Aug 102016
 

1987 Dodge Ram VanAll the door locks and power windows work , but the passenger door don’t work at all ,both power lock and window stopped working at the same time.

Passenger side power window and door lock stopped working at same time. All the rest of locks and power windows work???


RESPONSE

This is a common issue with older vehicles. The wiring harness becomes fragile and damages easily. Look at the wiring harness at the door jam where it flexes. This is the most common place for the wiring to become damaged.

 

Aug 042016
 

2006 Dodge CaravanWhen I start up my 2006 Dodge Caravan SXT, it makes a whining noise. I tried driving around the block to see if it stops but the gas pedal vibrates and the noise gets louder. Not sure what is wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


RESPONSE

Usually a whining noise if from a hydraulic pump. Your vehicle has two. The transmission and the power steering. Check the fluid levels on both. Of course if one of them are low take measures to refill them. Check the transmission fluid with the engine running. Check the power steering fluid with or without the engine running.

Aug 022016
 

2014 Dodge AvengerThe car was in a minor fender bender a few months ago. After the car ran fine and was driven home. I’ve started it a couple times since its been sitting and it ran fine. Today I jump started it and after I removed the cables it died after a minute or less. As long as the jump cables are connected it will stay running but the gauge lights and radio will flicker. The only service light that stays on is the traction control light. I looked at as much wiring as I could for damage or shorts and didn’t find anything. I had taken the damaged headlights and grill off but otherwise haven’t done anything to repair the damaged body parts. Where should I go next?


RESPONSE

Replace the BATTERY is my first thought. Make sure the alternator belt is still on. Then check your alternators operation.  You can test battery operation. A hard impact like an accident and jumping a battery often cause damage tot he battery internally. The lead plates inside build up a crust on the plates. This crust is blasted off when a battery is jump started and the particles float to the bottom and often short out the battery.

How to test battery operation

Use a load tester to test a battery. Reading a 12v from a multi-meter does not show you anything other than its charge status. You need to test for amperage draw capabilities which can be down with a load tester.

Jul 112016
 

2004 Dodge CaravanWhat is the cooler in front of my radiator in my 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport? I hit a deer and am doing the repairs myself. I am able to get a partial number off the sticker on it (83403 0872A T227AD7165 ). Not sure if last letter is and A or M as its rubbed off. It is the same size as my radiator just skinnier.


RESPONSE

This would be a transmission oil cooler. Remove the radiator assembly to access the transmission cooler for removal. When replacing the transmission oil cooler, the cooler hoses must be replaced.

Inspection and Cleaning

Inspect all hoses, tubes, clamps and connections for leaks, cracks, or damage. Replace as necessary. Use only approved transmission cooler hoses that are molded to fit the space available.

Inspect external coolers for leaks, loose mounts, or damage. Replace as necessary.

Transmission oil cooler replacement 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Jul 072016
 

2001 Dodge Ram 1500I have changed the brakes, the master cylinder, the brake booster and bled out all the brakes and still have no brakes what else can I do?


RESPONSE

Try unplugging the ABS fuse or relay and test again. If you have no brake pedal after bleeding the system there is usually a leak. It may be an external leak or internal. An internal leak may be in the master cylinder or abs control unit. An external leak should be seen by fluid spraying out and dripping to the ground. You may need to bleed the system several times to get all the air out. Of course is this is an old truck, there would be no abs system to worry with.

BLEEDING ABS BRAKE SYSTEM

ABS system bleeding requires conventional bleeding methods plus use of the DRB scan tool. The procedure involves performing a base brake bleeding, followed by use of the scan tool to cycle and bleed the HCU pump and solenoids. A second base brake bleeding procedure is then required to remove any air remaining in the system.

  1. Perform base brake bleeding.
  2. Connect scan tool to the Data Link Connector.
  3. Select ANTILOCK BRAKES, followed by MISCELLANEOUS, then ABS BRAKES. Follow the instructions displayed. When scan tool displays TEST COMPLETE, disconnect scan tool and proceed.
  4. Perform base brake bleeding a second time.
  5. Top off master cylinder fluid level and verify proper brake operation before moving vehicle.
Jun 272016
 

1996 Dodge Ram 1500Engine shakes in idle (park, neutral, drive) and at speed. No real loss of power, and it does not seem to change with speed. Plugs and wires were changed by a mechanic about 6 months before this started. The truck has 240k miles on it, so I suspect it may be an engine or transmission mount, but before I start inspecting it (I have to put it in a location I cannot keep there for long) I want to run through all possibilities. Thank you.


RESPONSE

Could still be an engine misfire or the mounts as you suggested. If it was a consistent misfire, it set a code and illuminate the check engine light on the dashboard. If there is a higher than normal idle along with it, don’t rule out a vacuum leak. Since it happens at idle in park that rules out quite a bit. I think you are on the right track.

 

Jun 152016
 

Ignition Coil 1996 Dodge CaravanI have a 96 Dodge Caravan SE, 3.3l. It has a misfire on 2 cylinders. When it was purchased a week ago the ignition coil had a broken connection for one cylinder. It was just replaced four days ago by myself. When I started the van up after installing the new coil, it was missing on 2 cylinders. I started pulling wires directly off of the coil and the ignition coil wasn’t even firing on those 2 cylinders. Went back to Autozone and warranty swapped the ignition coil for another new coil the very next day. I installed it in their parking lot and it was still missing on the same 2 cylinders with the same result. The ignition coil itself not firing. It has a new battery and Autolite plugs with Duralast wires. I’m just wondering if it could be the PCM or the BCU or a combination of the two?


RESPONSE

Yes it could be an issue with the PCM – Powertrain Control Module. The ignition coil receives the signal to fire directly from the PCM. Check the wiring harness and connections first before replacing the PCM. Replacing the spark plugs was a good idea. Make sure the spark plug gap did not get closed accidentally.

Ignition coil diagram 1996 dodge caravan 3.3 engine

 

Jun 022016
 

1995 Dodge DakotaIve got a transmission issue with my 1995 Dodge Dakota. When in P there is no noise, but when in R, N, D, 2 & 1 the truck makes an odd noise, a clicking noise mixed with a noise like shaking a bag of sand almost. the noise is in sync with the engine, when it is reved the noise frequency increases. but there is no noise in park at all so i know its not a belt or pulley. There is also no issues while driving, shifting is smooth while in drive, i can note that the odd time it is a little stiff getting it out of park or out of reverse into drive. but I assume that wouldn’t be related to the issue. Any clue what it could be?


RESPONSE

This is an odd description of a noise and is difficult to understand without hearing it. I agree that the shifter being stiff would not have anything to do with the noise. The first thing I would check would be the transmission fluid level. Then try to pull any codes that may be stored int he computer. Since this is an OBD I system the codes can be pulled without a scan tool.