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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Electrical, Van
#29 of 168 Re: 2002 dodge caravan instrument panel problem. [rickmn]
Jul 10, 2007 (1:10 pm)
Just picked up my 98 Grand Caravan from the mechanic today. Everything fixed! He found 3 bad solder connections in the instrument panel. He resoldered joints, reassembled instrument panel and reinstalled everything, all in less than 2 hours and under $120. My original problem is described as follows: every now and then van would rev up but not turn over. Odometer, speedometer etc would not engage. After 3 tries the car would be dead. Would not jump to start. After a few minutes or overnight the van would mysteriously start up again and run fine. The last time this happened I did some research and found a post by theburl on another topic on this site (#3167) about hitting the dash just above the steering wheel, tried it and voila! My van started right up. You turn the key half way and then smack the dash, then turn the key all the way. Worked 3 times before I got it to the mechanic for a true repair. I am so happy I found this site and got such useful information. I am a mom of 3 who knows nothing about cars and I find this website fascinating. I love my Caravan!
#30 of 168 Re: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Instrument Panel Lighting [pmack1]
Jul 14, 2007 (11:09 am)
I need to replace bulbs on my 98 Plymouth Voyager (Service Engine Soon), however cannot figure out how to reach them, please help if you have already done this. Thanks.
#31 of 168 Replacing 98 Plymouth Voyager Information Center Bulb
Jul 14, 2007 (11:15 am)
Need to replace Information Center bulb on my 98 Plymouth Voyager (Service Engine Soon), however cannot figure out how to reach them. Saw a post that says "no need to take cluster apart to replace the bulb" did not say how, any suggestion on how to get to those bulbs? Please share, will help me a lot. Thanks.
#32 of 168 Re: Replacing 98 Plymouth Voyager Information Center Bulb [lshrm]
Aug 21, 2007 (10:30 am)
you have to take the instrument cluster out, and reach up and behind the light on the dash. its the first one to the left from the center.
#33 of 168 98 Voyager Dashboard Issues SOLVED
Oct 09, 2007 (8:09 am)
MY MECHANIC FOUND AND FIXED IT! I have a 98 Plymouth Grand Voyager, Expresso purchased new. It had been doing all of the electric issues raised. Dealership where it was purchased new replaced every computer chip they could charge me for ( $600 bucks a chip no less)! Out of total disgust went to body shop mechanic who sent me to mechanic across the street from him and HE FOUND IT-FIXED IT! And to confirm that he fixed it--the repair was done late last year and I am still driving today without any issues! THE MAN IS INCREDIBLE. The problem is with the mother board for the electrical; the soldering cracked. If you let it go long enough the van starts stalling out completely and won't turn over especially in humid weather. I used to pound on the dashboard behind the steering wheel when it wouldn't turn over and sometimes that would help. I was towed 3 separate times (in the rain) because the car would not turn over but turned over the minute it was taken off the flatbed because the car had been "jiggled and tossed about"--"Sounds like the battery" "Sounds like the starter","Sounds like...." And I replaced all of it! You need to speak with this man: Dominic, owner/operator of DMC Automotive, Hatboro, Pennsylvania-- He is a certified, factory-trained Mercedes repair service center. (Daimler is Mercedes). First thing Dominic said was Mercedes had a problem like this and he found it. So, I am still driving my 1998 purple Plymouth Grand Voyager today (10-9-2007)--lovingly referred to as "Barney Boat". Except now the engine has an oil leak and its "clunking" at red lights and the transmission probably has to be replaced. BUT--it's not stalling out and the dashboard doesn't flicker and/or flatline anymore! Can you guess where I'm taking it---Please let Dominic know the lady with the purple "Plymouth Voyager" sent you! Dominic feels the car is beginning to cost me but how many new cars today cost $3,000?
#34 of 168 Re: 98 Grand Voyager dash quits clarification requested [pmack1]
Oct 11, 2007 (4:04 pm)
I have a few questions about my '98 Grand Caravan along those lines. I wasn't sure if it is even possible to contact you off list.
#35 of 168 Re: 98 Grand Voyager dash quits clarification requested [pmack1]
Oct 15, 2007 (1:55 pm)
I have a 04801062AE BCM that's effecting the headlights. The high beams work, but the headlights don't. The interior lights don't work either.
What can I do to repair the bcm I have or do I have to go to Chrysler and pay $700.
Any help would be appreciated!!
#36 of 168 Re: 98 Voyager Dashboard Issues SOLVED [98voyager1]
Nov 04, 2007 (2:11 pm)
Sorry to hear about the tranny problems, but thanks for posting. I'm having the dash problem too, just for clarification, when you say "mother board" you mean the printed circuit board for the instrument cluster, behind the dashboard, correct? Just checking because mother board could mean any of the computers - body control module (BCM) or powertrain control module (PCM) among others. I did check my circuit board and resoldered all the connectors and checked for any other bad solder connections - I believe my problem in in the BCM. Thanks!
#37 of 168 Re: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Instrument Panel Lighting [pmack1]
Nov 26, 2007 (3:23 pm)
I need hep with this. My Dodge Grand Caravan's instrument panel light is off. Please tell me in more details to replace the bulb. By the way, is it possible that the bulb is ok but the fuse is burned? Thank you very much.
#38 of 168 Re: 98 Grand Voyager dash quits clarification requested [pmack1]
Dec 23, 2007 (11:50 am)
I have a 99 GCV and the instruments are flatlined. I've posted my dismay under electrical problems. In addition, I've submitted a complaint to the NHSTB at the following site:
I encourage all to place a their complaint here as it is most definately a manufacturing defect that is causing our woes.
The Chrysler Corporation needs to be held accountable for this problem, as well as many others I'm sure.