Starter Problems of Chrysler Town & Country



Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 31 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 08/18/2014

My wife was leaving from a remote work site. She couldn't start the vehicle. I went to check it out. All the electrical seemed to work fine. We would get a single loud click from the starter. We towed it home. I went to replace the starter and found that the connector for the power wire from the ignition switch was melted and brittle. Believing the starter to be bad, I replaced it and fixed the connector to the starter. Still had the same loud click. I took the old and new starter to o'reilly auto parts and had them tested. The old starter did come back bad. The new starter was still good. I also had them test the battery and the alternator. Everything came back good. I took everything home. I hooked everything back up. Still the same response. After the 25th time of trying to start it, we began to no longer have the clicking noise. Just silence. The vehicle will not start or turn over. It is a no crank/no start issue. It is believed that we have a bad ignition switch or bad win. I cannot do any more diagnosing myself nor do I have the financial capacity to take it to a dealer to have investigated. I have emailed nick cappa but am not expecting a positive response as the dealership claims that our particular van is not covered under the current recall, even with the recall expansion. So the van will be sitting here with a new motor(separate issue) at only 53k.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 09/03/2013

The vehicle would not start. All other electrical systems worked. The only way to start the van was to turn the key on and off rapidly several times and then it would start. We took the van to the dealer and they replaced the starter. The van worked for a few days and then it would not start. We took the van back to the dealer but they can't fix the problem.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 07/24/2013

Have had an ongoing problem with car not starting when key is put into ignition. Have to keep trying key until car finally starts. No click, nothing. Took it to dealership. Have had the starter replaced, keys reprogrammed and still continued with the same problem off and on. On this last visit, 6/23/2014, I was told it was electrical system. . . . . . . . . And for the first time, did not have to pay anything for the repair. What about all the other costs I incurred. . . . . And the problem continued. Is this part of a recall???? shouldn't I be reimbursed for all the other repairs and the problem not taken care of?????.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 07/07/2013

Travel about 15 miles to a residence, parked van for about 3-4 hrs, entered van and try to start, wouldn't turn over *thought it was a problem with starter and or battery*, tried jumping, wouldn't turn over. Waited appx 1hr later, tried starting, van started, drove home. Next day, tried to start van, wouldn't start, wait about 2 hrs, tried again, van started. Days passed and as I was driving, noticed all gauges going from normal to 0, did this throughout travel. Took van to branch auto electric to do tests, was told bcm was bad and the cost would be over $1200. 00 *labor included*, I've done research online regarding other t & c's who are having the same problems. Now all gauges are not working, abs light stays on with the security alarm light. About 3 wks ago, started van, factory installed alarm system engaged and would not stop *while all /service engine & etc. , stayed tried turning van off and on, locking and unlocking locks, alarm still blared until I had to disconnect battery to reset. Since this is my only means of transportation, there's a serious problem.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 01/15/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the warning lights and the interior lights started blinking on and off. The contact also stated that after turning the vehicle off it would not restart. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the alternator, ignition switch, and the starter were replaced but the vehicle failed to start. The contact was informed that there was an electrical problem with the vehicle but the technician was unable to locate the source of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 135,000. Mah.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 06/05/2012

The car has stalled three times in about a year and a half, also the ignition system does not start I turn the key on and I only hear a click, some times the starter sticks until the engine runs. I had time that I am trying to start the car for several minutes. The baterry has been changed twice at the dealer they say it was damaged but they do not find the cause. I a afraid this is something seriuos.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 12/22/2011

Description of the complaint: my 2008 Chrysler town and country, , just stopped working last night. Drove it around all day and it was fine. Went in to work, and when I came out that night to go home, the lights were all working, and the power doors and windows worked. However, the radio stopped working, the power windows no longer work, and the car will not start. It will not try to turn over. You can turn the key and nothing happens. The starter does not click, the motor doesn't do anything at all. Since we can't put it in gear due to the security lockout, we have towed it to a repair shop. This is a major issue considering it is the only vehicle my family has, and now we have no way to get our kids to the doctor or to school. They said it was a fuse box which has to bee ordered but will take a while since there has been a shortage of these items. They said the dealers were out, probably because of a manufactures defect. They said there was not a recall as of yet.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

1. There are times when right after shutting the vehicle off and coming back to the car several minutes later, it will not start. The key turns but there is no power. I have replaced altenator, and battery and starter. The problem appears to be in the ignition. 2. I have replaced the front wheel bearings at 80,000miles ,also in the 3 years of owning this vehicle I have had to replace front brakesand rotars 2 times and rear brakes once. 3. Oil seems to "disappear" usually 2 quarts in a matter of 1000 or less miles. This vehicle is the most unsafe vehicle I have ever bought. I bought this vehicle on the word of Chrysler that it is a safe and trustworthy van. I have been stranded more times than I choose to count, in parking lots and what not miles away from home, with my 3 small children. It is absoluetly acinine that I have to have a "survival pack" food and water and strollers and things of that nature in my vehicle at all times in case we get stranded somewhere.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 12/06/2010

