Dec 182016

2000 Daodge CaravanMy 2000 Dodge Caravan 3.0 litre 3 door will not start. It will not even roll over. There are no lights on dash or other indicator lights. I had blown horn before turning off vehicle at which point completely dead. Could that have shorted something out ?


Most likely reason for your no start is from a dead battery. This would also account for the loss of any dash lights. May just be loose battery connections or corrosion. Check this first and maybe even wiggle the cables.

As for the horn being an issue, it may have had an impact. The horn button utilizes a relay that when activated sounds the horns. A sticking relay will cause a drain on the battery but usually will continue to sound. This is if it was functional in the first place. You may want to look over the wiring diagram to gain a better understanding.

SWITCH – removal and installation

The switch is molded into the airbag cover. The switch cannot be serviced separately.

Horn Wiring Diagram 2000 Dodge Caravan

Dec 162016

1998 Dodge DakotaWhen I put my 1998 Dodge Dakota SLT V6 3.9 Liter in reverse it does fine. But when I put in drive its sluggish. Then does OK going down the road for a bit. Then the RPM goes all way to 3 almost 4 til it gets in gear. But after awhile it drives normally. A family member that is a mechanic for 15 years said its the transmission filter and a guy at auto store said the same. My truck is automatic.


Did you try a new Transmission filter?

Look to make sure your transmission fluid level is full. If it is low, repair the leak and top off the fluid level and test. Look at the fluid color. If the color is dark and burnt smelling it may be too late. Burnt transmission fluid color is an indication of worn internal clutches. But in most all cases, replacing the transmission fluid and filter is first course of action to take. Most damage to a transmission is done from excessive heat.


The transmission oil temperature warning lamp gives an indication when the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) has detected that the automatic transmission oil is overheated. The lamp is controlled by the instrument cluster circuitry. It is based upon messages received from the PCM on the Chrysler Collision Detection (CCD) data bus. The PCM sends lamp-on messages for about two seconds. This is when the ignition switch is turned to the On position as a bulb test.

Following the bulb test, the PCM uses an input from the automatic transmission oil temperature sensor located within the transmission, along with its internal programming, to decide whether a condition exists that requires the transmission oil temperature warning lamp to be turned on. The PCM then sends the proper messages to the instrument cluster on the CCD data bus to turn the lamp on or off. When the instrument cluster receives a message to turn the transmission oil temperature warning lamp on, it also sends a chime tone request to the Central Timer Module (CTM).


Dec 122016

2009 Dodge AvengerSo first off thank you. It started when me and my bro where driving down hill in the rain/snow and wrecked. I lost control, slid into a ditch and hit a tree on the passenger side. We are both OK. But we had to get someone to pull us out. After we got out I drove 5 blocks to his house where we took off the passenger tire and replaced it with the spare. So far the damage I know is the passenger wheel is destroyed and drivers is popped. The fender it’s very dented, the mold and trim prob, the axle might be messed up but the breaks are making noise.

The bumper, the head light cover, the mirror, a little bit of the hood, and the door all on the left are damaged. Also I was told something snapped behind the wheel. I think it’s the lower control arm(maybe)or this part.

Wrecked Rear Control Arm 2009 Dodge Avenger
There might be a bit more and somethings might not be as bad. In conclusion What ever info you can give me to now how much it will cost or what I should do with it. Thanks again and contact me as soon as u can.


Wrecked My Car, What Now?

Have a body shop give you an estimate after looking the car over. The body shop can determine if the car needs to be put on a frame rack. They will also give you an itemized repair estimate that will show you the parts and labor costs. If you have full coverage insurance they may decide it is better to total the car instead of repairing it. Once a car is wrecked it is a good idea to have a hands on mechanic give it a good look. Most insurance companies today require an inspection after a car has been wrecked.

