Horn Assembly Problems of Chrysler Town & Country - part 1

Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 140 problems related to horn assembly (under the electrical system category).

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 08/11/2017

I am having issues with my 2008 Chrysler town and country van. I recently had the dealership work on some recalls for this model. At that time, it wasn't showing any problems. Only after the recalls were addressed did the trouble begin. Now, it sporadically will not recognize either key fob. Wait a while and try to crank it and it starts back up. Today, 100 miles from home with 4 small children as passengers, it decided to have a fit at the gas pump and not start. Called road side assistance and waited for them to arrive just in time for van to decide it wanted to crank again. Cranked it up and tried to park it at a friends house close by. Detected what seemed like surges with the fuel pump while trying to get there. Finally got to a stopping point and turned the key off and the van kept running. The wipers went crazy and the horn started blowing all by itself. Is this vehicle possessed by the devil or what? it is not safe to drive and I have no other choice but to tow it back to the dealership. I don't know if anyone else has the same problem but I say this vehicle is unsafe! if there isnt a recall already issued, there certainly needs to be one.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 07/22/2017

Tipm has gone bad. The horn started beeping on its own, then my headlights and stopped working while driving at night,nothing else yet.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 07/01/2017

Was driving down the road and the horn started blowing and the wind shield wipers went full speed and the motor turned off in the middle of the highway. They told me it was the tipm was bad and they have a ton of these vehicles with this problem! it is a very expensive fix and should be a recall item due to it being a safety problem! the vehicle shuts down and you loose all power! I have seen online other issues where the air bags actually deployed. I am so scared to drive this vehicle because I don't know if it will malfunction again!! it has happen at least 3 times already.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 05/15/2017

I am writing today regarding what appears to be a very serious safety concern regarding my 2014 Chrysler Town & Country. Last Monday (may 15, 2017) I was driving and realized that none of the steering wheel controls on my vehicle were working. It became scarily apparent when I went to honk my horn and nothing happened. The condition also affected all the other controls on the steering wheel, including the driver information center that provides me information on all the vital statistics of the vehicle. I use this information daily to verify that my vehicle is well maintained and functioning properly. Without it, I do not know if there are concerns about my vehicle�s road worthiness. Lacking just these two items (not to mention losing the other controls on the steering wheel) caused me serious concern about the safety of my vehicle. The cause of the problem was not the horn. Rather, I was told, the horn is wired through the cruise control switch and that switch had failed. After agreeing to have that repair done, I waited for the work to be completed so I could safely drive my vehicle again. But that was not the case. A couple hours later, I received another call from the dealership stating that it wasn�t the cruise control switch, but rather, I was told, the failure was due to a clock spring that fed power to the cruise control switch that provided power to activate the horn and all the other controls that are not working on the steering wheel. And by the way, the manufacturer will not cover any of the costs of this safety repair. This sounded strange to me. How could something as important and simple as a horn be so complex and convoluted? why would an automobile manufacturer design such a simple and important safety feature in such a way that even their own technicians cannot accurately determine a diagnosis on their initial in-depth evaluation?.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

Car gets totally possessed. It cuts off in the of driving one time on the highway. The lights wipers and horn goes on by itself and doesnt stop until the battery is disconnected. I came out the store and my wipers and horn was going off the keys were in my hand. While pumping gas the radio started playing and wipers going off. The keys were in my hand the doors unlock by themselves one they opened. While driving uphill. The car won't off when the key comes out. In the park and off position sometimes it doesn't start at all.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2007 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 11/28/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that there was an internal electrical short that caused the fuse box to fail and the horn not to function, according to the dealer. The dealer diagnosed that the fuse box needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 10/24/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. While driving at any speed, the exterior lighting and horn failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the light switch was replaced; however, the failure recurred. It was later diagnosed that the control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 170,000.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 10/23/2016

Was driving and the following electrical items starting on their own: ·door locks ¿ lock and unlock repeatedly ·windshield wipers ¿ highest setting non-stop ·windshield wiper fluid (used all the fluid) ·lights ¿ flashing on and off ·horn ¿ repeatedly going on and off stopped car in road and turned off car and took out the key and still the issue continued for 20 minutes until we were able to disconnect the cable to the battery at which time it all stopped. Thinking that maybe this would reset it all we tried to put the cable back on the battery and it all started again. Because we had to move it out of the road and could not get the car into neutral to push it, we started the car again and all the same issues continued as above. After driving about 100 feet to put the car in a driveway, it all stopped except a warning light for traction control. After 100 feet more, all lights were gone and the car seemed normal. Drove the car home and had no issues. Look to see if there were any trouble codes (have a code reader) and no codes are present looking internet, I found literally thousands of similar complaints and issues with this car and other Dodge (durango for example, caravan) and Jeep (cherokee for example). Almost all of them said that issue was tipm defective.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 09/02/2016

