Dodge Caravan owners have reported 26 problems related to ignition switch (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.
While driving on a street and hitting a large bump or driving over bumpy railroad tracks the vehicle will just shut off like someone turned off the ignition. You have to put the car back in park and turn the ignition switch on to start the car again. This has happened several times in the last month.
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The ignition switch was finally replaced as a result of a recall. Shortly after the replacement we began experiencing a situation in which the van would not start. All we could get was a "clunk" sound from the front of the vehicle. It has a battery that is less than a year old and usually starts fine. The situation exists when we try to use either keys. So far, we have been lucky in that it starts fine after after 8 or more tries; the engine will start and for several days to a couple of weeks things are fine and then the same thing happens again. All electrical systems seem to be operating properly except for the tire pressure light. It, too, has started acting up with about the same frequency. The Dodge service department feels it may be the battery in the pressure sensor valve. Funny that they both started about a month or two after the ignition switch was replaced.
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the key was loose in the ignition switch and the vehicle was difficult to start. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v373000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was not available. The dealer was contact multiple times and informed that the part was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time to provide the part to do the repair. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.
I stopped and parked the vehicle at a store. I turned the switch off but could not remove the key. I tried several times by restarting the vehicle and shutting it down but was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch. I stopped trying for about 15 seconds and was then able to restart the vehicle. Approximately 10 minutes later I was able to start, stop and remove the key ok. I drove across the street to the post office and the same situation occurred with the same results. There have been no further incidences since. I went to the Dodge dealer and they said (essentially) "sorry charlie, it's your problem. We haven't received parts to service your recall".
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The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The contact received notification of a manufacturer's recall for the key fob ignition switch; however, the part to do the repair was not made available. The contact stated that the part to do the repair exceeded a reasonable amount of time. The NHTSA campaign number and VIN were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that a jump start was required in order for the vehicle to restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v139000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.
2008 Dodge Caravan, while driving at 65 mph, engine quit, all dash electronics went dead. Coasted to stop, put in park, restarted fine, continued to destination. Problem has occurred 2 previous times, once while turning a corner at or below 5mph, same result, and once at approx 20mph, again same result. Checked, and switched keys, tested ignition switch, wiring to battery / fuse box, all ok, with no excessive corrosion, or loose connections. Attempted to recreate problem by wiggling wiring, switch, keys, with no electrical failure.
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed to turn intermittently. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The dealer stated that the starter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000.
2008 Dodge Caravan. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch issues. The consumer stated the vehicle would not shut off, when the key was removed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where they installed a tipm part at a cost of $897. The dealer claimed the part would make the engine shut off. A day later, the engine would not shut off. However, when it didn't shut off, the engine blew up destroying the engine in the process. The dealer admitted the mistake, of installing the wrong part, and they stated they did not know the engine would not shut off, but they were certain that the failure, was not linked to engine blowing up. Somehow the engine, and radiator blowing up was simply a coincidence.
Tl contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 75,000.
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated the vehicle had several electrical failures. The brake light and turn signal lights became inoperable. The power windows began to operate independently, the hazard lights failed intermittently, the radio failed to function when engaged and the ignition key would sporadically fail to extract from the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the turn signal bulbs and brake light bulbs needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact did not have the dealer inspect the vehicle to determine the cause of the other electrical failures. The approximate failure mileage was 45,521 and the current mileage was 48,800.
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the ignition key remained stuck in the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken toa dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,800.
When I put the key in the ignition switch sometimes it will not turn allowing me to start the car. When I called the Dodge dealer they said that this is a common problem. They told me to insert the key pull it towards me then insert a flat head screw driver in the key and tap 2 to 3 times then turn the key. I works like that each time but the symtoms match those described in tv ads prompting danger of having the engine shut down when unsuspecting and causing accidents. What can be done? john aki. Duval.
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The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan. When the vehicle was parked, the key would not release from the ignition switch until the battery was completely drained. The failure recurred on a daily basis. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 11v394000 (air bags, equipment) and 14v373000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.
I have a 2010 Dodge Caravan the first issue was the transmissions took it to a dealer who checked it and said the problem was in the computer did an upgrade corrected some of the problem still having problems with it shifting the second issue was the ignition switch which I took it in due to a recall I received bought the vehicle used so the recall had no been done after recall was completed now having trouble with head lights never had a problem until switch was changed when we got it back noticed that when key was in head lights came on this vehicle does not have driving on auto head lights according to paperwork I have shortly there after when turning on the headlights they flash a couple times and go off unable to get them to come back on now the lights come on when ever and go back off will not do anything unless a ken is in the ignition and then just flash once and go back off took it to the dealer who in their words after checking thought the tip was bad and wanted $900. 00 with no guarantee that would fix it I see a lot of complaints from owners while doing research to try and fix my problem about other vehicles with same from 1999 to present it appears to me Dodge has a problem they are not fixing maybe they need more bail out money.
Twice this year my ignition broke and I had to hire a locksmith to repair it. The last time the locksmith told me there is a manufacture defect with the ignition.
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Consumer received a recall notice concerning ignition problem. Consumer could move vehicle out of park without inserting the key into the ignition. Consumer has not taken the vehicle to be checked out yet, but will do so soon.
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After starting my van, whether I have it in park, drive, neutral, or reverse, I am able to remove my key from the ignition. Also, if I am turning my van off, and I accidentally turn it to auxillary, I am still able to remove my key from the ignition. This isn't suppose to happen, is it?.
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Consumer stated that they would have to try numerous of times to turn the key in the ignition switch. Dealer notified. Mr.
Consumer stated the ignition switch failed.
Consumer has been having problem with key not turning after it was put into ignition. She has to play with it for a long while.
The ignition assembly needs replacement. The key constantly wont turn. The safety switch to prevent the left rear door from opening when the tank is being filled is defective. The dealership had it removed. I refused replacement. The door would not open when it was jammed.
While driving at 65 mph with cruise control set smoke was coming from under the vehicle due to transmission being replaced. When consumer stopped vehicle. It wouldn't start back up.
While van was parked on a flat surface, with the ignition off, gear in park, van rolled backwards about 100 feet, crashed through a fence and hit a mobile home beforing coming to a stop. Owner has been experiencing problems with key being stuck in ignition, and key was stuck at this time. Van is being held by dealership. Please provide further details.
Consumer states of having problems with the igniton swich as other key can start the vehicle. Dealer was contacted. Mr.
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Ignition switch failed.
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|Horn Assembly problems||
|Dash Wiring problems||
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|Instrument Panel problems||
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