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Headlight Switch Problems of Chrysler Town & Country - part 1

Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 77 problems related to headlight switch (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2007 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 11/12/2014

The headlights randomly go out while the switch is in the on position. They may work fine for 10 minutes or an hour, then go dark. If I wiggle the headlight switch I can sometimes get them to come back on briefly, but it is truly hit and miss if they will stay on or not. There does not appear to be any particular 'sweet spot' on the switch and it does not appear to be affected by smooth or bumpy roads. It is quite scary and dangerous especially on the dark mountain roads I have to drive.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 10/13/2014

Follow up to NHTSA id # 10648758 where we thought replacing the headlight control switch would stop the headlights from turning off while in use. Took only 3 days to discover that was not the route cause of the problem as the headlights went out again. No warning. They just went off. Back to the dealer where they now say it it the tipm. No parts available to fix the problem for at least a month. Not a safe car to drive.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 10/08/2014

While driving at night the left headlight flickered then both headlights went out. They stayed out long enough for me to alert my daughter, who was riding in the backseat to witness the blindness we were driving in. Seemed like minutes, but am sure it was probably only 30 seconds or so (either way a true hazard when driving at night). As this was the second time in about a month this happened we had researched the issue and learned that if you turn the switch on and off multiple times the lights will eventually come back on. While it worked this is beyond distracting and quite the feat of driving as one tries to stay on a road they can no longer see and hope they do not crash or get hit by other cars. Took it to the dealer where they confirmed it was in fact the headlight switch assembly (complete failure when they tested it). Part ordered. Part was replaced and so far so goo (been less than a week). We did learn of issues with this part on prior year models. The fix of adding more lubricant to the switch is temporary and does not completely fix the lights going out. This is a safety issue and Chrysler needs to address it. While we got a minor discount on the service it is still a known defect.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 09/09/2014

While driving int the dark going approximately 65 mph in the rocky mountains the headlights and all light in the car went out. It was raining and the windshield wipers were going. The lights were on automatic setting. The wiper setting was adjusted on the control and all the lights went out including the headlights and and all of the interior lights. Approximately 5 seconds later after moving the wiper switch around the lights came on. The lights all went out again approximately 1 minute later went the wiper switch was adjusted. We then tuned on the the lights on the light control and the headlights remained on. The problem was when the automatic light setting was on.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

After starting car headlights flashed on then off 2 or 3 times then remained off. After turning headlight switch on and off several times lights came on. This has continued since the date of first incident. While driving on the evening of August 3,2014 the headlights went off, do not plan on driving at night again until I receive reply from Chrysler. Called Chrysler customer service to complain today at about 11:30a. M. And only was told there was no recall on this vehicle at this time. I asked to speak with supervisor to help resolve issue and was told that supervisor will call me by closing on August 5,2014. This is a serious safety issue tag apparently occurred in the 2005 and 2006 town and country minivans and is obviously still not resolved. The Chrysler dealer I went to today, university Dodge didn't seemed to concerned and offered no help.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

First incident was in may 2014 -- when we turned on the headlights, they would almost immediately go off. Since we obviously couldn't drive without working headlights, we took the car to a dealership. After checking all of the wiring relating to the headlights, and the wiring to /from the tipm, the " probable" cause was a faulty tipm. While discussing this with the service manager, a mechanic kept fiddling with the light switch and apparently the system somehow reset. Since there was no way to know if this was a one-time incident or the start of more problems, even the dealership was reluctant to advise spending $1200 or more to replace the tipm, especially since they could offer no guarantee that a new module would work better. In September, we again experienced the same problem with the headlights, and once again the system seemed to re-set. In November, we used the key fob to unlock the doors -- and both front windows rolled down (obviously, there is no window control on the key fob). The vehicle seems to have a mind of it's own, and learning of the other problems that could occur, we no longer feel safe driving this minivan, especially with our grandchildren. Since may 2014, we've only driven this minivan 1200 miles, and even then have been very cautious -- only during the daytime and never on the interstate.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

