Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 1:11 AM
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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2086 of 4276 Dashboard Light Blackout in 1994 PV
Dec 16, 2003 (8:59 am)
The dashboard lights (as well as the lights for the heating/air conditioning panel in the center console) have failed on our 1994 Plymouth Voyager. The warning lights still come on when the key is turned in the ignition, as does the "low fuel" light, so it's not as much of a safety issue as it might have been.
Our local Amoco station has worked on this van constantly (that's another sad story) and has checked the fuses and the electrical connections and has been unable to fix the problem other than to suggest taking it to a dealer.
I am not about to sink any more money into this turkey and prefer to drive at night with a small flashlight aimed at the dashboard to keep from speeding if nobody can come up with a better idea!
#2088 of 4276 ssachnoff: electrical
Dec 16, 2003 (6:34 pm)
My best advice would be to get a wiring diagram for your exact model. Familiarize yourself with the electrical paths, then you can begin tracing wires. It's always possible that all the bulbs burned out, but I wouldn't start tearing apart the dash without a diagram. A Haynes manual should have one, if not, try calling your friendly local Dodge dealer and see if you can photocopy the pages you need from a shop manual. I'm thinking the boys at the Amoco aren't electrical experts.
#2089 of 4276 no illumination for controls
Dec 17, 2003 (5:40 pm)
I have found that the steering wheel speed controls and dash-mounted controls for power mirrors and parking/headlights are not illuminated, so they cannot be seen at night. There is a lighted indicator to show when fog lights are on. My vehicle is a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT.
Is this lack of illumination a design "feature" or does my vehicle have an electrical defect? I will be seeing the dealer's service department in a couple of days.
Dec 18, 2003 (8:59 pm)
An ABS equipped vehicle should have an ABS warning light on the dash which lights with the key "ON" and the engine not running.
Dash lights not coming on could be a dash light control switch moved to the "OFF" position. This switch could also malfunction leaving the lights off. A repair option other than a dealer would be an auto electric specialty shop. Roy
#2091 of 4276 Chrysler ABS
Dec 25, 2003 (8:35 am)
When ABS is in action in Dodge(I have seen it in our van and my old Stratus), it makes the usual ABS noise and brake pedal pulsates differently from our other cars; 95 Cutlass Supreme, 99 GA, 96 Camry, 01 RX300, or 97 Camaro. I feel GM and Toyota cars have less ABS noise/pulsation than Chrysler products. Not that there is anything wrong with them, just different.
#2092 of 4276 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT transmission noise
Dec 30, 2003 (9:56 am)
Anybody experiencing a humming noise coming from the transmission on your new 04 Grand Caravan? The noise happens when coasting to a stop between 0 and 25 MPH. I have less than 150 miles and just purchased a couple of days ago.
Dec 30, 2003 (11:27 am)
It is likely the normal operation of the solenoids that control the fluid flow in the transaxle. If you listen while walking on the street, most DaimlerChrysler 4-speed transaxles make the same bzzzz-tic sound as the solenoids open and close the valves.
#2094 of 4276 Grand Caravan AWD system question.
Dec 31, 2003 (9:27 am)
My wife's van is a 1999 Grand Caravan ES AWD. My understanding of the AWD system is that the car is normally 100% FWD. When the front tires slip, torque is transferred to the rear. My question is what happens when you are backing up? Does the AWD work in reverse gear or is reverse strictly front wheel drive? Our driveway is up hill from our garage. When trying to back out of the garage and go up the driveway in snow or icy conditions, the front wheels spin and the van goes nowhere. Is my AWD system functioning properly or not?
#2095 of 4276 re: New 04 SXT Grand Caravan Noise
Dec 31, 2003 (10:00 am)
Thanks Eneth for your reply. Only problem is that the vehicle was not making this noise when we drove off the lot. We went back to the dealer and for the heck of it test drove another new exact model and it did not make the noise. Dealer is checking it out.