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  • SDM
    SDM - 2001 Dodge Dakota - Body & Interior - 9/16/2010
    Ignition cylinder lock
    I thought we had a bad ignition cylinder lock in my truck and replaced it with a new one. What is going on is the vehicle starts fine but if you want the turn signals to function or to have the radio on you have to turn the key forward to where it is just from ...
    • Ray
      9/16/2010 Ray
      It could be the ignition switch.
  • BUD4810
    • AC130 Spectre
      9/15/2010 AC130 Spectre
      Part Number: 20-3016-78 m with corner lamp $110.97
      Part Number: 9355 without corner lamp $90.83
  • lynn
    lynn - 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 9/15/2010
    Hatch won't open or unlock
    Hatch will not open with key pad .Can;t get the key in the key hole.Feels like there is something in there.It would lock and unlock electronically before but would not raise had to use the hatch handle,to open it.It unlocked yesterday but will not unlock ...
    • AC130 Spectre
      9/15/2010 AC130 Spectre
      1. Remove the plastic panel on the inside of the van. You need to remove the handle and several screws on the perimeter of the door.

      2. Disconnect the interior door lights by gently pulling the wiring harness (two of these).

      3. Looking at the door from the interior, there is a small electronic plunger mechanism on the right side with an "accordion" (this is the electric lock). There is a rod that goes from the to the middle of the door, just above the lock mechanism. Another rod goes from the key lock to the latch. This rod, threaded on one end, snaps into a small bracket on the latch. It may need to be snapped back in. There may also be a rubbery/tar-like sticker near the locking mechanisms that can be removed (it can interfere with some of the moving parts).

      4. Manually operate the plunger on the electric lock several times using pliers. Mine was extremely stiff. It should move the rod at least a full inch.

      5. Spray lubricant on the latch, the back of the key lock, and the back of the exterior handle. Also spray lubricant into the key lock itself (where the key goes). Do NOT spray lubricant on the electronic lock mechanism or plunger.

      6. Just above the latch, there is a small hole (only about 1/8" around). Carefully and liberally spray lubricant into that hole in every direction (this is where the rods from the key lock, electric lock, and latch meet). There is a white plastic post that comes out through another nearby hole. Spray lubricant liberally into that hole, too.

      7. Again, manually operate the plunger on the electric lock several times using pliers. It should be considerably smoother to operate.

      8. Put your key into the key lock and pull it out several times.

      9. Spray lubricant into the key lock again, then carefully operate the lock with the key. If it didn't work or was stiff before, it should operate much more smoothly. Operate the electric locks several times.

      10. When operating the lock, you should see the plunger on the electric lock move to its extents (at least an inch). Watch it when using a key and using the electric lock.

      11. Check the movements of the rod and plunger when operating the lock, and the movements of the latch when operating the handle (when unlocked). If anything is still really stiff, use some more lubricant and operate the lock and handle again.

      12. When reassembling the door panel, remember to plug in the two wiring harnesses for the interior lights.
    • cadieman
      9/15/2010 cadieman
      spray penetratind oil in cylinder and push the key in and out u may free up the cylinder
      your lock actuator in the lid my be bad. if u keep sprayin and workin the key u should
      free it up
  • bart
    bart - 2005 Dodge Magnum - Body & Interior - 9/15/2010
    Delay before cranking
    If key is turned to start, nothing will happen tor two seconds. Then car starts normal, no drag, no slow crank, no extended crank, fires right off every time. Turn key off, same thing happens, two sec. delay before starter gets currant. Batt. good, relay good all ...
    • Bobby
      9/15/2010 Bobby
      its having some kind of a delayed response have someone else turn the key while they are doing that check for voltage at the starter. if there is voltage immediately when they turn the key then it could be the starter, if the voltage doesn't get there right away it could be the ignition switch or a relay. Checking a wiring diagram to see what the voltage flows through will help alot.
  • kephart
    kephart - 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 - Body & Interior - 9/15/2010
    I hear water in the heaterbox
    truck has 105,345 miles here water all the time
    • yboy82
      9/15/2010 yboy82
      Check the condition of your heater control valve, it controls flow of coolant through your heater core and usually located.
      9/23/2010 kephart
      where is heater control valve located?
  • bill
    bill - 2005 Dodge Stratus - Body & Interior - 9/14/2010
    Where is the horn located
    • Ladiesman217
      9/14/2010 Ladiesman217
      Right side of vehicle parallel to A/C condenser, before you replace the horn make sure it doesnt work, because it could be any number of things, the clockspring behind the steering wheel which contains all the wiring to the steering wheel, the horn fuse/relay, or the horn switch itself.
  • bart
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/14/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Maybe not. You must have all modules scanned for fault codes including the security module.
  • manny
    manny - 1989 Dodge Dakota - Body & Interior - 9/14/2010
    How do i change front side blinkers
    • Ladiesman217
      9/14/2010 Ladiesman217
      Remove the lens screws

