I was driving my Dodge B200 when suddenly I lost control of my front brakes. The brake warning light in my instrument panel illuminated. I got really terrified because I thought I was going to lose control and skid to the other side of the highway. It was the first time it happened to me since I bought my second-hand van from my uncle. What happened to my vehicle?
What you just experienced is a common complaint of B200 owners. The front brake system of your vehicle was compromised due to a defect in its hose. This defect causes the hose to fail, which results in abrasion. Even though the rear brakes are not affected, your safety is at risk. Because a lot of owners have issued their complaints about this problem, Chrysler issued a recall to fix this for 50,000 units of the 1978 model. What you should do is to bring your vehicle to the dealer to have both of your left and right front brake hoses replaced, and install a new brake hose support bracket to eliminate contact with the tire.
Since last week, I've been having problems starting my automatic Dodge B200. It gets worse every day whenever I try to turn on the ignition. Before, I used to turn the key and hear a click for a couple of times, then the starter would crank. However, recently, I had to crank it for 10 to 20 times until it barely powers on, but in the end, it still won't turn on. Yesterday, I tried again. It stopped clicking entirely, and my reverse lights turned on and won't turn off. I already replaced my ignition switch, battery, and relay. What should I do next?
This could be a problem with your neutral start switch on your transmission. This part receives a great deal of wear because its function is to make sure that the selector is in the "N" or "P" position before the car starts. The switch could be damaged, which makes your reverse lights to stay on. You can find this switch at the left side of the transmission between the pan and linkage. You might want to check it for signs of damage because, most likely, it blew out due to wear and tear. Take your vehicle to the mechanic to have it replaced or adjusted.
I got into a minor collision with another van. I got side-swiped, and suddenly, I noticed that my fuel was leaking. Good thing there was no spark that can start a fire, but I could smell the gasoline. I don't know what exactly was hit or damaged for that to happen. Why did my fuel leak?
You are lucky that the fuel spillage didn't cause a fire. Your vehicle's fuel tank might be in a bad state. Chrysler issued a recall for a few B200s that had a 22-gallon steel fuel tank that does not comply with rear impact test requirements of fuel system integrity by the federal motor vehicle safety standards. To avoid this incident to happen again, you should have your fuel tank replaced with a 36-gallon plastic fuel tank. You might want to check with your dealer if they can replace it due to the factory defect.