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1998 chry. t&c lxi,runs great but once in awhile when you go to start it , it will start but stall like it ran out of gas it will do this for approx. 3 tries then there is nothing ,turn the key and nothing i will leave it alone then the next day I WILL GO TO START IT AND IT STARTS ?PLEASE HELP ITS DRIVING ME NUTS.

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  • orgoiyot Aug 21, 2008

    The same problem with my 98 Chrysler town and country. Runs excellent but every now and then, without warning the engine cranks but it shuts off after a second. All the gages and the odometer readings don't come on but the the check engine light, brake light, oil light etc come on. After it sits for a while, it starts right up like nothing was wrong. Pliz Help to figure out the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • looppy11 Sep 12, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 98 Town & Country LX, I have seen the problem occur while driving, instruments go dead but van keeps on running.

    Very strange indeed.

  • FREDLOM50 Oct 26, 2008

    thank you very much,the reply that was posted about the problem being the solder in the circut boards in the dash cluster was it ! my mechanic did the work and every thing is fine,who would of guessed thanks much great job.

  • Greg Held
    Greg Held Dec 01, 2008

    having same problem 1998 chrysler T&C started and shut right off. 3 or 4 times then nothing. would not start next day. no reading on gauges now. not sure when they stopped working. can someone help



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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 jointws and carefully reheat each one, 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. I have not tried it yet, but I am going to. I have also heard that if you 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.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

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    Dea Banish Oct 02, 2008

    I wanted to follow-up and let everyone know that my friend removed the dashboard and the circuit board as described in the prior e-mail of Sep 30, 2008 and this IS the problem. It only took him 10 minutes to remove it. He took a small soddering tool and gently heated each of the elements on the back of the circuit board - put it back in and the car is running like a charm. Odometer works, everything. And to think I took this car to three repair shops, one of which was a Chrysler dealership, and no one could figure this out. I just googled "Town & Country won't stay running" and found the answer in moments.

    Good luck to All ....




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