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  • chris bartley
    chris bartley - 2003 Dodge Stratus - Body & Interior - 8/25/2010
    The power windows and air conditioner is not working the break light and abs lights are on. Dash lights also not workin
    The car has done this for several days and if I turned it off and back on it would seem like it reset something and the items worked now that isn't working.
    • Bobby
      8/25/2010 Bobby
      really so they all went out together? and it used to come back on if you turned off and restarted the vehciel. This sounds like a relay problem. checkt the relay fuse panel under the dash. relays are cheap I would start by trying those to see if it fixes the problem before diving into searching for bad electrical wires.

      Could you elaborate a bit more on the problems? the air conditioner and power windows did they stop working at the same time? and did the warning lights come on at the same time? The worning lights could be a seperate issue. but it seems like power is not getting to alot of your vehicle systems. this could be a main fuse/relay problem or it could be a loose connection to a main feed wire.

      the best way to start checking is by checking for power at teh relay center. see if the relays are getting voltage to there power terminal, this will tell you if it is the realys or if it is in the circuit before the relays.
      8/25/2010 chris bartley
      Thank you. Yes everything happenned at the same time.
  • soundeng1
    soundeng1 - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 8/24/2010
    Power door locks not working
    power door locks stop working after washing at a self serve car wash. remote unlock seems to work but door lock will not release. wonder if it is the self reseting circuit breaker?
    • AC130 Spectre
      8/24/2010 AC130 Spectre
      There are several things that can cause the power door locks not to work properly. The most common cause of a single door lock not to work, is a bad door lock actuator (also called a door lock solenoid). Another common problem or cause of door locks not working is simply a bad door lock switch. Many cars today have computers that are also in the loop when it comes to controlling the door locks. Fortunately, body computer systems are pretty dependable and give problems seldomly. It seems as though the most troublesome vehicles regarding door locks related to computer control issues, are Chrysler’s; Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country vans sometimes have BUS related issues (BUS means “a collection of wires through which data is transmitted from one computer to another”)… but this is still rare. Ford Explorers also have a few BUS issues that can be related to door lock security module, or wiring shorting out that goes from the door into the body. Usually when checked with a scan tool in the body control or security section, there will be a code indicating if there’s a BUS fault.

      Problems can also include other failed parts that aren’t high tech, like a linking rod connector. Sometimes the linkage can pop off during the process of a locksmith using a slim jim or someone using a hanger to unlock a door. It’s easy to hook onto a rod and disconnect a link. In this case it’s just a matter of removing the door panel and maybe adjusting the linkage and replacing the plastic rod retainer if it was weakened or broken.

      Door latches can wear, some have the door lock actuators built in and others don’t, but a worn latch in either case can cause problems. If there is too much play or excess movement, the door lock may not work dependably. When replacing door lock actuators, a lot of times they are only available as an assembly including both the door latch and actuator as a unit. It depends on the make and model how they are which design they have.

      Door Lock Diagnostics. First think about the problem logically.

