Door Problems of Dodge Grand Caravan - part 1

Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 72 problems related to door (under the structure category).

car image   Door problem of the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan 1
Failure Date: 06/07/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that her grandson closed the automatic passenger side sliding door while the contact was leaning through the door. The door failed to retract and struck the contact. The contact sustained bruising to the left forearm that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact spoke to mullane motors inc (6200 s transit rd, lockport, NY 14094) who advised her to call NHTSA. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

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car image   Door problem of the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

The contact owns a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan. Upon attempting to open the vehicle's sliding doors, the sliding door on the driver's side failed to open. The passenger side sliding door failed to lock and made a loud buzzing noise when the contact attempted to lock the door. The vehicle was taken to napleton ellwood city Chrysler Dodge Jeep ram (1000 lawrence Ave, ellwood city, PA 16117) where it was diagnosed that the locks on both sliding doors failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures and stated that they could not assist due to the extended use of the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

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car image   Door problem of the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Failure Date: 04/29/2017

The contact owns a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. While the vehicle was parked, the contact attempted to open the front driver's side door, but it failed to open. The contact noticed a burning odor and smoke emitting from between the driver's seat and the door. The contact entered the vehicle and observed that the door and door frame were melted. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they would send someone to investigate within 3-4 business days. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v234000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

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car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 4
Failure Date: 04/02/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving various speeds, all the doors remained opened without warning. The contact's daughter diagnosed that the fuse needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 5
Failure Date: 03/08/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. When the contact attempted to unlock the driver and passenger side doors with the key fob, they would not unlock. The only way to unlock the doors was manually with the key. The contact replaced the batteries in the fob, but that did not work. The contact also stated that the rear sliding door did not open, even manually with a key. The vehicle was driven to the dealer but there was a fee for the diagnostic test. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 205,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 6
Failure Date: 09/21/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving 40 mph, the driver's side door caught fire. The contact smelled smoke coming from the driver's side door. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 82,000.

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car image   Door problem of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 7
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving the vehicle, the door panel started melting and smoke filled the vehicle. The vehicle was pulled over, turned off, and the fuse was disconnected. The smoke dissipated and there were no flames. The contact researched that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v234000 (electrical system). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the interior of the driver door was severely damaged and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. There were no injuries that required medical attention. The failure mileage was 110,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. While the vehicle was parked, the rear passenger doors automatically opened and closed independently. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Door problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 9
Failure Date: 09/25/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the engine failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that the driver side door interior panel caught fire. The dealer replaced the door and panel wires. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the initial failure. The contact stated that the vehicle continued to experience electrical failures with the rear door motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 10
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving at an unknown speed, both rear sliding doors opened independently. The contact stopped the vehicle and manually closed the doors. While parked, the rear sliding doors closed independently and had to be forced open. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and diagnosed the cause of failure as electrical. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 11
Failure Date: 01/09/2014

My sliding door quit working half way thru cycle. My power went dead in doors and locks I took it to the Dodge dealer they could not find the problem said it was either the ecm or the bcm but not sure. They did not want to replace as they would just burn out again if this was the problem and still a short somewhere it was safe to drive. I drove it home and next day went to start it and the main wiring harness under the battery and above the drivers side wheel well burst into flames burning the entire main electrical harness and ecm and fuse box up. Took it by tow truck to Dodge dealer again they said looks like wiring harness was worn through where it was fastened to the frame at the assembly plant. Called Dodge and they said this has happened before suppose to send an inspector and no one showed up it has been over a week and no help from Dodge or the dealer who told me it was safe to drive. I received a letter from Chrysler stating it was not a manufacturer defect yeah right!!.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 12
Failure Date: 01/09/2014

My sliding door quit working half way thru cycle. My power went dead in doors and locks I took it to the Dodge dealer they could not find the problem said it was either the ecm or the bcm but not sure. They did not want to replace as they would just burn out again if this was the problem and still a short somewhere it was safe to drive. I drove it home and next day went to start it and the main wiring harness under the battery and above the drivers side wheel well burst into flames burning the entire main electrical harness and ecm and fuse box up. Took it by tow truck to Dodge dealer again they said looks like wiring harness was worn through where it was fastened to the frame at the assembly plant. Called Dodge and they said this has happened before suppose to send an inspector and no one showed up it has been over a week and no help from Dodge or the dealer who told me it was safe to drive.

car image   Door problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 13
Failure Date: 08/29/2013

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle automatic sliding door issues. The consumer stated the automatic doors would continually close after partially opening. The door would just randomly close, causing injuries to the passengers. The dealer was unable to duplicate the issue.

car image   Door problem of the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan 14
Failure Date: 04/15/2013

