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Spare Tire Problems of Chrysler Town & Country



Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 12 problems related to spare tire (under the tire category).

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 07/11/2013

Problem: I bought a new Dodge caravan in 2005, had a flat tire, and there was not a spare tire underneath the van. I had never had a flat tire on this van, so why was there not a spare tire or spare tire cover underneath my car?) I had to literally get down on my hands and knees using a cellphone light to see underneath the driver's side of the car to determine why the spare would not lease. We had never had a flat in this van before and we bought it new at hayes Chrysler in oakwood, georgia in 2005. The reason I could no get the spare tire to release was because I finally discovered, there was no spare tire nor tire cover in the spare tire storage compartment underneath my van. My son and I were stranded at approximately 11:00 pm at night on the side of i78 near fulton, ms. Not only did I, a wife and mom, have to figure out what to do, but had to keep my son calm. He was unsure about safety. Later, when I contacted the dealership, they offered no help. After I first described the events that had taken place with my having a flat and no spare tire, the hayes Chrysler employee said, "that tire was stolen!" I replied, "exactly and we get our car serviced at your dealership so check your records and see who worked on my van. " needless to say, after checking with a manager the dealership simply said that they had performed an inspection on the car when the car was bought (inferring that a spare was on the car). To replace the spare tire and tire cover the dealership was going to charge me approximately $180. 00. I contacted a auto salvage store and they verified that they had many complaints (not necessarily because of this dealership or for the same reasons) of people needing a spare tire and offered to sell me the doughnut sized spare tire and its cover for $50. 00. I never thought to check underneath my new car to see if there was a spare tire. Lesson learned.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 08/27/2012

While driving down a road at 20mph, the spare tire fell out of my Chrysler town and country 2006 van. It became lodged under the vehicle. The vehicle had to be jacked up and the tire was then released. The cable is frayed. Further damage was done to pipes that fell with the tire. The car had to be towed to the dealer to be repaired as I felt it would be unsafe to attempt to drive there. I called Chrysler to see if there had been a safety recall and was told that this has not been an issue. After researching online, I discovered that it has been and is an issue. I am concerned about mine and others safety regarding these vehicles with spare tires mounted underneath. If I had been driving faster, or on a highway, injuries or fatalities could have resulted. I called Chrysler regarding this and was questioned about my driving and whether I hit something, which I assure you I did not. I am concerned that Chrysler is not taking this issue seriously.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 07/25/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic light, the spare tire detached from underneath the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and stated that the plastic harness, which held the spare tire in place, was fractured. The contact also stated that the method of removing the spare tire was very dangerous because the tire would have had to have been dragged out from underneath the front end of the vehicle, positioning oneself very close to oncoming traffic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 05/15/2011

On may 15, 2011, I was driving back from laplume, PA when all of a sudden I started hearing a loud noise and rumbling, I slowed down with some trouble controlling the vehicle (luckily I was not going the speed limit because of the continuous rain) and as I slowed down it got louder. I thought my engine was about to die. I put on my distress signals, parked on the side of the road (pretty close to the freeway), and my sister got out on the passenger side to check to see if anything was hanging and noticed that the rear passenger tire looked as if it had been blown up. I called for roadside assistance which arrived about an hour later to put the spare tire on. When I got home and checked the last four numbers on the tire for the manufacturer date and it read--1005. Which I was informed it meant the tire was manufactured on the tenth week of 2005. My vehicle is a 2009 vehicle--purchased new in may 2009 from the adventure Chrysler dealership in willoughby, ohio.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2003 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 10/15/2009

I had a spare tire carrier not lower the spare tire down on my 2003 Chrysler towne and country, when I was stuck on a country road where there was no houses for miles and there was no cell service available. I was stuck with my 2 very young and severely autistic children and unable to get assistance. After pulling and tugging on the spare tire for an hour as to try and get it to release in the dangerous situation I was in, the spare tire dropped without any warning and just missed hitting me in the head. I was then able to change the flat tire and travel back home. I have been trying to get a replacement spare tire carrier from Chrysler since it was ordered on 10/19/09. Each month they keep telling me it is scheduled for release in another month. The last date they told me for a release date was 12/14/09. When I called for a status today, 12/15/09, I was told it was pushed back for release on 1/27/10. . Read more...

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 05/25/2009

Spare tire removal system does not work, putting driver in extreme danger while attempting to remove tire per manufacturer's procedure. Attempting to do this along roadways puts operator at extreme risk, and anyone who might be in the vehicle.


car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 01/30/2009

I developed a rear flat tire. I was not able to get the spare tire down as the release mechanism was rusted. As I was pulling to try to free the spare tire the vehicle almost fell off the jack. Excessive force is needed to release the spare tire with the vehicle on the jack.

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car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2003 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler town and country. The vehicle has goodyear viva tires, size p215/65r16. While driving 45 mph, the front driver's side tire suddenly blew out without warning. The tire was immediately replaced with the same make and model tire. Three months later, the driver noticed that the rear driver's side tire had multiple cracks in the sidewall that caused the tire to lose all of its air and flatten. He placed a spare tire on the vehicle and believed that there was a defect in order for the failure to occur in that short amount of time. The failure mileage was 120,000 and current mileage was 130,000.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 07/29/2008

I had a flat tire today and the tow truck driver could not remove the spare, located under my car. I was amazed at the poor design of this spare tire. Who puts it under the car??? the tow truck driver had to eventually give up and temporarily patch my tire so I could get home. My concern is what if I were in the middle of nowhere and not remotely close to my home and this happened? something needs to be done with this spare tire and its location. The tow truck driver said this happens with this car (and others who put the spare under the car) all the time and there was nothing more he could do to fix the situation but to charge me a fee of $25. 00 to plug my tire. This makes the spare tire useless to me and that concerns me.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 09/30/2005

The consumer stated vehicle had two separate blow outs on new original equipment tires. The right rear tire exploded without any road hazard or prior problems. The spare tire was located underneath the vehicle and there was some difficulty in retrieving the spare due to its location, ultimately resulting in an injury to the contact's arm by the exhaust. She drove the vehicle on a spare to a truck repair shop. The repair shop could not determine why this problem occurred. About a week later a second blowout occurred while on the highway with the left rear tire. She noted there was a dusty powdery residue in each of the tires after the blowout. The spare was again used until she was able to purchase another tire. The tire is a bridgestone transmission with a tire line size p215/65/r16. Updated 1129/05.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 06/19/2005

While driving my 2002 Chrysler Town & Country about 15 mph in a construction zone, my full size spare tire fell off of the vehicle and onto the street. It is held under the vehicle by means of a steel cable. The plastic clamp that the cable is attached to broke and the tire fell. I heard a bang and felt a bump and saw my tire through my rear view mirror in the street. My concern is what would have happened if that tire fell on the highway while going 60 mhp? the accident it would have caused behind me from other drivers trying to avoid my dropped tire could have killed someone. Are there any reports of these cables/plastic clamps breaking or failing in the past? thank you.

car image   Spare Tire problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 01/20/2005

Spare tire fell from vehicle while driving. Since then, I have noted other Chrysler products that have spare tied in place with rope. I therefore think that I am not unique. Event occured at end of driveway. If on highway, could have been very dangerous.

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