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Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 22 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 1
Failure Date: 10/05/2014

Van was parked in our garage. We got in to go to church and the van would not start!! I put my foot on the brake and it was rock-hard and when I turned the key it just klicked and tried to start then died. I continued to try to start by moving the shift lever/hitting the brake/turning the key and the van started and we went to church. Today, 10/29/14, I parked my van at winn-dixie and went inside to shop. When I returned to leave the same symptoms exhibeted and finally the van started. I called my dealer and was told that it may be associated with the recall on my key fob electronic shifter recall, but there were no parts available yet. I was also asked if there was an engine light that went on and I said no. I was told that then they could not check on their computers for the problem unless the "check engine light" had exhibited. So, here I am--------------------what should I do?????.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Failure Date: 01/05/2013

Driving in a small town, my check engine light came on. I was on the lookout for this. I am a medical courier and we have 4, maybe 5, Grand Caravans operating out of our facility. Two have had to have the heads replaced, both with the pentastar v-6. I have this engine in mine as well . I was told by the drivers of those to watch for the check engine light to come on, and last night it did. So now, it seems I may be number three. I would consider my driving habits in the Dodge "easy", probably 90% of the time I am driving rural two lane highways and interstate. The workday is about 380 miles driven. I drive very little stop and go. I can get 90k miles out of original brakes and tires. I do use a variety of brands of gas, but I would consider them all "brand name". We service our vehicles at proper intervals, all caravans are ordered to the same spec, but this can differ slightly with model year. While searching the net, I've read where Chrysler is quietly replacing heads with problems. One of my fellow couriers recently had the head work done at 80k+ on his Dodge. You can see I am now at a similar mileage. Our fleet man told me there was no invoice and the engine was fixed for free at a Chrysler dealer. It should have been- a cylinder head should not need replacement at 80k+ on a properly maintained vehicle. I am submitting this because Chrysler is stating this is some sort of rare (less than 1%) occurrence due to an odd combination of factors, including bad fuel. I beg to differ as we have had 2 pentastar caravans fixed at work, and it's likely mine will be number 3. This is quite remarkable, and can't be discounted as some sort of fluke. It's not coincidence, in my view. It's a flawed head design, or poor manufacturing. There should be correction beyond the factory warranty.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Failure Date: 09/06/2012

Prior to 9/6/2012, engine light came on for what the dealer said no reason. Then on 9/6/2012, van broke and would not start. It appeared as if stuck in all gears and I was told this was an electrical problem. There is a recall on this type/year of van for electrical problems, recall #11v139000;however, no recall shows up for my van VIN #. I don't feel this vehicle is safe. The dealer has had my vehicle for a week now along with another one same make and model/year that they are having the same issue. There is a definite problem with this model vehicle. My vehicle is still not repaired or exact problem diagnosed. Yet, they expect me to drive it again when I get it back. These electrical issues need to be further evaluated. Yes my van was in a parking lot but that was lucky. Please look into this further. The dealer don't even understand the problem on these 2 Grand Caravans per our last conversation we had today.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 4
Failure Date: 07/13/2012

I bought a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan XLT on February 3 of 2012 from a local dealer in milwaukee, WI. On that time the mileage of the car was approximately 60000 miles. Two months after I have the car we saw the oil change light coming out on the screen which was unusual for us we took the car to the dealer and they fixed the light. Two months after I saw the engine light on the screen, we took the car to the dealer and they keep the car for 3 days while they made a repair that cost me $850. 0, I made this payment because I trust them when they told me that was going to be the only repair. Weeks after I was on the high way with my whole family and I say smoke coming from the engine and we perceived a strong burn smell, the mileage on that time was approximately 67,000, we just made it to arrive to the dealer service and they found a very low coolant level which means that the overheating was related to the coolant line. Next day I took the car to the service, the car was there for 7 days after I was told that the car needs an engine change which I can't afford to pay. The dealer contacted the manufacturer but all I received from them were 8 oil changes. I received and offer to have another car but the trade value for my car is very low compared to the original price I paid and the new monthly payment is out of my possibilities. I'm driving this car taking the risk for my family with the winter coming. After reading the complaints on the NHTSA I was able to see that I'm not the first owner of a 2008 Grand Caravan with a potential problem of overheating and fire on my car. I need assistance with this case. Thanks.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 5
Failure Date: 06/04/2012