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan passenger sliding doors will randomly shut after being opened and reaching the full open position. Video demonstration will be posted soon on youtube with the previous sentence as search title. Occurs when any button in the car, remote, or manual handle is used to activate automatic opening of the door. Symptoms have occurred in many locations and at all car ground slope angles. Problem began after the recall powertrain software update. Car has been to dealer many times and symptoms have been reproduced at dealership. Re-training an affected door may reduce symptoms. A door module was replaced but did not repair problems. Because it is random passengers are unsuspecting. Multiple incidents have occurred with doors closing on passengers who enter before the door has finished opening. Multiple incidents have occurred of unbalanced adults placing babies into child seats who have less then one inch clearance to their arm with the door in the full open position and have no time to react. When this occurs the adult may lose hold of the baby. A parent placing a child in a carseat may have the door shut on their torso. Children or frail adults entering or exiting the vehicle may be ejecting into or out of the car and may be seriously injured during the fall. Children or adults entering or exiting the vehicle may have a body part trapped in the door and seriously injured.

car image   Door problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 15
Failure Date: 04/10/2013

On April 10, 13 we came home from the grocery store. I got out of the van and went around to the left side to unbuckle my 3yr old son. I then went back to the back of the van to get the grocery's out. I heard the side door closing. Then a yell. When my son got out of the van he pushed the button like he has many of times. He must of noticed something in the van he forgot and went to grab it. The door shut completely on his right hand. He broke the bones in his hand and now is in a cast. The big seller point from the car dealers were about the sensor and see this and see how it stops. Well it did not and my 3yr old now has a broken hand.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 16
Failure Date: 05/08/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the side doors would open and close without the button being depressed. The dealer stated that the doors were not under recall. The vehicle had not been inspected. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 170,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 17
Failure Date: 03/02/2012

The automatic door locks stop working. This has been discussed on the internet quite a bit. The problem is that the door will not lock or unlock with the key fob or door switch. The also do not automatically lock when the car starts moving thus creating a safety concern for kids riding in the back. Removing the negative battery terminal resets it so that it works again briefly. The problem recurs again after a brief time.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 18
Failure Date: 04/28/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the rear driver side automatic sliding door would not unlock or open. The contact attempted to use different methods to open the sliding door but it would not open automatically or manually. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 159,426.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 19
Failure Date: 12/22/2010

Power sliding door motor failure and malfunction.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 20
Failure Date: 08/11/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact attempted to open the passenger side sliding door, but it would not open when the remote door control was activated. The failure occurred for four years. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 21
Failure Date: 07/30/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that after using the key fob to open the rear driver's side door, the door began to independently close. The contact used the fob again to open it. The door continued to close so the contact had to manually force it open. While forcing it open, the contact fractured the sliding door able. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the sliding door was not latched properly and needed a new motor. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000. The current mileage was approximately 59,000.

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car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 22
Failure Date: 06/11/2010

I own a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with only 48,000 miles on it. The power sliding doors have stopped operating properly. The doors will close about eight inches and then open back up without closing all the way. Tonight the door has opened and will not close manually or electrically. So my van is in my drive way with the door wide open and will be there all night until I figure it out tomorrow. Many people that I know with these vans have the same problem after a few years of owning them. Something has to be done. It is not safe to leave a vehicle outside with the door open all night. I can not get the door to close no matter what I do. Chrysler/Dodge should have implemented a safety mechanism that would allow an owner to be able to manually close the door if it malfunctioned. They should be held accountable for this problem, issue a recall and fix this problem for the many, many customers that have bought their products through out the years.

car image   Door problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 23
Failure Date: 06/07/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge caravan. After opening the passenger side rear door, the contact noticed smoke from the latch interlock area, in order to stop the smoke, the contact sprayed water into the area of the door where the interlock was. There were no injuries or reports filed. The vehicle was being diagnosed by the dealership at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 23,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 24
Failure Date: 04/28/2010

My 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan sxt minivan has two power sliding doors. Both power sliding doors have failed. It is difficult to open the doors manually. I am requesting that Dodge issue a recall to fix the numerous 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan power sliding doors that have failed.

car image   Door problem of the 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 25
Failure Date: 02/12/2010

My Dodge 2002 Grand Caravan sliding door lock has seized in lock position. This first occurred early in 2010 with the lock sticking in the unlock position. After talking to several mechanics I learned that this is a common problem on Dodge vans. A couple of months later the lock suddenly unlocked and the sliding door starting working again. Now recently the lock has seized only now in the locked position so my children have to exit my vehicle on the drivers side which usually is facing the street. This is dangerous!!!! I went online and googled problems with Dodge vans and found so many reports of the same thing. Please hold Dodge accountable for its actions before ( god forbid) somebody's child gets hurt or worse.

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