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Dodge Caravan Instrument Panel



  • cheeahcheeah Posts: 1
    While I was waiting to repair a problem with my van (approx.3 weeks wait), my battery went dead. When I got the repair done and boosted my battery, my instrument panel didn't work. I have no spedometer, odometer, gas guage, or gear shift indicator. I have since checked all the fuses, unhooked the battery and reconnected, but can't seem to find the problem. I have called a dealership and they said that alot of caravans are having their fuse boxes replaced due to corrosion which will cost approx. 600.00. I am a single parent so that cost is very difficult for me. Can anyone possibly give me some other ideas to try to fix this? Thanking you in advance.
  • pcroteaupcroteau Posts: 2
    Has anyone found a solution for this? I'm having the same problem with my Caravan
  • my instrument panel light just went out for the second time, the first time it went out my mechanic reset the computer and it came back on. I donot want to ask my mechanic to reset the computer , does anybody know how to do it thanks
  • all you have to do is take your battery terminals off for a little while and it will reset
  • I did take the terminals off for a bit over an hour and it didn't work. Any other idea's?
  • It sounds like the Body Control Module (BCM) took a dump. They're about $50.00 at a junk yard, $500.00 for a rebuilt one from a dealer. It's located behind the fuse panel under the dashboard.

    If you get a used one, make certain that the part numbers match.

    Good luck!
  • Hi All!
    I just picked up a 94 Voyager 154k on it. The vehicle was well maintained. I have an issue with the gas guage which is baffling me. Intermittantly the guage will go from the proper amount and then fairly rapidly go down and flatline and the low fuel warning light comes on. The battery was changed recently (and this was a recent issue for the previous owner) The alternator is charging properly as I checked this earlier. The airbag light also stays on. I have removed power from the system to reset the ECM, and the trouble persists. The fuses and relays check out.

    Can you lead me in the right direction? Any assistance is greatly appreciated

  • I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan and just recently started having problems with my instrument panel not coming on until I have driven several miles. Does anyone know why this could be happening and what I can do to fix it?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,092
    Likely the "solder issue," which seems to be quite common. I have it on my van. The instrument cluster goes dead periodically, and stays off for indeterminate amounts of time. No other affect on the functionality of the vehicle. I also found, while it was off for many days, that the odometer does not log miles during that time (big surprise, huh?!).

    I find that a quick smack on the top of the dash above the instrument cluster often wakes it up, but it is becoming increasingly stubborn about working as time goes on. I really need to just pull out the cluster and solder the joint of the main connector, but I have plenty of other things to get done. :mad:
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • I have read every message in the electrical forum.

    I just rec'd the van today, as my jeep died:( Soon as it got dark, I said oooh lets take the van for a drive so I can see what the dash lights look like. Well, the ONLY lights that come on are the odometer, tripometer, and the digital clock on the radio. All the instruments work fine, there is just no lights. Is there only one light for the instrument panel AND the radio/AC etc?

    Is this a lightbulb issue, a fuse issue, or a soldering issue?
    I am taking back the car tomorrow, I was hoping to give the mechanic some heads up insight.

    Thanks in advance,
  • Angela--The interior light dimmer switch located just to the left of the steering wheel and to the right of the exterior light switch is probably in the OFF position (down). Rotate that control upward and I believe you will fix your "problem". A discussion of this and other light controls should be somewhere around page 132 or so in your owners manual.

  • Believe me I tried all that, the dimmer switch makes the odometer reading brighter, but still no dash lights/instrument panel lights. BTW the tail lights work fine.
  • The next thing I would try would be to remove the fuse marked IOD ( 10 amps, lower left of the Fuse/Relay Center as you are viewing it) for 30 seconds or so, then replace.
    The IPM Fuse & Relay Center is located under the hood between the battery and the firewall near the Drivers side fender and the cover is easily removed by pressing in on a couple of clips.

    What this does is reboot the Body Control Module which controls many things including the lights in question. You won't harm anything else by doing this and it could solve your problem. You will have to reset your clock afterward.

  • Thank you! I tried the 10 amp earlier, and it didnt work, but after reading your post I tried it again, and yahoo it worked. I can't wait to tell my hubby who said it was something serious.

    I love you guys (and gals) here!


    BTW I had no idea there were 5 individual bulbs in the instrument cluster, I always thought it was just one big one.. :blush:
  • I need to know the phone no. for a repair facility for this circuit board.
  • I replaced the instrument cluster with a analog shift indicator for my 1999 caravan, for a instrument cluster of a 1999 - 2000 caravan that has a electronic shift indicator. I want to know how to make it work. Do I need an addition part for this or do I need to upgrade the computer to my vehicle.
  • wickjrwickjr Posts: 2
  • wickjrwickjr Posts: 2
    For the past few weeks my temp, speed, and fuel gauges have been going dead intermitently. The instrument panel backlight is fine, as are the indicator lights above the panel. For a while, I could hit the dash above the gas gauge and the panel would come back on and the door chime would sound. Yesterday the panel went out and will not come back on. To make matters worse, apparently hitting the dash was not the right thing to do, as the fuel gauge needle is now broken off. How much trouble is it to remove the gauge cluster and replace it, and will this likely fix the issues I was having?
  • sjasja Posts: 11
    You may not have to replace it. If you're mechanically inclined, it's not difficult. You take the entire instrument panel out, take a soldering iron to the back of it and just touch each solder joint. You can take it all apart also to put the needle back on the fuel gage.

    I had the same issue awhile back and had read through here about the weak solder joints. Mine has been working ever since.

