Starter Problems of Chrysler Town & Country - part 1



Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 42 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 08/16/2015

The car will not start - all electrical is operative. Battery and starter are functional. Then after multiple tries, the car will start. Also noted, with the key in the ignition and door open, no warning bell until you jiggle the plastic fob and then the door open chime comes on. There are thousands of complaints on-line of this issue and the manufacturer fanes ignorance and performs needless replacements of other parts and then charges $1,000+ for a repair that is still unproven to take care of the problem. There have been other recalls with the ignition switch/fob and are only on certain vehicles, this seems to be related but ignored.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 07/11/2015

Huge safety issue. I had a horrible experience this past Saturday. Had my arms full; grandchild, 2 diaper bags, purse, keys. Van was locked. Started van with auto starter. Opened both back doors of t and c with key faub. Set bags in back. Put key on front seat. Put baby in car seat. Closed door with button on van. Went to get in car and car was still locked. Thank god I started the car. It was 89 degrees out. Son had to drive to my house and get spare key. Car shut off, (runs for 15 minutes when started with the car starter), before my son got back, baby was inside. Thank god my son came 30 seconds later. This is a feature that needs to be changed. I still can't shake the feeling that I almost caused irreversible harm to my grandson. Front doors should unlock when you open the back doors. I take ownership for my mistake. Please make Chrysler take ownership for your design flaw.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 07/01/2015

The car didnt start. I have had the starter abd battery replced within the past year. Each have been tested multiple time because this isnt and isolated incident. I go to turn the car on I have hed the fobik replaced but the problem still exists. The car eventually started after an hour.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 12/05/2014

Starting in Dec. 2014 my vehicle would not start, it just clicked and clicked but would not start. The dealer said the wire harness needed replaced but they only spliced the cable and replaced the battery terminals which did not fix the problem and later both cables spliced melted. The starter had to be replaced but still had the starting problem, start sometimes or would click,click, click however many times until it started. It has been into the dealer 4 times and still going back again after replacing the ignition switch and finally putting in a new harness August 17, 2015, had it back one day and 35 clicks later it started; will be taking back to the dealer next week to continue searching for why it keeps doing this. I fear that it will just turn off and stop in the street again as it did Aug. 5, 2015, that was so scary! I have seen forums online that has person after person complaining of the same problem. That is why I decided to write a compliant here. Before all of this at the dealer it would not start so put in a new battery but it did not fix the problem. Intermittent problems make it so hard to know when it will happen or not.

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

Vehicle refused to start on several occasions, lights on, power on, engine would not turn over, no sound from starter. Then after many attempts, vehicle would start as if nothing was wrong. Then vehicle would stop in traffic and whatever speed traveling, dead with no response when trying to restart. After many attempts to start while in middle of traffic vehicle started as if nothing happened. Dealer states ignition & tipm module are are fault.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

I had just drove to the store vehicle ran fine. Came out of store and went to start the car. When trying to start the car I notice the the starter trying to turn over but was not starting. I tried starting it 6 time and finally started. I went to auto zone had the check starter system. Battery, alternator and starter passed. Was informed could be bad gas or fuel pump going out. So got gas treatment and after a weekened and half of fuel treatment and change of gas was having same issue. Well this last Saturday I went daughter's game and heard what sounds to be an electric motor front under the van driver rear tire. Didn't mind it over the 5 hour game I checked on the van multiple times and the sounds was still there. End up having to get jump started the battery was dead. Was able to get the van home. I got an electrical schematic on the 3. 6l engine performance circuit. And come to find out that the fuel relay is inside the tipm. I am able to pull the mac fuse to stop the pump afraid of what this may cause issues with I am disconnecting battery when I get out of van. I contact dealer and told them of my finds and found out not covered. So at this time it is hard to start and fuel pump runs after key is out of ignition.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 7
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 07/25/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that when the key was placed in the ignition to the on position, the engine failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and diagnosed for starter failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v373000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the contact stated that the part for recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Sms.

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

I tried starting my 2010 town and country van after leaving the store and it would not turn over. All electrical devices were operable. I called aaa and they found nothing wrong with it. The aaa driver suggested that it may be the security system. I waited another 20 minutes and the van started right up. The same thing happened again in July of this year. I took my van to the Chrysler dealer for an oil change. I told the service department about my van not starting and asked them to change the battery in case it had a bad cell. After the oil and battery was changed I left the dealership and noticed they did not put air in the tires so I returned. The van would not start after they were done. They told me that my starter brushes were bad and that I needed an new starter. On August 25th 2010 730pm my van would not start; I tried again at 735pm and it started with no problem.

car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 09/26/2013

When I start the car it will run fine and then the ignition switch will turn off leaving me with steering and braking power dead. Sometimes I will try to start the car and it will not start and the starter will just keep going so the only way I can get the starter to stop is to put it in drive. This has happend several times and fortunately I was driving at low speed or stopped. Had it happened at higher speeds or on the freeway, it could have resulted in a deadly crash. I took it into the dealer and they said it was a defective ignition switch and replaced the switch. So far the problem has not reoccured. My complaint is also that I have asked the dealer and Chrysler motors for reimbersement, $450. 00 and so far they have refused because it was not an item on their recall list and I was out of warranty on milage. I know that Chrysler has known about defective ignition switches for several years so why have they not notified owners. This is a very dangerous problem, like gm had.


 
car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 11
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 01/18/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and had to be jumpstarted. The failure recurred multiple times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The starter was replaced, but the failure recurred. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v373000 (electrical system); however, the part was unavailable to perform the repair. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 08/03/2009

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that while attempting to start the vehicle, the engine failed to start. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the starter was replaced but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact also received NHTSA campaign number: 11v139000 (electrical system) in August of 2014 but the part needed to repair the vehicle was not available and no estimated time to receive the part could be provided. The failure mileage was 20,000. Djr.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 24
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 25
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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