The day we bought our vehicle we started having issues. The car would crank and not start for several seconds. Would randomly (every few months) shut off while driving (leaving power brakes/steering unavailable) and randomly just not start at all. Now we are having many electrical failures daily for no less than 20 minutes at a time: horn on continuous honk, wipers going crazy, wiper fluid spraying out, car shutting down in very dangerous situations, locks going up and down, the front seat blower motor shutting off intermittently. Also randomly the car will not 'shut off' when I take the key out. It's fully driveable without the key and the key opening is in the 'off' position. All of these things happen for about 20 minutes and then the car goes back to normal. When it's shut off, the car will not turn back on for apx 20 minutes. I was most recently stuck in a very dangerous intersection just as I was merging onto another freeway at the top of a clover-leaf intersection during rush-hour. Unable to get out of the vehicle and unable to start or move the vehicle - praying I wouldn't get hit, but I couldn't see because my wiper fluid was spraying at a constant speed and my wipers would not turn on. They've now 'guessed' that many of our issues are tipm related, but they're not guaranteeing that it will solve the problem and will cost $1200. They've ordered the party but I can't afford it! pay the mortgage, or death by Chrysler? I have a copy of some codes that were pulled the first day of the 'daily' issues: u0141, p2533, c121c, b1a79, b10ec, p0691 - since then the list has more than doubled, but they did not provide me with a copy of the codes. I've contacted Chrysler explaining that this car is leaving us in horribly dangerous situations, but they have no interest in helping out. I made sure to say my 'goodbyes' on their recorded lines.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

Windshield wipers, horn, washer fluid, and lights inside and outside of vehicle randomly go off and wont stop unless the battery is disconnected. This will also cause the car to start on its own and wont turn off if already running. Took to a mechanic and they said it was the clock spring but it only lasted for a couple of months and is now doing the same thing. Check engine light came on and is showing again a problem with the ecm. I have looked online and there are hundreds of other people reporting the same problem with no explanation from Chrysler and no recall issued.


 
car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 05/03/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. While the vehicle was parked, the alarm horn and windshield wipers activated independently and various warning lights illuminated. In addition, the vehicle would not switch off once started and would continue to operate even with the key removed from the ignition. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 90,000.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the horn sounded, the windshield wipers activated, and windshield fluid leaked into the vehicle. Also,the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the tipm was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the "blind spot modulator needs service" warning message illuminated. In addition, the blind spot modulator emitted a loud beeping noise that did not allow the contact to hear other vehicle's horns. The contact also stated that the speedometer failed to provide accurate reading levels. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the blind spot modulator sensor was installed in the bumper, which was not the proper placement. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2000 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 02/01/2016

The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler town and country. After the vehicle was started, the horn failed to operate and the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clock spring assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 04v480000 (air bags); 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 not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 01/25/2016

Car started having trouble starting. Took it to the dealership where they said it was the fuel filter. Come to find out it is a faulty tipm. Was able to get it to crank after numerous tries. Last time it caused a fire under the hood and now nothing. Before the windows would just roll down on their on, lights flash, horn blows, door opens.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 01/25/2016

The tipm is defective to my town and country model. The horn will blare, the front and back windshield wipers go on, the doors lock and unlock. And more importantly the transmission will not go past 30mph. This has happened to me more than once while going on the freeway at 60mph. It has also happened after I parked the car. When the car is parked, and this happens, it actually turns the engine on! something needs to be done as I am not the only person with this issue.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 01/09/2016

Steering wheel controls including the horn and possibly the steering wheel air bag are intermittent. >>so far on three separate occasions while stopped & driving all electrical parts of the steering wheel have just quit for a day or two and then for no reason begin working again. Unfortunately every time it goes dead and we arrange to take it in for service it starts working and the dealer says they can't do anything unless it is completely broken and not intermittent. Since Chrysler minivans have been recalled in the past for this "clock spring" problem, Chrysler should authorize replacement of this known safety defect (no horn or airbag intermittently with out warning) without being required to do so by the government. I guess I could authorize the dealer to replace the known intermittent clock spring at my own expense and then hope that sooner or latter the recall is expanded to include the 2013 model year. Or I can hope it quits long enough to be taken to the dealer with dead electrical parts on the steering wheel before my 36 month/36,000 mile warranty runs out this June . I attempted to turn the wheel while stopped and while driving to both get it working again when not working and also to get it go go dead again at the dealer when it was working but the intermittent problem does no seem to have any pattern of be effected by steering wheel movement. The third time it quite was Saturday night 9 Jan 2016 and began working on Monday 11 Jan 2016 on the way to the dealer.

