Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 151 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (under the engine and engine cooling category).
Driving on road at 50 mph. The engine just just off. Drove off the road into woods luckily no accident. The car then started back up right away. I had to reverse into on coming traffic. I had 3 young kids in car at the time as well. Put me in a scary situation. Had work done on ignition system, tune up, belt changes and a few valve sensors replaced. Had this issue occur before with my wife.
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Driving van in the rain, noticed the steering became extremely difficult. I also noticed that the lights ad power started to dim. In that case, I pulled over to see what the issue was. I noticed that the serpentine belt had come off the pulleys. I have had other Mini-vans especially dodges and have noticed they all seem to do the same thing when it comes to rain, snow, ice. You would think they would resolve this issue as it is a safety issue. I've learned from my previous Dodge caravans how to put the serpentine belt back on, but it really is a safety issue as this could leave you stranded and very costly (money and time wise) if you don't know how to put it back on. As a consumer, I will not be purchasing another Dodge or Chrysler minivan again due to this issue!.
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The contact owns a 1999 town and country. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle belt became detached from the pulley system, causing the power steering and brakes to fail. The contact stated he would have to reconnect the belt whenever it became detached. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the tension pulley system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.
The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph there was a complete loss of power steering with the illumination of the engine and voltage indicators. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road where the detached serpentine belt was reconnected. The failure recurred ten times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 235,000.
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Serpentine belt slipped off when driving in rainy conditions with child in vehicle. Causing loss of power steering and engine to overheat. Was stranded and had to call family to be picked up. Had to have car towed and pay out of pocket expense to have serpentine belt put back on.
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Vehicle stalls while exiting highway and coming to a stop. Engine rpms dip and car bucks and almost hits car in front. Then engine stalls out. At first after putting it in park and restarting it was ok until going on the highway again. Now the engine doesn't buck it just stalls out when coming to a stop after highway driving and when put in park it starts but when put into drive it stalls right out again. Then starts after being put back in park and I have to apply throttle to get it going in drive. Dealer is completely clueless and since no computer code is stored, they do not know what to do. This is extremely dangerous and Chrysler just backs away from the problem. I have a 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty but I don't know what is causing this and since I am now at 56,000 miles, my bumper to bumper warranty has past and the dealer doesn't know what to do nor care to try to fix it and if its sensors then I will be paying out of pocket on a vehicle I just finally paid off. I am about to call lemon law and sue Chrysler for a dangerous vehicle that they do not care to help with or pay for to be repaired. I will never buy another Chrysler again, but since I just paid this car off, I have no option to buy a new car anyway. Besides no one would,want to buy this car since it stalls out when leaving the highway. Very dangerous. Please help! the drivers seat seat belt also doesn't click the belt in so it can't be used. Extremely unsafe vehicle.
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This is the 2nd incident for the same problem. First complaint #10468365. I was stopped at an intersection. I crossed the street and my tires splashed water that was running down the street gutter. The water was 2-4" deep. I once again immediately lost steering and the engine began to overheat. I was able to muscle the steering wheel enough to pull it off to the side of the road. I looked under the hood and found the belt had slipped off again. I had to have it towed to the garage. The mechanic checked out the belt and the tensioner and said they were ok, and they reinstalled the belt. The first time this happened I was turning a corner, and the van went into the opposite lane. I guess I can be thankful for the draught these past few months. This is a serious problem. It makes me afraid of driving when it is raining or with any water on the road. I can't imagine what would happen on the interstate at 70mph, passing someone, or taking a curve in the road. I contacted the Chrysler dealership. A bulletin #07-0299 was issued in 7. 14. 99. The dealership said I would have to purchase any fixes as it wasn't a recalled problem. The dealership told my mechanic they offered a $400 kit to fix the problem, or I could purchase a "snow" shield and have it installed. Why would I need a "snow" shield in louisiana?.
It had been raining but had stopped. I was making a right hand turn when my right tire went through approximately 2-4" of water in the gutter. I immediately lost control of the steering and veered into the opposite lane. Fortunately there were no cars in that lane. I had difficulty steering and the engine began to overheat. I was fortunate the garage was around the corner. The belt had slipped off the pulleys. The belt had not broken, only slipped off. They said I was the 3rd town and country that day that had to have the belt put back on due to the wet weather, and that it was a problem with model for many years. This is the 3rd time to send this report. When I hit "verify" everything goes blank.
I own a 1999 Chrysler Town & Country van. Major problem is serpentine belt coming off and causing a loss of steering. Every time it rains my serpentine belt comes off which causes extremely hard steering. I have replaced tensioners twice in the and belt 4 times. Thank god I was not on the free way or a street with alot of traffic or this could kill me or an other person. I have looked on the internet and this has happened to 100s of people. On the internet it state that the factory recommended repair ( the replacement of the idler pulley and the pulleys retaining bracket. ) in the TSB I read, Chrysler's engineers have decided that on some models the idler pulley is misaligned by . 08 inches. Chrysler should recall this and fix there problem before someone gets killed. Get involved and make Chrysler fix this problem.
Several incidents of serpentine belt disengaged (slipped off pulleys) caused loss of steering and overheated engine. First time happened in car wash and three times driving through rain puddles.