The headlights do not illuminate when the headlight switch assembly is turned on. Turning the headlights off/on sometimes restore headlight illumination. This has been getting worse and worse as the time goes on. We called the local Chrysler dealer in NJ and were told there were no recalls or issues with our VIN.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 03/01/2014

Since about March of this year, our van headlamps will not turn on with the switch. It takes playing with the switch several times before they go on. Recently the headlights randomly go off as we are driving, we have to pull over and play with the switch to get the lights to go on. Also as we park and turn the car off, sometimes the headlights or the dash lights will go on by themselves. Currently we are having to jump the car often as if there is a drain on the battery. We took the battery to the location where it was bought and they tested the system, and battery and charging system passed all test. In other incidents which may or not be related our power sliding doors are not working properly. The left side does not function at all, and the right side closes and opens when the button is depressed. It takes two tries before it locks properly. When we take the van to the local dealer they know nothing of these issues, and have been quoted $300-600 to repair each incidents. We appreciate any and all assistance regarding these issues.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 11/09/2013

Numerous times in the last four weeks while driving at night the headlights shut off . All but two times they came back on. The last two they did not come on until shutting the switch off and turning back on. All were at highway speeds which is very dangerous . Chrysler dealers have not heard of this however it is all over the internet. This is a major safety issue that needs addressed prior to someone getting killed . I am unable to drive this at night for fear of causing an accident .

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 11/08/2013

I turned on the headlights and they would not come on. I had to toggle the switch back and forth to get it to work. Spoke with several dealerships and they stated that there is no recall on this problem. If I were to hold the lever back, then the high beams would be on. This is a dangerous issue especially after I have been reading up on this problems with other families with the same type of vehicle. I have 7 children and I do not want to get out on the road and all of a sudden we can't see. Please help. .

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 09/24/2013

The interior lights intermittently go on and off. The headlights fail to turn off even when switch is off, causing a dead battery if not noticed. Headlights suddenly turn off even though switch is on.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 07/18/2013

While driving after dark the headlights turned off with no warning and would not come back on. The only way that we were able to get any headlights was to pull the turn signal lever back and hold it on high beam flash setting for 5 miles to home. This has happened before in the last month but we were able to get the lights to come back on by turning off the switch and turning it back on quickly a few times. That did not work this time and the headlights would not come back on at all for 3 days other than by pulling and holding the signal lever back. . Read more...

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 06/01/2013

Just recently had an issue with the headlights,received notice that the switch was under recall. The other night my husband was following me home and noticed that the breaklights were not working, after testing things out we thought we figured the problem and changed the break light switch. Today when I went for the headlamp switch recall the tech came out and said OH and by the way you have no break lights. Not sure what else to check and from what I have read it seems like there have been computer issues.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 01/02/2013

On the interstate I-75 in tennessee mountains at night, headlights went out while driving with family of 4. Quickly attempted to turn on and off the headlight switch which turned the lights back on. My teenager had complained about problems turning the headlights on previously, which I had ignored, stating that she turned the light switch on but the headlamps did not go on but that the yellow side markers did turn on. Have experienced this problem repeatedly over the last few weeks. Chrysler dealer tom ahl in lima ohio was informed of the issue but would not inspect or service the vehicle without charging an inspection fee, as no recall has been issued for this problem. I declined to pay this and asked them to enter the issue into their service database.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 12/25/2012

Have a 2005 town and country that I bought as a used vehicle and I was traveling at night doing fine when out of the blue the headlights switched themselves off, I manually turned them off and back on and they did the same thing again. We pulled off the road and shut off the car for about 30 minutes came back and when I the car with no issue, turned on the headlights no go, had to do this three time before they came back on any ideas.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 09/19/2012

Headlights flashed quickly then would not come back on when starting the vehicle, it has happened 3 or 4 times intermittently. Moving the switch makes not different and shutting off the vehicle and restarting makes no difference as well.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 08/07/2012

