Question about 2008 Chrysler Town & Country
I have a 2005 Chrysler T&C with power side doors and tailgate. A few days ago, the side door on the driver side started malfunctioning. When I push the "open" button, it will only open about one-quarter-way and stop. At that point, it will neither close nor open if the button is pushed again. Occasionally, it the door will open half-way, or all the way, when I push the "open" button, but then it will not close if I push the "close" button. If I open the door all the way manually, again, it will not close when I push the "close" button. I can see no obstruction or physical problem that is obvious. The amount that the door will automatically open varies, but it will not close at all automatically, although it did when the problem first begun. These facts make me believe that there is something wrong in the electronics/computer, but I know NOTHING about cars. Recently, there were times when both I and a passenger would push the separate door buttons at the same time, or times when the passenger would manually push the door open or closed at the same time I pushed the automatic button. Wondered if this might have screwed things up? Any ideas? I am unemployed and can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars to get this fixed at this time. Thanks!!!
If it stops in roughly the same spot every time, and won't respond after it has stopped, it sounds like a broken wire. It is likely losing its electrical current to run the motor. It should be right where the track bends when the door has stopped. Check for loose or frayed wiring inside the flexible plastic track just below the door. The wires will often wear after being bent over and over again. If you find a broken bit of wire, cut out that section and splice in a new length of wire. Be sure you do a good job splicing, or you may end up with the same issue again soon. I am not a mechanic by any means, this just makes sense to me, and I'm considering buying an 01 town and country with this issue, which is why I'm on this site to begin with. Best of luck -
Posted on Sep 07, 2010
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