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Town and Country Gauges stopped working and........

I have a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Limited, it's a 3.8l V6.

Okay, I took my son to a musical one day, all was fine. We came out, started the van, first thing I noticed was the PRNDL was not illuminated, not a big deal I thought, I know where my gears are, probably a fuse, I'll check it later. Well, as I pulled out of my parking space I noticed the speedometer wasn't working, neither were the tachometer, gas gauge, or the temperature gauge. Turned on my directional to turn out of the parking lot, NOT working. As we headed home, I went to adjust the blower on the A/C, couldn't turn to blower speed down so I just shut it off, well the power indicator was "off" however, the blower was then blowing full force, turned the unit back on and I can adjust the blower somewhat but it still will not go to low. Took it to the dealership, they ran a diagnostic test which stated everything was working properly, they said it must be an electrical problem for it to not show on the computer, also, all computers are good, from what I understand there are 3 in this van. The dealership also tried to "reflash" the BCM, didn't help. I had an auto electric guy look at it and he ran continuity tests on the wires and determined the problem is on or between circuits 12 and 14. Now, can anyone provide me with the wiring diagram for this model so that my husband and I can try and trace this and fix it ourselves? Does anyone have any other suggestions? I would so appreciate anything you may be able to provide for assistance! This is driving me crazy!!! Thanks to all!

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  • mom2tynzac Nov 14, 2008

    I cannot do a live chat at this time, in the middle of 5 other things, thanks anyway.

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    I had the same thing happen. All gauges went dead. Finally the dealership discovered that the small red wire that goes to the positive terminal on the battery had corroded. Hope this helps.

  • matthollycar Dec 22, 2008

    I have a similar problem. On my control panel it shows my settings on high (for the heat) but nothing blows out. Then sometimes it blows in the back of the van, but never in the front. Do you think this is also the same thing that needs to be replaced?

  • Ronday23 Jan 21, 2009

    Just got brand new starter & battery but can't get car to fire up it's make no sound batterycheckwires & fuse the fuel pump is working

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Shorten up your post, no one will even read a post this long. ask the question, leave out all the other stuff.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Have you thought about using the live chat option?

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Had the same problems on my 2001 T&C Limited. Try this. Put the key in the ignition and turn it back to the lock position. Then press the trip odometer reset button. Keep it pressed and turn the key to the on position (where the radio and everything works, but not starting the engine) and then let off of the trip odometer. This will start a self-diagnostic test on the dash board indicaters and might solve some of your problem. It resolved my speedometer problem. For the blower problem, again, I started having the same problem at the same time as the speedometer problem (after a long trip). I have found several posts indicating that it is the blower resister. Cheap part and easy to fix. However, I got a new part today from the chrysler dealer (part # 1-680291755AA) and the prongs didn't fit the plugs for the old part. Still trying to find the right part. The older part number is 1-04885583AB. I'm no expert, so I would suggest you check http://forum.chryslerminivan.net and search on blower resistor 2001.

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Reflow the solder joints on the connector that is soldered to the circuit board on the back of the speedometer cluster. The connector attaches the ribbon cable. I think the connector is red. The solder joints look fine to the naked eye, but are thermally stressed during the manufacturing process causing motion during cooling of the board (probably process fault during wave soldering step). Minute motion during cooling causes cold solder joint and unreliable connection. Stress lines in solder are seen under magnification. Joint cannot usually be wiggled and looks fine but increased resistance causes data bus errors. Bus errors cause all sorts of problems from engine quitting, shifting fail, to partial and total instrument cluster "winking out". Often accompanied by data bus error codes. Don't pay a mechanic. Fix costs no $, just a couple of liesure hours and use of a soldering iron. I found fix with detailed instructions in a slide show on web that any idiot can perform. I took detailed pix of the solder joints on ours. Lived with the problem getting progressively worse over years. Fixed perfectly now and running for years. Not amazing that Chrysler has not declared this factory defect. Why, when the mechanics can make hundreds of thousands of dollars replacing otherwise good system components and keeping $$ flowing. NOT customer centric.

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