Going high speed, engine suddenly stops, all lights on dash light up, power steering does not function. This happened (3) times last year. I was fortunate enough to be able to pull over on the PA turnpike but was in danger of being hit as I was traveling in the left lane. Car would not restart. Waited 20 minutes and car did initially restart. However, when it restarted, once driven, it would not shift gears--it was stuck in 1st. (automatic transmission) pulled over again. Waited 10 minutes, started driving, and car functioned but "check engine light" was on. Car was taken to dealer immediately. They initially blamed the fob, which I replaced. When this incident happened again a few months later, it was again taken to dealer and since they could not replicate the problem, they said they could not fix it. In July of this year, started this behavior again but now would not restart after the engine cut off. (again traveling high speed) then the engine cut off a day later while only going 40 miles an hour. Took car to the dealer again and they changed the win module. (but tell me that all three electrical system are registering errors) I paid to replace win module, had car for 1 week, went to start it and there was no response. Had car towed to dealership. Replaced starter relay. Picked car up on a Wednesday and on Thursday, engine shut down on me while doing 20 mph. Again, would not restart. Car currently at dealership but they claim they have no idea what's wrong. This is a hazard!! I feel I am going to die in this car because someone is going to run into me at high speed when I don't have a engine to get out of the way. My young kids are constantly in this car. Dealership throws up their hands and says "I don't know or care if you die in this vehicle we simply can't fix the problem" I am still paying this car off and can't afford another car!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 6
Failure Date: 05/09/2012

I went to get my oil changed and there was about 1/10th of a quart drained out. The engine oil light never came on. Since then we have had to add a quart every 1,000 miles. This is uncalled for and have noticed on this site and on the web others have the same problem.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 7
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the check engine warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure and a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter was replaced twice but the failure was not corrected. The check engine warning light remained illuminated. The failure mileage was 79,605 and the current mileage was 85,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 8
Failure Date: 12/22/2011

My 2006 Grand Caravan has had problems almost since I bought it in 2007 (it had 18,000 miles when I bought it). It now only has 68,000 miles on it. My drivers side electric door does not operate when it is warm outside (29,000 miles). The passenger side axle broke and had to be replaced (65,000 miles). When it rains my power steering goes out periodically (65,000 miles) . My engine light is on (haven't taken it in to check it yet) (66,000 miles) and now my airbag light is on (68,000 miles). Also I have replaced the battery and still have problems starting it. It clicks clicks clicks like a hundred times then eventually it starts.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 9
Failure Date: 12/03/2011

Check engine light came on in early December. Dealer reset the error code and said it was probably nothing. Light came back on a few days later so we brought back to the dealer - the consulted with Chrysler and replaced the cam phasers and said that should fix the problem. Within a couple of days the check engine light and traction control light both came on and the car lost all ability to accelerate. Driving on highway at 70mph, gas pedal to the ground did nothing and car coasted to 50mph before it would lurch forward and coast back down and eventually corrected itself but lights remained on. Dealer consulted with Chrysler again and they replaced the cam phaser sensors and said that should fix it. Within a few days same thing happened, driving on highway, check engine and traction control light turned on and car lost all acceleration and coasted down to 50mph and would lurch forward and then cost down - rpms wouldn't go above 1300rpm and couldn't get acceleration back. Took car back to dealer (fortunately was only a few miles from the dealer) and they had it for 2 weeks and Chrysler recommended replacing both wiring harnesses and that should fix the problem. Within a week, same problem, driving on highway at 70mph - check engine and traction control light comes on, no ability to accelerate or maintain speed, car coasted down to 50mph and would lurch forward and cost back down. Returning car to dealer again (mid February). Quite dangerous to (repeatedly) loose acceleration and with no ability to maintain speed when driving at 70mph on a highway.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 10
Failure Date: 09/13/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the check the engine light came on whenever the vehicle was driven for more than one or two hours. The vehicle also began to lose power. The contact took the vehicle a local mechanic who stated that the code identified the failure as emissions. The contact stated that the emissions was related to the erg valve failing which caused oil to enter into the engine. The failure mileage was 78000 and the current mileage was 85000.


 
car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 11
Failure Date: 09/26/2008

The oil light went on. I contacted dealer, they advised me I need an oil change. I made an appointment for the next available time which was a week away. I called back next day complaining of a knocking I heard. They finally advised me to get the van to dealer and they will rent a car for me. I checked the oil. It was full. My wife drove it to dealer in the morning. There was no oil in motor. The dealer claims I am responsible since I did not change the oil in 6 months and 7000 miles. Chrysler rudely denies coverage even though I am under warranty, I purchased the car March 2008 with 35000 miles or so. . It has been in for service before for a replacement of rack and pinion system and an engine light incident.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 12
Failure Date: 01/17/2007

