Last post on Jul 26, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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Dodge Grand Caravan
#8 of 11 Re: Front End Problems [xwesx]
Apr 11, 2009 (10:22 am)
Hey guys, it sounds more like bad cv joints than anything else. Have either of you ever replaced either one of the drive axles? When the cv joints go, it very often gives subtle hints that they are bad, as opposed to very obvious ones. The main sign being the groaning or noises under acceleration, especially when the wheels are turned to any point accept straight ahead. My money is on that. As far as what you are describing as a "shimmy", I am not exactly sure what you mean, but on one of my minis, two of the wheels or rims had been bumped against a curb prior to my buying the van, and the rims were no longer perfectly "flat", kind of like this ) as opposed to this I, they way they should be. Not visible to the eye, but enough to make the van shake or shimmy from side to side at low speeds. but not noticeable at hight speeds, because the velocity would compensate for the warpage .
It took quite some time for me and a suspension specialist to pin point it to this problem, but a set of replacement rims got rid of the problem.
It sounds like you have checked and eliminated all other possible sources except this one as far as the noise goes.
#9 of 11 engine light
Apr 16, 2009 (1:11 pm)
I have had a problem with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan pretty much since I purchased it used about 10 months ago. Not too long after I drove it off of the lot, the gauges would stop working ( this includes the digital odometer, the PRND3 display, temp, speedometer, rpm) and the ABS light would come on. But after a couple hours to a few days, the gauges will start working again but the check engine light comes on. I took it back to the dealer and their service department replaced the computer. That worked for two or three months but then it started happening again. If I remember correctly, the codes were engine control module and transmission control module ( I think). I just recently noticed that when the gauges come back on the miles are unchanged. Could the problem be wiring to the transmission? Could someone have attepted to roll back the odometer? I would appreciate any help on this matter....
#10 of 11 Re: engine light [corr1gan]
Apr 16, 2009 (3:37 pm)
Siounds like the problem many of us have had with the circut board solder joints on the back of the dashboard display panel have you tried smacking over the center of your display on the dash a few times when this happens? It sometimes works and fixes the connection. The fix is here in this forum, do a search for it. Sorry I don't have the link to that discussion handy.
#11 of 11 96 dodge grand caravan quit firing
Jul 26, 2010 (5:23 pm)
i have a 96 grand caravan that left me sittin on the roadside.After towin it home i discovered it wasnt firing.Replaced coilpack first with same results. So i bought a chiltons book and was tryin to diagnose with a indicater light by puttin it in the coil pack plug and it keeps sayin i have a relay or circuit problem. I replaced the relays under the hood with no difference. But i found some under dashboard and cant figure what theyre for. looked all through owners manuel but nothing .Theyre by pedals on drivers side with the fusepanel.Anybody know if this is my problem