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#1 of 48 Help with "Check Guages" light and the Battery Guage
Aug 21, 2006 (8:53 am)
I have a 1990 Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.3l auttomatic tranny.
Recently i was just leaving the park in my van and the "check Guages" light came on, immediatly at startup, and the only guage that was low was the battery guage.. i know that my battery was quite old so i replaced it. the problem persists.. i do have an aftermarket stereo system (nothing fancy) and when i drove further i noticed that the "check engine" light came on. I then stopped, turned off the engine, waited a few min, and then started again. Once again the "check Guages" light came on immediatly, the "check engine" light was off at this time. i then drove home but this time i did not turn on my stereo and the "check engine" light did not come on. im not sure if the problem is with my alternator at this pint or not.. i would think that even if it was the alternator, the new battery would have been at least a temerary solution. However i cannot afford to do anything more with it right now. so i am hoping that some of you out there might know what i need to do or have some suggestions.
#2 of 48 Engine light being on
Sep 20, 2006 (11:11 am)
I have a 2003 Town & Country. The engine light came on and someone in this forum told me how to get the code that tells what the problem is. My code is P1684. I found out it was a computer chip connected (?) to transmission. It was under warranty, but real close to being past the warranty. It would have cost over $800 for just the part!
They really have us over a barrel with those chips!
#3 of 48 Re: Help with "Check Guages" light and the Battery Guage [van_mann]
Sep 24, 2006 (1:53 pm)
It would be highly unlikely that your stereo would have anything to do with your check engine light coming on. The wiring doesn't even go near any of your electrical. Mine has come on due to an oxygen sensor gone bad. I've had nothing but problems with my 1999 plymouth voyager since I've had it and it's going on 4 years now. My passenger slider is rusting out on the bottom, the seats squeek bad absolutely drives me nuts.
#4 of 48 2002 Chrysler Voyager
Oct 17, 2006 (6:18 am)
The "door open" warning light and warning bell come on while I am driving. All doors are closed securely. How do you disconnect this system?
#5 of 48 Re: 2002 Chrysler Voyager [chafuq]
Oct 17, 2006 (8:31 am)
The problem is more than likely just a need to replace one of the door switches that is no longer working. It is a very inexpensive switch, if it is the same one that went on the drivers door of our 1996 Caravan.
#6 of 48 Help, yellow malfunction indicator light is on!
Oct 22, 2006 (9:08 pm)
...and it is flashing indicating that "...serious conditions that could lead to immediate loss of power or severe catalytic converter damage..."
I can also sense burning gas ans the whole engine 9and the car) are shaking lile Little Richard.
What's wrong and what to do?
#7 of 48 Problem with oil light coming on 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
Oct 30, 2006 (11:45 am)
I am having a problem with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport. My oil light is coming on and the oil is not low. The oil light does not stay on all the time, it comes on once I have driven the van approximately 12 miles or so, then it comes on when I am no longer accelerating. Once I accelerate again, the light goes off. Does anyone have a clue as to what this could be? Please help!!!!
#8 of 48 Re: Problem with oil light coming on 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport [agdowdle]
Oct 30, 2006 (1:48 pm)
Yup, it sounds like a worn out engine (or at least worn out main and rod bearings) and/or a heavily sludged engine.
Under the assumption that the above is true (as opposed to an electrical problem, a problem which is highly unlikely to manifest itself this way), the reason that the light goes off when you are accelerating is that the transmission is typically in a lower gear meaning that the engine driven oil pump is running at a higher RPM which in turn means that it is pumping more oil.
Sludging is fairly easily diagnosed. You should simply be able to open the oil filler cap and look inside. On the 3.3 and 3.8 liter V6 engines you should see nice clean rocker arms, identical to the ones that can be viewed in my "Caravan Stuff" photo album on my Yahoo! photos page: http://photos.yahoo.com/shipo
If instead you see lots of crud built up around the rocker arms and rocker shaft or on the underlying cylinder head, your engine is sludged. Regarding the Mitsubishi 3.0 liter V6 (if you have that engine instead of either of the Chrysler V6s), I haven't looked through the oil filler hole of one of those since a friend of mine had an old Dodge Dynasty back in the 1980s so I'm not sure if you can similar engine details.
Another thing you can do to help us offer more qualified opinions as to what your problem might be, is if you would post some particulars about your van. I'm including a list of points to cover to help get you started:
- Engine model [3.0, 3.3, 3.8] liter V6, Note: for the 3.3s and the 3.8s, the displacement is casted into the top of the intake plenum on the 1998 engines)
- Typical type of traffic encountered when driving the van
- Typical time duration and mileage distance for each trip
- Total miles on engine
- Typical miles driven between oil changes
- Typical type of oil used
- How many oil changes went beyond the recommendation of 7,500 miles
- How many oil changes went beyond 10,000 miles
- Greatest number of miles driven on a single oil change
#9 of 48 Re: Help with "Check Guages" light and the Battery Guage [stashshel]
Nov 03, 2006 (4:41 pm)
I have a 2003 caravan voyager and egine warnning light has just come on again for the secon time , I was reading yr post and was wondering how do y get the code?
#10 of 48 Re: Help with "Check Guages" light and the Battery Guage [samson4954]
Nov 03, 2006 (6:57 pm)
If you have an electronic dash, turn the key to on and then back to off 3 times and it will flash the code #. You then can go on the web by looking for ODBII codes to see what it means.
If you don't have an electronic dash, take it to Autozone, Murray's or something similar and they will read it for free.