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Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Electrical, Van
#269 of 377 Re: Dashboard Gauges [curiousjoe]
Jul 23, 2009 (2:31 am)
Finally I find kindred spirits! My 1997 Dodge Caravan goes thru this sequence:
abs and check engine lights come on, gas gauge, odometer, speedometer,'etc
do not work. After a few days the ABS light goes off, the check engine light stays
on and the gauges pop back on. Normally after I drove the car for a while the
engine light would go off and everything would be normal. Then the cycle
would start over. The cycles seem to be coming more often now. I wrote down the
sequence and gave it to a Chrysler service advisor who showed no interest, charged
about $90 to use computer diagnostics and told me a controller board MIGHT help.
My gas gauge pings and fluctuates sometimes with the sequence but not every time.
I also have the wayward wipers that I have seen several dodge/chrysler owners write in about at several websites. They sometimes have life of their own but
especially like to swipe at least 3 times when I use the turn signal. Lately they
have not been wanting to shut off and sometimes stop at the sides of the windshield instead of nesting at the bottom.
I am really sorry that Chrysler products have these types of aggravating frustrating
idiosyncrasies because the van drives, runs and rides great otherwise.
As I have been reading at several sites I have found that many owners seem to
have these and similar problems and there seem to be as many solutions as
there are drivers with problems....replace the clockspring, replace the BCM,
check the fuses, check the wiring, do a complete re-set....what should we do
to solve these problems,,which one is the best, simplest and longest lastng
I did read at one website that an owner of a 1996 caravan was having the same
abs light on/gauges off problem and he said he found a fuse in the fusebox under the hood and #1 from left to right was broken.
If anyone can give a consistent affordable fix to these problems (short of trading the dodge in for a toyota) I am sure all of us kindred spirits would love to hear it..
Sorry to go on so long but I am just so relieved to find out I am not the only one
with this quirky set of dodge problems.
In closing I have but one final word..HELP.
#270 of 377 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan-won't start without a jump [kizersoze]
Jul 29, 2009 (1:15 pm)
i dont have a sollution but my mom is having a similar problem. i was hoping you found a solution and could help us out. she has already spent hundreds trying to find out. it just dies out for no reason we can see,and lights flash and there is clicking. but starts instantly with a jump.
#271 of 377 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan-won't start without a jump [kizersoze]
Jul 29, 2009 (1:52 pm)
My 97 Voyager was doing the same thing. Had the alternator and starter checked at autozone, but both tested"good" according to them. I refused to believe them because the problem was behavior consistent with a bad starter or solenoid. After they told me it was good, I undid every single ground connection on the engine block and in the engine compartment, including where the control unit and electric distribution box connect, cleaned them with sandpapaer and/or a file, then reconnected them all. Problem persisted, so I went ahead and replaced the starter. Problem solved!! That was 2 yrs ago & no problem since. So, if you all have replaced your starters, do all the ground connections. If you did the ground connections, replace the starter. I know from all the c/d/p minis I have owned, that they are very tempermental when it comes to voltage/ground variations, and do the strangest things as a result of them. Most of which, Chrysler and/or the dealers refuse to acknowlege or have never hear of. Good luck.
#272 of 377 Re: Dashboard Gauges [firedodge01]
Aug 02, 2009 (5:53 am)
I am having the same problem with my 1997 Dodge Caravan. It's happening the same way you described it. The ABS light, engine light, gauges, dashboard and even the windshield wipers are going crazy!!! Did you ever find the problem? If so, PLEASE help!!!!!!
#273 of 377 Re: Dashboard Gauges [lwoody1]
Aug 02, 2009 (7:31 am)
Sorry its not more dramatic than this but simply get a new battery. That's all I did and everything cleared right up.
#274 of 377 2001 Chrysler T&C
Aug 13, 2009 (6:31 pm)
My 2001 T&C will not start sometimes, when I turn the key all of the lights etc. work but the starter just clicks. I turn the key on anf off and it will start sometimes it takes a little longer then other times, this is not everytime just at random intervals. The last time it did it on the dash where the air bag light comes on when you start it a "DONE" light came on. I have never seen this before. Does anyone have any ideas as to what is going on.
Thanks in advance.
#275 of 377 Re: 2001 Chrysler T&C [nca2k]
Aug 14, 2009 (2:02 am)
What you're describing is a classic failure mode for the Nippon Denso starter used in something approaching half the cars built in the world (including these vans). While the starter itself is extremely robust and well designed, the contacts inside the integrated solenoid get scored and carboned up and need to be replaced every so many thousands of starts. Most folks opt for a new, or a remanufactured (as good as new), or a rebuilt (not as good as new but still pretty good) starter. That said, there are a number of companies that sell the Denso contacts for something less than twenty dollars, so if you're at all handy, you can fix the issue very inexpensively.
#276 of 377 Caravan revs up for no reason (3.3) a/c goes off too.
Aug 18, 2009 (6:37 am)
Had spark plugs changed after that had issues with van reving up for no reason. Van will try to accelerate while trying to stop (no fun) and when driving the rmps jump up and a/c cuts on and off. Took to 1st mechanic who changed a gasket. No help. Took to 2nd mechanic changed some part but no help. Does anyone have ANY idea at all? Cannot afford another mechanic. Please give me ideas.
#277 of 377 Re: Caravan revs up for no reason (3.3) a/c goes off too. [mariewest2]
Aug 18, 2009 (8:19 am)
Mechanics that throw parts at a problem don't qualify to be called "mechanics". You need to find someone who will do a proper diagnosis of the problem (which could range from vacuum leaks, sensor failures, and computer problems) and fix only what's broken. Unfortunately the only way to properly determine what's wrong will be to hire a competent mechanic, and that's going to cost you some money.
#278 of 377 Re: Caravan revs up for no reason (3.3) a/c goes off too. [shipo]
Aug 18, 2009 (12:44 pm)
That is my thought as well. Since the problem started right after spark plugs were changed (which is an incredible pain in the rear!), I suspect a vacuum problem. Several vacuum hoses must be disconnected/moved aside in order to reach the plugs on the back side of the engine. I broke a very well-aged hose for the PCV system on my van when changing the plugs. Since it was my van, though, I had the incentive to replace the hose rather than ignore it....