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#566 of 659 2005 DGC 'Dashboard Disco' (video)
Jul 27, 2011 (10:47 pm)
I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, and for the first year we had it, it worked beautifully. About 18 months ago it started acting up. The entire cluster freaks out, the air flow stops, the radio shorts out, the headlights flicker continuously, and the warning lights come on and the van makes that 'ding' noise (like when you leave the key in). Sometimes it feels like the engine pulls a bit, not sure how to explain that one.
We have replaced the BCM, we have replaced the alternator twice, we have replaced the battery twice, and we have replaced the starter once. The van has been to 2 different Dodge dealerships (in 2 different states), 2 run-of-the-mill mechanics, and an electrician. We have sunk a LOT of money into this thing and still have no answers.
We replaced the battery again in March, and it wasn't driven for 3 days and the brand new battery was dead. The sliding doors don't lock, and they won't open with the key or the buttons, you must open them manually. The back hatch is super finicky on when it will open. Every time we take it to be worked on, it seems to run fine for a few days and then starts freaking out again. When we first had the problems, we took it to a dealership and they could find no problems so the manager said it was probably the BCM. I took his word and replaced that. It ran perfectly fine until the day after the part warranty expired (ain't that the way it always goes?). We were weeks away from a military cross-country move at that point and had to try and figure it out. It somehow fixed itself and we made it from TX to OK just fine. Drove around in OK for a few weeks no problems. Made it from OK to OH just fine and 3 days after we got to OH it started acting up again. The dealership here looked it over, charged us and told us there was nothing they could do since they can't replicate the problem. The electrician had it for almost 2 weeks and couldn't find anything.
I have no idea what to do...please help!!!!!
(Here's a link to a video my husband took of it happening while he was driving) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9gKZBeGZIU&feature=channel_video_title
#567 of 659 Re: Ignition switch to acc mode [chester17]
Aug 08, 2011 (6:12 am)
Thank you for sending me the link regarding the recalls for the ignition problem. I contacted Chrysler ( not the dealer) and told them my 2008 T&C was shutting off just as the recall had stated for the 2009 and 2010 T&C vans. After Chrysler contacted the dealer, they were willing to work with me. After some research, the dealer found that my key would get stuck in the START position and then when I would hit a bump, the key would jump past the ON position to the ACC position which shut the car off. I finally will be getting a new ignition module this week at no cost to me.
#568 of 659 Re: Town & Country Dashboard-Circuit board problems [ale12]
Aug 17, 2011 (12:47 pm)
Hello, the problem I had with my van was that the dashboard wasnt working and the car would start for 2 seconds then shut off. after spending a lot of money trying to get it fixed we found out the problem...it is the dashboard area where the speedometer and other things are. we had that replaced and havent had a problem since. The wiring is faulty so after a while you may need to replace it again, but we havent had a problem since we changed it out (cost 20 bucks at pick and pull) and its been six months.
#569 of 659 Re: Town & Country Dashboard-Circuit board problems [angeladmiller]
Aug 19, 2011 (9:22 am)
My daughter has the 1999 town & country minivan. she has been to 2 auto repair shops and her problem sounds similiar. When she runs the air the car doesnt go out of first gear and it will cut off. Check engine light comes on at will and the power windows work when they want. Turn signals also work at will. What is the name of the part you got from the junkyard?
