My Chrysler Town & Country Won't Start

by Melanie Fleury

The Chrysler Town and Country is a minivan that is the twin of the Dodge Caravan. It was introduced in 1990 with a V6 engine and wood grain decals. If your Town and Country is having trouble starting, check the basics to diagnose the problem. Knowing what you are dealing with can help you decide if a mechanic should be called in to help.

Step 1

Find the battery and look at the connections. The battery is under the hood on the driver's side. The connections to the terminal should not be loose and should have no corrosion. If they are loose, tighten with a wrench. For corrosion, pour a soda over the terminals (the carbonation will help to loosen the corrosion) and scrub with a wire brush.

Step 2

Turn the key in the ignition to the "On" position. Turn on the windshield wipers or interior lights to check if the battery is working. If the wipers or lights do not come on, the battery may be dead and will need to be replaced. Typically batteries last for two to three years. If the wipers move slowly or the lights seem dim, you may be able to simply recharge the battery. If recharging does not work, the alternator is not sending enough power to your battery and will need a check. Your local auto parts store has a diagnostic tool that can test if the alternator and starter are working properly.

Step 3

Remove a spark plug from the engine of your Town and Country. Check the spark plug for corrosion and remove with a wire brush. Place the wire of the spark plug on a metal part of the engine. Crank your car and have someone watch for a blue spark. Make sure that you have a signal in place so that your helper can alert you to turn the car off. No spark indicates that your spark plug is not working correctly which means that your engine will not be ignited properly. Replace spark plugs.

Step 4

Turn the key in the ignition to start the Town and Country and listen for any noises that the engine may emit. A clicking noise can indicate a faulty starter. No noise can be a sign of an ignition problem. A knocking noise can indicate a lack of fuel or another problem with your fuel system, such as the fuel line, fuel filter, or fuel pump. Add a gallon of gas. Turn the key to the "On" position several times while pressing on the accelerator. This helps to engage the fuel pump. Although the Town and Country has a fuel gauge, it may be faulty at times. For owners of Town and Country vans made between 2008 and 2010 call 1-800-488-0359 to check if your car is affected by a recall. In certain conditions, the tire may wear a hole in the fuel fill pipe. This can cause leakage and even can lead to a fire.

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