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Caravan/Voyager Electrical Issues

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  • chibb3155chibb3155 Posts: 1
    i own an 06 caravan sxt. the problem i'm having is that sometimes when i start it the gauges don't come on. speed, tach, fuel, temp, odometer, etc. i found that if i disconnect the battery everything seems to resets and works again. how serious of a situation am i looking at and what will it take to fix it? i'm at a loss.
  • jxj89jxj89 Posts: 1
    Thank You!!!!! Thank You Soooo Much for the advice on the A/C recaliboration test. Worked like a charm... Just one more question....when the lights started blinking yesterday, the van wouldn't start. I was leaving on a trip about 60 miles away. I was a gas station right next door to an Advanced Auto. I had one of their employees run a scan on the main port, and it showed nothing. He mentioned the check engine light had to be on for the scanner to work...hhmm.. Anyway, I checked the fusable links under the dash, and all seemed good The van started after I shifted in to neutral (to push it to the curb) and back in to park.....I went on my trip and it started everytime after that........Any thoughts? Thanks again.....
  • andrelaplumeandrelaplume Posts: 934
    This has happened 3 times to Pop's 95 mini van. Worse, it happened at night last time and he called AAA who pulled the fuse!

    It seams the horn will start to honk for no reason. Not: honk honk honk but rather one long continuous: Hooooooooooooooooooooooooonk! It usually happens after bad rain. Last time AAA pulled the fuse for him. He pushed it back in the next morning and it was fine.

    He does not have keyless entry nor an alarm.
    Is this thing possessed? Ideas?
  • Hi,

    Ihave 1998 grand caravan, had the same problem flashing light on control pannel. i have done the procedure u suggested every thing went to normal except A/C button and air circulationn button lights are still flshing. I repeated the procedure u have sugested but the proble remain the same. Pl. If u can help me further more on this issue. thaks for time and cosidration.
  • Hi,

    Ihave 1998 grand caravan, had the same problem flashing light on control pannel. i have done the procedure u suggested every thing went to normal except A/C button and air circulationn button lights are still flshing. I repeated the procedure u have sugested but the proble remain the same. Pl. If u can help me further more on this issue. thaks for time and cosidration.
  • artm4artm4 Posts: 3
    My 2001 Grand Caravan dash lights just started flashing on and off, then went out completly. gas gauge stopped working. speed indicator stopped working. Tach stopped.

    Head lights work. turn signals work. horn works. stop lights work.

    Need help, Thank you very much. Art. :( :(
  • jodanrojodanro Posts: 4
    Hi Art,
    I have no idea if this is your problem, but my 2000 Voyager had similar issues. It continued to run fine, but all my gauges, windshield wipers, radio, etc. stopped working while I was driving home. As it turned out, these vehicles have a safety feature built in, when the battery is dying. It shuts down all non-essential things (I still don't see how they figure the speedometer is non-essention) so those things don't drain the battery more and the vehicle will continue to run. We replaced the battery and everything was fine. I don't, however, recall if the lights started flashing before they went off. Maybe this is your issue. I hope this helps.
  • tvdadtvdad Posts: 1
    The instrument panel on our 1998 Dodge Caravan is losing power intermittently. At first, the panel would go "dead" for only a few seconds; the last time it occurred (Wed. evening 7/30/08), the power was out for a couple of minutes. Radio and air conditioning still worked, lights were on, just no speedometer, fuel gauge, etc. Since that time, the "service engine" light will not go off. We are REALLY trying to avoid an $80 diagnostic.