Dec 082016

2013 Dodge AvengerMy car died while I was driving it. Lost fuel. At first thought my gauge was off and tried putting gas in and it tries but won’t start. My brother said the fuel pump wasn’t kicking on. He checked all the fuses, relays and tested to see if power was going to the fuel pump. (It was) He thought the fuel pump went bad so we bought a new one. We put it in and still won’t kick on. The store we bought it from has had problems lately getting in faulty parts so I’m wondering if we got a bad one or if it could be something else. He also checked to see if I have an inertia switch that may have been flipped but he could not locate one.


I would try applying power to the fuel pump outside of the vehicle to see if it works. If it does, you know it is not the fuel pump. If it doesn’t you know to get a different one. Also make sure you are checking for Battery POSITIVE and Battery NEGATIVE. Would hate to think all that is wrong is a bad ground wire connection.


Nov 212016

2002 Dodge DakotaI have 2002 Dodge Dakota. I was driving home and the cluster stopped working.  All the gauges bottom out and the dash lights came on and now it says No bus and 920,921,and 999 at the bottom left corner. And the AC stopped at the same time. Can you point me in the right direction?
Thank you


What you have is no communication between the instrument cluster and the other control modules in the vehicle. The truck uses a two wire communication system and if one of those wires goes out then the whole system is down. Most common is a mouse chewed through one of the bus wires on your truck and it needs to go to the dealership because they are the only ones who can properly diagnose a bus failure. It requires the use of a DRB III. Another cause may be from corrosion in the wires and or wiring harness connections.

Testing for codes 920, 921 and 999

Check in clean the connections at the underwood power distribution center disconnect the terminals clean and Henry tighten them also remove the fuses and the relays one at a time and reinstall them cleaning the terminals as you go,The BUS voltage originates from the IC. Begin by unplugging all of the modules that are on the BUS circuit, while monitoring the BUS voltage.
These include Powertrain Control Module , Central Timer Module, Controller Anti-Lock Brake , Overhead Console, Radio, Air bag Control Module . Leave the IC plugged in for this test.
When the BUS voltage returns to approximately 2.5 volts, the module that was disconnected last is the bad module, replace it

The BUS voltage can be tested at the Diagnostic Link Connector at pin 3 Violet/Brown and pin 11

Nov 202016

2005 Dodge StratusI have a 05 Dodge Status SXT four door automatic. Installed a new radio just happened to touch all the wires together. Now the radio sounds great. But now I have no power windows, no A/C, some panel lights and no backup lights. I have been told a thousand times it’s the IOD fuse but search everywhere truck hood inside under I need and need an image.


The IOD Fuse is located inside the left end cap of the instrument panel.

All vehicles are equipped with an Ignition-Off Draw (IOD) fuse that is disconnected within the Junction Block (JB) when the vehicle is shipped from the factory. Dealer personnel are to reconnect the fuse in the JB as part of the preparation procedures performed just prior to new vehicle delivery.

IOD Fuse location diagram

IOD Fuse Installation

  1. Push on fuse until completely seated.
  2. Install the cover to instrument panel end cap.
Nov 082016

2000 Daodge CaravanRear latch handle does not work. You can open it from the inside through a hole. Do I need a latch handle or an actuator or both?


you will need to remove the panel and inspect the latch handle to see if anything has become detached or broken. If the handle is broken then replace the handle, etc.

Nov 052016

Dodge ChargerI’m looking for an under hood engine wiring diagram or schematic for my 2007 Dodge Charger. Somebody thought they’d rewire everything on a 2.7L. I finally got it to fire but does some coughing n dies. I’m thinking they have injectors and coil packs wired in wrong spot. Can ya help ?


Seems like I can probably help. Therefore I will add the engine diagrams below. There are 5 in total that cover the 2.7L engine for the Sixth generation 2006-2010. In addition, feel free to purchase the entire Auto Repair Manual that includes a complete set of wiring diagrams.