The contact owns a 1998 Chrysler town and country. While driving in rainy weather conditions approximately 40 mph, there was a loss of power steering without warning and the illumination of the battery warning indicator. The contact drove to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. Upon inspecting the vehicle she noticed the serpentine belt detached which was reconnected. The vehicle resumed normally and was taken to an independent mechanic where the serpentine belt, tensioner pulley and idler pulley were replaced. The alternator and water pump were replaced at different times because the technician assumed the components contributed to the malfunction; however the problem continued after the repairs. The faulty serpentine belt caused the failure and would occur whenever driving in the rain. The serpentine belt had been replaced four different times. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.
I own a 1999 Chrysler town and country minivan. While driving in the rain with 3 passengers ( 1 youth, 1 toddler in car seat and 1 elderly person) I noticed the steering became very hard to control, immediately after I looked at my indicators and noticed the temperature was on the max hot setting. I was able to pull over and ark it and upon having it towed I noticed a belt hanging from under the vehicle. After asking around and doing research I found it was the serpentine belt, which I cannot afford to fix at this time and I also found out it was a common problem with this particular vehicle. Wont Chrysler do anything to fix this most dangerous defect??!!.
The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the serpentine belt separated from the alternator causing the alternator to fail. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test and advised that the vehicle did not have a protective splash guard and caused water to penetrate, separating the serpentine belt from the alternator. The battery was replaced but the failure was not corrected and the serpentine belt continued to fail. The manufacturer advised that the failure was not recalled. The failure mileage was 149,000, and the current mileage was 196,000.
The contact owns a 1997 Chrysler town and country. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph in rainy weather when the steering wheel became abnormally stiff and difficult to turn. The defroster also failed and the contact experienced an increase in stopping distance when applying the brakes. The vehicle was pulled over and the contact noticed that the serpentine belt was detached. The contact reattached the serpentine belt and continued driving. The failure recurred 3 times and only when driving in rainy weather. After each failure, the contact would reattach the serpentine belt himself. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was 185,000 and the current mileage was 187,000.
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At least 6 times since owning a 2000 Chrysler town and country, the serpentine belt has come off either in the rain or snow. Once causing property damage as I pulled off the road when the car overheated. It also caused the head gasket to fail. Gates has a correction kit for this. Chrysler should supply them on a one time basis t every owner. Failure of this design causes occupants to be put at risk in the most inclement weather conditions when you need the car to perform it's best. Additional there is loss of power steering, power brakes, and alternator.
Driving through small puddle of water (drainage from waterhose run off not storm type drainage). Serpentine belt comes off rendering the vehicle unusable. Happens in all weather conditions. I have replaced the water pump, the tensioner, the idler pulley. I've had the alignment of the pulleys checked, all have had no effect on the serpentine belt. It still comes off going through any form of moisture. This has been ongoing now for over a year, I have gone through 4 different belts trying to see what could work. The first time it happen was early in the morning (approx. 3am) while my wife was on her way to work, with the sudden loss of power steering she ran into a curb. The only damage was to the vehicle front bumper and bottom valance.
The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler town and country. While driving approximately 35 mph the fan belt detached from the vehicle and the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred five times when it was snowing or raining. The vehicle was towed three out of five times when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic five times where the fan belt was replaced each time. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.
The serpentine belt fell off last night and due to the loss of steering assist I ended up in an accident. Luckily no one was hurt. It has been an on-going problem with the serpentine belt falling off. I replaced all the parts associated with the belt and it still happened. It is dangerous and why does Chrysler not have a recall on this?.
The contact owns a 1996 Chrysler town and country. The contact was driving 25 mph when the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they advised the contact that the serpentine belt detached from the vehicle and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a total of six times due to the recurring detachment of the serpentine belt. The contact stated that the serpentine belt would detach whenever the weather was rainy or if it became wet. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 153,000.
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The contact owns a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country. While traveling at speeds of 30 mph during rainy weather, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the timing belt was replaced, however the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 196,000 and the current mileage was 198,000.
My 2000 Chrysler town and country serpentine belt keeps slipping off after driving through puddles. This problem has been "repaired" 4 times already and is still slipping off. This is a potentially hazardous problem as it is not always immediately known that the belt has slipped off which cause driver to lose power steering (among other things). Being unable to steer while driving is an absolute danger especially depending on the speed of the car!.
Driving vehicle about 55 mph, after hearing a loud bag tried to steer car onto berm. The power steering did not work. Finally, and with a struggle, vehicle was pulled off the road. Had vehicle towed to mechanic. Mechanic stated that alternator had completely come loose from its mooring. After inspection, he saw that one bolt was missing and the other bolt had fallen out. Alternator coming unmounted caused damage to the timing cover and serpentine drive belt . Timing cover is not available currently from Chrysler. Is this a reason for that, perhaps?.
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The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, he drove over a pothole and the serpentine belt slipped off of the engine. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the belt changed, but that did not remedy the failure. The contact stated that the belt had fallen off four times. The failure mileage was 107,000.
The contact owns a 1996 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the serpentine belt would not remain in place on the pulley in her vehicle. The belt has been replaced at least three times. The contact had to replace the tension pulley and the water pump pulley to keep the serpentine belt secure. There are only two belts left to be replaced and they are currently working properly. The manufacturer stated that there was no recall for this component; therefore, they could not assist. The failure mileage was 115,619.
Serpentine belt falls off in heavy rainfall.
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|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Engine Stall problems||
|Engine Shut Off Without Warning problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||