    tvdad in missouri
  • Hi I have a 99 plymouth van. I just had all the problems everyone is explaining on this site and was about to get ride of the van. I spent and few hundred dollars on the van with out having anything fixed. My dash went dead, horn never worked and many other things. I took it to a man who works out of his own garage and he told me not a problem he could fix it. I really did not have much faith but the van’s body was in great shape. He spent about 4 hours on it and then told me the following which might help others. The vans have 7 (I think that is right) modules in them. When one of them goes it sends messages to the other 6 and then they start to shut down also. My van had about 12 amps running through the system which should carry about 2 or so I think. The problem seems to shut everything down with the ignition module to be the last one to go, and when it does you are unable to start the van. He traced my problem believe it or not to the AC module, he replace it and everything started to work again. All my gauges, my horn AC, cruise everything and has worked fine since. It is an electrical problem that he told me is not only just Plymouth and dodge but with other makes as well. It only took about 3 hours of labor and a second hand part, for about $400. Hope this is of some help to everyone out there.
    Craig
  • Hi I have a 99 plymouth van. I just had all the problems everyone is explaining on this site and was about to get ride of the van. I spent and few hundred dollars on the van with out having anything fixed. My dash went dead, horn never worked and many other things. I took it to a man who works out of his own garage and he told me not a problem he could fix it. I really did not have much faith but the van’s body was in great shape. He spent about 4 hours on it and then told me the following which might help others. The vans have 7 (I think that is right) modules in them. When one of them goes it sends messages to the other 6 and then they start to shut down also. My van had about 12 amps running through the system which should carry about 2 or so I think. The problem seems to shut everything down with the ignition module to be the last one to go, and when it does you are unable to start the van. He traced my problem believe it or not to the AC module, he replace it and everything started to work again. All my gauges, my horn AC, cruise everything and has worked fine since. It is an electrical problem that he told me is not only just Plymouth and dodge but with other makes as well. It only took about 3 hours of labor and a second hand part, for about $400. Hope this is of some help to everyone out there.
    Craig
  • Hi I have a 99 plymouth van. I just had all the problems everyone is explaining on this site and was about to get ride of the van. I spent and few hundred dollars on the van with out having anything fixed. My dash went dead, horn never worked and many other things. I took it to a man who works out of his own garage and he told me not a problem he could fix it. I really did not have much faith but the van’s body was in great shape. He spent about 4 hours on it and then told me the following which might help others. The vans have 7 (I think that is right) modules in them. When one of them goes it sends messages to the other 6 and then they start to shut down also. My van had about 12 amps running through the system which should carry about 2 or so I think. The problem seems to shut everything down with the ignition module to be the last one to go, and when it does you are unable to start the van. He traced my problem believe it or not to the AC module, he replace it and everything started to work again. All my gauges, my horn AC, cruise everything and has worked fine since. It is an electrical problem that he told me is not only just Plymouth and dodge but with other makes as well. It only took about 3 hours of labor and a second hand part, for about $400. Hope this is of some help to everyone out there.
    Craig
  • artm4artm4 Posts: 3
    Hi, In my 2001 grand caravan, Everything works except the dash board lights and gauges. horn works, dome lights, radio, ac, heater, electric door, everything but the guages and light in the dash, but it could be a module. Thank you. art
  • vophsivophsi Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 1998 Caravan and I am experiencing the same issue. The two rear wiper buttons lights are flashing along with the a/c and recirculated buttons. The wiper works along with the recirculated air, however, the a/c does not work. It blows only hot air. I had the center console replaced and that did not fix the issue. I would really like to have this fixed without throwing away more deniro...
  • The power window on the drivers door, stopped operating. I thought I checked all the small fuses, under the hood, and under the dash. Where should I look for a fuse or relay?
  • abbydoabbydo Posts: 2
    hi please my chrysler,grand voyage model 2001,3.3 petrol no spark ,no fuell .its not start no dtc what l can do?please l need help. by abby
  • pat13151pat13151 Posts: 10
    I have a 2001 Chrysler Voyager. 6 months ago my drivers side window started working slow then quit. Tried a new master switch it didn't work the drivers window either. Spent 100.00 to have it diagnosed and was told it was the motor. Couldn't afford a new one so drove with the window up argggg!!!!!! Recently the power door locks started working intermittently and now the vent windows and passenger window too. Was told it could be the power window relay but I don't know where it's hidden. I'm on a fixed income and have very little money add to that the fact that I'm a woman and you can see the problem. Some mechanics will tell you anything and take your money figuring you're a woman and won't know any better so it's hard to find one you can trust. Does anyone know where the window relay is hidden? it's not in the fuse box under the hood. Also could it be a short? Help!!! I'm getting ready to beat my head against the wall...lol :sick:
  • pat13151pat13151 Posts: 10
    update! went to an auto repair shop supposed to specialize in electrical problems with a BBB listing. The mechanic I talked to could not grasp the fact that when the passenger window doesn't work neither do the auto door locks (they lock when you hit a certain speed), the door lock button or the vent windows and the door ajar buzzer. When one works they all work. He started going on about how he could replace both window motors and the vent motors and that the locks would be another repair. He insisted it couldn't be a short or bad wire because none of my fuses were blown and insisted it couldn't be the window relay (wherever they hid that). He treated me like I was an idiot for thinking they could all be connected somehow. When the window works it works fine and so do the vents etc, If the motors were bad then I don't see how they could work fine sometimes and not others. :mad: this is me screaming
  • Hi, I started my van to run an errand the other day and discovered that the signal lights, hazard lights, gas guage, gear indicator, and temperature guage didn't work. any ideas? I've checked all the fuses- all good. Please help ASAP.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    I started my van to run an errand the other day and discovered that the signal lights, hazard lights, gas guage, gear indicator, and temperature guage didn't work. any ideas?

