Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 2:11 AM
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#2653 of 4276 Re: 1997 Caravan ghost windshield wipers, cruise control [badgerfan]
Apr 19, 2005 (2:45 pm)
Thanks for the heads up. I had my minivan serviced at this dealer many times for warranty and out of warranty work and always left very disappointed with their level of customer service. I wouldn't be surprised if they knew about this problem and just "claimed ignorance" perhaps because this was a "low return" type of work for them, specially since it was under warranty, and they already had plenty of cars to service (you gotta service those lemons).
Another problem that has persisted even after several trips to the dealer is the driver's side wind noise. The dealer changed the inside rubber that goes around the door probably three or four times (always under warranty) but the noise never went away. They even sent it to their body shop people to see if the door was bent or something, but to no avail. At the end, they just threw their hands and couldn't figure out what was wrong. That was about the time my warranty expired. When I contacted Dodge's national customer service, they told me that because my warranty had expired, there was nothing else they could do about this.
Needless to say, I'm never buying another Dodge or DC product again. I think DC is coming out with some products that from a design and styling standpoint look appealing, but based on my past experience with my Caravan cannot trust their reliability.
#2654 of 4276 Misfire problem
Apr 19, 2005 (4:40 pm)
#2642 amiramon, two ignition parts that are possible are plug wires and coil (or some similar part). Wires, however, should cause the same plug to misfire so not likely. Also I had a similar problem with a '96 Intrepid which was an air leak of the intake manifold gasket. Roy
#2655 of 4276 A/C Heater Fan Weirdness
Apr 20, 2005 (10:29 am)
I had the exact problem with my 2001 Caravan. The fan would work only on the highest setting. The problem was with the fan resistor. The part cost $18Cdn and is located behind the glove compartment. Instructions on how to replace the resistor:
1-Open the glove box and squeeze both left and right sides so that you may get the box side stopper beyond the opening of the dash panel.
2-This will allow the box to open further and allow you access to the resistor.
3-Unplug the electrical connector from the resistor.
4-Unscrew the two screws holding the resistor.
If your new resistor didn't include a new gasket, carefully pull the old gasket from the old resistor and install it on the new resistor.
5-Installation is the reverse of steps 4 to 1.
Apr 20, 2005 (8:36 pm)
The speedometer quit working on my 91 dodge caravan, when the speedometer doesn't work the day time driving lights and the cruise also don't work. any help would be appreiciated
#2657 of 4276 Re: '01 G Caravan Instrument Failures/Shutting Off [shadetree_bill]
Apr 21, 2005 (3:47 pm)
I have a '99 Chrysler T&C that has similar problem. Started one day when car started and then immediately shut down. This happened repeatedly for about 20 minutes then it started and ran. This has been happening intermittently as well as sometimes the instrument failure. I first took the van in to a Dodge dealer who told me I needed a Transmission Control Module but that would be where they would start and it still might not be fixed. I said no thanks and took the car to Aamco who told me I did not need the TCM and referred me somewhere else for electric work. The new place told me I needed a power control module but they didn't want to repair it because they said they had problems with parts from Chrysler. So I took it to Chrysler who ran diagnostics and got a bus message from the TCM and the body control module but said those were both okay. The disconnected all the connectors and put dielectric grease on all connectors. Gave me van back because problem seemed fixed, but I had it less than a half hour before the instrument failure occurred again. So now they are telling me it is the cluster but I don't know. Will post again if they correct the problem.
#2658 of 4276 Re: Speedometer [rubberduck]
Apr 21, 2005 (4:23 pm)
Check your owners manual to see if all of these features are connected to the same fuse. If so, the fuse might need replacing.
#2659 of 4276 Re: Speedometer [masterpaul1]
Apr 21, 2005 (7:25 pm)
Thanks for everyones response the fuses are ok,it started out to be intermittent it wouldn't work on start up but down the road a ways it would start. Then it seemed if the van was driving down the road and there was a slight bump it would start to work again until you stopped and turned the key off. After shutting it off sometimes it would work again on start up and sometimes not. Now it hasn't worked for about 2 months. Can't find a good wiring schematic to see where it all connects.
#2660 of 4276 1990 Gr Caravan 3.3 stutters/stalls
Apr 21, 2005 (10:55 pm)
I am original owner of van with 290,000 miles. Very well maintained, and except for known transmission problems, never left me stranded. I have the Dodge service book.
Current problem: Intermitantly, when engine is warm (at least 5 miles driven), engine stutters, and may quit, but may recover after stuttering for 5-15 seconds and run fine for another 5 minutes or 2 days. Some days no problem at all. No engine trouble codes are generated. Except for tach jumping, I see no other symptoms. (all lights maintain brightness, etc.) With 2 exceptions, I can cure problem by turning ignition off and restarting engine. Problem may occur when at stop light, or on interstate at 70 MPH. When acting up, I have verified fuel pressure at 50PSI, so not a fuel pump problem. I have used an inline spark tester, and problem corresponds to erratic spark. I have replaced plugs & wires with new, and TPS, Idle air controller, coil, wiring harness, and computer with others from junk yard, with no change. I have had it to a service shop, where OBD computer was hooked up within 10 minutes of it just about not restarting (2 exceptions above) and nothing looked out of specs and it ran 45 minutes without a hic-cup.
Problem is similar to that of shelleybabee from Oct 27, 2003, but I do not see the resolution to that post.
Any input would be appreciated.
Apr 22, 2005 (8:24 pm)
Have you tried cleaning the throttle body?
#2662 of 4276 Re: 1990 Gr Caravan 3.3 stutters/stalls [chubb2i]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:40 am)
If the vehicle bucks and stalls and then starts right up, check/replace your crankshaft position sensor. It's located on the top/side of your bell housing. Also check your camshaft position sensor.
I would guess it's one of those two. Start with the crankshaft. It's not uncommon for them to go bad on Chrysler's.