Rob

Mississauga, Canada

#42 Feb 14, 2007
ok i had the problem come back a few days after i put spacers between the fcm and fuse box..But what i have done now has worked for weeks..i considered the contacts were not getting a good connection so i slightly twisted the row of large flat pins on the cfm so there would be a definate connection..so far it's worked about 2 weeks!
Jennifer

Warren, PA

#43 Feb 20, 2007
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>I had the same problem with my 2001 dodge grand caravan sport, the dealer replaced the fromt control module. It worked for about a year now it is doing the same thing again.
I have the same problem! My front control module has been changed 2 times, a year apart and now, another year later, the problem is back! Last year I was over the warranty on the part by a month or two and this year I'm over the warranty by 1700 miles! I really don't want to dish out another $400 for the same part so I'm going to print out this forum and have my husband try some of the suggestions.
bob

Jersey City, NJ

#44 Feb 20, 2007
Rob wrote:
I have a 2001 caravan and have had trouble with headlights also..the garage said it was the FCM ( that module that plugs into the front of the fuse box ).Ive also seen it called chassis contol box and BCM. Luckily they cudn't source a used one since a new one they said would cost $450..So i left it that day and have since tried putting a spacer between the CFM and fuse box.Just cleaning the contacts didnt work.So far the lights have remained on.The unit is held on my 4 torx screws so i just rolled up duct tape as spacers.
What is BCM and CFM?
Are your lights still working? Could you give a better description to your fix? Thanks, Bob
Trevor

Edmonton, Canada

#45 Feb 25, 2007
sean wrote:
hi, i ahve the same problem. in front of the fuse box under the hood, is the module. their are two torx srews holding it in. loosen the screws and wiggle the module. they develope a bad connection. i tried a new one, no difference. it is in the plug for the module. <quoted text>
Just wanted to thank Sean for this comment. I took the module off of the fuse box, cleaned up the connections and re-attached the module. Once that was done both headlights worked for the first time in months. This saved me hundreds of dollars for ten minutes of work. Thanks again Sean
Rob

Mississauga, Canada

#46 Mar 6, 2007
Yes my lights are still working fine after about 5 weeks.The silver box that screws into the main fuse box is held in by 4 torx screws is called CFM or BCM depending on year. I slightly bent the wide pins like twisted each one this pliers.Not too much or it wont go in. Also i used duct take rolled up and put around the edges so when screwed in it doesnt sit flush..hope that helps..saved me $ and agrivation. U can test that by pulling CFM out a little and turn light on and off a few times..
maertskard

Nashua, NH

#47 Mar 20, 2007
Chrysler is lying about not knowing about this electrical problem with Caravans. NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation PE05-004 and notified Chrysler via certified mail in February 2005. The 2001 & 2002 vehicles are covered. I have 2003 Grand Caravan Sport AWD and all of the interior and exterior lights flicker away like a Christmas tree.

I'm going to try reseating the fuse block, it fuses and all its connections first. Wish me luck.
maertskard

Nashua, NH

#48 Mar 20, 2007
Your tax dollars not at work...

NHTSA Action Number : EA05009
Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
CHRYSLER / TOWN AND COUNTRY 2001-2002
CHRYSLER / VOYAGER 2001-2002
DODGE / CARAVAN 2001-2002
DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN 2001-2002
Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION
Component :
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS:SWITCH
Date Investigation Opened : June 1, 2005
Date Investigation Closed : May 2, 2006
Summary:
OWNER REPORTS INDICATE ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER HEADLIGHT OPERATION OF ONE OR BOTH HEADLIGHTS. SOME REPORT INTERMITTENT OUTAGE OR DIMMING. MANY REPORT THAT THE CONDITION IS RANDOM; IT SOMETIMES DOES NOT REPEAT AND LASTS FOR A VERY SHORT DURATION. A SAFETY-RELATED DEFECT HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED AT THIS TIME AND FURTHER USE OF AGENCY RESOURCES DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE WARRANTED. ACCORDINGLY, THIS INVESTIGATION IS CLOSED. THE CLOSING OF THIS INVESTIGATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FINDING BY NHTSA THAT A SAFETY-RELATED DEFECT DOES NOT EXIST. THE AGENCY WILL MONITOR THIS ISSUE AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TAKE FURTHER ACTION IF WARRANTED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES. SEE SUMMARY REPORT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Danielle

Burlington, Canada

#49 Mar 21, 2007
Hi

We seem to be having the same problem with our 2001 Dodge Caravan Sport. I am going to call the dealership but I am hoping that they will be able locate the problem right away. Dodge really needs to address this issue.
Danielle

