1996 Dodge Caravan Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Dodge Caravan

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1996 Dodge Caravan Problems

Transmission May Fail Causing Slipping in First or Reverse Gear

If the transmission is slipping in first gear or Reverse—or if you experience delayed or loss of gear engagement after initial startup—the transmission may require removal and disassembly.

Erratic Operation of Front Windshield Wipers

A malfunctioning switch in the steering column can cause the front windshield wipers to self-activate or not turn off. A failed windshield switch will require replacement.

Valve cover gaskets/cam plugs may leak oil
Oil leaks at the valve cover gaskets and cam plugs at the rear of the cylinder heads are common.

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1996 Dodge Caravan Questions

Dash board speed don't work, gas guage gage don't work, can't get milege reading (1 answer)

Along with above, I think it's time to replace the brain module which is attached to the fuse box below the left side steering wheel. DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD RESOLVE MY DASH BOARD ISSUES? Or should I get a computer read out on what to replace?

When i make sharp left or right turn i hear loud clicking from front end (2 answers)

Blower was working intermittently and then stopped working altogether. (1 answer)

Still feel some haet or A/c when thecar is moving at decent speed due to passive flow through but blower fan is not working . I already checked the under the hood 40 amp fuse/relay next to the battery and it's fine.

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1996 Dodge Caravan Recalls

Recall 03E045000
AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT FUEL FILTERS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 17, 2002, AND JANUARY 20, 2003, SOLD UNDER THE BRAND NAMES LISTED ABOVE. THE FILTER MAY EXPERIENCE MALFUNCTION OF THE QUICK CONNECTOR EITHER BLOCKING FUEL FLOW TO THE ENGINE OR CAUSING A FUEL LEAK. THIS DOES NOT INVOLVE ANY PR...
Recall 02V293000
ON CERTAIN MINI VANS, THE CLOCKSPRING ASSEMBLY MAY HAVE BEEN WOUND INCORRECTLY DURING THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY PROCESS.
Recall 00V268000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MINI VANS BUILT WITH 3.3L AND 3.8L ENGINES HAVE FUEL RAILS WITH NITROLE RUBBER O-RING SEALS THAT CAN DEGRADE OVER TIME. FUEL LEAKAGE FROM THE UNDERHOOD FUEL INJECTION FUEL RAIL COULD RESULT, INCREASING THE LIKELIHOOD OF A VEHICLE FIRE.

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1996 Dodge Caravan Reviews

we bought our 1996 dodge caravan new and it has 110,000 miles on it. Replaced transmission with 70,000 miles on it and recently two fuel pumps in an 8 month period. Starting to cost me $800 every time I pass a repair shop. Latest problem is a surging at idle and just about any speed. It is not consistent and happens about every other day. Seems it wants to stall out but hasn't yet. Anybody...
The automatic power locks on the doors have been a problem for the dealer to ever get fixed right from the beginning when I first bought the car brand new in 1996. Never worked right and still don't work right.
If you are going to purchase a Chrysler Minivan, go for the Chrysler Town and Country. While it looks like a Dodge Caravan, it is far and away a much nicer vehicle. Sort of like comparing a Chevy to a Cadillac. I've owned all of them T&C, Caravan, Voyager of all trim levels and all motors. The T&C with the 3.8 V6 is hands down the best. Oh, and expect transmission problems with all of them. Thi...

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