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re; a 97 chrysler town & country minivan
02-24-2014, 10:54 PM
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re; a 97 chrysler town & country minivan
I just picked up this 1997 Chrysler Town & country minivan on Thur the 20th. I live in Kennewick Wa. The south central part of Washington State, near the Oregon border. Kennewick is a high desert climate.
I have a few questions. And I am also looking for an owners and services manuals that I can d/l free.
1. I need to know how to pull the car radio panel apart. I think the antenna lead has ether slipped out of the radio or there is a break in the antenna line because some local radio stations are acting as if I am miles away from the station.
2. Please look at the Dropbox picture https://www.dropbox.com/s/6c21lc47habnlz4/mirror.jpg There is things on the mirror that I can't figure out. Were the red dot is there looks like the eye of a mini camera. And there is some kind of a power leads going to the mirror and a button on the bottom that I don't know what it does. Can anyone please help me.

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02-25-2014, 10:36 AM
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RE: re; a 97 chrysler town & country minivan
On the radio, I believe there are two screws slanted slightly upwards just above the cup holder (pull it out to see better) and the rest of the face snaps off once those are out. Recalling (it's been awhile) the radio is then secured by another pair of screws, one on each side. The radio used two areials. One is on the fender and the other (on some) is one of the printed wires at the base of the windshield. Most likely the wire going to the fender ariel is full of water. It happens on older cars.

The light on the mirror is about the "night mode" and the usual "flipper" on the bottom is replaced by a button. This reduces glare from headlights at night. It's automatic so no changing it manually between day and night driving. Play with it and you will see what I mean.

The original owner's manual is several hundred pages and has all sorts of info in it that you wouldn't expect. The easiest way to find one is probably in the glove box of a car at the junk yard. They are out of print and no longer available at the dealer. Service / repair manuals may still be out there but these days most anything you need to know can be found by plugging your question into Google. You'd be amazed at the amount of "how to" videos on YouTube including dash repair and transmission overhaul for these things. I have had several myself so am fairly well versed on this car.
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02-26-2014, 04:10 AM
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RE: re; a 97 chrysler town & country minivan
Rupe I pulled off the cover over the 2 screws. I tryed to pull the panel face around the radio off and it wouldn't come off, I didn't want to force it. The front fan control knob got cracked. The antenna looks like an after market antenna on the fender. I did play with the button on the bottom of the rear view mirror. It does nothing.
Also how do I get at the motor for the drivers side wing window way in the back? The window won't open when I push the lever.
And the last question. Under the middle seat right behind the driver there looks like a pull out draw on the side between the seats. Is that a pull out drink holder? If so it is missing part of it.

Steve

(02-25-2014 10:36 AM)Rupe Wrote:  On the radio, I believe there are two screws slanted slightly upwards just above the cup holder (pull it out to see better) and the rest of the face snaps off once those are out. Recalling (it's been awhile) the radio is then secured by another pair of screws, one on each side. The radio used two areials. One is on the fender and the other (on some) is one of the printed wires at the base of the windshield. Most likely the wire going to the fender ariel is full of water. It happens on older cars.

The light on the mirror is about the "night mode" and the usual "flipper" on the bottom is replaced by a button. This reduces glare from headlights at night. It's automatic so no changing it manually between day and night driving. Play with it and you will see what I mean.

The original owner's manual is several hundred pages and has all sorts of info in it that you wouldn't expect. The easiest way to find one is probably in the glove box of a car at the junk yard. They are out of print and no longer available at the dealer. Service / repair manuals may still be out there but these days most anything you need to know can be found by plugging your question into Google. You'd be amazed at the amount of "how to" videos on YouTube including dash repair and transmission overhaul for these things. I have had several myself so am fairly well versed on this car.
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02-26-2014, 11:40 AM
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Going from memory here but there may be two more screws under the top edge of that radio trim. Look close with some good light. I know I have missed stuff like that more than once because I was in a hurry.

The button on the bottom of the mirror may not look like it does anything and the difference is minor so you might need to experience it in the dark to understand what it does. This is where having the owner's manual would be handy as it will explain it better than I can.

On those rear wing windows, they should be electric and you can't force them manually. You will need to figure out if the switches on the driver's door are working. I have never seen the motor itself go bad. They typically don't get used enough to wear out. In order to gain access to the motors you have to remove the rear trim panels, which means puling the seats out of the way as a starter.

Yes, that "thing" under the center of the middle seat is a slide out cup holder. Great idea except they are not very strong and can get broken if left in the out position with kids around. If you are looking on the side of the seat by the door, that's the seat adjustment. That middle seat has two positions for mounting on the floor and it also slides just like a front seat so leg room is variable. In a pinch you can put the rear seat in the middle too (5 passenger configuration) but the middle seat does not fit in the rear.
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02-26-2014, 10:13 PM
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Just in case you are still pulling your hair I found this on YouTube for the same year Dodge, which should be almost identical other than the radio itself being a different quality. The dash parts are basically the same.

Oh, and I stand corrected. The trim has 4 screws and so does the radio itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xz1nHWY2OQ

It's in several parts but all short.
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