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Headlight Switch Problems of Dodge Caravan



Dodge Caravan owners have reported 33 problems related to headlight switch (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 1
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

Headlight go off and on going down the highway at the speed on 65 with no street light my family on four was in the van someone is going to get killed just like gm with the ignition switch.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Dodge Caravan 2
Failure Date: 09/25/2013

Driving down the road at night headlamps suddenly without warning turn off. This has happened randomly several times since. Usually jiggling the headlight switch will turn them back on again. Have also noticed recently that the parking lights will suddenly come on then go off after a few minutes while care is parked and turned off. This is random.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 3
Failure Date: 05/18/2012

I am delivery driver for domino's pizza. Vehicle was parked, and I was leaving on a delivery. Turned headlight switch past parking light indicator to headlight indicator. Nothing. Just parking lights. Tried to engage high beams, but they wouldn't stay on. Could only keep headlights lit by holding high beam switch. Attempted bulb replacement, to no avail; also tried battery post cleaning, to no avail. This is really a nuisance as I may very well end up unemployed because of this issue.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 4
Failure Date: 05/07/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the headlight switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 98,000.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 5
Failure Date: 04/04/2012

During the night while I was driving, the headlights went off, then blinked on, then off again. After fiddling with the headlight switch, the lights came on and stayed on. This problem has recurred several times since then. It results in an extremely dangerous situation: one is driving at night and suddenly one's vision goes black. The mind at first does not always immediately realize what is happening, and so the human reaction time to an already dangerous situation is not always quick or appropriate. From what I've since read on vehicle forums, many other owners of 2005 Dodge Caravans have experienced the same problem. A recall should be issued immediately before a serious accident occurs. Remember, a Caravan is often used to transport children.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 6
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

Headlight switch/lights wouldn't work at random times, then start working again.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 7
Failure Date: 01/16/2012

Recently purchased the vehicle used. Driving at night the head lights flickered then turned off. I manually turned the headlight switch off and on several times when the lights finally came on. This could have been fatal on the interstate or foul weather conditions. I could duplicate the problem intermittently since the first occurance. I went on line and found numerous complaints for Dodge Caravans with the same problem.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 8
Failure Date: 09/21/2011

I was driving home and all of a sudden the headlights went out, I was able to get them on by manually using the high beams, but if I let go of the high beam shift, the lights went out. This happened about 10 times in 20 miles. It did it again yesterday on September 28, driving home and I am too scared to drive at night any more which is a problem as it is getting dark earlier. I was driving along and the headlights just went out. I could pull the high beams on which is an issue as I live in a small city but as soon as I let go of the high beam switch -- no lights. Also the high beams would go to low and back to high intermittently. I am so scared to drive my car.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2006 Dodge Caravan 9
Failure Date: 07/16/2011

2006 Dodge Caravan, headlights turn on and off randomly while driving and parked. Sometimes you have to turn the headlight switch multiple times on and off to get the headlights to function.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 10
Failure Date: 05/13/2011

Dodge Caravan 2005 - headlights do not work at times and you must turn switch on and off numerous times to get them to work. They have also turned off at night while driving. Not only very dangerous but continues to drain battery.


 
car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 11
Failure Date: 11/02/2010

Both headlights went out numerous times and would come back on a couple of seconds later; bumps did not affect it and neither did jiggling the headlight switch or ignition switch; it just happened sporadically with no apparent reason; very dangerous, and according to internet is a huge problem with many other Caravan owners; please do something before it kills someone if it hasn't already thank you.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 12
Failure Date: 09/04/2010

2005 Caravan: headlights are intermittent just as everyone else is describing. I went shopping tonight around sunset. When I got to my vehicle to return home the headlights wouldn't work. After 5 minutes of switching on and off, they finally came on. At some point during my 3 mile ride home the lights went off on their own. This is very dangerous!!! the headlights do this all the time. . Read more...

