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Caravan/Voyager Warning Lights & Problem Codes

van_mannvan_mann Posts: 1
I have a 1990 Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.3l auttomatic tranny.
Recently i was just leaving the park in my van and the "check Guages" light came on, immediatly at startup, and the only guage that was low was the battery guage.. i know that my battery was quite old so i replaced it. the problem persists.. i do have an aftermarket stereo system (nothing fancy) and when i drove further i noticed that the "check engine" light came on. I then stopped, turned off the engine, waited a few min, and then started again. Once again the "check Guages" light came on immediatly, the "check engine" light was off at this time. i then drove home but this time i did not turn on my stereo and the "check engine" light did not come on. im not sure if the problem is with my alternator at this pint or not.. i would think that even if it was the alternator, the new battery would have been at least a temerary solution. However i cannot afford to do anything more with it right now. so i am hoping that some of you out there might know what i need to do or have some suggestions.
A.K.A. Van_Mann


  • I have a 2003 Town & Country. The engine light came on and someone in this forum told me how to get the code that tells what the problem is. My code is P1684. I found out it was a computer chip connected (?) to transmission. It was under warranty, but real close to being past the warranty. It would have cost over $800 for just the part!
    They really have us over a barrel with those chips!
  • It would be highly unlikely that your stereo would have anything to do with your check engine light coming on. The wiring doesn't even go near any of your electrical. Mine has come on due to an oxygen sensor gone bad. I've had nothing but problems with my 1999 plymouth voyager since I've had it and it's going on 4 years now. My passenger slider is rusting out on the bottom, the seats squeek bad absolutely drives me nuts.
  • chafuqchafuq Posts: 2
    The "door open" warning light and warning bell come on while I am driving. All doors are closed securely. How do you disconnect this system?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    The problem is more than likely just a need to replace one of the door switches that is no longer working. It is a very inexpensive switch, if it is the same one that went on the drivers door of our 1996 Caravan.
  • ...and it is flashing indicating that "...serious conditions that could lead to immediate loss of power or severe catalytic converter damage..."

    I can also sense burning gas ans the whole engine 9and the car) are shaking lile Little Richard.

    What's wrong and what to do?
  • I am having a problem with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport. My oil light is coming on and the oil is not low. The oil light does not stay on all the time, it comes on once I have driven the van approximately 12 miles or so, then it comes on when I am no longer accelerating. Once I accelerate again, the light goes off. Does anyone have a clue as to what this could be? Please help!!!!

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yup, it sounds like a worn out engine (or at least worn out main and rod bearings) and/or a heavily sludged engine.

    Under the assumption that the above is true (as opposed to an electrical problem, a problem which is highly unlikely to manifest itself this way), the reason that the light goes off when you are accelerating is that the transmission is typically in a lower gear meaning that the engine driven oil pump is running at a higher RPM which in turn means that it is pumping more oil.

    Sludging is fairly easily diagnosed. You should simply be able to open the oil filler cap and look inside. On the 3.3 and 3.8 liter V6 engines you should see nice clean rocker arms, identical to the ones that can be viewed in my "Caravan Stuff" photo album on my Yahoo! photos page:

    If instead you see lots of crud built up around the rocker arms and rocker shaft or on the underlying cylinder head, your engine is sludged. Regarding the Mitsubishi 3.0 liter V6 (if you have that engine instead of either of the Chrysler V6s), I haven't looked through the oil filler hole of one of those since a friend of mine had an old Dodge Dynasty back in the 1980s so I'm not sure if you can similar engine details.

    Another thing you can do to help us offer more qualified opinions as to what your problem might be, is if you would post some particulars about your van. I'm including a list of points to cover to help get you started:

    - Engine model [3.0, 3.3, 3.8] liter V6, Note: for the 3.3s and the 3.8s, the displacement is casted into the top of the intake plenum on the 1998 engines)
    - Typical type of traffic encountered when driving the van
    - Typical time duration and mileage distance for each trip
    - Total miles on engine
    - Typical miles driven between oil changes
    - Typical type of oil used
    - How many oil changes went beyond the recommendation of 7,500 miles
    - How many oil changes went beyond 10,000 miles
    - Greatest number of miles driven on a single oil change

