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Battery Cable Problems of Dodge Caravan

Dodge Caravan owners have reported 7 problems related to battery cable (under the electrical system category).

car image   Battery Cable problem of the 2012 Dodge Caravan 1
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?!?!?!?!.

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car image   Battery Cable problem of the 1999 Dodge Caravan 2
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 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7

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

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