Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 37 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Grand Caravan based on all problems reported for the Grand Caravan.
I was driving on a busy main city road at night, traveling around 35 mph when my van shut off and the wipers and horn went crazy. I lost all power steering and brakes. Headlights also cut out. I struggled to get to the side of the road and into a parking lot. The front wipers stopped when I turned the key off, but the back wiper and horn continued for about 10 min. I did not have tools to disconnect the battery. Suddenly there was a flash of all the lights in the car and everything seemed to be back to normal with the exception of the check engine light appearing on the dash. I was able to restart the vehicle and drive another half mile to my home. This is the first time this has happened while driving, that I have lost all engine power and steering, it is not the first time the van has acted out. Wipers will suddenly start moving when I am driving or the horn with suddenly sound and radio will cut out. I have also had it go crazy with windshield wipers moving, horn honking, locks malfunctioning and fluid sprayed all over the car when I unlocked it. My wife once had my kids trapped inside of the care for 10 mins until I could I drive over and disconnected the battery. I have been told it is the tipm acting up. It has happened more than 10 times. I do not trust the vehicle. I have read about many more instances online. This could cause an accident if it was in rush hour or on a busier road.
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The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to dch Chrysler Dodge Jeep ram fiat of temecula at (951) 225-4541 located at 26845 ynez rd, temecula, CA 92591 where it was diagnosed that the passenger side cylinder head of the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure where it was confirmed that no warranty was on the right side cylinder head but did not offer any further assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000. The VIN was unavailable.
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Po302 cyl2 misfire code. Cylinder head previously replaced under same code. This time camshaft intake and exhaust , 16 arm- value and 24 tappet valve lash had to be replaced. Car only has 82,000 miles on it and has had two major engine repairs required. Condition caused by the roller bearings in the rockers coming apart. Check engine light came on while driving. This repair was $2180. 94. My mechanic and I think it is all one related engine problem and should have been covered under the extended warranty.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph that the vehicle misfired and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact stated he diagnosed that the cylinder failed. The contact was able to locate the extended warranty online on the cylinder covered up to 150,000 miles. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (adams Jeep of maryland inc, 3485 churchville, aberdeen, MD, 21001) where it was diagnosed and confirmed that the second cylinder had failed and was included under the extended warranty, also that the cam shaft failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, and confirmed the warranty for the second driver cylinder head, however stated that the cam shaft was not covered under warranty, and by coincidence they both failed at the same time, no further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was approximately 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.
Three different times, I took my 2012 Dodge gran caravan to have the engine check because it stalls out. This happens at any speed. Every time all check out ok per the Dodge repair center. Twice the check engine light was on at the time of the engine stalling. Twice no indication. Engine just quit. It happened again last night (08/30/2017) when my wife was coming home on the interstate. She was in traffic and the engine just quit. Big safety issue. Thank god that she was not in an accident. Some thing is wrong with my gran caravan. This problem started early this year (2017). First time to a Dodge facility was on 05/23/17, next on 06/05/17 and on 07/07/17.
Van will shut off while driving at slow speed, normally when slowing down to turn, which is very dangerous as you have to coast across the road with no power. No check engine lights or error codes of any kind. This has happened several times almost causing accidents. The engine does run abnormally and performs well at highway speeds. When the problem happens it is just as if you turned off the ignition, but the radio and dash lights still work. The van will restart normally and drive. Have not been able to reproduce the issue for a mechanic to see the issue it seems to be random.
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My 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan showed a check engine light at 67,000. I checked the code to fnd out p0303 is a engine misfire. Could be ignition, plug, or valve-cylinder compression. I had the engine serviced and the light goes out. The next day the light comes back on. I return the vehicle for service to investigate the check engine light. Further investigation reveals there is a bad compression on cylinder 03. I take the vehicle to Dodge and they could have told me up front that the right cylinder head is not covered under the extended warranty from Chrysler. They take my car into service and find a leak on cylinder 04 also. They gong to replace the left cylinder head but not the right cylinder head with the same identical problem. I am looking at $3500. 00 if I choose to replace the right cylinder head. This extended warranty should cover the defect no matter which cylinder head is defected. My wife loves the car. She wants another one. I told her that because of this issue we would be right back here in 4 years with another 3. 6l v6 pentastar engine. I am torn. Do I trade the issue back to Dodge and get a 4. 0l v6 pentstar. I have almost paid it off. This sux great times flushed down the drain because of a engine defect. I love it but I have leave it. Toyota here I come.
