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#2532 of 4276 Auto Alarm on, key stuck in ignition, Help!
Mar 13, 2005 (8:57 pm)
I own a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country. I usually leave my key in the ignition and use the remote to lock/unlock. Today I forgot my remote and took the ignition key out and locked it manually with the lock button. When I came back I opened up with the key and set the alarm off. I put the key in the ignition thinking it will turn it off but now it is stuck. How do I turn off the alarm and get the key out of ignition?
#2533 of 4276 Re: Auto Alarm on, key stuck in ignition, Help! [artur]
Mar 13, 2005 (9:03 pm)
Did you try and push the button behind the flashing light that shows the alarm is set? At least that is how my 2005 is set up.
Mar 13, 2005 (10:01 pm)
If the alarm goes off you must remove the key from the ignition and put it in the drivers door and lock and unlock it using the key. This will reset the alarm function
#2535 of 4276 Re: coolant drain [royallen]
Mar 14, 2005 (5:24 am)
How did you open the draincock? Did you turn it 1/4 turn counter clockwise and then use your hand or a tool to pull it out? I prefer the draincock because the hose is so stiff. I tried but could not get it out. May I ask, how you pulled the hose out. Did you use some tool?
#2536 of 4276 Re: Warranty coverage [gino45]
Mar 14, 2005 (6:32 am)
I had the same problem. I have 63,000 miles on the 2001 Dodge Gr Caravan and the sway bar links needed to be replaced twice. The first time it wasn't so expensive. The second time it costs nearly $800. This all took place within 15 months apart from each other.
#2537 of 4276 Replaced Battery and Climate Control Lights Flash
Mar 14, 2005 (8:27 am)
I replaced the battery in my 1998 Caravan and now the lights for the climate control are all flashing on and off in unison. Someone told me there is a reset button somewhere. Does anyone know the location of this button?
Thanks Ray -- rcaluorierols.com
#2538 of 4276 '01 G Caravan Instrument Failures/Shutting Off
Mar 14, 2005 (4:23 pm)
I have a '01 Grand Caravan which has an intermittent problem with all the instrument gages (speedometer, tachometer, etc.) shutting off and then recovering. The warning/idiot lights are all on during the failure. All gages fail together and restore within about 1 second. As far as I can tell, no other systems are affected and the van continues to run well.
The failure happens most often when the headlights are on, though there is at least one instance of it happening with the headlight switch off. The area around the headlight switch gets warm (about 90 F) when the lights are on, though I never felt the switch before the problem began.
Here is what I have done so far:
1. Checked wiring diagram in Haynes manual. It looks like the "Instrument Panel Ground" could cause this failure if it were loose.
2. Disassembled the dash and removed the instrument cluster and headlight switch. I had expected to find some burning/melting, but everything looks good.
3. Internet research. This problem is described multiple times in Caravans from about '92-'02. So far no one has posted a definitive "here is how I fixed it" report, but suggestions point to: the Body Control Computer, Hazard Fuse, Weak Battery, and Grounding.
Here is what I plan to do based on what I have learned so far:
1. Reinstall the headlight switch and instrument cluster, and install a new battery. The battery has been terribly abused by the family (completely drained and jump started at least 5 times), and, though it continues to crank the starter, I don't trust the battery.
To reset the Body Control Computer, the recommendation has been to disconnect the battery for 30 minutes. This step will take care of 2 possibilities.
2. I will check the Hazard Flasher fuse. I already looked in the fuse box and did not see any burned fuses, but I will look again.
3. If the problem persists I will try to find the Instrument Panel Ground and check its continuity.
I am writing now to see if anyone has additional insights into this problem. Also, if anyone knows the body attachment point of the Instrument Control Ground I would sure appreciate that information. I will post a resolution when I find it.
#2539 of 4276 Re: '01 G Caravan Instrument Failures/Shutting Off [shadetree_bill]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 14, 2005 (4:46 pm)
If there's a possible grounding issue, be sure to check the cables at the battery posts and at the other end of the cables, wherever they go.
Any help for Ray?
#2540 of 4276 Re: '01 G Caravan Instrument Failures/Shutting Off [shadetree_bill]
Mar 14, 2005 (4:53 pm)
Check with dodge to find out if your car is affected by a recall. As far as I can recall, the recall has to do with some connector that if defective can cause some malfunctions of the instrument gauges.
#2541 of 4276 Re: '01 G Caravan Instrument Failures/Shutting Off [steve_]
Mar 15, 2005 (4:23 am)
Hi Steve, I going to check out the battery terminals when my daughter comes over. I appreciate all the input out there that I've received so far thanks Ray........