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I'm a "hobbyist gearhead." I like to do a lot of maintenance and minor repair stuff myself, but I do know when to get help from the 'pros.' I drive a '97 Ford F150 XL Supercab, 4.2L, 5-speed manual. My wife drives a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Edition. We also have a small assortment of dirt bikes, 4-wheelers, and go-karts kicking around.
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Question Asked: Have other T&C's had problems with eating tires and brakes excessively?
October 03, 2013, 12:24 PM
We loved our 1st T&C, so we bought our 2007 new. At 87,000 miles, I'm on my 5th set of tires (expensive, high quality, 65K- to 80K-mile sets, not cheapies). Problem appears to be in the front end. Also eats brakes and rotors faster than it should. I believe the brakes/rotors are simply under-designed for this heavy vehicle. However, I've had the van aligned three times, and double-checked by another shop twice. Perfect every time. Still ate tires. I just put on a set of Yokohama 80K tires, then put 3K miles on them and went to dealer today. No apparent wear, but they checked 4-wheel alignment ($200), and lo and behold, "R front had excess camber, and L rear was pushing," according to service advisor after I had described precisely what had been happening to my tires. We'll see; but when I hadn't described any specific problem in the past, there was never anything wrong with the alignment. Sadly, this dealer ALWAYS finds $200 to $1200 worth of fixable problems if you let them, so credibility is an issue... Hoping it's fixed this time. Am I the only one having these problems with my T&C?
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Problem Reported: Reasons for Excess Oil Consumption
September 15, 2010, 10:05 PM
<p>Excessive oil consumption&mdash;defined as more than one quart per 1,000 miles (on vehicles with less than 50,000 miles) or more than one quart per 750 miles (on vehicles with more than 50,000 miles)&mdash;is common. Common causes include exhaust valve guides, <a id="ce_259" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/valve-cover-gasket-replacement">valve cover gaskets</a>, camshaft plugs, <a id="ce_123" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/camshaft-seal">camshaft seals</a>, and <a id="ce_124" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/crankshaft-seal">crankshaft seal</a>.<strong><br /></strong></p>
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