My lights flicker on and off, replaced battery and alternator. . Not fixed. . Now I have been noticing that the panel behind my headlight switch gets very hot to to the touch. Afraid of a fire. . . Can't find any info on internet as to what can be the problem.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 06/13/2012

Loss of headlights while traveling 70mph. High beams worked only if lever was held down, and I had to drive like this for an hour. Over the past 2-3 years the headlights would intermittently flicker or turn off, but I could usually resolve the problem by toggling the headlights off and on several times. This would occur periodically, with several months in between incidents. In may and June of this year, the problem began to occur more frequently, with complete loss of headlights finally occurring. My mechanic replaced the front headlight control module 6-15-12 and the headlights operated fine until this past week- 7-11-12, when the headlights began to flicker again and went out while driving only 5mph in parking garage. Toggling the on/off switch corrected the problem and headlights came on.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 19
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that while driving at night approximately 45 mph, the driver's side headlight failed to illuminate. The contact engaged the low beam headlight and continued in operation. On a separate occasion the similar failure occurred with the passenger's side headlight. The malfunction occurred intermittently. The contact replaced the headlight bulbs himself at different times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fcm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. However, there was an open and closed investigation under NHTSA action number pe05004 (exterior lighting:headlights:switch). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 20
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

The headlights will fail without warning. I was driving at night and noticed that the headlights did not turn on when the switch was activated. Toggling the switch back and forth a few times, turned them on. Since the first incident, this has occurred at least 2 times per week. The lights will usually turn on when switching the lights on and off, but the past two days they have not turned on at all. The parking lights and highbeams still work, but not the main driving lights. This is a serious safety problem. The dealership does not appear to know what is going on.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 21
Failure Date: 05/14/2012

Headlights will not turn on. Repeated turning off & on of headlight switch (5 to 10 itmes) eventually works. However, using the turn signal lever on the column to hold the brights on does result in brights only - if you hold the lever continuously. Nhtsa ea11010 from September of 2011 says defect is being investigated. How much time is needed for a diagnosis?.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 22
Failure Date: 03/18/2012

Went to turn headlights on and they would not turn on. Had this happen once before, but I just turned the switch on and off repeatedly and they finally worked. I tried a few different things this time and nothing worked. They lights still don't turn on. This seems to be a dangerous problem! I looked for a solution online and there seems to be many others with the same problem.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 02/21/2012

My husband went out one evening to leave and turned the headlights on and they wouldn't come on he had to play with the switch. After that we have had nothing but problems. The headlights come on and off while driving down the road. There have been times I have had to pull over until they would come back on which has made me late for work. And now it's to the point that the running lights come on by themselves while the vehicle is parked and off.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 24
Failure Date: 02/06/2012

My 2005 Chrysler Town & Country has had the headlights fail several times. High beams worked by holding them in the on position, if I tried to turn them on they would go out. After flipping the switch a number of times I got the lights back on. We just lost lights again last night and were able to get them on after flipping the switch a number of times.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 25
Failure Date: 12/06/2011

The switch that operates the turn signals, the wiper/washer, and the high/low beams fails as such: when signaling left at times the right indicator comes on, and visa versa. When operating the wiper "on" switch, nothing happens until you signal or use the high/low beam part of the switch. When trying to lower my headlight beams the switch will at times fail to lower them until a separate action happens with the switch. All of these failures are sporadic, and will appear apparently when there is moisture in the air through rain or fog. (when you would not want them to happen at all). These are safety recalls I am asking for because the dealership, even though we have an extended warantee says they cannot do anything unless they see it happen. Most of this happens after hours or when the dealership is not open. I have had the vehicle to the dealership on three separate times. A recall would cause them to be obligated to do the repair. After researching this problem on the web have found many 2006 town and country minivan owners have experienced the same issue. Please issue a recall on these. I am sure other years are affected because that switch is widely used.

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