    Best Regards,
  • I have a 2003 caravan voyager and egine warnning light has just come on again for the secon time , I was reading yr post and was wondering how do y get the code?
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    If you have an electronic dash, turn the key to on and then back to off 3 times and it will flash the code #. You then can go on the web by looking for ODBII codes to see what it means.
    If you don't have an electronic dash, take it to Autozone, Murray's or something similar and they will read it for free.
  • hakbhakb Posts: 1
    I am having the exact same problem. The oil light turns on (beeping) when I idle usually after 12-15 miles of continuous driving. I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan, miles (140,000) and I just changed the oil. I try and change the oil after every 3 - 4K miles. What should be done to fix this and how much will it cost. I have had several problems with this van, the recent being that the clock spring had to be replaced as the one that was put in after a recall must have been faulty. Luckily it is supposed to be under lifetime warranty. In any case, if someone can tell me what is involved with removing the sluding from the engine.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Hmmm, your situation doesn't necessarily sound like a sludging issue. Given that you have a 1998 DGC Sport (I do too), you have either the 3.3 or the 3.8 liter mill (same basic engine), and that engine isn't a known sludge factory (unless horribly abused with LONG oil change intervals and cheap oil). My guess is that your main and/or rod bearings are a little loose (not real surprising after 140,000 miles).

    Were I in your shoes I'd try a heavier oil first before I did anything else. IIRC, our vans call for 5W-30 oil in the Owner's Manual, however, as I've now had a couple of cars that call for 0W-40 and as I don't like keeping different kinds of oil in my garage, I started using 0W-40 in both of our 3.8 liter DGCs a couple of years back. As the 0W-40 won't thin out as much as 5W-30 when at operating temperatures, I'd start there. If you are still seeing the light at idle with that oil I'd probably bump the oil up to either a 5W-50 (hard to find here in the U.S.A.) or a 15W-50 and try one of them out.

    While I consider it fairly likely that the heavier oils will solve the light issue; if they don't then your only other option will be to drop the oil pan and have the (four) main and (six) rod bearings replaced. I haven't heard of anybody ever having to have that done to the DC V6 engines in our minivans so I don't have a real good feel for the potential cost. That having been said I guess I wouldn't be too surprised if you were quoted between $500 and $1,000 plus parts.

    The counterpoint to all of this is that if you are running low oil pressure at idle only, your engine will most likely last many more years (assuming you keep good oil in it). I had an old (as in old when I bought it) 1966 Plymouth Valiant with the 225 "Slant-Six" engine that was constantly winking at me when idling. I bought the car with 103,000 miles on the clock and finally pulled and overhauled the engine when the odo showed 210,000 miles. It was still running perfectly well I just simply got tired of feeding it oil all of the time.

    Best Regards,
  • I have a '99 Dodge Caravan and after 4 years my speedometer, fuel gauge and temp gauge did not work that it has to be fixed. The mechanic changed the output and input sensors. Now again after about 3 years the same problem occur, just wondering if it is like a common problem with
    Dodge Caravan because I have a '92 Toyota Tercel and I never had that kind of problem. I am really not gonna buy another american made cars.
  • vbgvbg Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 chrysler voyager basic 4 cyclinder.106,000 miles.
    today i drove it about 4 miles from my home and the engine started to sound like it was running out of gas,soon the van would not go but engine ran rough.I put in some heet and some more gas into the tank. The van started right up,so i hop in and continue on my way,
    Then the van again did the same thing. now is when i notice the engine light is on. I had van tow home,an hour later van starts up no problem,engine light stays on but now worried to move it.
    where does the engine code show up?
    do i have tranny or emission problem?
  • Hi All -

    I have a 2000 Grand Caravan with a pesky ABS light that keeps coming on.. It is only after you drive the car a little and seems to reset itself after turning the car off... It has only 85,000 miles on it and to be honest I am not happy with it... I had it in to put in a new transmission (YES IT JUST DIED ON THE HIGHWAY 200 miles from home) In the dang thing and at that time they told me that it would need a new ABS pump.... At a cost of an other 1000 dollars... I have since been driving the Van with no reall braking issues other than no ABS... But would like to get it fixed as we will be holding on to it for a while longer...

    First question is Being a motor head of sorts, Is it possible to do the work my self? If so are there any manuals out there to make it easier?

    By looking at it it seems rather point blank easy bolt on... And then Bleed... Of couse it would need a change of break fluid...

    Any body done this out there???
  • 98 Caravan, 186k miles (roughly). Periodically the low fuel warning light comes on along with the warning tone. At the same time, the fuel gauge will start to move toward empty. After a second or two, the light will go out and the gauge will come back up to the proper reading. I know for sure I am not out of gas, since It also sometimes happens just after filling it up. It seems more like a gauge failure of some sort. Any suggestions? I really don't want to take it to the dealer just for this, it's not worth spending much money on.

