Feb 272017
 

2008 Dodge Grand Caravanone taillight fails to work on brake light and turn signal. Taillight bulb is working. turn signal and brake light blink once and then fail. Socket has been changed, still not working. what would cause this


RESPONSE

Could be any part of the circuit. Bad wiring harness or connections. Possibly a bad component. Looking at the diagram provided it is clear that some testing with a multi-meter might be in store. If you have had any sort of trailer wiring installed, look there first.

Exterior lighting wiring diagram 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Feb 272017
 

2001 Dodge DakotaI installed a new head light switch. I disconnected battery before starting the replacement. When I finish getting the new switch in and prior to totally putting the dash panel back in I reconnected the battery to see if the switch was operating correctly. I noticed when I started the truck that the instrument panel cluster wasn’t working. I checked all fuses and found one 20 amp fuse for St light blown. I replaced it and found all lights working but still no instrument panel. What else do I need look at?


RESPONSE

The instrument panel utilizes 4 fuses. I would check those first. Use the diagram below to assist you in your diagnosis.

Instrument Cluster Wiring Diagram 2001 Dodge Dakota

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Feb 192017
 

2012 Dodge AvengerI have a lot of brake dust on rims, we have replaced calipers, brake pads, rotors, every 3 to 4 months. just wandering if there’s something else were missing


RESPONSE

Sounds like you are driving with two feet or are using the cheapest brake pads available. Brake pads should not be worn out inside of 3 months. If you have found the brake calipers sticking, the caliper hoses may be the cause.

Brake Dust on Rims

To help reduce the amount of brake dust you will want to use a quality ceramic brake pad. This should cut down on the amount of dust you are seeing.

Feb 082017
 

2008 Dodge AvengerMy battery and engine light came on last night while I was driving what could be wrong with my car?


RESPONSE

Battery and Engine Light

The battery light indicates the battery is no longer being charged. Typically this means the alternator has failed. It may also mean the alternator belt has come off but a loss of steering is usually noticed as well if this happens. Since the engine light came on as well it may be an indication of the same issue. When the engines computer no longer has sufficient battery voltage it will not function properly. Having the computer scanned will show any stored trouble codes.

Feb 062017
 

2002 Dodge Grand CaravanChanging alternator and my old alternator stuck in the engine. I have removed the bolts, belt and clips, but it still won’t come out. What do I do?


RESPONSE

Alternator Stuck

Once you are certain you have removed all retaining bolts it may be necessary to use a pry bar. Slide the pry bar behind the alternator and bracket or engine. You shouldn’t have to use too much force but some none the less.

If the alternator is loose but you are having difficulty getting out of the engine bay there is hope. Remove the Dipstick tube first. Then roll the alternator and remove. See below for complete auto repair manual instructions for replacing the alternator.

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Feb 022017
 

1997 Dodge Ram 1500my truck takes a few seconds to start


RESPONSE

Hard Starting

If the hard starting only occurs after the truck has set for a while or over night the fix may be simple. Replacing the spark plugs may be all that is needed here. Regular spark plugs tend to need replacing every other year on fuel injected engines. Where double platinum spark plugs will last about 100,000 miles. This is quite common for this year of truck.

If it is easier to start with applying the gas pedal then you may have a sticking Idle Speed Control.

And of course if the check engine light is on this may indicate a failing engine sensor.

 

Feb 022017
 

2001 Doge Ram 1500After removing all of the brake caliper, pads, bracket, and the hold down springs, I still can’t get the brake drum off. It is a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, quad cab w/long bed, 2 wheel drive, 5.9 gas.


RESPONSE

Brake Rotor Stuck

I am guessing you are talking about the rear brake rotor since a brake drum doesn’t have a caliper involved. Sometimes you will need to use a Sledge Hammer! No joke. At my shop we use a 15 lb LEAD hammer. This helps to prevent damage to the rotor. If you are not planning on reusing the rotor a metal sledge will do.

Warning! Wear safety googles and make sure the vehicle is properly supported.

At a very extreme, you may need to cut it off with a torch. Yes I have had to do this.

The same technique may be used for stuck brake drums after the adjuster is backed off.

DESCRIPTION

This vehicle is equipped with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes also certain vehicles have four wheel disc brakes. The front and rear disc brakes consist of dual piston calipers and ventilated rotors. The rear brakes are dual brake shoe, internal expanding units with cast brake drums. The parking brake mechanism is cable operated and connected to the rear brake trailing shoes. Power brake assist is standard equipment. A vacuum operated power brake booster is used on gas engine vehicles. A hydraulic booster is used on diesel engine vehicles.

