Problems with my 1998 Dodge Grand Car...
Yvonne

Fairfield, CT

#343 Sep 28, 2008
The brake lines on my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan are corroded and need to be replaced. I can't find any bulletins or recalls. Does anyone have this problem?
Yvonne

Fairfield, CT

#344 Sep 28, 2008
The headlight lenses on my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan are etched, limiting my visibility at night. Short of replacing the light assemblies, does anyone have a solution to this problem?
Danielle

Palm Desert, CA

#345 Sep 29, 2008
I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan, the engine turns off while driving. The check engine light comes on. Sometimes I can turn it right back on, others its takes several times. I will drive it home, the next time I get it the engine light will not be lit. any suggestions
Joanne

Campbell River, Canada

#346 Sep 30, 2008
I am having the same problems with my 98 Grand Caravan. The only difference is that my recerculating air & air conditioning buttons are flashing. Help me too!
joe vitelli wrote:
I need help. Has anyone experienced this intermittent problem?: sometimes my car will not start...the engine turns over then immediately shuts down...if i let it sit for a while it starts and will run fine for a few months then i get the same problem again...this has happened to me about 10 times in the last year...also during this failure it will not turn over when i turn the key...again - if i let it sit for a while it will run fine...Help
cheryl

Regina, Canada

#347 Oct 3, 2008
my doors locks and unlucks by itself in my van its an 99 dodge
darryl

United States

#348 Oct 7, 2008
how will i know if my power control module is defective
shannon

Ottawa, Canada

#349 Oct 10, 2008
i have a 98 grand caravan that i was working on trying to find out why my left flasher wasnt working,i pulled out lots of fuses and relays..now the van wont start or no dash lights or any thing except clicking in one the relays can some one help me...is there some kind of anti theft on these vans or do i have to take it to the dealer....
Erv

Ashburn, VA

#350 Oct 15, 2008
I have a 98 Grand Caravan. I mouse chewed and shorted the wiring for the #3 injector (OBD II code P0203). Now I have a check "engine light soon" and a misfire, I assume on that cylinder. I separated the shorted wiring but it still misfires. Did that short damage something in the computer?
John from Canada_ eh

Surrey, Canada

#351 Oct 18, 2008
Update re:intermittent gauges and engine dies 3 seconds after starting on a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport...
When it happened again, this time I hit the far left top side of dash [closer to windshield] but much softer. I heard a very pronounce click from the relay compartment under the hood and the problems disappeared.
Okay, waited until it happened again; and of course it did. Only this time I was driving when I noticed that my ALARM SET & ABS lights were both on AND all the instruments were dead yet the engine and other accessories continued to function properly. I pulled into my driveway, left the engine running, got out & removed the relay cluster cover in the engine compartment. I then firmly but gently wiggled all the relays in their sockets while checking the gauges-no change.
I then firmly tapped the relays with a small hammer, gauges came on & ALARM SET & ABS lights went out. Unfortunately, I didn't check the gauges until I had hit ALL the relays, so I'll have to wait for the next occurence to narrow it down to the specific relay[s].
So, until proven wrong, it would appear that the problem could be flaky relay contacts. It could also be a missing control voltage from the dashboard but judging by all the work others have had done in that area, I'm going to focus on the relays. This is born out by the fact that ALL previous incidents have occured when trying to start the vehicle until this last time where the engine was already running. I'm thinking that it could be a 'layered' problem. ie; one relay's operating [not control] voltage is obtained from another relay's contacts. If the first faulty relay acts up while starting, not enough voltage for the second relay to function [that's why the engine shuts off when first started but keeps running when gauges fail well after engine was started].
As I learned in electronics [and being lazy at heart], I always try to find a common denominator with multiple circuit faults and then work on the simplest circuit;fixing that more often than not, fixes all the problems.
Will post results next time the beast rears it's ugly head.
Any comments or questions, feel free to email

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John from Canada_ eh

Surrey, Canada

#352 Oct 18, 2008
Yvonne wrote:
The headlight lenses on my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan are etched, limiting my visibility at night. Short of replacing the light assemblies, does anyone have a solution to this problem?
Same here... I used a polishing compound which we use to polish the Sony Playstation cases with when they have fine scratches..
Took several passes, but did improve visibility 50-80%. Unfortunately, now I see that the same problem is occuring INSIDE the darn lenses.
This will require removing the entire headlight assemblies and rigging up some sort of polishing extension to buff the insides... It's almost criminal that this type of plastic was used. I have had reduced visibilty starting several years after I purchased the van in '98.
If you come across a more effective method, please let me know; thx

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Tonya

Tebbetts, MO

#353 Oct 21, 2008
Once before I had the problem of the ABS light coming on and staying on and all of the gauges on the dash dieing on my 1998 Grand Caravan (250,000 km). This appeared to have been fixed by replacing the clock spring. This problem just re-occured this morning.
The van starts and runs fine but the ABS light comes on and all dash gauges are dead.
I have no problem driving the vehical although I have no idea how fast or far I'm going or how much gas I have.
I guess I'll be getting another clock spring.