Engine Wiring Diagram

Wiring Diagram 2.7L Dodge Charger – 1


Wiring Diagram 2.7L Dodge Charger – 2


Wiring Diagram 2.7L Dodge Charger – 3


Wiring Diagram 2.7L Dodge Charger – 4


Wiring Diagram 2.7L Dodge Charger – 5

Oct 282016

2005 Dodge Ram 1500I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 and received a pinion nut recall notice. The recall notice for the pinion nut possibly coming loose. I have a noise while accelerating at all speeds and a noise on decelerating from 20 to 30 mph. Could the pinion nut cause this? I think it sounds like the pinion bearings are bad. Could a loose pinion nut cause bad bearings? Also if it is a loose pinion that caused bad bearings or any other damage will that damage be repaired under the recall or will I have to pay out of pocket?


Yes, a loose pinion nut would cause damage to the pinion bearings. With that in mind, when the bearings are damaged it puts metal into the entire rear differential. This could also cause damage to any bearings in the differential. Any damaged cause by this failure should be covered under the Recall. If rear axle recondition is required and additional 5 hours will be required. However, additional time may be necessary depending on service schedules.

Pinion Nut Recall Notice P77 / NHTSA 14V-796

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 256,000 model-year 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 and 4×2 pickup trucks manufactured Jan. 28, 2004, to Aug. 3, 2005

The Problem: Affected pickups were assembled in such a way that the rear axle pinion nut can loosen and possibly detach from the driveshaft, potentially causing axle lock up and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will install a retention clip, free of charge, that will not allow the axle nut to loosen.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler will begin notifying owners beginning Feb. 13. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Oct 252016

2005 Dodge Ram 1500Oil Pump Pickup Tube Issue?

I have a 2005 ram 1500 with the 4.7l engine. Recently I have developed an issue with a low oil pressure warning. Only when the engine has warmed to operating temperature and only when coming to a stop. As soon as I stop my RPM’s drop almost as if it is going to stall at the same time the warning for low oil pressure starts to go off. If I press on the gas pedal the warning stops. I replaced the oil pressure sending unit but the problem hasn’t been resolved. Someone told me it could be that the screen on the pickup tube could be clogged. I was also told there was an issue with the pickup tube not being wide enough and that it clogs quite easily and that replacements tubes have been made to remedy that.

So my questions are:

1. What are the most likely culprits for this issue?
2. Would it be best to start by pulling the pan and inspecting the tube and screen or is this issue more serious? If the screen is clogged is it easy to clean or should it be replaced
3. Is there any truth to there being an issue with the width of the pickup tube?


The engine requires a certain amount of oil pressure. It needs 10 psi for every 1,000 rpms. Now if the engine is idling lower than normal and when you give it a little gas the light goes out, I would think that it is OK for now. Determine why the truck isn’t idling as it once was. It may be from a vacuum leak, failing/sticking idle speed control, clogged air filter, faulty O2 Sensors or gummed up throttle body.

Where to Start

First if the check engine light is on, address that first and post any codes it has stored below in the comments. No codes, move to the things that are free and easy to tackle. Check the air filter and intake hose clamp connections. Then clean the throat of the throttle body. Spray starting fluid or brake wash on a rag(NOT INTO THE THROTTLE BODY) and wipe the throat and edges of the butterfly. This should increase air flow enough to raise your idle. If this still doesn’t correct the issue you may still want to replace the pick up tube.

Oil Pump Pickup Tube 2005 – 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L

I am thinking myth to the larger pick up tube. The engine didn’t have this issue before and the pick up tube didn’t shrink. But I did do a little research on the oil pick up tube anyway. It turns out in 2006 Dodge opted to enlarge the oil pick up tube on the 4.7L engine. It is said that the 2006+ Pick up tube will flow better and faster.

“Commonly the tensioner plastic tab breaks and winds up in the pickup tube screen area, or the sludge gets too thick in the pan and cuts off flow to the pump, you’ll see when you get in there…”

I have read that Melling offers an exceptional replacement. I looked one up and double checked to make sure it would work on your engine. Better to replace than to try and clean.