Dodge Grand Caravan Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Dodge Grand Caravan as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

If the door lock actuators (integrated into the door latch assembly) are noisy and/or not working, the latch should be replaced. For some model years, the actuator for the sliding door is available separately from the latch.

If you experience a harsh downshift from fourth to third gear, the transmission control module (TCM) software should be checked and updated if necessary before any other repairs are performed.

Due to corrosion at the pivot, the driver side window wiper may fail. The damaged pivot will require replacement to repair this problem.

A bad ground on the left frame rail can cause intermittent operation of the radiator cooling fans or AC compressor.

While turning in either direction during low speed parking lot maneuvers, if a creaking, squawking, squeaking, grinding, or groaning sound is heard from the front strut area, locate the front strut dust boot and rotate the dust boot side to side. If the sound is present, applying lubricant to the jounce bumper (bump stop) of both front struts can help with the noise.

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.

A moaning or fog horn sound may be heard while turning at a slow speed. Installing a finned power steering cooler will help alleviate the problem, but it may be necessary to replace the power steering rack.

Triggered by a short in the rear wiper motor/circuit (which causes a fuse to blow), the airbag warning light can illuminate erroneously.

On vehicles equipped with "stow and go" seating, the locking hinge might not hold when opening the load floor door. The middle floor doors should be replaced.
If the seal is not properly lubricated, the moon roof (sunroof) can make noise.
If the front hanger makes contact with the spring, you may hear a squeak in the rear suspension; this is often misdiagnosed as a problem with the leaf spring.
If you experience delayed or loss of gear engagement after initial startup, the transmission may require removal and disassembly.
The brake/transmission shift interlock (BTSI) may make it difficult to select a gear from "Park." Be sure the brake is pressed before shifting out of "Park."
If the horn starts honking and the parking lights flash as if the alarm has been set off—and the vehicle is not equipped with the security system—reprogramming the front control module (FCM) with new software typically solves the problem.
A faulty rear automatic temperature control (ATC) may cause problems with the instrument cluster illumination; the unit should be replaced.