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Check this site for other posts on 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems & you should find previous answers to this problem and other related intermittent dashboard electrical problems. Its caused by fractured solder joints on the connector spikes which the wiring harness plugs onto which is mounted under the dash board display cluster. Pictures on disassembly/repair procedure: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landar/show/with/3474557830.
Hello there I have one dodge grand caravan with some trouble that started lately, it's now reached 236k miles with very good engine no engine light on or anything ! The problem is when I start it in the cold weather like in the morning it will not engage on either reverse nor drive, I mean If I put it on R or D it will not engage even when I ... Read More
That I don't have. Just tell them the year, make and model and they should be able to look it up for you.
thanks!! By chance would you happen to have a part number? (just incase I need to supply something to them for it?)
It was a brand new motor from Autozone. Cost around $40 - $50 dollars. I believe it has a life time warranty. If you've done any work on cars before, you shouldn't have a problem.
thats good information - thanks! How much was it for the new motor and where did you get it? I was thinking of hitting up the junkers to see if i can get it for less than $20...and at the same time - practicing the above so i don't have to worry about not going in to my own not knowing what i was doing...kind of like a free seminar
Hi rorytate, I'm mechanically inclined, so for me, it was very easy. I would say the hardiest part was trying to pry off the tailgate cover, without braking or damaging any of the plastic fasteners. Once off, it was pretty easy from there. If I remember correctly, The first thing you want to do is disconnect the battery. (I think I disconnected the negative battery cable only.) Remove the whole wiper ... Read More
Hi, how easy was it to replace the motor? I have an issue with my 2002 grand caravan where the wiper no longer works as well.... do you have any diagrams or tips? Thanks! Matt :)
I'm not sure I would put $2K+ into a 12 year old Grand Caravan with that kind of miles on it. Maybe if you had been the original owner and was thoroughly familiar with the van's history, but that doesn't appear to be the case here. You might want to do a complete transmission drain and refill and clean the filter/screen and see what that does for you. Do not do ... Read More
You can order a used trans thru the net, might be cheaper but, if the engine is not in good condition or electrical. No one I know has xray vision. I got ride of my 1995 only AFTER TRANS started to slip and died on me. I put everything in it, I spent 2k from both drive shafts to new braking system. I got $100 bucks trade in when I pushed ... Read More
Is it low on fluid again? If not, there may be bad seals internally on the transmission, which is causing the pressure to seep out and preventing normal operation. this would require a rebuild. If the fluid is burnt (brown in color), it needs to be replaced and is not likely providing the protection or the hydraulic characteristics the unit needs. If you have to rebuild the transmission, you might consider ... Read More
I have a 1998 dodge grand caravan at 170k miles, i bought it last year at 158k. About two months ago it started the trans started to slip in the morning (if i drive it around the block for 10 minutes) then it functions properly. through internet search i was able to detect that it may be it was low on transmission fluid. Adding the fluid ( about 3 quarts) the ... Read More
Wow, I'm stunned at the issues you've had with your van; to say that your experience is different than ours is an understatement. Our first DGC (a 1998 3.8 liter Sport model) went some 170,000 miles with very little maintenance, and our second, a 2003 3.8 liter ES model is currently north of 130,000 miles and has only needed two unscheduled repairs, the first being an ABS wheel sensor, and the ... Read More
We had a problem with ours getting stuck when turned on. (01 DGC EX) I bought a new motor from Autozone, for about 50 dollars, and installed it myself. No problems. Took about an hour to replace.
We own a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. We bought it used at about 150k miles. It now has 200k. During the 50,000 miles we have owned it, we have replaced the brake pads about 8 times! I am serious! We only get around 6,000 miles before the brake pads are worn completely thin. The other weird thing is that there is no warning sign. Suddenly, I come to a stop and ... Read More
Has anybody had any issues with the rear wipers not working in Dodge Grand Caravan??
I have had a problem with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan pretty much since I purchased it used about 10 months ago. Not too long after I drove it off of the lot, the gauges would stop working ( this includes the digital odometer, the PRND3 display, temp, speedometer, rpm) and the ABS light would come on. But after a couple hours to a few days, the gauges will start working ... Read More
Hi I have a 99 plymouth van. I just had all the problems everyone is explaining on this site and was about to get ride of the van. I spent and few hundred dollars on the van with out having anything fixed. My dash went dead, horn never worked and many other things. I took it to a man who works out of his own garage and he told me not ... Read More
Hi, Ihave 1998 grand caravan, had the same problem flashing light on control pannel. i have done the procedure u suggested every thing went to normal except A/C button and air circulationn button lights are still flshing. I repeated the procedure u have sugested but the proble remain the same. Pl. If u can help me further more on this issue. thaks for time and cosidration.
