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1988 Dodge Caravan Problems.
#1.) Less Critical - The Instrument Panel, and the Radio (It's still got it's original Radio, which works!) both only have "half" the lighting they should. I.E. I can see the fuel gauge, The RPM and the Battery Charge, but not the Speedometer, Temp (Is that Oil Temp? I'm stupid when it comes to cars.) and Oil Level (I'm guessing. It's a pic of an oil can with L and H. I figure that's low and high?) I've pulled every fuse I can (there's some huge ones in there I didn't pull.) and checked them, replaced any that looked "old" or "Worn out" ... still no dice. Not sure if there's something i'm not realizing, like maybe a loose wire perhaps, or is that just a factor of the age of the vehicle?
#2.) More Critical and Annoying - There's a Sliding Door on the Passenger Side. It was working fine until two days ago. The Lock/Unlock mechanism on the inside now wont go to Lock or Unlock, and the door simply wont open. I've pulled the panel off the interior, found there's two "bars" that both seem to be disengaging something, but no dice. I've tried pushing, pulling, even a swift shoulder hit, i've tried just about everything I can with my limited knowledge of cars to get that door open. I know it used to open. Someone suggested that maybe the outside lock is messed up and there might be a child lock that got engaged preventing me from opening it on the inside.
Someone else pointed out there's a "Lock/Unlock" button on the Driver side door that might act like a Child Safety Lock for the Sliding Door, and it might have become engaged, and now won't disengage. I certainly see a button that says Lock/Unlock, but i've got no idea what it's for.
I've got two kids, and right now, we have to open the passenger side door and have them crawl around to get to their seat.
It would be a huge blessing to my existence to get that door working again. Any ideas?