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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan, 3.3L short wheel version and only have 1500 miles on it. Sometimes when I turned the headlight switch ON at night, the headlight wouldn’t come ON. Only the day time running light is turned ON. The only way to correct this problem is to cycle the headlight switch from ON to OFF, and then back to ON again. It happened 7 times this week, but it doesn’t happen all the time. My van is not equipped with automatic headlight control. The Chrysler dealer couldn’t correct the problem since the problem couldn’t be duplicated at the dealership. I am just wondering if anyone has similar problem or someone can give me a hint of what might have cause the problem.


    Thanks.. Rdarwin
  • ken15ken15 Posts: 7
    I had the same problem on my dakota pickup, with sputtering, losing power acted like fuel problem. My mechanic said replace the computer, I didn't believe them, I work as a Electronic technician and found that by removing my battery terminals and resetting the entire computer system, and then cleaning both battery terminals and hookups, that my truck would run find for months. When it started acting up I would clean the battery and wire terminals again..surprize it works, try it I believe the computer needs a very clean current/voltage source.
  • Body Control Module changed, paid $500 for the work, waited for a week, problem not fixed. Car went back and I haven't heard from them. Any help out there?


    Couldn't tell if that clockspring assembly message was for my benefit or not, will ask my service rep, probably cost me another $500 to find out.
  • jckabjckab Posts: 2
    It has 48,000 miles. It started with a ticking noise in the engine that gets faster and louder when I accelerate. The whole engine just sounds like a tin can. I also can't find the owners manual and there is a light that is orange that flips on for a day or 2 and goes off. It kind of looks like an engine and is orange. Any ideas on what this could be? Thanks in advance.
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    I have a 2001 Caravan with the following problem:

    The wipers do not return to their original position when turning off the wiper switch. They tend to stop in their tracks as soon as the switch is turned off. On other occasions, the wipers will swipe 3 to 4 times before finally stopping. Is this a mechanical or electrical problem?
  • jckabjckab Posts: 2
    I had something similar happen like that with my 98 Grand Prix GT...It was the wiper motor.
  • atk220atk220 Posts: 1
    We have a 2000 Plymouth Voyageur doing the same thing & the dealer service dept cannot figure out what is wrong with it. Did you discover what this was?
  • 96 Plymouth voyager, front wiper only works when pumping windshield fluid, otherwise will not work, replaced the multi-function switch, still does not work
  • In Canada, Shell created problems for caravans caused by a fuel additive. Caused a gumming of the float mechanism, gauge would go up and down and dinging each time it drops to low. There is a class action law suit, call Shell they will send a package. I went to the dealer and got a fuel cleaner of some type don't remember exactly what it was called. This cured my problems.
  • I had this same exact problem with my Dodge Grand Caravan recently. I tried changing the fuse also, then, after some research, the problem was found to be a defective clock spring. This item is in the steering column and was a Dodge recall. It took about 1/2 hour to repair at the dealership. BEWARE! While your airbag light is on, you airbag will NOT WORK!!!!! Good luck.
  • gpol42gpol42 Posts: 10
    I have had what you describe with my 97 voyager, and it is a tell tale sign that my battery terminals need to be cleaned with Bakeing Soda and water combination, usually a heavey acid buildup, Battery still has pleanty of juice but as I drive the cables must lose contact, try cleaning the cables with the bakeing soda, My Van has 198000 miles on it and keeps going
  • beebowbeebow Posts: 12
    Hello Everyone,

    I just found the board today so this is my first post. My 2001 Grand Caravan Sport's spedometer quit working today . It's been raining heavy here in Phoenix which is very unusual. I don't know if driving through the deep water was a factor in the spedo problem, but thought I should mention it. Everything else seems to be working fine, tach, temp gage, etc. Is this a common problem, or has anyone here ran into it before? Is it an electronic spedo? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Yes, it uses an electronic speedometer. It's not an uncommon problem on your vintage Caravan. This is more times than not the result of a faulty Speed Distance Sensor.



  • beebowbeebow Posts: 12
    Thanks Rusty! Is there a way to test the sensor, or is it one of those things you just have to change?

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    The sensor is really an infared transducer that counts pulses through an encoder wheel. Basically you check for voltage and a dc return path to the component itself. If that is okay, replace the sensor. They're around $30.00.


    Are you getting a fault code?


    Best regards,

  • My 2000 Caravan rear wing power windows no longer open/close. Is there a fuse I should replace (and where is it located) or is this something major? Please advise.
  • How was this covered under the Fed Emmission Warranty? The reason I'm asking is my 98 Dodge Caravan is having some of the same problems-When checking out the computer it says ok to drive but won't let it go any further inside the computer. It won't start at all, but it turns over and nothing happens.

