The EEK! (Every Extended K) Cars
EEKs are those everyday, durable, interchangeable cars produced by Chrysler throughout the 1980s and 90s, the mainstay of their existence, the pride of Lee Iaccoca - any car based on the K platform, loosely interpreted to include the various extensions of the K - such as the Daytona, early Caravan/Voyager, Spirit, etc. (A full list is further down on this page).
Technically, the only K-cars were the Reliant, Aries, Limo, Executive, and LeBaron; but a wider group of cars with similar architectures and dimensions are lumped together as EEKs, and the public tends to refer to them as “K-cars.”
The EEK group has an active EEK! forum. The edited and organized EEK articles and mailing list archives now contain:
Instrument cluster failure: Joseph Kan wrote, "After checking fuses, I removed the IOD fuse from the fuse box under the hood (to remove power from the components that stay on when the key is removed, and to reset these components). I waited twenty minutes and replaced the fuse. When I tried the ignition, everything worked!" (At a $500 savings over the dealer estimate) - confirmed by Fritz and Laurelyn Schrom (also saving $500) and by Gary A.
Maintenance, car care, and such
- Maintenance: Oil filters • Bosch spark plugs • Door squeaks • Synthetic oil • Radiator flushing • Transmission fluid
- Appearance: Fixing paint • Nice finish / removing decals • Polishing EEK wheels
- Bleeding air out of the radiator to avoid overheating and head cracking
- Headlights: DOT vs E-code
- Replacing timing belts and setting cam timing (see also replacing 3-liter V6 timing belts from the main repairs page)
- Racing: Circle track racing your EEK (or other car) • Racing your EEK! • K Rally car
- Handling: Handling upgrades • Sway bar upgrades • Coil spring clamps • Suspension tightening through bushing replacement
- Brake upgrades - recently updated
- General engine: Exhaust upgrades • Advancing cam timing for power and economy •
- I-4 and V6: Performance tuning 2.2/2.5 TBI engines • Turbocharging the 3.0 V-6 • 2.2/2.5 liter TBI engine mods • Turbo bleeds
- Upgrading to a manual transmission (from an automatic)
- Major minivan buildup
General EEK / K-Car Information
- Manual transmission • Automatic transmission • 2.2 liter TBI engines • 2.5 liter TBI engines • Turbo engines • SOHC vs DOHC
- Alternators and generators
- About the minivan all wheel drive setup
- Adding cruise control
- Guide to the various LeBarons
- An EEK! (Daytona) testimonial from Panama
- Stereos: swapping them, upgrading the speakers, and eliminating speaker buzz
- Dave Lucidi wrote that on digital dashes (except 1987 and later Daytona, LeBaron Coupe), switching the switch on the back from US to EXPORT will allow the speedometer to surpass 85 mph.
Relevant Allpar areas
The original K cars! Aaron Gold's and Michael Swern's loving descriptions and history, with information for owners. Read about the cars that started it all.
Includes a detailed chronology, specs, performance and repair info, and maintenance tips. A well done and comprehensive page by Keith Knuth.
Interesting details on the stretch K-cars that have largely been lost in time.
Chris Wax's history of the series, with details on each individual model and reviews - a well written, extensive page.
Craig Dunham's history of the 400, 600, and LeBaron coupes and convertibles based on the K-car (yes, it overlaps with the prior article, that's our fault).
Comprehensive pages, with history, character, troubleshooting, upgrades, specs, and competitive comparisons
The ultimate Sundance - a true pocket rocket you could rent!
A short history of these underrated family sedans, with performance information, specs, and production figures.
A history of the 224 hp four-door family sedans that broke all the rules with advanced technology and a 2.2 liter four cylinder engine.
A brief history and description of these nicely styled cars, well written and with specifications.
A very brief writeup with photos of the Mexican Magnum
Ways to increase the handling of your EEK
Get some more power
Minivans (page to come soon)
The Caravan, Voyager, and Town & Country - the first generation were EEK!s.
2.2, 2.5, turbos, 3.0