2006 Dodge Caravan Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2006 Dodge Caravan based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
An oil leak from the oil filter adapter may be evident. Dodge has made a revised oil filter adapter is available.
Spark plug tube seals fail, causing the tubes to fill with engine oil and the engine to misfire. As a result, the engine may run poorly and fuel economy can suffer.
Due to the crankshaft end play being out of specification, the front crankshaft seal can be popped or pushed out. Revised crank main thrust bearings will solve the problem.
Coolant leaks coming from the underbody on vehicles equipped with rear heat/AC are common. The underbody hoses should be inspected as part of regular maintenance. If you drive on roads where salt is prevalent the problem is generally more severe. Some 2005 models are involved in a special service action, no government recall was issued.
A defective anti-lock brake system (ABS) pump and/or leaking piston seals in the master cylinder can cause excessive pedal effort, lack of stopping power, and abnormal pump noise. Diagnoses will be required to determine the root cause of any braking issues and the component(s) that will require replacement.
If the HVAC (heater) housing is not properly sealed at the bulkhead (firewall), water can leak into the passenger compartment. Foam sealant should be used to seal any gaps and the evaporator drain tube can be modified to prevent further water entry.
Software updates are available that may help with harsh shifting issues. Software updates are commonly more effective on newer vehicles. It is possible for a mechanical failure to also cause a harsh shifting problem. Whenever mechanical transmission repairs are performed, the software should be checked and updated as necessary.
Under heavy acceleration in temperatures above 80° F, an engine spark knock can be heard. The powertrain control module may require replacement.
The front legs for the third row bench seat may not retract. Our technicians tells us a new parts kit and/or spring is available to correct this concern.