General repairs

Asked by Aug 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM about the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. It has
146,000 miles. It has a pretty significant exhaust
leak. When the engine gets warmed up the
transmission starts to act up. There is also tge
smell of burning wires. Also, when the ac is on it
idles rough when you stop. I only paid $300 and its
a work car but I need to get it repaired. Any ideas
about what could be wrong?

1 Answer

18,775

Well hopefully you didn't get into a money pit. The mileage alone isn't enough to condemn this car, but if it had poor maintenance it will be hard to suggest where to begin with repairs... For starters, check all the fluid levels. By exhaust leak, do you mean at the manifold (which may be accompanied by a ticking), or are referring to just a bad/rotted exhaust (like a muffler or tail pipe?) If it's the former, get it to a mechanic and have the gasket replaced or tightened back up, if it's the latter, it may sound bad but will have minimal impact on performance. Just replace it when you can. The "burning wire" smell - it's easy to confuse the smell of an overheating engine/overheating coolant with the smell of burning wires, they have a similar acrid tang to them, but if you really had wires burning up you would immediately see other problems with electronics and with blown fuses. My suggestion as a precaution is pick up a mini- and maxi- fuse kit at any parts store, and go through the fuse boxes replacing any bad fuses using the little tester the kit comes with. Then to address the smell, which my guess is actually overheating coolant, you will want to take care of some basics with the cooling system. 1) test coolant for hydrocarbons with a product called "Block Tester" at Napa (or similar product) - if it fails this test stop wasting your money on this car now, its a blown head gasket and not worth the money to fix, if it passes continue: 2) check all hoses and flush coolant. 3) replace radiator cap (should be done every two years anyhow). 4) replace thermostat. 5) refill with proper premixed coolant, and bleed air from system. 6) keep an eye on engine temp - continued overheating may be a sign of a bad water pump or temp sensor (or a dreaded head gasket). For the rough idle, check the PCV valve and elbow for a vacuum leak. Like any car, a good tune up and replace filters will always help, problems that persist will then be easier to diagnose.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Dodge Grand Caravan Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Dodge Grand Caravan Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,490
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 740
#3 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 680
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chrysler Town & Country
89 Great Deals out of 951 listings starting at $4,795
Used Dodge Caravan
106 listings starting at $3,500
Used Toyota Sienna
14 Great Deals out of 633 listings starting at $2,480
Used Honda Odyssey
5 Great Deals out of 491 listings starting at $3,744
Used Kia Sedona
8 Great Deals out of 317 listings starting at $3,877
Used Chrysler Pacifica
4 Great Deals out of 1,236 listings starting at $2,495
Used Nissan Quest
54 listings starting at $3,800
Used Dodge Durango
21 Great Deals out of 904 listings starting at $3,995
Used Ford Explorer
18 Great Deals out of 893 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford F-150
337 Great Deals out of 6,426 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Pilot
4 Great Deals out of 349 listings starting at $2,300
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
324 listings starting at $6,477
Used Honda CR-V
44 Great Deals out of 1,904 listings starting at $1,860

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 6,477 listings starting at $21,640
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 2,038 listings starting at $16,777
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 520 listings starting at $11,862
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 475 listings starting at $8,900
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 395 listings starting at $9,895