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Dodge Sprinter, Dodge Sprinter Cargo, Electrical, Van
Dec 04, 2007 (6:44 am)
Since buying my 2007 Sprinter in August I have replaced the amber running lights twice, the rear tail-lights 3 times and this morning when I went out to start the vehicle the headlights wouldn't come on. I checked the bulbs and they are OK. I called the dealer and they said I had to bring it in so they could "probe' the problem. What ever hapenned to fuses? Seems like a simple solution? Is is a reality that these systems are so designed in a way that an average, less than brilliant person can't simply respond effectively to a minor electrical problem without having to spend time in an elaborate dealership to be told "probes" are required to search the elctrical system for a fault. What a load of crap.
Regarding the headlights staying on all the time (I'm in Canada). That is so stupid. Idling in the USA can bring severe penalties and the easiest clue for a trooper to see is some dunce sitting in a parking lot with his headlights on. Chrysler proved to be useless on this matter, so I put a separate switch on both the headlights and taillights so I can idle in peace when running exedite in the USA. What is wrong with these people.
Oh and by the way, YES, my cruise control does quit when I flick on my high
Wouldn't it be wonderful if somebody could design a vehicle to get from A to B without having to wrap it in mystery so nobody except "qualified dealers" knew how to rectify even the simplest problems. I figure I bought and I own and I pay for this Sprinter, so therefore I should have a catalog of presentations from Dodge telling me how to correct their apparently limitless faults - together with a charge account for them to pay me back for my time, expense, grief and endless confusion.
Who do people buy Japanese? Beacuse they are smarter than me.
#21 of 76 Re: headlights [sprinting]
Dec 04, 2007 (8:16 am)
Cetainly glad I bought a 2004 and don't have any of your "problems".
I also don't expect to go to your country and break the laws simply because I don't like them.
Dealer problems with maintenance are a common problem for you and me, considering your message about them and their service taking long downtime.
Can't agree completely on the fuses on headlights thing... resetting circuit breakers are much more reliable, especially for headlights where blown fuses can leave you totally stranded. Circuit breakers at least will work again as soon as the cool down and/or the short or overload is eliminated.
Concerning the cruise dropping off when you "flick on" your high beams... Do you mean when you push the high beam lever forward, or when you pull on this lever to "flash" your high beams? Or is it a combination, like flicking the high beams and letting go of the lever so that it flops back? This is a truly dangerous condition as far as I am concerned!! I have not had this problem, but it would NOT sit well with me either.
Also, people buy Japanese because they don't need anything as big as a Sprinter... they are not smarter than you just because of a car purchase decision.
Reminds me of my friends in Dallas that bought the first generation Toyota mini-vans... based on Japanese/Pacifc Rim delivery vans. They thought: "Wow Toyota quality in a family sized vehicle!" At least they thought so until all of them broke down needing major engine repairs... Toyota vans of that type were not designed for highway trips and some of the limitations they had caused two major problems: 1) couldn't keep speed on hills or against any wind (four cylinder pushing a billboard sized box), 2) engine reliability (four cylinder pushing a billboard sized box at highway speed for hour(s) at a time). These are not conerns in around town delivery, but Toyota was happy to sell them to anybody as a family wagon here, interior designed for such, and let the chips fall where they may (failures, and expensive ones on those people's budget). The ones I knew with them all got past the waranty period (barely) and noe of them were happy with the vans over all: maintenance, tippy feeling, brakes, seats, paint, tires...
It would be exciting for Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Daihatsu, or others on the Pacific rim to send over their best delivery vehicles, but they don't. Why?
#22 of 76 Re: headlights [sprinting]
Dec 04, 2007 (11:48 am)
Your Ground-Wire is your problem.Sprinter is notorious for bad ground connection on all light bulbs.Same problems here,I tabbet extra ground to all my headlight and
clean bodypanel.Also check the groundscrew for tightness.(Location driverside under hood)
#23 of 76 Turn Signal- Rightside On- No Flash
Jan 05, 2008 (6:56 pm)
I have a 2004 Sprinter 2500 Cargo van that seems to have problems on the right side that's associated w/ moisture. If it rains the right turn signal both inside and out, both ends remains on. If I turn the headlights off so that the daytime lights are on everything works normal but if I turn the lights on- left sde flashes normal- right side and hazzard on but no flash.
#24 of 76 Re: headlights [kurt6]
Jan 06, 2008 (7:03 pm)
I feel your pain, I have gone threw about 7 headlight bulbs, Just blew one on thurs. Before that I lost one, then the other a few days later.
Also, Now I keep blowing the fuse on my backup camera. Sent monitor back and they said it was fine. Any body else having light problems, Tom
Jan 15, 2008 (5:17 pm)
FYI, Just noticed today rust under the mud flaps I just had my van repainted 8-9 months ago. Took it to the dealer that painted it. They said bad design,,, The flap just sits and rubs till it rusts. So you might want to check yours before it happens. Tom
#26 of 76 Re: Light out again [2000_valk]
Feb 21, 2008 (7:46 pm)
Hi, I bet you buy the best High Intensity bulb available. Just like with house bulbs The brighter they burn the quicker they die. Add on to that a slightly high running voltage and full time running lights and you will be putting in new often. I got some Volvo long life halogen lamps on ebay for $4 each. I keep spares but 2 years now and never a problem. I still keep the super bright (Philips Money Makers) in for the High Beams
#27 of 76 Problem With Parking Lights
Feb 21, 2008 (8:06 pm)
I have a strange problem, If i turn on my parking lights with the key off ,only the parking lights on the passenger side come on. If the truck is running all works fine. It is a 2003 sprinter 3500 with daytime running lights. All the fuses are good. Does anyone have any ideas?
#28 of 76 Re: Problem With Parking Lights [repairman6]
Feb 26, 2008 (12:06 pm)
Check carefully for ground wires and grounding screws loose on the driver's side.
This is reported as fairly common, but the results are mixed... bulbs don't light, do light but burn out sooner than expected, etc.
#29 of 76 Re: Battery woes... [kenbaker]
Mar 09, 2008 (11:44 am)
I leave my radio on now to be sure I have turned the key completely off.
I have a 2006 2500 & sometimes I take the key out & the radio stays on. So I stick the key back in & firmly turn it off and pull it out, waiting for the radio to go off.
I'm also on my 3rd headlight in 6 months - I'll ask the dealer to check the grounds.