No I didn't. I now use it for short trips only. I have taken it to two dealerships and they don't see the problem. I think I will know soon though because I think one of my CV joints is going and that may be the problem.
More than likely your computer is just fine. Most often than not the problem you are describing can be traced to the soldered connections on the instrument panel. A bit of history here; some time prior to 1998, the federal government mandated the removal of lead from solder, and as such the companies had to migrate to a different kind of metal composite for their solder. It was kind of a ... Read More
Help !! Every now and then all my gages go dead and my SBS lights on the panel. … I am fairly certain it is the computer. Almost always it happens when I first start the van …. Once however they went deal when I hit a big bump. Most of the times if I restart the van they start working however it seems that has stopped. Now it is a ... Read More
Have you solved your front end shake problem? If so, what was the problem?
Yikes, what the heck are you doing to those transmissions? I ask because while we did lose one in our Gen 3 DGC with (a 1998 model), that one lasted 109,000 miles, and my suspicion is that it failed due to incorrect fluid being put in (it worked perfectly before the transmission was serviced). We also have a 2003 (with the same transmission that's in your 2002), and that one currently ... Read More
Your front end shake sounds similar to mine in a 83 eldorado. After checking all the suspension components several times, and finding nothing worn out, I noticed alot of play in the front axle on the right side. The shake was noticible when driving on the right front. The axle did not make any noise while driving or turning. Replacing the axle solved the problem. On opening the boots of the ... Read More
I have an old 1969 Ford Econoline that also does this; the problem on my van is tie rod ends and a bushing on the linkage between the inner tie rod ends and steering. It feels like the van is going to shake itself apart when it happens, but it will also continue even if I press the accelerator after it starts. To quiet it, I hit the brakes hard and ... Read More
"I bought a 1997 GCaravan brand new and the engine snapped in half at 1,500 miles - then the trans went. Even new, Dodge just rebuilt the engine." Sorry, gotta call a hearty BS on that one. If your engine really did "snap in half", then there's no way it could be rebuilt. "...and bought another 1997 GCaravan - no problems except it ran a quart low of oil between oil ... Read More
I own a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan with 223,000 miles and a 3.8 liter engine. While driving on the highway, I started to go down a steep hill and the steering wheel started to shake hard and irregular. I thought the wheel was falling off. The next day a Chrysler mechanic looked at it and said the wheels and all front end suspension components looked good and he could not duplicate ... Read More
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.1L For maybe 2 years, the transmission would "jerk" while driving anywhere, in town, on the highway, at any speed basically, and in any gear. It was annoying but I did what I do best and ignored, it, figuring I would just wait for the whole transmission to go instead of sending a mechanic in there to waste my money and maybe solve nothing. Anyway, I had ... Read More
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.1L Oil changed about 1,500 miles ago, so crankcase is full. Went driving in the mountains of NC yesterday. Oil light would briefly come on a couple of occasions after a good hour or two of driving winding, mountainous roads, whenever I stopped. Raced the engine briefly, it would go away. Then would idle with no problem. Drove 4 hours to mountains, 4 hours back home, drove ... Read More
I have a 1998, same issue. There was a TSB on this, the dealer should replace the relay at no charge. You can find this information at Dodge.com Good luck, they've replaced mine six, yes, that's 6 times, 2 different Dodge dealerships and one independent mechanic review, in the 2 years that I have had this 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan! The relay keeps keeps shorting out, which overheats the van very, ... Read More
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. It has 211,000 miles on it and the fuel pump went bad. I thought it would be a good idea to remove, clean and inspect the fuel tank while replacing the pump. The only problem I am having is removing the two hoses that attach to the top of the tank (not the ones that connect to the pump). Can anyone help me? There ... Read More
My 1998 dodge grand caravan's a/c, recirculation control switch, intermitten rear wiper switch and rear wiper switch Led lights are flashing after I replaced my battery, it will stop blinking after 20 minutes. I did the diagnostic test and the intermitten rear and rear wiper switch LED lights went away but the a/c and rec control switch lights still flashes. In dodge forum says I have to do the cool down ... Read More
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. Everything works EXCEPT the turn signals and emergency flashers. I've replaced every fuse - replaced the flasher relay - and replaced the multi-function turn signal switch. I took it to a dodge dealer to have it checked out and they said there was an open in circuit L9 18 BL/WT between fuse 10 in P.D.C. and pin 1 of the combination flasher (don't really ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
My wife has a 1998 Grand Caravan Sport that worked fine until about 12 months ago, we started to have "Not Starting" problems. When you get in the car, either the battery seems completely dead or when you turn the ignition, it tries to start very briefly and then goes dead. I took it to Walmart service, thinking it was a dead battery that needed to be replaced. Instead one of ... Read More
Thanks for the info...I will have someone check into that. I will also look online for a instrument cluster and see if that is something that I could replace myself. I take that you have not had any other problems since then?
