While examining the vehicle the contact noticed that the side rear doors would not close or open using the interior buttons or the keyless entry. The contact also noticed that if the vehicle was not driven within 3 days that the battery the would fail. The failure was not diagnosed. The current mileage was 101,000. The failure mileage was 92,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 08/07/2009

I bought a 2006 town and country lx in may 17, 2006. Shortly after a year I had to replace my brakes, not only my pads were gone but the rotor was damaged and I never even got a warning, than April 2008 I had to replace my power steering bracket. In may 2009 again my brakes and rotors were gone. June 1st 2009 my van died. I had to buy a new battery. July 29 my driver side mirror fell down. And now August 7 my front a/c wont work but the back does.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 19
Failure Date: 01/25/2009

2008 Chrysler Town & Country does not start. From Thursday 01/22/2009 to Monday 01/26/2009, this occurred on three occasions. It was verified the battery was holding a charge, the second time, the battery was replaced. We have owned this vehicle for 3 days and it is in the shop for the third time.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 20
Failure Date: 10/10/2008

Keyless remote (peanut) would not open vehicle; needed to use 'emergency key' to access vehicle; was able to start vehicle with peanut key. Changed battery, still does not function properly. Within one week, second keyless remote had same problem. Dealer repaired one peanut and ordered one new peanut. Within 2 hours of "repair" remote has same problem, again. Returned to dealership, got new remote that had been ordered, and another new remote was ordered. At this time we are waiting for second new remote. Service manager has treated us very well and compensated us, at least partially, for well over 500 miles of trips to/from dealership.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chrysler Town & Country 21
Failure Date: 05/25/2008

Started vehicle, and headlights and taillights began flashing. Headlight switch did not affect this. Turning off ignition did not stop problem. Only disconnecting battery stopped flashing. This would be an extremely dangerous situation if driver was moving at night. This needs to be a recall, as many similar problems exist and Chrysler know about hem, see topix. Com.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 22
Failure Date: 03/29/2008

Hit in right front fender in parking lot-caused battery on the left side of engine area to pop lose causing electric fire which ignited vapor recovery canister under cabin area-causing carpet under drivers feet to burn.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 02/23/2008

1) low tire pressure light illuminated. Filled tires, which were within 1-2 psi of recommendation, to full psi. Light remained on. Filled tires again. Light went off. One week later, same occurrence. Took to dealer, tires were filled again. Light is off. 2) one week after 23 point inspection, and for two weeks brake and air bag lights flickered momentarily when turning the car on and when turning the steering wheel, which was accompanied by a cessation of radio/cd transmission/sound. Within the last four days, all warning lights flicker in both of the above mentioned situations with resultant radio/cd sound cut-off. Yesterday, 2/23/08, I left the door and lights on for 3 minutes (took keys out of ignition) to help a friend into her house. Upon returning to vehicle, and turning the keys to start the vehicle, nothing worked, no sounds emitted. It is completely dead. I am now checking the battery and the electrical box and getting the van ready to be towed to dealer. The contract with this lease car will end may 30, 2008.

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Chrysler Town & Country 24
Failure Date: 09/14/2007

1999 Chrysler Town & Country limited: problem(s) worsening - becoming more frequent over last 3 yrs: start van, runs 5-10 secs, then shuts off, disconnect battery-wait 3 mins, cranked in beginning, now only 50/security system activates and shut system down 24 hrs, disconnect battery but no startl 24 hours, had new key made at dealership use VIN, problems persists: rear vent windows stopped working, changed motors and switches, problem continues: heater in seats recalled, dealer replaced; heaters on recall but would not replace bottom cover(leather)has hole from where heater burning through, now heaters come on/off at will: gauges go off with engine running, back on when they get ready: radio and power windows intermittent: transmission will not shift from first when exiting interstate after traveling in od for 100 miles, happened 3-4 times, not continuous: alarm sounds in middle of night and when standing in street 25ft+ behind the van; manufactured on 4/17/98 so 1999 has mostly 1998 parts, real problematic when purchasing parts: note: have two 1999 t&c limiteds, one having these problems the other (red) only paint clear coat peeling; had to tow van several times. Now having the instrument cluster and lock switch in driver's door replace. Next step change bcm: I am throwing $1s at van, dealerships (more than one) say no idea causation. Dealer has replaced battery, cables, belt, maintenance on transmission +). Your url from chat rooms and forums. Many others having same or similar problems. No luck with their local dealerships either. Have owned many Chrysler and Dodge products, these may be last! thank you. Pastor steve randall.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Town & Country 25
Failure Date: 02/24/2006

If you even vacuum out the van, it will not start again.

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