Dodge Caravan owners have reported 29 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control 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.
On interstate at 65 & while accelerating to pass slower car my accelerator stuck at full throttle. Braked to control speed and after short while pedal unstuck and normal operation. This happened again the next day but, although gas pedal was stuck to floor, the vehicle slowed to about 60. Exited highway to service area with pedal still stuck at ft & shut down. Car wouldn't restart with pedal at ft. After several minutes, the pedal "popped" back and restarted with normal operation thereafter. I each instance the cruise control was probably on and a large red symbol appeared on the annunciator panel which extinguished when the accelerator pedal " popped" back up. No messages appeared in the driver information center. This is a very dangerous condition which internet searches show is occurring to other Dodge / Chrysler minivans and needs to be addressed.
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After the engine warms up and at speeds around 45-50 the acceleration sticks as if the cruise control is on. The only way to stop it is to put the car in neutral then drive,or shut the engine off. I disconnected the servo to the cruise control to eliminate the cruise as the cause. The problem is intermittent but occurs often.
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The speed control failed to turn off when the cancel button was pressed. The speed control was turned on and the indicator/light showed that the cruise control was working. As I approached a stoplight at about 60 mph, I pressed the cancel button but nothing happened. At this time I saw that the cruise indicator was not showing. I pressed the cancel several times but the cruise was still engaged. I then tapped the brake and the cruise control disengaged. From this time on when I tried the cruise control it would sometimes turn on and sometimes not. I took the vehicle to the local Dodge dealer and they replaced the switch. Problem I see is that the cruise was engaged, without any indicator light, and would not cancel.
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While driving in rain storm with cruise control,wipers,lights,and radio on power to controls would turn off. Engine was still running and systems came back on after turning off radio, lights for awhile.
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The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Caravan. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the engine stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the air bag and cruise control warning indicators were illuminated continuously. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 134,000.
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The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the cruise control button was inadvertently engaged due to it being to close to the horn. As a result, the contact stated that the vehicle became stuck at a certain speed, which caused him to drive above speed limits. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 195,000.
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated the air bags warning indicator was illuminated, and the horn and cruise control became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 176,000.
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the cruise control engaged automatically and caused the vehicle to accelerate to higher speeds. The contact immediately depressed the brakes and the cruise control disengaged, slowing the vehicle down. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where they advised him that the aftermarket floor mats caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The manufacturer was later contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 51,500. The current mileage was approximately 51,900. The VIN was unavailable.
The following request was received from the ntsb web site: message: van accident incident - 2000 Dodge van 2500 on Tuesday, may 22, 2012 around 4pm, I was on my way to maryville to pick up a tv. Traveling south on ebenezer road, I engaged the cruise control setting it at 45 mph. Approaching north shore in the right lane, I saw 4-6 cars waiting at the light. I tap the brake to disengage the cruise control and immediately felt the van acceleration. I turned into the left lane to miss the cars in the right lane. I reposition my foot by lifting it up thinking that I had press both the accelerator and brake, and press it back on the brake. The van was still accelerating and I thought to myself why was it still accelerating? by that time, I was in the intersection and had no control. I hit a pole and guard rail on the far side of north shore. I did not hit any other vehicle. All of this took around 10 seconds. The van was totaled! are there others reported with this problem with the cruise control?.
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The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caravan. The contact was driving with the cruise control set at 60 mph. The contact attempted to pass another vehicle when the vehicle abnormally accelerated with an unusually high increase in rpms. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. Contact was able to restart the vehicle with and drive as normal. The contact stated that the failure recurred continuously for approximately two days. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.
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Air bag warning light is on constantly. Horn will not work . Cruise control will not work.
The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the cruise control system failed. After setting the cruise control to 35 mph, the vehicle automatically sped up to 55 mph. The brakes were then applied, but the vehicle continued to accelerate. In order to stop the vehicle from accelerating, the cruise control switch was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who could not diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.
2008 Dodge grand Caravan. Consumer states when he uses cruise control at highway speeds or any speed at 35 mph the vehicle starts to downgrade and downshift three speed ranges and cause excessive loss of speed and then the engine's rpm would rise to 5000 rpm. The consumer stated when the incident happened, he was unable to shut off the cruise control or apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop. The vehicle would continue to move. The dealer informed the consumer the problem was a characteristic of the vehicle due to software problems.