I was having the same problem. I changed the fuses and it continued to do it. Finally it quit working and didn't come back on. I had a diagnostic test run. It was my instrument cluster. I found one at a salvage yard in Illinois on line for $39.00. My van is a 1997 with 257,000 miles.
I am the second owner of this 98 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport and I love the vehicle. However, just recently I seem to be experiencing some electrical problems. I have over 80,000 miles on it and the electrical "shorts" (for lack of better terms) comes and goes. I can drive the vehicle for weeks and then all of a sudden the ABS light comes on and my whole dash display goes ... Read More
Something similar happened with my 1997, turned out the battery was shorting out. The Mopar batteries were really bad!
This sounds exactly like the problem I had with a Maxima alternator. One minute it was putting out 15 volts the next minute 11.5 volts. Three Maxima alternators I had Pep Boys install in a month all had the same problem, bad diodes. Took the car to a Nissan dealer and had them replace it with a factory re manufactured unit, End of problem. Caravan alternators are controlled by the computer. ... Read More
Okay, I'll skip over the how much I hate 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan - and go right to the trouble. 1 week ago driving, suddenly the voltage light comes on, gauges on dash start blinking, fuel gauge goes up and down, odom. digital read out starts flickering, car bucks once or twice. Get home. next day van hesitates when starting then starts up. drive to local mech. - really good people ... Read More
I have a 98 dodge caravan i bought last week. i had it for 3 days and the check engine light went on. for what i understand it went into limp mode. i ran a scanner on it and the fault code came out as Transmission Control System malfunction. does anyone know what that means and how to fix it. now my van wont kick into 3rd or 4th gear and ... Read More
Ummm, they ALL buzz, going into gear, coming out of gear and shifting from gear to gear. I'm a runner and a cyclist and I can tell when an automatic equipped FWD Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth is approaching me from behind if I'm approaching an intersection or just leaving one simply from the buzzing noise the transmission makes as it does its thing. Please be assured, what you are hearing is simply normal operations ... Read More
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. On a trip when the kids were watching a movie on our plug-in VCR, the unit just stopped. The light on the power plug wasn't lit, so I suspected I blew a fuse. I replaced all fuses and still neither the front dash or back AC power outlet works. Any suggestions?