****I have a 98 Dodge Grand Caravan and mine does the same thing! I literally hit the dashboard twice and all the lights will come back on. My ABS light was staying on and the Dodge Dealership fixed the clockspring last month, but it had nothing to do with the gauges.

My center control panel with the heat,air, defrost and back wipes stopped working. Ugh
John from Canada_ eh

Surrey, Canada

#354 Oct 25, 2008
A further update on my ongoing ignition problems with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan [c prev posts for details]. Well, yesterday, it happened again, no gauge display, engine started & ran for 3 secs & shut off.... This time I smartly smacked each relay in the relay cluster under the hood while checking to see if there was any effect... I'm wrong, the problem is NOT with the relays, the cable connectors to the relay box or computer... I went back inside and tapped from gently to just a little harder and VOILA, instrument cluster lit up and engine started & remaind running.... SO... problem is definately an intermittent connection, on the left side of the dash, near the top. Next, I'm going to find a physical layout of the electrics in that area, have the dash partially stripped and the next time it happens, I'm going to nail this intermittent sucker!!!!
As an aside... At this point in time and with the possible merge come absorbtion of Daimler Chrysler, I hold no hope of assistance from that end... HOWEVER,[and this is what sickens me about the American Automotive Market [anyone read the novel WHEELS?] The consumer is a mere annoyance in their pursuit of the almighty buck. Nobody is going to convince me that Daimler Chrysler hasn't had feedback on ALL THESE ELECTRICAL ISSUES... Yet, the silence from them is deafening... Let the American Automobile market crash & burn!! They have no business being in business with that ethic [or lack thereof]
Stephanie

Loris, SC

#355 Oct 27, 2008
John from Canada_eh,
I have been stranded several x's with the no start problem. Have replaced the starter and the Power Train Control module at a cost of over $1200. According to Paul on comment #246 - "Problem was in the instrument cluster board. Burgin replaced that board over a year ago and I've not had another problem since. Happy Day!" I will be taking my '98 back to the dealer tomorrow to get the instrument cluster board checked along with a printout of 9 pages of comments on this problem from this message board.

Since: May 08

North Kingstown, RI

#356 Oct 28, 2008
For what it's worth, I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan that had starting problems. It would seem to start, then shut down. It would do this 4 or 5 times, then not do anything. All I could hear was the fuel pump turning on. If I waited for a while, or let it sit overnight, or in the Park and Ride, it would usually start. This starting problem happened more frequently from when the problem started on 6/11/07 into the Fall of 2007. I had it at 3 different Dodge dealers over a period of 7 months. It also seemed to get worse as it got colder. I am only semi-mechanically inclined, but I did figure out that the van's alarm system made the van think it was being stolen, and would shut down. Now this could be from cracked soldering connections, etc, but this is the simplest way to describe it. Well, I brought it back to the Dodge dealership I trusted the most, and said keep it for a few weeks and see if you can trace the problem. They traced it to the relay switch in the door and replaced it, and said come pick it up. I started it, brought it to the gas station to get gas, then got it home, and it wouldn't start up again. It only started twice. Once at the dealership and once at the gas station. I brought it back and said try again. Then they said it was the BCM. I ordered a used BCM, but when it came in, one of the pins was bent, so I sent it back.

Dodge had another 1998 caravan in for problems with the lights. They tested that vans BCM on my van and it started right up. They continued to trace the problem to the instrument cluster. I replaced the instrument cluster and kept the original BCM. It took a while to find the problem, because almost everytime I had the van towed to the dealership(s) the van had rested enough so that it would start, and they couldn't trace it unless the problem was happening for them.

All in all, electrical problems are the worst to find. If you are having this problem try replacing the instrument cluster and/or the BCM. I wouldn't recommend the parts place where I got the BCM (bent pin), but I would recommend the parts place (Everdrive) where I got the instrument cluster. The time involved and being stranded at times was the worst part. I ended up paying around $650 ($500. labor,$150. parts) for parts and labor.