Two antilock brake systems are used on this vehicle. A rear wheel antilock (RWAL) brake system and all-wheel antilock brake system (ABS). The RWAL and ABS systems are designed to retard wheel lockup while braking. Retarding wheel lockup is accomplished by modulating fluid pressure to the wheel brake units. Both systems are monitored by a microprocessor which controls the operation of the systems.
WARNING
Warning:
DUST AND DIRT ACCUMULATING ON BRAKE PARTS DURING NORMAL USE MAY CONTAIN ASBESTOS FIBERS FROM PRODUCTION OR AFTERMARKET LININGS. BREATHING EXCESSIVE CONCENTRATIONS OF ASBESTOS FIBERS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS BODILY HARM. EXERCISE CARE WHEN SERVICING BRAKE PARTS. DO NOT CLEAN BRAKE PARTS WITH COMPRESSED AIR OR BY DRY BRUSHING. USE A VACUUM CLEANER SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS FIBERS FROM BRAKE COMPONENTS. IF A SUITABLE VACUUM CLEANER IS NOT AVAILABLE, CLEANING SHOULD BE DONE WITH A WATER DAMPENED CLOTH. DO NOT SAND, OR GRIND BRAKE LINING UNLESS EQUIPMENT USED IS DESIGNED TO CONTAIN THE DUST RESIDUE. DISPOSE OF ALL RESIDUE CONTAINING ASBESTOS FIBERS IN SEALED BAGS OR CONTAINERS TO MINIMIZE EXPOSURE TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS. FOLLOW PRACTICES PRESCRIBED BY THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR THE HANDLING, PROCESSING, AND DISPOSITION OF DUST OR DEBRIS THAT MAY CONTAIN ASBESTOS FIBERS.
Caution:
Never use gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, motor oil, transmission fluid, or any fluid containing mineral oil to clean the system components. These fluids damage rubber cups and seals. Use only fresh brake fluid or Mopar brake cleaner to clean or flush brake system components. These are the only cleaning materials recommended. If system contamination is suspected, check the fluid for dirt, discoloration, or separation into distinct layers. Also check the reservoir cap seal for distortion. Drain and flush the system with new brake fluid if contamination is suspected.
Caution:
Use Mopar brake fluid, or an equivalent quality fluid meeting SAE/DOT standards J1703 and DOT 3. Brake fluid must be clean and free of contaminants. Use fresh fluid from sealed containers only to ensure proper antilock component operation.
Caution:
Use Mopar multi-mileage or high temperature grease to lubricate caliper slide surfaces, drum brake pivot pins, and shoe contact points on the backing plates. Use multi-mileage grease or GE 661 or Dow 111 silicone grease on caliper slide pins to ensure proper operation.

Jan 232017
 

2003 Dodge IntrepidWhile driving Battery fail indicator lit up. I came home and parked the car. Now the car will not start. It cranks but won’t start. I have tried jumping still no luck.
I have checked all fuses and they are all good. Would the crankshaft sensor cause this problem? If it failed while driving would it turn the engine off?


RESPONSE

A crankshaft sensor failure would not illuminate the battery light.

Battery Fail Indicator

The battery light is a NO CHARGE indicator. This means the battery is no longer getting charged. This is most commonly due to an alternator failure. But may also be in the form of an internal short in the battery.

Most likely the battery is shot along with the alternator. Once the battery light comes on the engine is running completely off the battery which adds a strain to it and reduces its life span. When the PCM doesn’t have sufficient voltage it will not start the engine. Replacing the battery and alternator should take care of the issue.

Charging System

The charging system is turned on when the engine is started. The Generator field is control by the PCM using a 12-volt high-side driver and a body ground circuit. The Generator output voltage is determined by the PCM. When more system voltage is needed, the PCM applies a longer duty cycle using the 12-volt high-side drive and shortens duty cycle or none at all when less voltage is needed.

Jan 032017
 

1990 Dodge RamI have a new battery, starter and alternator but something keeps draining the battery when I’m driving and it dies.


RESPONSE

Battery Not Charging

Your alternator is not charging. More then likely there is an issue with one or more of the wires in the wiring harness. This is quite common on older vehicles. The wiring becomes brittle.

Use the wiring diagram provided to check it against yours. You may need to use a multi-meter to check for continuity of each wire. Check the connections and by all means check at the battery for charging. You should see over 13+ volts with engine running.

Charging System Wiring Diagram 1990 Dodge Ram

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