Prior to having a major service on my 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan by a 5
star dealership, I only had to pay for oil changes and brake pads.
Since that service, which included replacement of the serpentine belt,
I've replaced a dead battery, paid for servicing to deal with a
"popping"/misfire that is random but still won't go away, and now I
have a major power steering fluid leak. Could all of these be caused
by improper installation/tensioning/alignment of the serpentine belt?
The dealer has the car right now - any insight you can provide would be
If many different types of vehicles are made there is bound to be a
higher percentage of inferior vehicles on the road. If the US Automakers
concentrated on making what was good- better, then best, they could be top at
Considering the cost of new vehicles, 3 year 36,000 mile is not that good
for the included warranty on non-consumable parts. The warranty's on earlier
vehicles were 1yr. / 12,000 miles, but the cost of the vehicle was a lot less
even with inflation adjustments.
What usually happens to the PARTS of most vehicles is that they rust out
in the winters in the northern parts of the world, due to their location on
the vehicle and the cheaper or less thickness of metals used.
If the Automakers would place a dollars worth of splash guards in places
that would protect these parts, they would last longer instead of rotting out,
but then they would sell less parts- so I guess there is no point in that.--J
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