My van has started everytime for the past 9 months, except for one time 2 months ago. I thought the problem was coming back. It wouldn't start (at all) and some other weird things were happening. I won't go into all the deatils, but I went to Wal-Mart and bought a battery. If it was something more than a new battery I was going to have it towed to the junkyard. The new battery ended up fixing it. The van should be over the 200,000 mile mark by the end of this month. Hope this helps someone.
Aaron Kinder

Statesboro, GA

#357 Oct 28, 2008
Julie Philadelphia PA wrote:
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I have experienced the same thing twice in the last two weeks, My 98 Caravan has 140,000 miles on it. Two weeks ago, after driving 150 miles, I stopped the car and it wouldn't start again as you describe. The engine turns over immediately and then dies. After 5 or 6 attempts to start the engine, I couldn't get anything to happen. I had the car jump started which seemed to work, so I had the battery replaced. This morning it happened again after the car was sitting overnight. I called my mechanic and he said to depress the gas pedal 1/4 of the way and try starting it again. This worked on the third try, although now I am wondering if that success was purely random. I notice when this problem occurs, I have no dashboard lights and I can tell when the car will start because the dashboard lights come back on while I am turning the key. After replacing the entire engine last summer for $4500, I am in no mood to invest more on expensive and useless repairs. If anyone discovers the solution to this problem, I would love to know about it!
I am also interested in finding out if anyone had a solution for a tempermental gas guage. Sometimes, when the tank is about 7/8 full, the needle will start jumping up and down, which causes the warning bell to sound over and over again - very annoying!
Here's one more - my outside temperature guage starting reporting completely random temperature readings last week. In the course of 10 minutes, the temperature went from 37 degrees to 94 degrees several times. Any suggestions?
My Gas Gauge does the same thing. I fill it up and it jumps all over the place. To fix you have to replace the fuel pump in the gas tank. A $700 fix for a $230 part!!!! The engine problem I had to but I replaced an engine fuse in the fuse box. It is a big black fuse. My dash lights don't work anymore and I still don't know the problem with this.
Aaron Kinder

Brooklet, GA

#358 Oct 29, 2008
Yvonne wrote:
The headlight lenses on my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan are etched, limiting my visibility at night. Short of replacing the light assemblies, does anyone have a solution to this problem?
YES My take it to a body shop and they will sand your head lights down and then buff them out. Your head lights will be clear again. I did this and it cost me $45 per head light. Buying new head light lenes are about $280 a head light.
Aaron Kinder

Brooklet, GA

#359 Oct 29, 2008
My 98 GC gauges work but the instrument panel lights don't work. I can't drive my van at night. Also my transmission just blew at 148,000. After reading all of these show I pay the $1500 to get the transmission rebuilt? Has anyones transmission worked after the rebuilt. I am reading that transmissions are breaking again after they are rebuilt.
Stephen

Canada

#360 Nov 3, 2008
I need help.sometimes my 98 Caravan will not start...the engine turns over then immediately shuts down...if i let it sit for a while it starts and will run fine for a few months then i get the same problem again....also during this failure it will not turn over when i turn the key...again - if i let it sit for a while it will run fine...Help I checked the wires from the battery and can not see any corrosion any other ideas or fixes?

Since: May 08

North Kingstown, RI

#361 Nov 5, 2008
Stephen wrote:
I need help.sometimes my 98 Caravan will not start...the engine turns over then immediately shuts down...if i let it sit for a while it starts and will run fine for a few months then i get the same problem again....also during this failure it will not turn over when i turn the key...again - if i let it sit for a while it will run fine...Help I checked the wires from the battery and can not see any corrosion any other ideas or fixes?
Stephen: Check out my post #356. Sounds similar to my problem.
Richard T

Clawson, MI

#362 Nov 7, 2008
Mitch M Buena Park Ca wrote:
I am having an unusual elctrical problem on my 1998 Caravan where all of the electrical items on my steering column are not functioning. The Horn, cruise control, and air bag light displays. Is there one relay for all items or could there be some other disconnect from the steering wheel. The horn does sound with a beep when I hit the alarm system on my keyring.
Any advice would be great. Thanks all!
Yes, There is a recall for the clockspring in 1996 thru 2000 Caravan, check on the Dodge webside look for recall, dealer should replace at not cost.

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