For no apparent reason, the engine shuts off while driving. The clock remains on, but accessories such as the heater also shut off, and I have no power assist with steering. So far, it's happened within 5 minutes of start-up; the outside temperatures were below freezing, but the engine has not always been cold. 1/17/07 approx. 5 min. After I'd been driving, at about 30mph, I realized the noisy fan for the heater turned off. I thought maybe the new van has a feature I didn't know about, where it reaches a set temperature then shuts off automatically? then I realized the radio had also gone quiet. I tried to accelerate but it wasn't responding, so I went to pull off on the shoulder and discovered I didn't have power steering, either. Fortunately, I was able to brake. I turned the key to the off position, restarted the van, and it seemed to work fine. At no time did I see a check engine light. 1/18/07 I had driven to a gas station, turned the van off to fill the tank, and restarted it a few minutes later, to drive away. I accelerated about 5 feet before the van turned itself off again. I stopped, moved the key to the off position, restarted it, and went on my way. 1/24/07 I backed out of the garage, but after I accelerated in reverse, about 10 ft. Down the driveway the van turned itself off again. Other days I had the heater/accessories running, but this time nothing else was turned on. The clock remained lit, so it doesn't seem like a battery issue. I turned the key to the off position and restarted the van, resumed my drive, and made an appointment with the Dodge dealership under warranty. They said there were no computer codes showing; they drove 17 mi. But couldn't duplicate the problem. Since then, the van has only shut off by itself once more when my spouse was driving, but now it seems like a probable ignition switch safety issue to investigate.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 13
Failure Date: 02/14/2006

: the contact stated there were multiple occasions were the transmission failed. When the transmission stuck in first gear the vehicle was taken to a dealership which replaced the veil body. Two years later the vehicle stalled twice while idling. Upon inspection the dealership determined although the rpms increased the vehicle failed to accelerate. The transmission stuck in second gear and the check engine light illuminated. The dealer rebuilt the transmission. Later, when the transmission slipped between first and second gears the dealership replaced the throttle position sensors. Afterwards the transmission had slippage and was slow to accelerate. Every incident occurred at 40 mph or less. The check engine light illuminated. Updated 03/09/06.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 14
Failure Date: 03/31/2004

While driving engine check light illuminated. Then vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan 15
Failure Date: 02/18/2004

While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer was able to restart vehicle and pull over. Engine check light flashed on the dashboard. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic placed the vehicle on diagnostic machine. Then, mechanic replaced input and output sensors.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 16
Failure Date: 10/01/2002

The meter read less than half a tank of gas, the van ran out of gas, then the engine stalled. The consumer started the vehicle and began to drive when soon after the check engine light illuminated. The consumer was told the problem was a misfired cylinder, the fuel fuel pump was buried inside the gas tank, and when the fuel level dropped below the fuel pump, the pump heated up and sucked in air instead of the gasoline.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 17
Failure Date: 08/14/2001

Vehicle bucks, stalls and stops regardless of speed or road conditions. Problem particularly noticeable when accelerating. Engine light has activated each time. Vehicle is unsafe to drive; no warning given before it dies while driving.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 18
Failure Date: 05/18/2000

While driving engine check light will come on unexpectedly. Engine rocker arm broke off, and dealer had it repaired.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 19
Failure Date: 05/14/2000

While driving engine check light began to flash due to a stud pulling loose from the rocker arm shaft. Dealer has been notified.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 20
Failure Date: 02/28/2000

Engine dies at highway speed and starts up again. Engine light does not come on. Engine never came on because it had been previously removed. Cause unknown. Please provide any further information.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 21

The windshield wiper motor was intermittent. Mr the problem with the wipers occurred shortly after purchase. The consumer had taken the vehicle in for the wipers on several occasions and was told they worked fine. The engine light was intermittent as well. Scc.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 22

Had just filled fuel tank, got inside vehicle, and smelled an odor of gasoline fumes. Engine check light came on & stayed. Took vehicle to mechanic, and ran diagnostic test. Mechanic reset the engine check light, and it came back on. Consumer states engine light is continuously illuminated and there is a strong odor coming from the fuel tank door.


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