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1998 town&country having intermittent starting problems

Car would start then stop three times and then nothing. I would have power everywhere except the dash. None of the indicators would work, and I would hear a hum from the fuel pump each time I try to start the car, like it was receiving power

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  • t300in06 Oct 02, 2008

    The car would start after a day or two, but it's taking more and more time to start each time it happens. I went from starting after a few hours to starting after a few days and now not starting at all. I feel that this might be a recall situation.

  • Charles Scheiner Oct 04, 2008

    Usually there is no problem. Occasionally, the van will crank, start, then shut off. This will happen several times, then it will not crank at all. Have tried disarming system according to owners manual...useless. Living in the mountains, this is unacceptable. Will dump the vehicle if there is not a quick, cheap fix.

  • semiller Nov 07, 2008

    Ever so often the vehicle will start then shut down. After several tries it will refuse to start period. After resting for several days it will then start. This would occur once every two months, of late the frequency of this occurrence is increasing

  • helpself Nov 16, 2008

    I had the same problem. Followed the solution here and resurfaced the circuit board. Had no startup issue so far. However, I did have additional problem. The emergency light is on by default now and I have to depress the switch to get it off. Seems like the polarity of the signal is wrong??? Anyone seen this before? There is no lights flashing from the AC and wiper switches (to my surprise, usually there are after disconnect power cables and reconnect).

    Thanks for any help,


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Please see my post I just made about this. For your convenience I have copied and pasted it here.

I have a 97 van and same thing is happening. Won't stay running and the next day - starts right up. I just read that the gauge pod/instrument cluster which is basically a module itself needs replaced - it's in the dashboard. After removing the cluster, you will find a couple of pc boards on the back. The pc boards and the solder connections become damaged after years of hot and cold weather. The solder joints will either crack or become loose from the expansion and contraction of hot and cold conditions. You can re-solder all the joints and carefully reheat each one (VERY EASY), or get a used one from a junk yard or auto parts store or dealership. Just take out the old one and plug in the replacement and reinstall the dashboard parts. My friend just did this for me last night and it is working like a charm. Only took about 15 minutes. I cannot believe that I took this car to three separate repair shops - one of which was a Chrysler dealership - and no one could figure this out. It was because of forums like this one that I was able to resolve the problem.

Should this NOT be the problem (mine was), you can also try and disconnect the battery cables for awhile, which allows the computer to restart, the car will stay running at least for awhile until you can repair it.

Hope this helps.
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I had the same problem car would start and run for a few seconds and then die the dash cluster would not light after reading your fix i replaced the cluster with one from an auto wrecker so far it works. thanks richy

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I had the same problem and fixed it the same way but, it took about an hour and a half. Remelt the solder points on the circuit board where the plug connectors are located. This seemed to be the only places that looked to be cold soldered on mine. Be careful, just remelt the solder and get away from it! You will need a long phillips screw driver, a stubby phillips screwdriver and a 10mm wrench or socket and ratchet and of course a pencil soldering iron. This job is not difficult. Just take your time and be careful.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

  • hermanl Sep 09, 2014

    My solution was to check the connections on the rear hatch latch. If the wires come loose there, you will activate something like a theft protection.

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