    PS. I would just live with it, but the warning tone can be rather annoying :-)
  • timmer19timmer19 Posts: 1
    I too have the exact same problem....can anyone help???
  • 1997 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER 3.3 125,000 MILES can some 1 help me out on this code po601.... internal conrtol module memory check sum error.... how can i correct this i cleared this but it came back with the engine check light

    van runs like new no problems engine smooth tranny smooth
    any help on this would be great
    also where is the ecm located hope i dont need a need 1

    bobby v
  • sd6pipersd6piper Posts: 1
    I am having the exact same problem with my 2002 Chrysler Voyager. How did you resolve this issue with your van? Were you able to disconnect it, or did you have to have it repaired professionally?

    The dinging and warning light are driving me NUTS!!! Please help.
  • wjm3220wjm3220 Posts: 2
    Nope, mine is still dinging away. I've been unable to locate any information that was helpful. For now, I'm just playing the radio loud :-) If you locate any information, please post it here - I will do the same.
  • my 2000 caravan has a 3 litre, automatic with 117000 klms on the engine. the oil has been changed every 5000 klm but the problem is that sometimes the oil light will come on when the van is idling or coming to a stop sign some days it's coming on all the time and other days it won't come on none or maybe 1-2 times I checked the oil and every thing is good it has only 3000klm on since last oil change, the oil is like new can someone help
  • masterpaul1masterpaul1 Posts: 421
    Sounds like low oil pressure. Have you had the oil pump checked?
  • beb3beb3 Posts: 2
    hello to all! we have a 1998 chrysler voyager SE and the check water light on keeps on coming on even if we had made the radiator changed and pipes... it beeps every now & then even early in the morning when we just turn on the engines. and in the middle of the day the low water light goes on & beeps... and the car does lose water still slowly unlike before though that it could consume liters within a few hours... cant really understand the problem of this car... need help and ideas... ty!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Ummmm, call me ignorant, but I didn't know there was a coolant level gauge anywhere on our cars. Now, as far as I know there is a coolant temperature gauge, and that will light up when the engine is too hot.

    I'm wondering if you simply have a bad temperature sensor/sender causing your intermittant light.

    Best Regards,
  • beb3beb3 Posts: 2
    ah, ok! i stand corrected about that thing... its kind of hard having only a manual in german about this car... which i barely understand...

    anyway, just hope you are right because here the french local mechanic cannot really understand why he has changed the hoses and even the radiator ( which cost us a lot ) but still there's the "beep & light warning every now and then" and we noticed the car does still loses water slowly... its not normal right? hmmm... its quite irritating the beeps

    am quite apprehensive of going to the chrysler agent which might cost us double or triple, and still the problem will not be solve, because when we phoned them, it seems they have no idea of this problem too... ayayay!!!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,151
    Is the temperature gauge on the dash indicating normal temperature (about half way between cold and hot)? I almost think you have a problem with a head gasket, if you are losing coolant (and it is not ending up on the ground).
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • mfoulksmfoulks Posts: 1
    I need help please I have a 2003 dodge carvan. When I turn on my A/C my speed amidor will flop back in forth to zero and the actual spead I'm going and my car fills like it is shifting. Check enging light come on and my alarm light stays on . I took it to a electrical shop and they though it was the transmission control model, but is wasn't. Transmisison place thought it might be the output speed sensor and it wasn't. I took it to a dealership and they thouht it was the hornest because the asit from the battery got on the computer (PCM). It is not the hornest because I had someone look at it. Has anyone else ecperienc this and how did you fix
    it? Thanks, Michele
  • I don't have an owners manual, so don't know what light this's the 3rd light from left.....brake light, oil light, then this...........anyone please tell me what this light is and means asap! Thanks Doberkidsmom
  • makeladmakelad Posts: 2
    Help please....
    My 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan has just started getting an intermittent security warning light will come on during initial ignition and while driving. When it comes on while driving nothing happens. However sometimes (3x this morning) when turning the car on the light will come on and the car won't start. Turn the key to off and then back on ususally solves the problem and the car will start.
    Any ideas??

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,151
    Does your van have a chip in the key? Sounds like maybe it is going bad and the van things a "non-authorized" key is in the ignition.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • makeladmakelad Posts: 2
    No... Normal key.
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