My van has issues. First, and foremost the transmission. It works well in every gear except REVERSE. Also my service engine light remains on. Also all of my instrument lights on the dash do not register. For example I have no speed odometer and can not see my gas gauge as to how much gas I have in the vehicle. So I need help. A garage told me there is a ... Read More
Hey gang, just to underscore what has been said fairly often here about just how clean synthetic oil keeps the innards of an engine, I posted a couple of pictures on my Yahoo! photo album. These two pictures (actually one photo that has a small section copied out for easier viewing) are of the valve cover oil filler hole and the rocker arm below of our 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan with ... Read More
I live in New Hampshire and my wife and I have two Dodge Grand Caravans, both FWD, a 1998 with ABS and without traction control, and a 2003 with both ABS and traction control. Assuming a decent set of tires (I have Goodyear Assurance TripleTred 215/65 R16 on both vans), both have proven to be extremely capable in very heavy snow situations, in spite of all of the hills and curves ... Read More
I have seen some similar problems in this forum. I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport SE. Earlier this summer, it would not start. Most of the dash lights would not turn on and it would run for about 3 seconds and stop. If you tried 3 times, it went completely dead. We had been using the key to get in because the keyless was dead. I saw an earlier ... Read More
I HAVE A 1998 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE WITH 108,000 MILES. THE CAR STARTS WHEN IT FEELS LIKE IT. MY CONTROL CLUSTER GOES OUT AND THE CAR WONT START. AFTER MUCH FRUSTRATION I AM BEING TOLD IT IS MY ALARM SYSTEM THAT IS MALFUNTIONING WITHIN MY BODY CONTROL MODULE AND THEY SAY IT CANNOT BE BYPASSED OR FIXED, BUT THE BCM NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. ANY SUGGESTIONS? DOES ANYONE KNOW IF ... Read More
Had a problem very very similar to this on my 93 Caravan. Took it in to 2 different Chrysler dealerships as well as various independent mechanics. After it finally happened for one of the Dodge mechanics, he found the coil was breaking down. This was 5 years ago, and I have replaced the coil once again since then when the problem occurred again. Apparently, they don't make ignition coils like they ... Read More
Great, at least it was a cheap and easy fix once you figured it out. Thanks for the solution/feedback, it's appreciated.
lastwraith: $8.99 later, I believe the problem is fixed. The thermostat was apparently broken in half. My wife drove 15 hours yesterday from MI to SC w/no heating problems. Thanks for your help. (You are right on the fans, also.)
Sorry, I don't know specifically what the fan behavior is in the Caravans. But in all my other cars, one fan runs if the a/c is not being used, both run when you turn the a/c on, and when the coolant temperature sensor hits a certain threshold the radiator fan speeds up while the other fan remains constant. Let us know what you find out if you get a chance.
lastwraith: I flushed the system prior to the installation of the new radiator, so I don't think that is the problem but I will keep it in mind. I have told my wife just to go ahead and have someone put in a new thermostat for her since that is relatively cheap. Re: coolant loss, I don't know right now, because when it overheated the other day my brother-in-law decided it ... Read More
It sounds a lot like the other radiatior was blocked inside and that the system was not blown out properly. The debris could have circulated out of the old radiator and then be causing intermittent blockages in the new one. But if they did a good job flushing out the system before the replacement then this should not be the case. Considering it still heats up on the highway, I guess ... Read More
I live in SC, but my wife is taking care of her father's funeral in MI, so I am trying to diagnose this problem long distance. The radiator was recently replaced due to a crack in it, but some similar problems/symptoms are occuring. Sometimes (not all the time, but too many times to ignore), at highway speed (70+ MPH), with the a/c on, the temperature gauge slowly inches up past the ... Read More
Hi everyone I am in the need of some info. I have a 1998 dodge grand caravan 3.0 6cyl. My horn and cruise control does not work at all i replaced the horn relay and the fuses i was wondering if anyone knew of problems like this. Also i took the van to my mechanic he seems to think that it may be a problem with the horn switch and to ... Read More
Regarding handling in snow - I have had several 4 wheel drive cars (Subarus, Jeeps, Toyotas) as well as 2 Dodge Caravans (1998, 2005) and have strong opinions regarding snow and snow tires. I believe my Caravans with 4 first quality winter tires (I've used Blizzaks on the 1998, and Michelin x-Ice on the new Grand Caravan) are BETTER all around in snow than a 4 wheel drive vehicle on 4 ... Read More
I just bought a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan with 113,000 miles on it. The transmission was replaced at 103,000 miles. It runs and sounds fine but just before you come to a complete stop (at 5-6 mph) it makes a clunking noise and kind of jerks forward. You can sometimes aviod the problem by slowing way down before a stop and sort of coasting forward. Could this be a transmission problem? ... Read More
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 ... Read More
I've been tracking the DC mini-van transmission issues (the Dextron fiasco and otherwise) for a number of years now, and one thing I've noticed is that, unless I'm missing something, the problems seem to be more concentrated with the mini-vans equipped with the smaller engines. To the best of my knowledge, I only remember one or maybe two reports of 3.8 liter vans having a problem. With that in mind, and ... Read More
THanks everyone! I'm starting my homework now!