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 13
Failure Date: 08/31/2010

Headlights will not turn on or will spontaneously shut off while driving at night. If the headlight switch is toggled on/off several times they may continue to work again. The most recent occurrence happened when I was driving through a mountain pass at night. This is an extremely dangerous situation on the 2005 Dodge Caravan yet the dealerships have no idea on how to correct the problem.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 14
Failure Date: 07/20/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the headlights failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The diagnosed the failure as a defective head light switch. The dealer advised that he could not confirm that the repair would correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13,000 and the current mileage was 14,000.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 15
Failure Date: 07/04/2010

Sometimes the headlights on our 2005 Dodge Caravan will not come on when we turn them on. It does not happen every time but it has caused us to have to wait to be able to drive. There has been one incident when we were driving home and the lights went out while we were driving. So far just playing with the switch has worked to get the lights to come back on.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 16
Failure Date: 10/10/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The headlight switch has failed. He was advised to hold the light switch while driving in order for the head lights to be operative. The dealer had the vehicle for 2 hours but could not identify a remedy for the failure. The current mileage was 98,000. The failure mileage was 89,600. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 17
Failure Date: 10/10/2009

2005 Dodge Caravan sxt headlight switch makes bad connection resulting in headlights to cut out completely! searched online found several other cases of this happening to Dodge customers.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 18
Failure Date: 05/01/2009

The headlights on my 2005 Dodge Caravan works intermittently. This has been going on for approx 1 year. When I wiggle the light switch around the lights will go on sometimes. This usually takes about 10 minutes. I've also experienced the lights going out while driving and having to pull over and do the same wiggle process.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 19
Failure Date: 04/20/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated the headlights failed. When engaging, either the headlights would not illuminate at all or they would illuminate and then fail. The contact stated the failure would occur intermittently over a one year span. The manufacturer advised the failure could potentially be caused by a defect in the relay switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000 and the current mileage was approximately 104,000.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2001 Dodge Caravan 20
Failure Date: 10/18/2008

2001 Dodge Caravan headlights, replaced left headlight, week later turned on van and one daylight light came on, turned on headlights and the opposite low beam came on, switched to high beam and the opposite high beam came on. I have noticed flickering lights in the past both inside and outside. Does someone have to die and have a family member sue before problem is fixed?.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 21
Failure Date: 10/07/2008

Intermittent flashing of all interior lights and head lights. Headlights went out completely out and on again as driving to work in the dark. Power door locks stopped working, which renders child safety locks to not work. Occurs everyday. Had headlight switch assembly replaced and computer updates done to the bcm relay and pcm and transmission. Dealership cannot find a problem after work done. Work done solved problem for about 24 hour then issue resumed.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 22
Failure Date: 08/14/2008

The headlights intermittently shut off, or won't work at all on my 2005 Dodge Caravan. The issue started nearly 2 years ago. I had it into the dealer for the issue but the lights were working at that point. A few months after the warranty expired, the problem became more frequent. Today, the headlights rarely come on. The parking lights work fine, just not the headlights. If I pull back the dimmer switch, the high beams will come on but as soon as you let go of the switch, they shut back off. I've seen thousands of complaints of this exact issue on other consumer based websites. This is truly a safety hazard and should result in a recall.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 23
Failure Date: 07/16/2008

Headlights go out while driving. After tracking down the culprit it's the headlight switch. It can cause the headlamps to go out entirely while driving. I have repaired it myself but this design flaw can happen at any time. An inexperienced driver can panic and cause an accident. Out of all the american cars I have driven this is the biggest law of concern I have found. The need for sight at night is important. Do to cost or replacement people may not fix when needed putting a lot of cars on the roads with intermittent lights.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 24
Failure Date: 07/08/2008