#570 of 659 Re: Town & Country Dashboard-Circuit board problems [lsb0453]
Aug 22, 2011 (6:06 pm)
hi Len my name is david i was reading ur story about what happened to ur mini van i have the same problem with mine, i have a chrysler town and country 2001 and everything started when i was driving and i stopped in a traffic light my mini van turn it off by its self so i needed to have the ac on, then not even with that worked , so every time i was trying to turn it on the revolutions starts to go up and down and after a few minutes its shut it off again . so i took it to the mechanic they told me the problem was the main computer or pcm , camshaft sensor also they told me the problem was electrical so i needed to towing to my house cos they dont have the equipment to do it , so i tried to turn it on again but it was impossible so gave it a jump started so it turn it on for a few seconds then it looks like it has not more power at all so if u can help me or give me some advice i gonna really appreciated it its looks like it is a dashboard circuit problem the same u described above so i will leave my email address susandvichotmail.com thank you so much for ur time ... my best regards ... david
#571 of 659 Re: Town & Country Dashboard-Circuit board problems [lsb0453]
Aug 26, 2011 (6:32 pm)
How can it be the instrument Cluster I have it out completely and the car still starts perfectly I don't see anything bad on the circuit board
#572 of 659 Re: I have a 1998 Chrysler T&C LXi. My battery died and [megcou]
Sep 03, 2011 (9:06 am)
I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM AND THE AC NEEDS TO BE RESET. START YOUR VEHICLE TURN YOUR COLD AND HOT CONTROLS ALL THE WAY OVER TO FULL COLD PUT THE CONTROL KNOB TO YOUR FACE ONLY AND THEN TURN ON THE CONTROL SWICTH TO FULL BLAST, NOW TO THE FAR LEFT-YOUR CONTROLS TO YOUR BACK WIPER HOLD THE TOP AND BOTTOM BUTTONS DOWN UNTIL THE AIR STARTS BLOWING OUT OF ALL THE VENTS AT DIFFERENT TIMES LET GO. WHEN IT FINISHES RESETTING ITSELF THE TOP BUTTON WILL START FLASHING VERY SLOW AND THEN PUSH IT TO TURN IT OFF AND YOUR DONE. HOPE THIS HELPS!!
#573 of 659 INTERIOR LIGHTS
Sep 03, 2011 (9:12 am)
MY INTERIOR LIGHTS IN MY 1998 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN KEEP FLASHING IN FRONT BETWEEN THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER WHEN THE DOOR IS OPEN AND IS RUNNING MY BATTERY DOWN. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? I JUST STOPPED THE BUTTON LIGHTS FROM FLASHING NOW THE OVERHEAD INTERIOR LIGHTS ARE
#574 of 659 2002 Town & Country Electrical Nightmare
Sep 05, 2011 (5:15 am)
2002 with 80k miles in great condition except for this which makes it undriveable - especially in the Georgia heat:
without warning simultaneously the AC stops, the power windows won't work, the windsheild wipers won't work, AND all of the lights telling you what gear you're in (DRNP) all light up at the same time. The Transmission computer was replaced for $700 but to no avail. Sometimes everything starts working again after driving for a few minutes, but unpredictable. Our dealer has had the car literally for about 2 months now and cannot find the solution. Desperate.
#575 of 659 Still having problems - 1997 T&C
Sep 12, 2011 (11:56 am)
Ok, here's what we have done for this car since March '11: New fuel pump, new fuel filter, new instrument cluster board, new main computer, new CAM sensors (4 of them with three under warranty) new temp sensor last Sat. and probably some other stuff, but I don't want to get depressed by pulling out the bills. It's a little over $3K so far. Latest events have happened since the new main computer of last month. It still cuts off at times while in drive, but stopped, like on an exit ramp. The temp gauge has been stuck on a little past Cold even though it's warmed up. The battery light now comes on after it has been started a few seconds. First there's a "ding" then the light. The Check Engine" light is on all the time now, but it isn't throwing any codes. That all started happening last Friday and we had AAA tow it in again (Thank heavens for AAA Plus and a mechanic who's about 4 miles away.) We had our mechanic hot solder the instrument cluster board where it showed on the video someone posted on here even though he couldn't see a problem. Today while going down the interstate the tach and speedometer went crazy. I'm hoping for a day off this week so I can take it back to OFM (Our Favorite Mechanic). It's at the point now that it's a challenge to him to fix. So any help would be appreciated. After so many people said that soldering the board corrected the problem, I was so hoping that would do it. HELP!!