      Pull off lens, turn the bulb and pull out of its socket
      Place bulb into socket and turn in to secure mounting lugs. Install and secure lens
  • mark
    mark - 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 - Body & Interior - 9/14/2010
    How do you tighten the exterior mirror. it moves in when driving
    • yboy82
      9/14/2010 yboy82
      If you are referring to your side mirror you should tighten your side mirror retaining nuts, remove the side trim cover to have access to the side mirror retaining nuts.

      You can visit this link to have more idea how to perform it and what tools are needed
  • cutter
    cutter - 1992 Dodge Daytona - Body & Interior - 9/14/2010
    My window motor is working but there is a plastic band with teath that is broken is this part of the motor.
    window wont go up or down
  • ranchhand
    ranchhand - 1992 Dodge D150 - Body & Interior - 9/13/2010
    I want to view a video on on replacing window stripping for this vehicle
    Where can I view a video to replace the weather stripping for a 1992 dodge ram 150 truck . Could not find it on
    • Blackwater
      9/13/2010 Blackwater
      Thank you for this feedback, the only place i can think of right now on where to find this video is on

      Anyway, we will be forwarding this request to the proper dept.
      9/14/2010 ranchhand
      thank you blackwater. Seems almost all other repairs are covered but this one on
  • delvin
    delvin - 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 9/13/2010
    Parking lights blink. all the time, installed new headlight switch. does the same thing
    the parking lights and dash lights just start blinking ,randomly. have to disconnect battery cable to shut them happens quite often when the car is shut off.also removed relay in fuse box
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/13/2010 HouseCallAuto
      High probability of a bad Body Control Module (BCM). The BCM grounds the parking light relay to turn the lights on. It is likely that the BCM has an internal fault that is putting out a ground erratically to the parking lamp relay. Try disconnecting the electrical connector from the BCM and then reattach it. It is like a reboot of the BCM. The BCM may need to be replaced.

      Here is a detailed diagnostic if you can do it to prove or disprove the BCM as the cause. >>

      Headlights and park lamps flash intermittently when turned off.
      1. Gain access to the headlight switch connector.

      2. Check voltage on the Light Green/White and the Light Green/Orange wire at the headlight switch. Both should have B+ with the headlight switch off.

      3. If no B+ on both wires, check power supplies on the Pink wire at 13 on the C1 Junction Block (JB) connector, the Dark Green/Red wire at pin 15 on the C4 JB connector, the Black/White wire at pin 31 of the C3 JB connector and the Dark Blue wire at pin 31 of the C4 JB connector.

      4. Check voltage on the Body Control Module (BCM) ground wires. Check the Black/Light Green wire at pin 10 and 14 of the C1 BCM connector, the Black/Light Green wire at pin 29 of the C4 JB connector, the Black wire at pin 21 of the C4 JB connector and the Black wire at pin 2 of the C2 JB connector.

      5. If the powers and grounds are OK to the BCM, the BCM is faulty.
  • Steve
    • twill16
      9/12/2010 twill16
      The power windows have circuit breakers in them, and if they get to hot the windows won't work
  • darango
    darango - 2001 Dodge Durango - Body & Interior - 9/12/2010
    How do i fix the power outlets. i blew the fuse and now cant find out how to fix it.
    i tried the fuse box in the dash on the driver side but there is nothing there blown, and it isnt the rght place to find the proper fuse anyway. I just plugged in a tire pump in to the "power outlets" and the fuse blew but i cant figure out where it is to fix it.
  • kimas v
    • twill16
      9/11/2010 twill16
      There's a circuit breaker in power windows, which means if you hold the switch to long it overheats and the switch won't work until it cools down again, that's why u may have to wait 20 min until the switch works again. Try rolling it up in short incrimates so it doesn't overheat