Fuel line failure while merging onto major highway. This resulted in loss of acceleration and power steering on the highway. Vehicle coasted / rolled to the next available highway exit. Upon inspection of the engine compartment, I observed boiling liquid; vehicle was non-functional and had to be towed to dealer. Odb scanner reported it as a #2 cylinder failure. Prior to highway failure, van had problems with the check engine light resulting from a #2 cylinder misfire. Took the van to dealer and they did not find the correct problem, so paid twice for service. The first payment to fix resulted from the charge for inspection from the check engine light. Second charge resulted after needing to have the vehicle towed to the dealership, and after the dealer fixed the fuel line issue.
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The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While the vehicle was parked and unlocking the doors, the anti-theft alarm engaged and the wipers independently activated. In addition, after turning the vehicle off with the key removed from the ignition, the engine continued to run. The check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v373000 (electrical system, air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000. Parts distribution disconnect.
At just over 36000 my engine light came on, I was told that the car needed to have cylinder heads and another engine part replaced. When I went to pick the van up the check engine light was on- I was told the pcm (power control module) was bad. After approx. 10000 more miles, while driving on a local road, all of my lights appeared on my dash board- the vehicle went into some mode and I couldn't drive over 25 mph. I stopped at a local auto parts store and was told that my battery now had a bad cell, the alternator was bad- I took it to the dealership and I was again told the pcm was bad. Why is the pcm failing? an alternator and battery being bad at going at 46000 miles, just over 2 years old. I see many of the Chrysler products had recalled alternators- what about this pcm? why is continuing to fail?.
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Bought car with an extended warrantee. Check engine light came on and codes show that mis-fires were happen in right side of engine. After engine was inspected debris was found in the engine and mechanic thought it necessary to replace the engine. Looked up recalls and the pennstar was being recalled for cylinder problems on the right side of engine. The engine only has less than 130000 miles on it and now I am saddled with paying it off and putting in a 6000 engine, .
We had taken the vehicle to the Chrysler dealership in bloomfield hills, mi 3 days prior to our trip. We had it all checked out, they charged us around 400 for flushes and such, the rest was great and ready according to the dealer. 2 days into our trip, we got a check engine light. We went to the dealership in atlanta, left it for 2 days, and rented a vehicle. They said no issues found. We started for florida only to find the check engine light would always be on after then. When driving back, in kentucky going about 70 miles an hour in the mountains, the gauges all went to 0 and the entire dash went black. This was very scary and I assume unsafe. I maintained my lane and speed, as I was assuming there was no power steering or power brakes for the ten seconds it took for the power to somehow come back. We have lost power on this vehicle multiple times, and Chrysler/Dodge dealerships have attributed it to the key fob. We have had several replacements. This is unacceptable to loose power on a vehicle when driving and multiple dealerships to misdiagnose the problem. Please help. !! :(.
As I was at a stop my car stalled. Then started bogging real bad as if it was running on 4 cylinders. Had it towed to the dealer and the check engine light was flashing. They put it on the machine and said it was fine. 2 weeks later the same thing has happened and they are telling me they can not diagnose the problem.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. While at a stop sign, the vehicle failed to accelerate. In addition, the headlights flickered and the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side cylinder head needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. Manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,022.
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?????.
At times when you turn the air on hot air comes out or when you turn the heat on cold air will come on even after turn it off and back on or shutting the vehicle off. The suspension rattles a lot when going over bumps. The engine runs rough and idles rough usually when it is cold out or rainy but not always. Stalls at red lights and the check engine light comes on until it runs better.
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.
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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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.
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!.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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