Battery Cable Problems of Dodge Caravan

Dodge Caravan owners have reported 11 problems related to battery cable (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Caravan based on all problems reported for the Caravan.

car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2015 Dodge Caravan 1
Failure Date: 05/11/2017

Original owner. Van was in use and most of the dash warning lights went on. Most electrical items (horn etc) not working short distance to home but the motor would not shut off. The van kept running even with the key removed. Started to overheat since the fan wasn't working. Called dealer, advised to remove negative battery cable. Motor shut off. Tried a restart to position for tow truck. Van restarted and functioned. Flatbedded to dealer where "tipm" was replaced under warranty. Invoice chcs398350 teterboro Chrysler, NJ owned-driven many cars/trucks never saw one that would not shut off.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2011 Dodge Caravan 2
Failure Date: 11/25/2015

I have had an on going issue with my cars battery being dead after being turned off. This only happened at night. My daughter came home late and told me that the car had something ruining in the car. I also hear it and tried to start my car and again the battery was dead. I again charged it and was able to start the car as I turned it off again I could hear what sounded like a motor running even when the ignition switch was off and key removed. To prevent my battery from running down I removed the positive side battery cable to save it from being run down again. I called the dealership on 11-25-15 and told them what was going on. They told me to bring the car in on 11-27-15 and they would check it out. I meet with a service agent by the name of joey at the dealership who said he would call later. After, eight hours I called joey to find out if they were able to find anything. I was told it was the tipm and it would be costly to repair. I told him I need the car back and would call the customer service line about getting this cost covered since my car is only 4 years old. He told me that I would have to pay the $128 diagnostic fee regardless. He said that they sill wanted to check car and call Saturday. I called he was not there , was told I could pick up car and fee was waived. I was never told by anyone at the dealership that there was an ongoing issue with this part and that driving the car could result is loss of power and braking. I was surprised that they waived the fee now I understand why. I had to find out about the issue and litigation by searching the internet. I will have to replace the battery again, the alternator and tipm which will run over $1500 which we can not afford. I hope the dealership is written up for failure to warn about a possible deadly problem . Given the problem the company should pay all cost to get my car fixed.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2010 Dodge Caravan 3
Failure Date: 08/14/2015

There is a known recall now for 2008-2010 Dodge Caravans for the ignition switch or win module malfunctioning. My van started with not turning completely off when the key was in off mode and removed from the ignition. The radio would still be on and lights on the dash with the key completely out of ignition. I had to remove the battery cable to get the van to turn off completely. This worked for a couple days but now it will not start or run at all. The error on the dash display says "bad key" and I am unable to start or use my van at all. When asked about recall they say my van doesn't fall into the months they issued the recall for in 2010? I am going to have to get this fixed because I cannot use the van otherwise and to replace the win module it is going to cost me around $600 (which I do not have!). I just purchased the van on memorial day weekend 05/2015 so I have only had this vehicle roughly 3 months and it is already broken down. Not a happy customer!.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2012 Dodge Caravan 4
Failure Date: 08/07/2015

I have a Dodge Caravan 2012 and taking it in for several electrical issues. When it was sent to the dallas Dodge in dallas, GA there was an issue with car killing two brand new batteries. Brought a third one and finally call to have it picked up so they could check it. He then called me and said it was the driver seat wiring systems and to fix it would by $500. 00. I advised him if that was the issue and it would be working properly go ahead. I picked up my car and got it home. The next morning the battery was dead. So I had it sent back to them and they check it again and did not find anything. I got it back the next day which was a Saturday after sitting there making sure they check everything. Basically they said the battery was dead and nothing was wrong. I told them if I had any issues I would bring it back on Monday. I advised I will remove the battery cable to at least go to church the next day. When I got home from church I did not take cable off and battery died again. So on Monday 8/17, I was at the dealership again. They said the put it on a computer system for several hours and only notice that my battery was have way drained. I still no answers to what caused it to drain. I notice that a motor in the rear area would not stop running. The car would completely turned off. No we notice that we having delays in starting the car like fuel is not get the engine. After a couple of minutes trying to start, it would stall out and then finally start. So again I had to take battery cable off until the next following Monday - 8/24, I this time they advised me it was the timp module and it will cost me $1000 to fix it. Me and family don't feel safe in the car, now we are experiencing stalling while we are driving. This is not good service if you know there is an issue and there is a recall for this part.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2012 Dodge Caravan 5
Failure Date: 02/18/2013

First time, battery kept going dead. Took it to cortland Dodge, they said there was a problem with the wiring [not covered by warranty] charged us about 80. 00 ! second time. Fuses blown for seat controls and wipers third time car started shifting wildly up and down. Head lights started to dim and car finally quit! had it towed to Dodge dealer was informed it needed new alternator and battery[not covered by warranty] cost almost 1000. 00 to fix it!! fourth time car was parked beside the house when horn started blowing when we went outside car was running lights were flashing wipers and washers were going full speed, flashers going and red glow under car also doors were locked ! ! we finally got door unlocked and got hood open,battery and fuse box was cherry red. Finally took hedge clippers and cut battery cables and things cooled down ! what can we do?!?!?!?!.

car image   Battery Cable problem of the 1999 Dodge Caravan 6
Failure Date: 05/04/2012