In July 2008 both headlights went out while driving at night. Turning the headlight switch off and on caused the headlights to turn on. This occurred occasionally for the next 2 years with increasing frequency. During a trip to annapolis in oct 2010, the headlights would not turn on. Manipulating the headlight switch did not turn them on. The high beam will turn on when the stalk on the steering column is operated and the headlight switch is on and the motor running. Internet searches suggest this is a common problem with this model and the headlight switch or drounding is the cupprit.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Dodge Caravan 25
Failure Date: 12/18/2006

- the contact stated that he is having problems with his 2005 Dodge Caravan (failure mileage: 35,000). He tried to turn on the switch for the headlights, but the headlights would not turn on. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 38,000. The consumer states that after turning the headlight switch on and off two to six times, then the headlights would turn on. Update 04/30/tr.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Dodge Caravan 26
Failure Date: 07/07/2006

: the contact stated the head lights intermittently go out while driving. The vehicle was driven to the dealer for inspection however the problem could not be duplicated. Updated 9/5/2006 - the last time the headlights went off they remained off for about 10 seconds before they came back on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the headlight switch.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2001 Dodge Caravan 27
Failure Date: 06/05/2006

Headlights alternate operation. When vehicle is turned on only the left headlight operates as a daytime running light. When the light switch is turned on only the right headlight operates. Then when the high beam is activated, only the left high beam comes on.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2001 Dodge Caravan 28
Failure Date: 12/10/2004

We have a 2001 Dodge Caravan and recently, within the last 12 to 6 months, the headlights have switched on and off. It's been very random until the last month, where they have completely shut off after flickering on and off and the dashboard lights lighting up and going dim. This has happened at night several times and during the day. We took the van to dicks country Dodge to have it inspected and were told the headlight switch was faulty and needed to be replaced. However, we were told that there is no manufacture of this switch and there is no estimated time to expect this switch to be replaced. We were told today, 12/10/04, that there are over 60 requests nationwide for this switch and no estimated time of replacement as no one is making these switches. We are unable to drive our van during the hours of 4:30 pm until 7 a. M because we do not know if the headlights will stay on or not. I drove today and made it 10 miles before the lights flashed and went out. This is not a light bulb issue, it's a switch that can't be fixed. We are beyond frustrated with this situation as the van is our major family vehicle and it's almost impossible to get two car seats and two adults in our other vehicle. We feel an investigation should be made into why these switches are not available for replacement, essentially rendering a vehicle useless in dark conditions. In the meantime, we will probably have to rent a vehicle for a return from the airport at night as we cannot rely on our van to get us safely home without dependable headlights.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 1997 Dodge Caravan 29
Failure Date: 03/23/2004

The headlights don't turn on all times unless the switch is wiggled and some times is goes out after they come on.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Dodge Caravan 30
Failure Date: 08/15/2003

I recently purchase a 2003 Dodge Caravan. The headlight switch is not illuminated. My dealer says that the illumination was removed in the 2003 models. Does this comply with title 49 part 571 standard no 101?.

car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 31
Failure Date: 05/05/1999

Light switch smoked at start-up. Dealer replaced switch and claimed it was not a fire hazard. I contacted Chrysler c/s who also claimed not a fire hazard,but I took switch apart and can see where a printed circuit board is heavily blackened.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 1999 Dodge Caravan 32

Vehicle is experiencing a problem with the headlights. The headlight switch was replaced. It happened a second time and the switch was replaced again. The headlights went out again for the third time. This time the repair will not be free because the vehicle is out of warranty. The headlights went out again. Dealership will not do anymore than replace a switch. After 4 failures, the lights are still operating intermittently. Dodge approved a new switch at no cost and had been made available about three years ago but a local dealer installed an old switch in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

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car image   Headlight Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 33

Turn signals would work intermittently in hot/humid weather. Sometimes would not work with indicator turned on. Had changed the fuses each time problem happened. Also, sliding door lock does not regularly release with the lock/unlock switch. Further, it is unreliable with the manual lock/botton. The headlights, in hot/humid weather may or may not go off when switch is turned off. Been in contact with dealership.


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