    Good luck.
  • vcrunkvcrunk Posts: 1
    I did this yesterday on my 2003 Caravan to fix the dimmer issue with instrument panel lights. Seemed to work except after starting my van once - it now will not start. Does anything else need to be reset? I tried jumping it but nothing. The lights flash rapidly when I try to start it and it clicks like it might with low or dead battery but I was able to start it once. At the same time I try to start all gauges jump all over - my tach goes up high speedometer does the same but no start. I ONLY pulled the mentioend IOD fuse lower left in fuse box. Thanks for any help.
  • pmack1,

    I have taken my BCM out of my 98 grand caravan, in which the speedometer still does not work, even after repacing it from a scrapyard. Otherwise, the van will start, but does have the ABS light on. I have PN P04801062AC for the BCM.

    I have the cover off and see that the components are almost all surface mount. On th top I do not see the 330 ohm resistor you are talknig about. Is it on the back? I see one resistor (331) which sits on the back near the blue connnect near the pins of a component identified as Z5 on the front.


  • saviorsavior Posts: 2
    Hi, I have problems with my 2000 Dodge Van. All the gauges and the gear selector PRND3L light have packed up. The ABS and the Service engine lights of the information center are permanently on. In addition, the rear wiper stopped working. Checked fuses and okay.
    A step by step remedy will be highly appreciated. Please, I need help urgently.
  • I have a 99 grand caravan with all of the guages quitting intermittently and then you thump the dash and they come back. now the rpm and speedo are way off ( 2k rpm higher than actual and 30mph higher than actual) what can I do or where can I get another rebuilt cluster or whatever has gone out. thanks! love the van hate the little crap that keeps going wrong.

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  • i would try to replace the bcm first mine had all the same problems and i took the cluster out first it wasnt that so replaced the body control mod and its all worked every since the only thing diferrent is my shifter still worked its a meatel box under the dash with a few plugs in it only two screws hold it 25 bucks at the junk yard good luck
  • doublea3doublea3 Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Plymouth Van and intermittently the ding ding alarm goes off after starting and stays on for about three minutes---not other instrutment light are on. The doors are closed and this not a seat belt issue. Sounds like it maybe the instrument panel circuit board or the BCM module. Anyone have this type problem?
  • I just tried this hack and it completely solved the same problem and my wife thinks I'm heroic! Thanks!

  • launchohiolaunchohio Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager that whenever it wants to (maybe a day to 4 weeks) the van will not stay running.
    When this happens everything on the van works except the electronic mileage and trip meter will not light up.
    The van starts and runs for about 5 seconds then stalls out it will restart then stall for about 5 times then it will not crank at all BUT everything else is ok IE:radio,lights ect.
    When you let the van just sit as short as 10 minutes and sometime as long as overnight the next time you turn the key the electronic mileage and trip meter will light up like it is supposed to and the van starts and runs fine then the next time or maybe weeks later it will do the very same thing again
    Every once in a while the electronic dashboard will flat line
    It shows no error codes when running fine and of course it is never close to a repair station when it won’t start.
  • rbergstromrbergstrom Posts: 2
    I own a 98 Grand Caravan had a very similar problem, except it would occur almost every day. Thank goodness I'm not totally dependent on this vehicle for everyday use! For some reason, if I disconnected the battery and removed the Power Train Control Module's connections and then re-connect, it would turn over. I also later found a wire just underneath the lower steering column cover. Somehow it was not tight enough. It is just a simple black wire with a ring lug on the end, that connects to the frame under the panel for a ground connection.

    Although the engine would turn over and I could drive the van, the gauges would not work or be very erratic. Replacing the speedometer from a junk yard did not help, Also the famous resolder job of the connector on the back of speedometer did not help either, although some have claimed to find cracked solder joints on this connector.

    This is what fiixed my speedometer gauges and lights not working, and possibly the engine not starting. The problem is in the body control module under the dash on the left side by the drivers feet. This is a pain to get out and patience is required. Once the body control module is removed, take the cover off to remove the circuit board. On the back side, there are many surface mounted components. With a magnifying glass look for a 300 ohm resistor (301 will be the marking). For mine, it was the only one there. Carefully unsolder it from the board. Replace it with any off the self 300 ohm resistor. What helped to take all the dash appart (and other dead end attempts to fix) was the Chiltons repair manual from the library for the caravan and voyager 1996 - 1999. See the chassis electrical for taking out much of the dash in order to get to the BCM.

    For this fix, I give credit to the some technician on this board (and other forums) who said he works on the body control modules. Apparently, the resistor is opening up, and it prevents communication to the speedometer from the BCM.

    As always, for safety, disconnect the battery before doing any of this. It would hurt to have the airbag go off :sick:
  • In my 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport, when I use the turn signal in either direction the signal lights do not work and the power cuts off to the dashboard. The instrument cluster goes dark and all gauges set to zero. Then, when I return the turn signal switch to the middle position ("neutral") the dashboard powers up and everything is fine. The problem is NOT intermittent and happens every time. :cry: :confuse:
  • Hi everyone. I also own a 2002 Dodge caravan, and I had the exact same problem as preacher 1120, except that by now, my instrument cluster and upper panel are completely dead. Nothing will come on no matter what I do. I have replaced the BCM, TCM, checked all the fuses, etc. Everything else in my van works fine. My mechanic is at a loss as what could be the problem. jmcdonnel at post #10 mentionned a "BDM". I was wondering if that was a typo error, meaning "BCM" or if it is yet another component that should be checked. Any help on this is greatly appreciated.
    Handyman49. :cry: :confuse:
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