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The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving 70-77 mph when setting the cruise control, he noticed that it would not operate and not set when the lever was pulled down. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 16,000. The current mileage was approximately 20,000. Updated 03/22/lj updated 04/29/11.
After using cruise control could not push gas pedal down, seems to be happening more often, van has 89,000 miles, started at 49,000 miles, cleaned throttle body many times does not help, I think falty cruise control from factory. Purchased 2005 Dodge Caravan sxt in 2008.
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Gas pedal locked up while using cruise control;turned off cruise control,this freed up gas pedal but still a little sticky. Rear tail light lenses are coming loose from tail light housing.
Just back from a road trip the vehicle started acting up, it would keep speeding like it was accelerating on its on, had to pull off the road, turn off the engine and physically push the throttle down ,it's like it gets stuck. It would do that after turning on the cruise control, and even after turning it off, it still would run away. It would only do this during time periods of using the cruise control. During that particular trip. This would happen regardless if the cruise was off or on. Had to brake very hard in order to get the vehicle to slow down to pull off. Customer stated the throttle sticks with cruise when on and after it has been on does not happen unless cruise has been on seems like it wants to drive away. The consumer stated a vacuum hose associated with the cruise control was replaced. Updated 09/14/07.
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Dodge Caravan 1999: while using cruise control on highway the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The vehicle continued to accelerate despite turning off cruise control and braking hard. 911 emergency operator was called via cell phone. My wife (the driver) was instructed to turn engine off and put vehicle in park as it glided slowly to a stop on the side of the road. We await word from the dealer on the cause.
While driving at any speed cruise control will work intermittently. Dealer notified.
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While driving, consumer attempted to activate cruise control, but it would not work, the dealer could not find the problem.
Consumer was traveling with cruise control set at 70mph and vehicle started to accelerate up to 80mph & over. Applying brakes & turning switch didn't disengage cruise control. Consumer moved to the shoulder of the road & put the vehicle in neutral, which put in it wide open throttle. Vehicle started smoking & it was turned off. Dealer basically said it wasn't under warranty. Consumer will be contacting manufacturer.
Vehicle experiencing ongoing problem with accelerator pedal stickig while driving. Consumer can move foot off pedal and the vehicle would maintain speed as though the cruise control was engaged. Foot needs to be placd uder the pedal and push upward to unstick pedal. . . . Vehicle been in dealer shop on three occasions, and dealer refused to correct the problem due to warranty dispute. Can NHTSA help in tis matter.
Cruise control failure.
After cruise control is set it will drop a notch from its original setting upon acceleration, then surge back to original setting, this situation is particularly dangerous when it rains as vehicle pulls during the surge.
While engaging cruise control, vehicle suddenly drops from drive o a lower gear and vehicle slows down.
Cruise control failed twice.
See all problems of the 1998 Dodge Caravan .
Consumer states that the clock spring is gone bad causing the horn and cruise control not to work. Please provide any additional information. Ph.
While driving with the cruise control activated the vehicle accelerated. The cruise control would not disengage until the vehicle was put into neutral and the engine cut off. Cause unknown. Please give any further details.
Cruise control became inoperative and drove consumer off the interstate onto the shoulder at 70 mph. The cruise would not respond to the brake pedal or the controls on the steering wheel. After replacing the clock spring per recall, the service dealer assured the consumer the cruise was repaired. The problem returned when the consumer's wife had driven the vehicle. It was found that the throttle cable leading from the cruise control mechanism to the throttle itself failed at the point of the exit from the cable strands in the cable were pulled back into the cable housing locking the action of the cable, and caused failure.
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|Vehicle Speed Control problems||
|Cruise Control problems||
|Car Accelerates On Its Own problems||
|Accelerator Pedal problems||
|Speed Control Linkage problems||
|Accelerator Stuck problems||
|Speed Control Cable problems||
|Speed Sensor problems||
|Throttle Control Warning Light On problems||