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  • 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
      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 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
      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
  • 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; 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,, or 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,, or 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.
  • GGlidden
    GGlidden - 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 - Body & Interior - 6/6/2013
    Taillight What is CAPA Certified?
    • Jimm
      6/6/2013 Jimm
      Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) = for spare / aftermarket / replacement parts. In terms of the automotive lighting; the CAPA standard 301 is for certifying aftermarket automotive lighting. Included in the standard are the specifications for dimensional checks (form and fit), appearance, composition, coating performance, mechanical properties, adhesives, fasteners, hardware, photometric performance, electrical performance, and aiming performance. Lighting products covered by the standard include headlights, tail lights, turn signals, brake signals, reflectors, running lights, and high-mounted brake lights.
  • phoeberobinson
    phoeberobinson - 2000 Dodge Caravan - Body & Interior - 6/6/2013
    The interior lights and door locks go off and on continually for no reason.
    Mileage 40,000. No service person can find a reason. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it does not. VERY annoying as the clicking of the door locks and the lights blink off and on. This has been going on for over a year and the problem cannot be found. Taken to 2 ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Your cause is most likely a bad Driver Door Ajar Switch. You need to use a smarter tech to diagnose your vehicle. Your Caravan has an option that if enabled causes your doors to lock after the vehicle reaches a few miles per hour. If there is a door opened and then closed (which a faulty door ajar switch would imitate) while the vehicle is in motion the computer will relock the doors. This would appear as the door locks cycling and the interior lamps cycling as well.
    • frankiedonnn
      6/6/2013 frankiedonnn
      I also think that if the door-lock catch needs adjusting the door maybe shaking while driving and triggering the switch, which would cause the same symptoms as if the switch was bad.
  • goals4you
    goals4you - 1997 Dodge Caravan - Body & Interior - 6/6/2013
    All fuses are good but my horn won't blow
    i made the horn blow from relay
    • frankiedonnn
      6/6/2013 frankiedonnn
      Maybe the relay is bad if you by-passed it and the horn worked.Or check for faulty connections on the relay.
  • dianeb
    dianeb - 2007 Dodge Caliber - Body & Interior - 6/6/2013
    After washing my car on Saturday, Sunday morning there was 2 inches of water sitting on the floor behind the drivers sea
    took it to my mechanic and they cannot find where it is leaking from. The windows were rolled up, so that would be your first question. I cleaned the water up and it appeared again in the back about 1.5 inches. What could be the problem? Thank you in advance for ...
    • CVO
      6/6/2013 CVO
      Windshield, windows ? Have an assistant or you to stay inside the car while it is washing. detect it and repair the leaks.
    • frankiedonnn
      6/6/2013 frankiedonnn
      Is it only behind the driver's seat and not infront? I had a new car once and it was leaking when the rain came through the bulk-head somewhere under the dash.Never did find out for sure after taking back to the dealer 5 times I just traded it in.Some times a leak will develop if the metal rusts away where the water passes through the area under the wipers or the windshield rubber is bad.If it's only in the back thats a tricky one, but you could check the rubber seal around the rear door.
  • reginabreed
    reginabreed - 2005 Dodge Neon - Body & Interior - 6/5/2013
    Mortor mounts failing, and the electric system, not sure if this is under a recall.
    0 answer
  • 009coach
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      My friend tried that site and they kept his money and did not answer his question, did not give him refund either, so be careful with that site likeplum because it seems that they may be a bit shady
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Did the regulator also include a motor because it sounds like that is what was needed.