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Dodge Caliber Electrial/Lighting Issues

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edited March 29 in Dodge
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  • I have a new caliber R/T, with drivers convienence group evry thing works great but I was wondering ---the switches have leds/or lights in them,, the 4 on the driver side --1 on the passenger side ---and the ones in the back seat ---should they all be illuminated ?? only the one switch for the drivers window is lit at night is this the way it should be---Thanks trans12
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Only the drivers window switch is illuminated by a LED,
    I've had mine apart and there are no other LEDs just
    the greenish plastic perspec.
  • rhb35rhb35 Posts: 2
    I have a new caliber and for some reason sometime in Aug the head lights would come on when the car is started and will not shut off untill the car was switched off, this in it's self is not the trouble.. It seems that when this happens the blinkers, or windsheild wipers will work.. I have taken it to the shop but they could not find anything worng with it.. It is an intermittent problem that seems to happen when the car is hot or there is a lot of moisture in the air... My question is have any of you seen this or heard of it.. Please let me know as this is starting to drive me nuts... :confuse:
  • I am trying to replace the drivers side turn signal bulb but cant find how to get to it.Please help if you can. ;)
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    You have to loosen the wheel well splash shield and move it aside to reach the
    lamp sockets for replacement purposes-that's right from the service manual.">
  • Hey, thanks. I bet if they had thought harder they could have hidden it a little better.
  • xcaliberxxcaliberx Posts: 3
    I have an 04 Caliber SXT and have only the right high beam. The drivers side will not come on. I am on my third bulb and have ever taken the multimeter to it. Voltage isn't as high as the right side on the left end pin. Low beams work fine. Help if you can. :confuse:
  • 2007 Caliber blinkers do not work on the dash or outside the car. I checked all the fuses. What esle should I look at? Is there another set of fuses somewhere? flashers work. Eveything else works.
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Sorry to hear your turn sig problems-no the only fuses are those
    in the engine compartment.I have read 1 or 2 posts about the
    switch in the turn sig stalk failing,you may want to try diconnecting
    the negative post on battery for about 10 minutes in case the
    TIPM(where the fuses are)computer is confused.
    Other than that it means a trip to the dealer.
  • Went to get an inspection, and was told driver's side headlight was out (high beam).
    So, I went to owner's manual to find what headlamp and how to replace. Owner's manual said to 'see your dealer'. I needed oil change (with coupons, cheaper than me doing it myself), so thought I would get headlamp changed also. They didn't have any.

    Is there something exceedingly special about the Caliber headlamp? Or, is it just my 'luck'?

    Is there a 'trick' to changing the headlamp (why refer to dealer)?
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Check in your owners manual for the bulb number or a any parts
    store should stock them.If you have small hands you can change
    them from under the hood but the service manual tells you to undo
    the wheel well liner for easy access to the bulbs and mountings.
  • jsandpcjsandpc Posts: 5
    Just a heads-up... I had a trailer hitch and light wiring harness installed recently. When I hooked up the harness to my small utility trailer, I discovered an issue. Turning on the headlights caused the lights on the trailer and the caliber to flash a few times, then turn off. I first thought this was a short or a grounding problem on the trailer, but I soon discovered something different.

    I found out that the extra lighting caused an overload and must have been tripping some automatic breaker on the car.

    I replaced all the bulbs in the trailer with aftermarket LED light bulbs and that solved the problem. I searched here first and could not find the issue with anyone else, so I thought I'd post what worked for me in case it happens to anyone else.
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    The Caliber uses the Canbus electrical system where many signals
    are transmitted over the system to tell the management software
    when things are right/wrong.In your case the extra current draw was
    noted by the TIPM(totally integrated power managemnt) hardware
    and it took action to isolate the problem.You resolved it (maybe
    not permanently) by changing the load current.
    The real resolution that has been posted in other Caliber forums
    is to install a relay which is actuated by application by the regular
    brakes/signals.
  • fried09fried09 Posts: 1
    Parked car, shopped, tried to start car, nothing. Had to jump start. Took several minutes hooked to other car. Once started drove home, turned off car, tried to restart. Nothing. Battery reads 12.95V. Oh and when we drive car, abs and brake light dings, not constantly, but every now and again, enough to drive you nuts. If the battery is good, what could it be?
  • Hi My daughter has a 08 caliber and her rear window defrost button will not stay on. What do I check first? (fuse). How can I diagnose this problem?
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Do you mean it does not come on at all?
    The rear window defrost works on a timer/temp system and is
    not meant to stay on indefintely,normally it comes on and goes
    off automatically.
  • Hi bigtsr

    No. When I press the dash button the light goes on but as soon as I let go of the button, it turns off. If the button was mechanical I may think it's a defective button. Ripping apart the dash sounds like a big job. I don't want to do that if I don't need to.
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Actually the dash bezels can just be pried off from the sides,having said that
    if the light comes on it may not have complete circuit to support.
    Is the foil on the rear window damaged?
    If not the system maybe shutdown by the TIPM computer that monitors
    electrical systems and can selectively turn off sources of overcurrent,this
    can only be tested and reset by a dealer using Starscan.
    A wild shot might be to disconnect the negative battery terminal for 10 minutes
    then reconnect and try.
  • Hi bigtsr

    This is excellent. Thanks. At least I know something about it now. When She comes home, in a few days, I will look closer for a short in the wiring that I can see..

