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  • clarkbricar217
    clarkbricar217 - 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 7/22/2013
    How to fix the air conditioner leaking on the floor board?
    while running air conditioner or defrost, i have water leaking on passenger side floor board
     
    • Jimm
      7/22/2013 Jimm
      The evaporator drain hose may be clogged and it's located underneath the chassis - near the passenger floor board. The drain hose simply drains off the moisture from the a/c system - from the evaporator on the interior (distributed through the cold air registers). Locate the hose and use a coat hanger wire to unplug it. Note: dirt / debris accumulation is the most likely cause of the hose plugged.
    • wbrockstar
      7/22/2013 wbrockstar
      Open hood and look on firewall way down near the bottom ( passenger side) or you might have to lay a piece of carpet down,then lie on your back and look for a hole usually has a black grommet around it.For easier way to locate,start van and turn air on to see if any water is coming out of this hole.Its called a weep hole and its clogged up.Take a coat hanger wire and run it into that hole until you clear the blockage and see water coming out.A pan sits under the ac core and if the weep hole gets clogged,the pan will fill up with water and overflow onto floorboard.If the same thing happens when you turn the heat on,then the heater core is leaking
  • epcr50
    epcr50 - 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 7/17/2013
    No gauges working mileage doesn't light up
    no cluster lights speedometer tach gas gauges don't work. mileage and shifter letters don't light. also no turn signals have head and parking lighs but turn signal wont work radio a/c blower and dome light working also lights you get when you first start car ...
     
    • wbrockstar
      7/17/2013 wbrockstar
      First thing to do is check all fuses related to these circuits
  • violec
    violec - 2005 Dodge Caravan - Body & Interior - 7/16/2013
    Does window regulator have to be replaced with the motor?
    i'm about to order a new motor for the driver side window on my caravan. is it necessary to replace the regulator as well?
     
    • CVO
      7/16/2013 CVO
      I would replace both. Check with www.rockauto.com
  • threewiz
    threewiz - 1998 Dodge Caravan - Body & Interior - 7/14/2013
    What is wrong with heat/ac when the fan comes on & off inconsistently?
    Setting of dial & function of fan are not in sync.
     
    • CVO
      7/14/2013 CVO
      First, apply a 12 volts direct to test the blower motor.
      1. If the blower runs inconsistently on & off, then the cause is a bad blower motor.
      2. If the blower motor runs as normal.
      a. Then the blower motor resistor ( controlled the multiple speed setting Low, M1, M2, M3 ) is broken.
      b. The front blower motor relay controlled the highest speed setting is now intermittently working.
      3. Or the AC / Heater control module quits.
  • abe
    abe - 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 7/11/2013
    A/C clutch won't engage trace all the wire all okay pls I need your help
    A/C won't engage
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No, not that simple of tracing back a wire. You need a scan tool that can show live data related to ac on-off command from switch or this will be a long diagnostic. This is not a DIY diagnostic. Only thing you can check is fuses, you could power up the clutch on the compressor just to confirm that the clutch works. You have to know that there is sufficient refrigerant in system, If there are blinking leds inside the van there is a cooldown test that has to be done before the clutch will engage, so as I said, this can get deep for a non-professional. Not one to discourage but this is one you should skip trying to fix yourself.
  • jedwardsj4
     
    • CVO
      7/7/2013 CVO
      1. Replace the blower motor resistor, it controlled the LO, Ml, MH of the blower motor.
      It's still running on the HI speed due the blower switch is connected directly to the motor.

      2. The Mode Door Actuator controls the direction of airflow. It selects which way air flows through the different ducts. If your climate control system has lost the ability to control which vents the air comes out of, the MDA has probably failed. Both the ATC and MTC systems use this device.
      CVO
      7/7/2013 jedwardsj4
      thank you very much,and God bless!
  • kphawaii
    kphawaii - 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 7/3/2013
    This airbag light stays on all the time. Is this a safety issue should I have it checked out?
    I am buying a used car and the airbag light stays on all the time. Is this a safety issue? Should I have it checked out before I buy the car?
     
    • Jimm
      1/19/2013 Jimm
      Yes, most certainly is a safety issue - do not buy the vehicle without having the airbag and all safety features functioning. Do not buy / do not consider purchase until the safety airbag system is properly serviced - your life and the lives of passengers may be at risk.
    • wbrockstar
      7/3/2013 wbrockstar
      Eventhough Jimm is giving good advice,if the horn and cruise are not working along with airbag light bein on it means that your airbag clockspring needs to be replaced.a common problem with caravans
      wbrockstar
      7/9/2013 wbrockstar
      If Im not mistaken,the airbag clockspring on caravans has a recall for that part.Youll have to check with Dodge to verify what models/years are included in recall
  • frankiedonnn
    frankiedonnn - 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Van - Body & Interior - 6/26/2013
    A/C starts cool and goes hot after driving for 10 to 20 mins.
    I consulted a trouble shooting guide in a tech.book and : I cleaned the condenser and the evaporator,I checked the R-134a with a tester that has 4 lights.It indicates that the refrigerant is low,but, when I attempt to refill it,the red light quickly glows which ...
     