Vehicle has intermittant electrical problems, like the headlights going off for no reason while driving at night causing a safety issue and takes several tries to turn on the headlights, the power sliding door will not open except manually, turn signals flash both directions, turn signal lights burn out sooner than would be expected, when first starting the vehicle, it makes a whining noise until you accelerate. All these issues are intermittant. We have replaced the starter, alternator, battery (2 times) and it still exhibits these issues. None of the old parts are available.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 10/27/2009

2008 Chrysler town and country. Consumer states problems with front and rear brakes the consumer stated the brakes have been replaced three times. The consumer stated there was a burning smell coming from the vehicle. The consumer immediately pulled over and discovered the front brakes were extremely hot and the rear brakes were smoking. The service manager indicated there was a problem with the brakes and they could not seem to fix them. Also, the air vent was not working properly, a fuse had to be replaced, as well as the starter. The driver side mirror had to be replaced, the handle on the sliding door was replaced, the driver side rear door did open properly and the bumper fell apart. The consumer stated the front and rear brakes had to be replaced for a fourth time. Updated 07/12/jb.


 
car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 10/01/2009

I was not told by procare that my vehicle had been wrecked previously before buying my vehicle. . . I have had nothing but problems with my 2006 Chrysler town and country. . . I have put over 2,000. For repairs and I am still making payments on this vehicle. . . I have took it to spitzer in mansfield, ohio (paul) stated there is nothing he could do it was something electrical. . . I have took it to rex gilbert and he is an electrician. . . He stated there is nothing he can do. . . I have took it to 6th street repair. . . They tried to fix it but vehicle still wont start, wipers wont work, door locks do not work, it is now at a another body shop and he stated there is nothing he can do. . . I have been without a vehicle now for over 1 month and I am ready to just turn it back in. . . . I would like to either get another vehicle or a rental while we find someone to fix my van. . . I love my van but it has been such a headache and its frustrating to myself and to these mechanics. . . . I have to catch cabs, buses, use my daughters truck, use my sisters car, and this shouldn't have to be. . . I am making payments of $336. 00 a month on a vehicle that doesn't run. . . . This has been happening for the last 2 winters now. They (mechanics) @ different places have put a new starter, new battery, front control module. . . And nothing seems to help. . . . Please help solve this issue. . . . Thanks. . .

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 08/19/2009

My 2008 Chrysler town and country, which I used to love, just stopped working last night. Drove it around all day and it was fine. Went in to work, and when I came out that night to go home, the lights were all working, and the power doors and windows worked. However, the radio stopped working, the power windows no longer work, and the car will not start. It will not try to turn over. You can turn the key and nothing happens. The starter does not click, the motor doesn't do anything at all. We replaced the ignition/accessory fuse because ours had blown, and it still did not resolve the issue. Since we can't put it in gear due to the security lockout, we have been unsuccessful in towing it to a repair shop. This is a major issue considering it is the only vehicle my family has, and now we have no way to get our kids to the doctor or to school.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 06/03/2009

All failures progressed in sequence over a period of time. Door locks failed to lock and or unlock intermittantly using power controls. Instrument panel lights and gages would flicker and pulse on and off, at times just off at night for different periods of time, usually minutes. Headlights would flicker between brights and dims or on and off. Radio lights flicker on or off. Instrument panel indicators light up for minutes at a time and then shut off with apparently nothing wrong. Seat belt audible alarm sounds on occasion when driving for no apparent reason. Cooling fan turns on hours after parking and can only be shut off by removing fuse or draining battery. Engine stalls at high speed abruptly, and turns back on. Transmission disengages and then re-engages after a few seconds. Occasionally the ignition switch will not provide power to the starter until after a few attempts and a few minutes.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 04/23/2009

I have a 2002 Chrysler town and country (90,000 miles). After normal driving and parking ,car would not start. I found out later that the starter had an internal short. It destroyed the battery and melted the starter housing,concerned that it could have caused a major fire!!!. (pictures available, had to return core to auto parts store).

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 06/08/2008

We have had nothing but problems since we bought this vehicle in September 2007. First, the doors reopen by themselves - that took 8 trips to the service department before it was finally fixed in may 2008. Another issue that has not been resolved is that the starter sticks when you start the vehicle. This is an occasional problem and difficult for the service department to duplicate. Yesterday, June 8, the van completely lost power while I was driving. I lost all power steering, brakes, lights - everything! I have taken it to the dealer and they can't figure it out and daimlerchrysler has not been any help. In fact, when I called to inquire about a repurchase of the vehicle - I asked 4 times to speak to a supervisor and then the agent hung up on me when I insisted that I speak with a supervisor! I'm extremely worried about the safety of this vehicle. I will not allow my children to ride in this vehicle again.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 05/01/2008

Electrical failure the car dealer cant find the problem it is a town country 2008 they have changed many modules wiring alternator starter and cant find what's the causing the problem basically the problem is sometimes it starts the engine and sometimes it just doesn't start. The chief tech at the dealer is everardo ramirez rodriguez please contact him in regards of detailed information.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 04/12/2008