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car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 12/11/2015

The tipm is a cause of the vehicle horn honking, wipers moving on their own, wiper fluid spraying, and the lights flashing by themselves. I have had the vehicle randomly stall by itself on the highway while my wife was driving it and this has happened several times. These issues seem to mysteriously go away when I try to diagnose the issue. Last week the battery died and because of it being a few years old and now being in the winter, I decided to replace it only to have it die again a day later. Took the vehicle to a mechanic who tested the charging system and said it was all good. Then proceeded to do a parasitic draw test where he determined that the tipm was causing the issues. I did some google searches and found that this is a wide stream problem with many owners of various Chrysler vehicles having the same issue. This is not safe especially when the vehicle shuts down while driving it and there are no power brakes or steering capabilities. A person could end up in a terrible accident or even be killed not to mention other drivers being at risk also. Doesn't seem to make much sense that Chrysler is dragging this on and not doing anything not to mention that I can't even order the part because it's on a national back order. This has happened several times in the last year and a few times last year but the tech was unable to correctly diagnose the issue.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 19
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Randomly closes the powered doors and doesn't stop when obstructed, several trips to the dealer and no issues found. Always when in park and with all 3 methods of opening the door, fod, manually and interior button. Warning lights keep coming off and on (check engine and tire pressure low) but service shop says no issue. Autostart doesn't work much of the time but service center says when check engine light is on it won't. I autostarted my car but it wouldn't let me press the brakes, push the start button, put it in drive to operate the vehicle then it died. I was able to start again but it immediately died again several times. I was tehn locked in and the lights and horn kept flashing, the locks would not unlock. It very frequently does not detect the key and will randomly beep that the key is not detected while driving and will not start at all with the key in hand.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 20
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

I had just parked the vehicle, came back approximately 20 minutes later and the vehicle was completely dead. No power anywhere. Power doors, windows, radio, horn, ignition, lights, chimes, steering. Nothing worked. Had to have vehicle towed. I then spent money on a new battery because my battery was shorted out by this electrical issue. I was then told it was the tipm and that this wasn't covered under my extended warranty. In doing research I learned that this is a known issue and that Chrysler has basically refused to do a recall on this. This is extremely unsafe as this could have happened while driving down the highway at 70 mph. This could have been fatal as when the power is lost, the engine shuts down causing it nearly impossible to steer, causing the flashers to be inoperable, causing the horn not to work, and because their is no power the airbags would not deploy in a crash.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 21
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

We have had our van for seven years (bought new) and have always done regular maintenance on it. While driving down the highway with three of our children, the horn started blaring, wipers turned on, fluid started spraying all over the windows. We pulled off the highway as soon as possible and shut the van off. Everything continued! we popped the hood and heard a slight ticking coming from the "fuse box". We gave it a light tap and it finally stopped. We were able to get it home. The problems continued off and on for months with no one able to help and got worse since the locks started going up and down, dash lights start flashing, front and rear lights flash, and the car does not always shift gears. It even does some of these things while turned off. We took the fuse out of the horn but know it is still happening because sometimes in the morning the wipers are up from randomly turning on and off by themselves during the night. We took it to a transmission specialist to have to transmission rebuilt (twice) and the converter replaced. Everything else is still happening and no one has been able to diagnose the problem, especially since it doesn't always do it. Luckily I found this information on my own. I can't believe this is such a wipe spread problem and Chrysler has done nothing about it!! with a large family, we cant afford to keep putting money into something that was obviously built faulty.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2015

Vehicle shuts off when driving, gauges start going crazy, horn beeps, flashers blink, car won't shift out of first gear. Sometimes car doesn't start at all, ticking noise under hood (from black box on driver side). Date of most recent occurrence listed below, has been going on intermittently for a couple years.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

While driving in town, approximately 25 miles an hour, my engine shut off, and I lost power steering, and brakes due to the engine being off. The horn was blowing constantly, not honking or alarm sounding, but blaring. My wipers were on high, and windshield wash was spraying all over. My reverse lights were on, even though the vehicle was in park. I was able to restart the vehicle after this spell stopped. About 3-5 minutes. The next day, (today) the very same thing happened within a few minutes of starting the vehicle. And the spell lasted about 5 minutes. It has happened twice today. First the horn started blaring, then the wipers turned on high, and windshield wash started spraying, and the engin stalled. Even upon removing the key, and opening the door, the above listed problems continued for 5 or more minutes. Also, the fan, for the heat/ac isn't working right now either. It comes and goes.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 24
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

Yesterday while driving in town my engine stalled, and the horn started blaring. Not honking or alarm sound, but solid blaring. My wipers turned on high, and the windshield wash started spraying all over. Front and rear wash and wipers. My reverse lights were on, even though the vehicle was in park. Also, the fan inside the van for the heater/ac isn't working. This spell lasted 3-5 minutes. Afterward, I was able to restart the van and continue on my way. Today, the same thing happened, shortly after starting the vehicle. 2 of the 3 times happened while I was driving on the street, approx 25-30 mph.

car image   Horn Assembly problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 25
Failure Date: 08/19/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the horn started blowing, the windshield wipers went off, the wiper fluid started to spray uncontrollably and the seat belt warning indicator illuminated, however the contact stated that she was wearing the seat belt. The failure recurred on two other occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing but the dealer did not diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired under the recall number: 14v373000 (air bags , electrical system) however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage 109,000. Sh.

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