We just traded in our 1998 Dodge Caravan Sport with 77,000 miles. Last year at 66,000 we had to replace the head gaskets for 850.00. If you go on edmunds and look at the consumer reviews for that specific model year you'll see that that the transmissions go and the A/C compressor. I would NOT buy it. We got rid of ours now because we didn't want to pay for a ... Read More
I would be concerned as to why it has such low mileage. You might want to ask some questions about that. I believe the mileage for a 1998 should be anywhere from 65,000 to 73,000 miles. I highly recommend the Consumer Reports Used Car book. It has a lot of information, a check list and questions to ask regarding a used vechicle. I used this when purchasing our 2001 GC. It ... Read More
We have an appraisal tool linked off the Used Car pages that you can use for a second opinion. The same page has links to Buying Tips that are worth a scan too. Running a Carfax may be worth it, but it sounds pretty cherry with those miles. And having a mechanic look it over should expose any obvious major problems. Steve, Host
Hi, I have the opportunity to buy a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan with AWD and 36,000miles. The mileage is valid. According to the owner, he has never had any transmission problems. Price seems fair according to Kelly Blue book, but after reading all the messages, I am scared to buy it. What should I know before buying this van? Thank you.
now the car won't start at all, do you know why ?? 2 weeks ago when the car was inspected, the alternator was replaced and charging systems was checked, does it have anything to do with that?? we purchased the car just 3 months ago, so hopefully the shop is willing to cover if not all, maybe some of the cost (same dealership company). can you give a ballpark how much ... Read More
You said: "The car hesitated when ignited for the past 2 days, but usually able to start after 2nd try. Same thing happen today when started, but there's an additional noise. I turned off engine but the starter (the belt) just keep running (chugging), and smelling pretty bad. I unscrew battery to make it stop, and a lot of smoke were coming out with very bad smell. The smoke came from ... Read More
I live in hot and humid South Florida. Since the purchase of my 1998 Grand Caravan SE, I have replaced 3, three!!!, A/C evaporators, at least one per year. So far, Chrysler has honored warranty replacements. It all starts with a moldy smell, apparent when turning the A/C on. Then the under dash hissing occurs, noticeable when stopped, say at intersections. Then within days, no A/C. I have been told that ... Read More
I have to agree with dmathews3 about DC. In the past I have owned a 1991 Gr Caravan and have had a 1994 all wheel drive at work. I presently own a 1999 Grand Caravan ES and it will be the last. The others had their problems but it seemed the folks at Dodge were more open and willing to help. The 1991 went 185000 miles but got too expense to ... Read More
We own a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport and a 2001 Mazda MPV. I was fairly happy with the GC but after a year of MPV ownership and not once having brought it in for anything other than an oil change, I think back to the many times and multiple visits to my dealership's inept service department to repair loose interior panels, defective speakers, broken locks, and other assorted rattles, and ... Read More
First on the transmission problems, from everything I've seen (usenet, Edmunds' town hall, Consumer Reports reliability data, JD Powers initial quality index, and the statement of mechanic who until recently worked at a Dodge dealership) the transmission was dramatically improved starting the in 1998 model year. It used to be that a percentage of these (about 15%, according to the mechanic) failed in the first 30k miles, and few went beyond ... Read More
We have our 1998 Grand Caravan ES for almost 4 years now with 50K miles. We had our first problem with it just after the 36K warranty expired. It over heated and the radiator fan had to be replaced. And just recently when it reached 48K miles, the radiator is leaking and it had to be replaced. It's good that we have extended warranty. I would suggest to anyone buying Dodge ... Read More
Hi guys, I am new to the forum. I have a Dodge Grand caravan ES AWD 2001. I have made 7000 miles. I have read through most of your messages. I am familiar with most of your concerns and observations. I have noticed the 2100 rpm vib-in my case it is more like a HUM or DRONE noise. MORE CONCERNING however seems to be a radiator FAN VIBRATION that is felt ... Read More
We own a 1998 Grand Caravan SE with 57,000 miles. Went back for warranty replacement of power steering pully 27,000 mi and internal battery short. Since then nothing except front brake pads which I replaced myself. We have the 3.8L engine and pull, on occasion a 16 foot outboard boat (900lbs). Happy so far, but the trim quality could be better.
I bought the Grand Caravan ES model in May of 1998. All the extras on it. Brand new. At 42,000 miles the transmission goes out on it as I am coming home from a business trip. Towed to the dealership - for a new transmission. Van was exactly 1 year old. I was told from the dealership that I should have taken out the extended warranty. Can you believe that a ... Read More