Vehicle starts & dies, starts & dies and after a four or five attempts. . . It won't start at all. After a few hours or days it will start right up. When it does this the gauges are all flatlined. Sometimes while driving, the gauges flatline and alarm set light comes on as well as check engine light and abs light. No codes come up for this problem even though the dealership wants to charge $119 just to diagnose the problem. This has happened repeatedly. . . . New battery, new starter. . . Among many other new items. Have not replaced the ignition switch, brain, or instrument panel. Have been told it could be either one of these things. . . . . . I am tired of just putting in random parts.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 02/02/2008

Grinding noise from starter on my 2005 Chrysler town and country when it is cold. Dealership acknowledged that several Chrysler Dodge and Jeep vehicles have this problem. Explained it was a two pieces of the metal starter grinding but it was not going to harm anything. I asked for them to change it under warranty but since they could not reproduce it the next day (surprise) they would not acknowledge that I had a problem. Spoke to customer service and they took the dealers word. I then saw the entry on this site of the same problem. Now I have to chase the problem and take it to another dealership etc. Had a similar problem with a 2000 Chrysler cirrus.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 19
Failure Date: 10/29/2007

Has happened over 100 times. Dashboard gauges all remain at zero, car will not start. Turns over, then dies immediately. I believe it is the security system killing the car. After 5 starts, won't even turn over. Have paid for new alternator, new starter, mechanic looked at numerous times. **finally fixed** mechanic had another customer with same problem. Found it was the entire instrument panel which needed replacing. At a cost of $700 for other customer. I went with a used model which is risky, but it has not done this again at all for 7 months. There are numerous reports on this site about this, and I thought I would help people out who have also spent a ton of money on this problem, with no resolution.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 20
Failure Date: 10/06/2007

On a regular basis, van will not remain running. Start vehicle and it stalls immediately. It will do this for 5-6 starts, then will not even turn over. All gauges go to zero, no digital odometer, etc. If left for a few hours, will start again. Sometimes gauges zero out while driving. Usually, tapping on the dash hard will return them to operating position. But not always. Have been told this is anything from alarm system, main computer, aftermarket automatic starter shutting down alarm. One dealer replaced starter for +$300. Did not fix problem. This is a huge problem with a lot of these vans, as I can see by reading on the internet, and this site. This is an ongoing problem for 3+ years. No solution.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 21
Failure Date: 09/05/2007

On intermittent occasions the minivan will not start. It will run for a couple of seconds then stall. After 3-5 attempts at starting, it will do nothing at all, not even turn over, but all the gauges work. This event does not generate an error code. After returning to the vehicle an hour or two later the car starts normally and will be fine for days. Service tech's are unable to diagnose the problem - battery, fuses, starter, are all fine.

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chrysler Town & Country 22
Failure Date: 04/13/2007

We experienced a recurrence of the vehicle not starting again. This is the 4th time within the past year. This intermittent problem seems to occur when the engine is started and stopped within a short period of time. When attempting to start the van, the engine turns over and starts but then immediately stops. It is as if an anti theft switch is engaged or the remote starter mechanism malfunctions and stops the engine. After letting the vehicle sit for an hour, it was able start up and remain running. The van was driven the next day and a powerful electrical burning smell was noticeable from the engine compartment. A faint clicking/squeaking noise was also heard in the vicinity of the alternator. The vehicle was towed into the dealership about two months ago for the same situation, but the vehicle started the next day and service was unable to determine the cause.

car image   Starter problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 03/07/2003

The transmission failed four times and the starter failed once.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Chrysler Town & Country 24
Failure Date: 01/06/2003

When consumer started their vehicle it wouldn't start, then smoke started coming from under the hood. The dealership indicated that the problem was caused by the starter motor. Please provide more details.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 25
Failure Date: 10/06/2001

The insured states that vehicle caught on fire while it was parked. The fire started with the starter. Claim number 43-r798-089.

car image   Starter problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 26
Failure Date: 12/28/2000

The consumer put a new starter in vehicle a few weeks ago. Claim number 32-v339-978.

car image   Starter problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 27
Failure Date: 07/21/2000

When van was being checked because it would not start, a mechanic found a defective water pump. Owner concerned because this was a common problem with other Town & Country vans. Water pump was replaced at owner's expense. Starter motors failed.

car image   Starter problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 28
Failure Date: 04/19/2000

The starter failed. Nlm.

car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 29
Failure Date: 02/03/1998

Electrical fire, believed to have started somewhere between the battery and the starter.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 30

While driving consumer noticed smoke coming from engine compartment. Vehicle was towed to dealer an electrical shortage occurred within the starter, burning wiring harness. Please give any further details.

car image   Starter problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 31

Car will occasionally not start. Nothing. Plenty of juice, but no starter, not even a click. Sometimes, after doing nothing, the car will start as though evrything is fine. Have brought to shop. The problem doesn't show up w/ error reading on their computers. They have replaced fuses, but it doesnt work. For example, car wouldn't start this morning, so I'm at home with the kids. Just went outside and it started. It will probably work fine for a month or two, and then, won't start. Hopefully we won't be stranded somewhere. Hope you can help.


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