1997 Caravan V6 Spark Plug Replacemnt

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Mark, Dec 24, 2003.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    I just replaced the plugs on my V6 caravan @ 80k miles. They were pretty
    worn. I recently noticed a thread on a multitude of theories on how to
    replace the plugs - including removing the manifold.

    Heres how I did it:

    The drivers side rear and the middle rear can be removed from beneath. Not
    the easiest reach - but no big deal at all. For the Passenger side rear - I
    wound up pushing the alternator back & removing the alternator brackets.
    You can then pretty easily reach that plug as well. ( the tensioner belt
    also goes through one of the brackets.

    My serpentine belt tensioner was shot again- seized solid ! - so you may as
    well plan for replacement as well. ( $50, napa ) The belt system is so much
    quieter now

    Mark, Dec 24, 2003
  2. Mark

    Dave Guest

    How's the transmission shifting at 80k miles?
    Dave, Dec 24, 2003
  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    No problems with the transmission, shifts better than the day I got it (
    really - see below ) - smooth as silk. I change the fluid & filter every
    30k on the dot.

    The thing had me worried from the day I brought it home. It would shudder
    when shifting from 1st to 2nd so bad the mirror would shake a bit. Had it
    to four different """"5 star """"" Chrysler/dodge dealers many many times.
    ( have a whole folder just for it ) The claimed either the prob did not
    exist " could not duplicate problem " or replace the TCM (3x) this went on
    for around 50k miles. While on vacation in Maine, I brought it to Lee Dodge
    in Westbrook. They fixed it along with my clockspring while I waited on
    memorial day weekend. - told me not to bother with my extended wty - $35 to
    reflash the TCM

    I think the New York dealers were all milking the warranty & wasting my
    time. Got the clockspring done at the same time, phoned ahead, Lee had the
    parts waiting. ( to make a long story short - I had originally tried to get
    the repair done before the trip to Maine, here in NY, researched the
    problem, made my appt. with my NY dealer to get the clockspring replaced &
    and also have an inspection - (I did not even bother trying to explain the
    shudder problem -ha ha) I got there, had to leave the van, when I went to
    pick it up, I was told they did not have the part in stock & that they did
    not do the inspection because the airbag light was on !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I
    drove up to Maine with expired inspection, airbag INOP

    Its all in the dealer - I don't have any good dealers here in LI, NY - so I
    need to travel to Maine - very very sad......

    Mark, Dec 25, 2003
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