    Read several messages about circuit boards and cold soldering joints below.

    Minivan Circuit Boards & Cold Soldering Points
  • artm4artm4 Posts: 3
    Hi, I had much the same problem a few weeks ago. Turned out to be the dash board. Everything worked but dash guages and lights. went to a junk yard, cost me a hundred dollars but that was the problem. Takes 10 minutes to change. Art
  • ageanagean Posts: 2
    I am having issues with my '91 Ply Voyager's intermittent wiper operation. At first position of the sliding switch the intermittent works for a couple of minutes and then stops. At all the other intermittent positions the wipers don't work at all. Howevever when switched to continuous operation position I have no problem and the wipers work fine. I would like some advice pl on whether the problem is with the wiper motor itself (meaning I should replace the motor?), or could the problem be elsewhere.
    Thanks very much.
  • pat13151pat13151 Posts: 10
    http://www.eautorepair.net/

    a really nice guy on one of the forums gave me a link to this site. I paid 13.00 and I'm downloading and printing all the factory info I can find on where the relays and stuff are located. This stuff was not in the chilton or hayes auto repair books. Unlike the mechanics I've gone to the people on the web are making more sense. In my case the common opinion is maybe a bad ground or relay which thanks to the guy who sent me that link I can now locate. I tried to explain to the last mechanic that the door locks ,vents, door ajar buzzer and windows could not all be bad if they work sometimes but not all the time. Now if I could find someone to help me track it down who isn't going to just shake his head and hand me a 3000.00 estimate :cry:
  • tooffytooffy Posts: 2
    well it gave me a warning about a week ago.. all gages, speedomitter,gas,temp, flickering off and on. goes off then back on, tricky trying to drive 55 with a speedomitter going up and down on you.. Now a week later, no headlights, no running lights, no dash guages, no speedomitter, no lights in dash , no inner lights...Where do i start looking??? Please help.
  • tooffytooffy Posts: 2
    thanks ken, i will check this with my van also...
  • I lost my speedometer and odometer a couple months back. Husband tried to find problem and followed all the wiring harness and cleaned all grounds. Since that time I have replaced the speed sensor, computer, instrument cluster, and ignition switch. I have only 5 volts at the ignition switch, the body control module and the power distribution center. Have also replaced that. The wires giving 5 volts are pink, pink and black, orange and black and yellow wire. The van wont start even if try to jump start directly from starter. It turns over but no spark Any help would be appreciated.
  • This started after a situation where I could not restart the vehicle and while trying to start it I noticed all sorts of weird elactrical issues on the dash - guages and indicators going on and off, clicking noises from the starter when I tujrned the key, etc. I tried jump starting with no success. The tow truck operator was able to start it immediately, but as soon as he disconnected his cables, the van stopped running again. In the end I had the van towed to a mechanic, who said I needed a new battery. This got me going again, but now I have the flashing light issue and no front intermittant wiper function.

    While they are flashing the other rear wiper and A/C lights don't come on, although their functions still seem to operate (without the indicator lights coming on). The only thing that doesn't work is the front intermittant wiper. After about 15 minutes of driving the lights stop flashing - at this point the front intermittant function still does not work but the rest of the lights on the rear wiper/A/C panel function correctly again.

    In another thread I saw a description for a self test , but it was for different flashing indicator lights. I'm going to give it a try, but thought I would add this to see if there are any other suggestions out there...
  • Two days ago my vans door locks went nuts while driving (locking and unlocking) themselves. this stopped after i shut the van off and re-started it. today the open door dash light and interior lights came on and won't go off i have checked all door switches and all seem fine. i am lost is space with one please help if you can. Thanks Lew
  • pat13151pat13151 Posts: 10
    I'm not a mechanic and I'm still trying to figure out my issues but during my research I found out that the accessory relay in the fuse box under the hood on the right side can cause some problems like yours if it's going bad. If you turn the cover over it tells you which one is the accessory relay. I'm going to try replacing mine to see if it makes a difference. They run about 6.00 so it's worth a try.
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