    Please help!

  • My 1998 Dodge Caravan won't start. It will turn over but not start...It was checked out by a friend-he hooked it up to check to see what was wrong-it can back saying it was okay to drive but couldn't go into the engine part. We have eliminated the crankshaft sensor,starter, battery, fuel...everything except the electrial control module (computer) and I don't want to pay for one unless I'm 100% confident that is the problem. Am I missing something else to check? Please advise.....Help me!!! Thank you in advance.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
  • Okay, I had the same problem, first they said it was the intermittent relay switch, 2 days later the service department calls me and tells me that they have to take out my BCM (brain control modual) and send it to the mainland to be re-built because they no longer manufacture my certain year. I asked why send it to the mainland to be re-built can't someone here in Hawaii do it? They said there was only one person who knew how. H-mmm, are you confused yet?, I was. Anyway the BCM also controls the wiper something? Just tell them check your BCM.


            Much Mahalo's,

  • I own a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, the whole entire van's clear coat paint is bubbling and peeling. One year ago I questioned my service department about this problem, they took picture's and said they will let me know, well as you can tell they never called, since then I have been investigating everywhere and everything possible. I wish I could send you the photo's that I recently took of my Caravan, it's unbelievable! Anyway I am going to fight till hell freezes over on this issue, because I have had 2 dead batteris, 2 tensioner belts, 1 serpentine belt, ac problems, hatch leaking, defective pillar "b" panels which they won't replace, defective runner under roof rails, defective everything!!!!!!!!! DODGE SUCKS!!!!!
  • My 97 Dodge Grand Caravan just had one headlight go out. When I repleaced it, it only came on at 1/2 brightness and I also noticed opposite side fog light was on w/o the foglight switch being on. If I turn on the foglights, the dim headlight goes out! Any ideas?


    Cruise control stopped working awhile ago, and is probably related to the clockspring.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Dodge has NO control over where you drive the vehicle and NO control over where it is parked. Your van was probably exposed to the corrosive effects of contaminated ocean water.

        Did you buy the van new?

        If the GC was only a year or 2 old you may have a valid complaint. Otherwise, it appears that your 7 year old vehicle suffers more from owner abuse than a problem caused by Dodge.
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    Two batteries in a seven year old van? Not bad. Most batteries only last three years tops. Not unusual to have to replace the serpentine belt after seven years either. Think it lasted longer than most. Maybe you should get out the owner's manual and check what needs to be replaced or serviced at certain intervals. Sounds like the van hasn't been taken very good care of. Hatch could be just a worn out rubber seal. Being on top and having the sun beating down on it for years, it's also not unusual for it to get hard and crack.
  • We had the same thing happen with our 91 minivan (250,000 miles) about 2 weeks ago. Try starting it with starter fluid, if it starts but doesn't run, its the fuel pump in the rear off the fuel tank.

    It's a pricey fix, new pump and definitely have them change the fuel filter while they are in there. Good luck
  • Hi,

    my girlfriend has a 1993 Plymouth Voyager and every time she backs up, the car starts to buck. However, there is no problem going forward. I was just wondering if anyone could suggest any Possible causes of this problem. I was thinking transmission but i'm not really a car buff. any advice is appreciated.


  • nellynelly Posts: 1

  • Have you figure out the eratic fuel gauge problem, if so, please post the fix. I'm having the same problem. I've replaced the fuel sending unit and it did not take care of it and the Cluster test showed no failures. Thanks
  • Why the screaming? You know, alot of people just pass over posts that are all caps. If you have a question write it normally.
  • I have a 2000 Voyager, which did well for about 44,000 miles. Then I had to have the rotors and front brakes replaced. I went 22,000 miles, and needed them again. Then I went only 6000 miles and needed them again. At that point I complained, and they said perhaps the calipers were sticking, and so I paid to have the calipers replaced, as well as the rotors and brakes again. My adult daughter, who had been out of the country while this was going on, returned at that time, and bought the car from me. She became the sole driver, and 2000 miles later, the brake pads needed to be replaced, and the rotors needed to be machined. The dealer paid for this one, and suggested it was our driving habits, but since each of us was the only driver of the car for one of these periods, I can prove that is not so. Today we had to take it back after only 1,300 miles, because it sounds like the rotors are shot again. I think Chrysler has a problem, and we as consumers need to make them aware of it.


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