    Bob
  • 07 SXT, noticed today when leaving work my RR brake light was out. Got home and changed out the bulb. Put a 2x4 on the brake pedal, and nothing. Put the bulb in the other side to see if it was the bulb and it worked fine. So if it's not the bulb what do I need to look for here?
  • Ok so i have a 2007 caliber and been having problem with it every since I have had it for the last two years. What happens is after a take out the key and just sit in the the gauges needles will go from zero position to the park position (below 0). And I have to jump my car off a few time and in two years i have had to get the battery replaced 5 times. Know i went into a dodge forum and found out that this was a issue on car made before september 17, 2006 but my car was built in feb. 2007. So the dealership say it not that but it the exact problem. The service number is 08-052-06. So has anybody had the same issue i am having. I need help. It at the dealership now for a new battery and a oil change since they can't figure it out.
  • My 08 Caliber SXT sometimes hessitates to turn the starter when I engage the the starter with my key. When this happens I notice the remote for the doors won't work and the bell for the lights will go off with the keys removed and the door open. I have been back to my dealer several times and of course it doesn't happen when he looks at it. I believe it is the ignition switch going out because it senses the keys are in the ignition with it out because of the bell going off when I open the door and the keys are out and the lights are off. Anyone else have a problem with this? I am comming up on 36,000 miles and it will be out of warranty in 2,000 miles and I got a road trip next week that will put 3,000 miles on it.
  • porky15porky15 Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber. First the engine light would beep on and after a few days, it would turn off. That happened 3 times. Now when I turn on the left blinker, it starts out normal, then it beeps and the blinker starts blinking very quick. Any ideas on how to fix this and does anyone know if this is would be covered under the warranty? I have just under 30,000 miles. Thanks.
  • robkabobrobkabob Posts: 1
    I know how you feel because my caliber just got out of warranty and the same thing with the key is happening to me. It won't happen but a few times a month. I also think it may be the ignition switch. I have 34,000 miles on my 2007.
  • aviator62aviator62 Posts: 1
    I have a TIPM problem a few days ago, the dealer said that the TIPM has damaged and has to be change...

    My Caliber is a 07 SE year and version.

    An alarm shop installed a year and half ago a non factory buglar alarm.

    The alarm was conected to the red wire (power) in the starter cylinder (ignition switch) at steering column.

    -Does this power source (red) wire has any relation with the TIPM, Do you think conecting to feed the alarm to that power source can damage or over heat the Caliber TIPM or that wire is not related with the TIPM ?

    -Also, In what case has to be a Relay and in what zone has to be installed the relay when installing a buglar alarm in the Caliber?

    -After this, how important is to know the Caliber electrical system before installing an Alarm or it is like any other car electrical system?

    Thank you in advance my friends for your kind help.

    Regards
  • So here is the problem. I have a 2007 dodge caliber SXT. Enough said at this point I think. Anyway, the first month and a half I had it, the vehicle stalled while I was taking a nice drive up a mountain. Dealership said nothing was wrong. Luckily that has not happened since, but I am in constant fear that it will do it again with my new born in the car. To make my nerves worse, my blinkers, high beams, and windshield wipers do not work. Periodically, they'll switch back into my control, but that is only short lived. When I have no control over it, the lights come on automatically, although they almost didn't come on when I was leaving work at night. Obviously the no blinker thing is dangerous in traffic and can cost me a ticket, and the no windshield factor is a major safety hazard. I tried disengaging the negative post on the battery, but that didn't work, and I am at my wits end since this has been going on for a year now. Should I put money into trying to find a solution, or trade it in? Or is there some secret that I don't know about? HELP!!!
  • pontecorvopontecorvo Posts: 1
    edited May 2011
    Hi, my left hand headlamp does not turn on. The light turns on on the high beam. Is there a fuse for it? THe bulb is good
    thanks
  • The left low beam was replaced a few times and blows out on 2nd on/off cycle. that occured a year ago and have been driving with highbeams.... now the left parking light is only on blinker.. "parking light" does not work.... is this a "multi-conductor plug" coming loose?? now no left lights.... help!!
    thanks
    b
  • Did you get an answer to this, pontecorvo? As I have the same issue now?! :(
    Can be reached at kindn3ss@yahoo.com :)
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