1997 Dodge Caravan Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Dodge Caravan

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1997 Dodge Caravan Problems

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.
Power Windows May Stop Working

One or more power windows may stop working due to a failed window motor or regulator. In some cases these items are replaced as a set. If not, diagnoses will be required to determine which is at fault.

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1997 Dodge Caravan Questions

Engine turns over but doesn't fire (2 answers)

Ran errands came home van was running fine. A little later was going to go somewhere and engine turned over but wasn't firing

When I try to turn the key in the ignition , car won't start just makes a click (1 answer)

Van was turning on and driving fine. wanted to use the car later on later on the same day and all of a sudden I turn the key in the ignition and all I hear is a click sounds I Checked my battery and my lights come on

what should I pay for a oil pressure sender or switch -remove and replace (1 answer)

noticed oil leak on garage floor

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1997 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 02V076000
ON CERTAIN MINIVANS, SOME TRIM MATERIAL CAN LOOSEN AND DROP INTO THE REAR OUTBOARD SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY, CAUSING THE SEAT BELT TO BECOME INOPERATIVE.

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1997 Dodge Caravan Reviews

over all a great car mine has over 200k miles on it still runs like it was new other than a few electrical problems and being a pain to work on when things need to be changed out...
Overall I love my van. I actually prefer it to my other vehicles which are newer (Volvo S60 and Buick LeSabre). However, there are two problems that are annoying...my wiper blades come on periodically for no apparent reason and I have had problems with the passenger side rear tail light, the socket melts slightly and the bulb burns out. I have replaced sockets a half dozen times but it drives...

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