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Caravan/Town & Country Electrical Problems



  • I hope someone can help me, I am at my wits end! I have 2005 Chrysler T&C that the dash lights/gauges/headlights/radio turn on and off while driving. Sometimes it will do it every few minutes, sometimes just endlessly over and over. It makes it impossible to listen to the radio, and at night it turns the headlights off! I have taken it to two garages and two Chrysler dealerships. They replaced the battery and a corroded wire, still, the problem persists! I have 3 kids that I need to transport in this car and no one can diagnose the problem. What can I do?
  • I had a similar problem - You need to reset the BCM.

    You will find 2 plugs below the fuse box on the left side of the brake pedal. Unlug both of them, turn your key to "on" wait 20 seconds, turn key to "off" plug noth plugs back in, you're done.

    Let me know
  • I just began having this same problem last night... I have 132.000 miles on my 2001 T&C. It drives fine, radio works and air. I noticed something wasn't right when I unlocked the car and the tail lights didn't blink. The blinkers do not work and all the instrument panel doesn't work either. This morning when I went to get the paper the panel would come on for a second and then as soon as I flipped on the blinker it would cut off. Iwould love this guys contact info if you still have it available. Thanks so much!
  • Did replacing the TIPM solve your issue with the electrical system? We are having similar problems. Intermittant, no radio, AC, nav, turn signals, door locks.

  • We ended up taking it to the dealership. Everything we tried did not work. They said they had to do some reprogramming. It cost us $80. Worth every penny.
  • i have a 1986 dodge caravan se the passenger side sliding door (manual type) door handle and internal guts busted on me the van only has 195856 miles on it. how can i fix this and where can i find diagrams of the complete mechanisim (blueprints) for it or any ideas where I can get the peice for this I need the inside handle including the lever(handle) spring the little bar grommets this is a dual locking mechanisim door; 2 locks which are as follows one catch on the front of the door and one on the rear of the door they both have to go towards the front of the van in order to open the sliding door; but the one on the rear pulls towards the front of the van and the one on the front of the sliding door pushes towards the front of the van to unlock it also I am needing to find out the specs of the driver side lock for the left door
    the door is extremely hard to shut and usually requires 3 or 4 times of slamming before the door will fully shut. does any one else out there have one of these older type of vans and have you had the smae problem(s) yet? if you did what did you do to correct the problem(s)?
    :lemon: :mad: :confuse: :sick:
  • I just got a used 2005 and the lights went out last night. I looked for 2 plugs. Is the fusebox the white box behind the brake pedal on the left? It has 4- larger plugs....the botton one is empty. Please reply. Thx
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Try a Haynes auto repair manual for the diagram. Maybe a local auto salvage place has the door parts that you need. Good luck.
  • donniedonnie Posts: 24
    I have have a 1997 Chrysler T&C LXi. I have had previous problems where the vehicle would start for about 5 seconds and then shut down. After having it towed to the dealer where they found no problems, it started. After going through this a couple times I found that removing and replacing the gas cap would resolve the problem. Now a few years later with no problems my vehicle will not start. It starts for a second and shuts off. This time no gauges are working but the radio does, any thoughts?
  • LisaZLisaZ Posts: 1
    YES!!!!! And I'm about at the end of my rope! We have a 2008 T & C - and it went in to the shop for the fifth time today for a very similar problem, except everything blinks on and off, complete with constant dinging and the windshield wipers coming on to join the party.

    Have you tried calling Chrysler's Customer Service yet? If not, you are in for a thrill. You'll get to talk to a lot of agents in India. If you are persistent enough, they'll transfer you to someone in the US. Good luck!!!!!!
  • hello all haynes does not have the diagrams they told me to try chiltons however it costs $150 + no gurantee that what i need will be in it. so to make a long story short If any one says that its impossible to make the handle for a sliding door on a van call them a liar as I have made on for my van a 1986 dodge caravan and believe it or not the made handle works 5 times better than the oem handle mechanisim if they have a place to upload pis here i will glady uplad every angle possible of the one that i mad so you all can have it as a referance in case you all need to make on for your van ........whats that a rough estimate ? I believe metal that i used ( scrap 1/4 inch) like is found on old water heater tanks (the inner tank) about 3- $10 at a scrap yard, the weld arc/ mig 135 about $4.00 the electric about .70 - $1.00 and the grinder wheels for angle grinder abt. $3.50 (from lowes) or fleamarket
    and last but not least sawsall blades 1 blade abt $1.50. it roughly costs about $25.00 to make a handle asuming that you dont have to purchase any of the tools special for this project.
    not sure on the arc rods exactly how much they run they were my buddies he let me use his arc welder.thanks for all of you help guys and gals helpso far.
    God Bless you all ! ;) :) :shades:
    P.s. if yall know how to upload pics please tell me how if you want to see the finished product btw I didnt go for prettiness just a working one. but i could dress it up and make it look better
    by the way in case any of you all want to email me instead of posting a response on here or to email me for pics here is my emai address
  • I too just experienced a 'power door lock falure'... out of nowhere my door locks stopped working. Thank you so much for posting your experience online. I am sure you saved my a lot of money. All I did was remove 10D fuse counted to 30 and vuala! My locks now work! Thank you so much!!
  • I'd be interested in seeing those pictures. You can upload them to your CarSpace page and then provide a link to it here in the discussion.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • Could you help me find some pictures to show which joints to solder? I have tried to take the circuit board apart and fix it myself. I'm not sure which board or which joint is is though.
  • i will take them tommorrow then and send them via email if that will also be wanted otherwise i can take and upload them to a photobucket page (an online image viewer) or to my web page and post a link in here for you all want which ever or however will be best for you and all members
    :) :shades:
  • I tried pulling the two plugs and putting the car on for 20 seconds. I plugged everything back in and got a check engine error. I reset the computer which said the BCM had been reset.

    It worked great for 4 days and now the lights are turning off again while driving. I deliver pizza part time and one of these days the pizza won't get there. I am waiting until it really stops working before taking it in. Otherwise they will think I am nuts.
  • I had a similar problem, after taking it in MANY times, a very nice mechanic at the dealership decided it was a bad ignition switch. They replaced it, and I have not had a problem since. Apparently the switch was bad (or lose) and so when it moved inside it thought the car was starting and would flash the headlights and dash lights like it was starting up. Hope this helps.
  • This does work (I think I read the same forum!) but unfortunately it's temporary. In some cases it may not even last a day. I've read some tips like don't use the remote to lock the doors, use the lever on the door. I'm not really convinced. I have to reset it once every two or three days for my wife. It's a pain, but I'm not ready to pay the $$ to the dealer for the software upgrade that we should really all get for free. If they know there is a problem with the original software they should recall it for a free fix.
  • I own a 1997 Chrysler town and country, and have had electrical problems since the day I bought it. I have had the van towed home many times only to have it start a few hours later. It would start but then shut off after a few seconds, the one thing I noticed was that some of the dash lights would not come on when this would happen. Anyway one day my better half was out working on it and he decided to hit the dash right above the instrument cluster and on came all the dash lights and it starts right up. We have limped along with this problem and it seems to be worse in cold weather. I found one website that shows that you need to take the instrument cluster apart and re-solder a couple of connections, I have yet to give it a try.
  • I totally agree that Chrysler should recall the vans to fix the electrical problems but with the company facing economic hardship, it's a fat chance they'd pony up to do the right thing. :mad:
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