My 2001 Chrysler Town & Country Won't Start

by Melanie Fleury

The Town and Country was a minivan produced by the former Daimler Chrysler Corp. The 2001 model was redesigned from previous years, with a power liftgate, available all-wheel drive and 50 percent larger headlights. The Town and Country shares the same design as the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. There are no recalls of the 2001 Town and Country. If your minivan is not starting, check the basics first.

Turn the key in the ignition to the "On" position, but do not crank the van. Check to see if interior lights turn on or if windshield wipers are operable. If they are not, your battery may be the issue.

Open the hood of your Town and Country. Locate the battery. In the 2001 Town and Country, it is on the right side of the engine. Check the terminal connections to make sure that the connectors are tight and that there is no corrosion. Clean off any corrosion with a wire brush. If connections are loose, use a socket wrench to tighten them.

Turn the key in the ignition to crank the car and note any noises that the minivan makes. If there is a clicking sound, it often indicates that the starter is faulty. Wiggle the key in the ignition and see if the car will start momentarily. If it does, the ignition switch may not be working properly. Heavy knocking noises can often indicate a minivan that has run out of oil. On the Town and Country, the oil gauge is under the hood and toward the front of the minivan.

Note any symptoms that you noticed before your Town and Country stopped working. A whistling sound can be a sign of a snapped belt. A knocking noise can indicate bad gas. If it was making a knocking noise and was low on gas, it may be that the gas gauge is faulty and the van was low on gas. Add an additional gallon of gas and attempt to start again.

About the Author

Melanie Fleury has been writing professionally since 1995. She has written for various educational websites such as and is the educational consultant at the Knowledge Tree Center for Education. She enjoys creating curriculum for children with various learning styles. Fleury holds a master's degree in education specializing in early childhood from Ashwood University.