      1. If there is only ONE door lock not working, the problem is more than likely isolated within that particular door, barring some unusual wiring issue.
      2. If all the door locks work with the passenger side door lock switch, but not the driver’s door lock switch then the problem is more than likely the driver’s switch.
      3. If a single door lock only works in one direction, either to lock or unlock but not both, then the problem is likely to be the door lock actuator.
      4. If ALL door locks work only in one direction, ether to lock or unlock but not both, then the problem is likely to be a bad door lock switch.
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/24/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Clarify please, what are the locks doing or not doing - exactly? And which locks, all, one two, lock, unlock?
      2/20/2011 georgedippolito
      Door locks do not work with either switch or remote.Remote operates the hatch lock and so does the the switch to lock and unlock. Locks will not lock automatically when 20 - 30 mph speed is reached.
  • Bob Jay
    Bob Jay - 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 - Body & Interior - 8/24/2010
    Why does my AC only blows cold air on half of the vents?
    Anytime I turn my AC on it only blows cold air thru the driver side vents, the passenger side vents blow warm air. It seems at times that after 30 minutes or 30 miles of highway driving it either compensates or starts to blow cooler. This occurs regardless to ...
    • Lostyet
      8/24/2010 Lostyet
      Have the freon checked in your a/c. I had a similiar problem with my wife's car. I took it into the shop this morning and was told that my freon was low by about a pound. They replaced the missing pound of freon and now I have cold a/c all the time.
      Good Luck!
    • Bob Jay
      8/24/2010 Bob Jay
      Okay. What type of car was it
  • tracie
    tracie - 2002 Dodge Neon - Body & Interior - 8/23/2010
    My interior lights went out gear,odometer light inside
    • CVO
      8/23/2010 CVO
      Check the dimmer switch.
  • joe
    joe - 2005 Dodge Neon - Body & Interior - 8/23/2010
    How do you replace the coverking dash
    • CVO
      8/23/2010 CVO
      Did you have a crack on your coverking dash ? If it is the case, buy a dash cover and cover up the cracked dash.
  • Gennifer
    Gennifer - 2007 Dodge Charger - Body & Interior - 8/22/2010
    Trunk will not open with remote or button.
    Put new battery in remote.
    • CVO
      8/22/2010 CVO
      Did you try with a second remote?. The remote acts like a transmitter, it send the signal to the receiver to open the trunk. Do you need extra strenght to manually open the trunk ?If not, the receiver probably did not take the signal to pull the locking device.
  • tim
    tim - 1992 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 8/22/2010
    Passenger side door lock wont catch on door jam and keep door closed.
    • CVO
      8/22/2010 CVO
      Check the lock mechanism which is located on the left side of the door to see if the jaw is open to catch the door jam. If it was closed, activate the handle to make it open, apply some grease as well. If it was opened, the jaws probably sticky and it won't close to catch the door jam.
  • Jim
    Jim - 2004 Dodge Dakota - Body & Interior - 8/22/2010
    What is wrong when window falls down. I also found piece of plastic that seems to have broke off something.
    this is on drivers side automatic window.
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/22/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The door trim panel has to be removed to see what parts are needed. Might be a window regulator or might be connection to the window glass.
  • ironman670
    ironman670 - 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 - Body & Interior - 8/21/2010
    Air only comes out through defrost vents??
    • Oxides
      8/21/2010 Oxides
      check for a vacuum leak.
    • mopar
      8/21/2010 mopar
      vacuum motor under your dash....mine did the same thing
  • perry
    perry - 1997 Dodge Caravan - Body & Interior - 8/21/2010
    How do i change a headlight assembly
    • CVO
      8/21/2010 CVO
      Go the local library, check-out a Haynes repair manual for the year of the car and follow the step by step to change the headlight assembly.
  • Tom
    Tom - 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 8/21/2010
    How do I replace or dismantle the "door ajar" switch on a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan?
    0 answer
  • Tom
    Tom - 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 8/21/2010
    How do you replace or dismantle "door ajar" switch?
    0 answer
  • Mac
    Mac - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Body & Interior - 8/20/2010
    The drivers side sliding door only opens part way electronicaly - same with closing only partial closing
    Opening it opens about four inches - closing it closes most of the way (stops about 8 inches short of closed. No problem manually opening or closing.
    0 answer
  • steve
    steve - 2001 Dodge Durango - Body & Interior - 8/18/2010
    Replace left headlight
    • ochitone
      8/18/2010 ochitone
      sometimes, the battery may need to be moved slightly to get your hand into the socket. Un-plug the electrical conecter, twist out the mounting ring that holds the bulb in, and pull old bulb out.

      IMPORTANT: never touch the new bulbs glass parts. The oils in your fingers could cause the bulb to blow. Insert the bulb, install the mounting o ring, plug the electrical conector in, and turn on the light. Check them out.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 - Body & Interior - 8/18/2010
    Hi. i just need the grille insert for the passenger side of my truck replaced.
    i called and spoke to your rep and he said i needed part # PR-805040 but when i use your parts fit thingy on the website it said it won't fit my truck? i have the slotted grille and would like to just replace the one broken side but if i need to buy the set i will. ...
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