My parents van. A couple of days before this happened I tried to start it and all it did was click. I tried to start it again and it started right up. I turned it back off and tried to start it again,same thing happened. All it did was click. I then tried to start it again and it started right up. We drove to town with no further issues that day. The next day it started right up. We drove about eighty miles to my sisters house. When we came out to leave in the evening. I started the van and it started right up,but it was making a rattling noise that I could just barely hear over the engine noise. I turned the van off,but something was still running. The starter was still engaged with the engine and running. I turned the key back on and the engine started again. I turned the engine off again and the same thing happened. The starter stayed running. I attempted to drive two hundred yards to my sisters garage to get pliers. I realized I probably did not have enough time to get to her garage before the starter burnt up. I ran in the house leaving the van running. By the time I got back to the van and got the hood open the starter was starting to smoke and make a real bad winning noise. My wife got a fire extinguisher. I pulled the negative battery cable. By the time that I got the cable off the starter was already burnt up and starting to catch fire. Their was so much smoke. I have know doubt that if I had not gotten the battery cable disconnected when I did that the van would have gone up in flames. The other bad thing was that it was sitting next to my sisters house and that would have gone up in flames with it. I am just glad that it did not happen when my seventy five year old parents were driving it,because I believe that the van would have defiantly caught fire and they would not have known what to do fast enough. This year make and model needs to be recalled before someone gets killed. Thanks.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2008 Dodge Caravan 7
Failure Date: 04/13/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle did not accelerate further. The failure recurred sporadicly during hot weather. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the contact was informed that the ground wire for the wiring harness was improperly installed during production. The mechanic also detected faulty battery cables due to substantial corrosion within the battery. The vehicle was not repaired. The authorized dealer and the manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 8
Failure Date: 05/15/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the doors failed to open when he used the keyless entry. He was able to open the doors manually with the key. The dealer informed him to bring in the vehicle for inspection. The vehicle has not yet been inspected or repaired. When the contact disconnected the battery cables from the battery and then reconnected the cables, it resets the keyless entry system. The keyless entry will work for approximately one week before it fails again. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 58,000 and current mileage was 61,000. Updated 07/24/09 .

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 9
Failure Date: 01/23/2006

In 2003 bcm replaced for my windshield wipers would not operate. Over $600 . Last year my battery cables and battery were smoking and I was lucky I got to the dealer just in time as black smoke was gushing out from under my hood. . . . Another $600 repair. In January 2006 electrical system craziness. Check engine light was on and it could not be smoged. They reprogrammed the module and I was able to get it smoged 2 days later the check engine light came on and the car would turn over and die . . . . I returned and was told I needed a pcm module replaced $719. Getting the car back was one electrical mishap after another. . . . The gauges went crazy. . . Taken back to dealer. . . . Reprogrammed . . . . And then told they were not sure how to fix it. . . Then got the car back and the clock and radio intermittently went on and off. . The computer shutting down and not allowing the remote to open the locks using the key the alarm would go off and I could not shut it off until the computer came back on and I could use the remote. . . . I was then told by the service manager that I needed a body control module(bcm) which I replaced in 2003. He was nasty and rude. I told the general manager I really did not believe they knew what they were doing . . . . For each time I brought the car in with one problem they returned it to me with another. He could also not guarantee that if I paid another $550 for a new bcm that it would solve all the problems. . . . . . . After 6 weeks and four trips to the dealer having my car over 2 weeks I was frustrated and angry. . . . And after reading on the internet countless other Dodge Caravan owners have the same problems I am outraged Dodge has ignored its responsibility to its consumers. . When I dropped it off the clock, radio, locks and alarm were the problem. . But an hour after I picked it up it started raining and guess what. . . . The windshield wipers were not operating.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2000 Dodge Caravan 10
Failure Date: 02/17/2005

Sept. 7, 2001, the battery in my one year old Dodge Caravan died. I asked that the cause of the failure be investigated. I was blown off. April 29, 2003, the second battery died. I was out of warranty at this time and again I asked that this issue be investigated. Nothing was done. Each time before the battery died, the alarm system on my car would act flakey. When this started happening again, I asked landers Chrysler to look at it. They found nothing. A few weeks later, I was driving down a hill with a curve when the engine died without warning. I lost my power steering and brakes and nearly hit a mail box. I was able to start my car and continued but nearly hit a car in the middle of the turn when it happened again because I was not able to turn sharp enough. I was lucky in both cases that I did not hit anything or any one. Landers eventually located the problem, a faulty evs module. I contacted Chrysler but they have refused to repair the faulty equipment because I now have 63,800 miles on my car even though evidence indicates the problem existed when I bought the vehicle. Landers told me I could disable the device by pushing a button on the dash that deactivates the anti-theft device. I was lucky that I did not have an accident, certainly the potential was there. I did a search on some auto forums and found several people who describe very similar problems to mine and others who complain about suddenly stalling. I have no idea how widespread this problem is. I do know that it took some time to determine the problem with my car. I think this matter should be investigated because anytime a driver loses control because they can not steer or stop, other drivers, property and pedestrians are in damages.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 11

Unable to start the vehicle because the positive side of battery terminal could not be tightened. Yh.

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