Spilling sticky liquids around cup holder may cause lid to stick/break on Dodge Grand Caravan

Spilling beverages around the cup holder may cause the lid to stick or bind. To fix the problem, remove and wash the cup holder with dishwashing soap and water and apply lubricant to the sliding mechanism.
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5 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000
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problem details
present for years. cleaning gets it better but gradually gets worse & sticks again - even if it's just water that has seeped in the area.