Burlington, Canada

#50 Mar 21, 2007
I should have mentioned that our van one light works on low beam and one is off, then on high the one that didn't work works and the one that worked on low beam is now off. They will not both work at the same time! I think it is a very big safety issue. Rob do you think your fix will work for this as I refuse to pay dodge big $$$ to have headlights as it can stay parked! I called 2 different dealerships and they have never heard of this before?????????? Help, We will try your trick Rob, wish us luck.
Danielle

Burlington, Canada

#51 Mar 22, 2007
For those of you in Canada experiencing problems with the headlights just FYI, Transport Canada has a team of people who look into SAFETY ISSUES- Defect Investigations at 1-800-333-0510 or
http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/defects/

I have already called to report mine!

Danielle
Danielle

Burlington, Canada

#52 Mar 28, 2007
Okay here is what we did and it worked....FOR ONE DAY! We went and bought a new Fuse Block and put it in and the lights worked.....SO then my husband put back in the old one just to see what would happen....UREKA MY LIGHT WORKED THEN TOO. So then we returned the use block and were extremely happy and found it must have been the FCM (front control module). So today I arrived home from Tim Hortons and discovered that the lights are back out and I now only have one on again...GRRRRRRRR. I will have my husband look at the FCM again and maybe we can ROB's trick as it has to be the FCM. So Rob if you read this can you e-mail me at danikirby@cogeco.ca incase my husband has trouble. I would greatly appreciate it.
I would like to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO POSTED THOUGH AS IT HAS PROBABLY SAVED US ALOT OF $$$$. I will post once we have it fixed just for "FYI".
MrsV

Canal Winchester, OH

#53 Mar 30, 2007
I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan. Both the headlights and tail lights started flashing after I started driving home a short distance. I cannot get them to stop. My headlights were on because of light drizzling. This also happened 3 yrs ago. I pulled out a fuse that was "clicking" and reinserted it. I believed I reset it. It did not stop the blinking this time. Any suggestions?
John

Grand Island, NE

#54 Apr 1, 2007
I have a very similar problem on my '03 Grand Caravan. The right-front signal light is out and the dealer says it's an FCM short. I'd like to try some of the remedies suggested above before i spend $500.
Once you take out the four FCM screws, do you simply pry it off, or is there some other fastener that has to be released?
Thanks,
John
Danielle

Burlington, Canada

#55 Apr 2, 2007
John

Once the screws are out just pull the FCM out straight as it has pins (I think thats the best description for them). My husband pulled it off the front of the fuse block reseated it, and cleaned it before putting it back in.) My lights have been working for a week since. It is a connection problem I guess. But so far saved lots of $$$. Thank goodness for this page.

Good Luck
Danielle
Rob

Mississauga, Canada

#56 Apr 9, 2007
Hi Danielle

Well mine worked all these weeks but just failed again 2 days ago. i adjusted the distance of the spacers slightly and lights are back working.yeah i wud rather adjust every 2 months than spend $..it only takes seconds to adjust..if u need to email im robzhome2001@yahoo.com goodluck!
Danielle

Burlington, Canada

#57 Apr 10, 2007
Hi Rob,

Mine went out again today too! Well we reseated the FCM AGAIN but we haven't touched the spacers as we aren't too sure which ones. If you could e-mail a description to us that would be greatly appreciated. danikirby@cogeco.ca. We also bought a small car today, guess what it's a HONDA! Thanks as we would rather keep re-adjusting as it is much cheaper.
Peter T

Lincolnshire, IL

#58 Apr 19, 2007
I too have a 2001 Dodge Caravan SE that has had headlight troubles for nearly a year now. When I turn the van on, the right headlight lights. When I turn the headlights on, the left headlight lights. When the defect occurred, the dealer said that it was the fuse block. They wanted ~$600.00 for parts and labor. I didn't have it done. Yesterday I reseated the FCM, and the lights now work properly. Hopefully for a long time. I don't get it... However, I'm happy. Thanks everyone for your recommendations. This is a great forum
Peter
Jim B

AOL

#59 May 3, 2007
Thanks to all for the good advice. I've had this problem intermittantly for the last 2 years. It took just 20 minutes to remove the front control module, clean the flat pin connectors and replace. The light now work great.
sarah

Valrico, FL

#60 May 8, 2007
my 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan, the back up lights stay on all the time.
sarah

Valrico, FL

#61 May 8, 2007
correction, my back up lights flicker on my 2001 dodge grand caravan while i am driving

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