    • howieh
      6/25/2013 howieh
      have you had the system checked It could be shutting down because of extreme high pressure if that's the case you need to take it to a a/c teck also did you charge the system yourself if you did there is most likely air in the system or you overcharged it
      howieh
      6/25/2013 frankiedonnn
      It is true that I may have overcharged it but the problem started before I attempted to charge it so thats not the problem initially.Unfortunately money is very tight and though it may seem rediculous I find myself trying to diagnose everything myself.I don't have a professional a/c gauge which would give me a better idea of the problem.However,I appreciate your response and any ideas that could help.
    • John's Auto Repair
      6/25/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Another possibility is the evaporator is freezing-up. At what pressure on the low side does the compressor cycle off? If it's 20PSI or less that would cause freeze-up.
      John's Auto Repair
      6/25/2013 frankiedonnn
      John's Auto Repair: I don't have any means of checking the pressure, but I opened the cowling a week or two ago shortly after running it and it was'nt frozen.The evaporator was replaced since I owned the van but I suspect that it could be leaking again.I just have to prove it .But how?I just hoping that the problem is some little thing that i could fix myself.
    • John's Auto Repair
      6/26/2013 John's Auto Repair
      you can pickup a set of gauges for around $75.00. You would need to give me gauge readings to
      proceed any further.
      John's Auto Repair
      6/26/2013 frankiedonnn
      Thanks, I'll see what I can do about that,but it could be a while.
  • berndad99
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      junkyard or new from the dealer. There is no aftermarket suppliers of dashboard trim that I have ever heard of.
  • JamesMelvin
    JamesMelvin - 1999 Dodge Dakota - Body & Interior - 6/20/2013
    Driver side turn signal will not flash. Replaced bulbs and multi-function switch.
    My driver side turn signal and the delay on the windshield wipers will not work. The parking lights still come on but will not flash with turn or hazards. The rear signal flashes faster, as if the front bulb was bad. Replaced bulbs and checked wiring, fuses and all ...
     
    • CVO
      6/20/2013 CVO
      1. Check the wiper central timer module, it has the wiper park switch sense and the wiper on / off relay.

      2.The multi-function switch is connected to the signal lamps through the joint connector # 1 ( power distribution center ). Check this connection pins to see if there are any contamination. A contamination pin could stop the current flow. Use a piece of sand paper or a tiny file to clean it.
      For more information, see the free diagrams at www.bbbind.com
  • m.britz
    m.britz - 2006 Dodge Dakota - Body & Interior - 6/12/2013
    I need to replace my gas props struts for my fiberglass tonneau cover
    Original part - Master lift D-56070 mlo-38-70 Measures 14 eye to eye closed and 23: eye to eye extended.
     
    • Jimm
      6/12/2013 Jimm
      These gas springs are manufactured by Stabilus, in the US (Gastonia, NC). Try the company website; www.stabilus.com for more information.
      You may also contact the manufacturer / distributor of the tonneau cover - they may have spare parts available as well.
  • tdoconnor
    tdoconnor - 2006 Dodge Charger - Body & Interior - 6/11/2013
    How to replace a drivers side power window switch.
     
    • Jimm
      6/11/2013 Jimm
      Fairly simple task - check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to remove the inner door panel and to replace the window switch.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the window switch from around $26.00 (Dorman part # 901450) for your vehicle.
  • wizzapper
    wizzapper - 2000 Dodge Dakota - Body & Interior - 6/10/2013
    Warning lights on and Speedometer does not work. Just started happening.
    200 Dodge Dakota 4WD 6 Cyl. Brake Warning light on. Check Engine Light on. ABS light on. Speedometer does not work.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/10/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the rear differential speed sensor. Probability here is almost 100%.
  • jamesriel60
    jamesriel60 - 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 6/8/2013
    What do you call the rear hatch back door, i need to order a handle for it .
    and what holds that handle in i can't see what to remove to get it out
     
    • Jimm
      6/8/2013 Jimm
      This would be the rear tailgate and tailgate handle - if you are referring to the exterior handle.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the Dorman part # 79000 tailgate handle from around $32.00 for your vehicle.
  • showroomproductions
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      May need to take it back to Dodge dealer and have window module reprogrammed.