Door Problems of Dodge Grand Caravan



Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 61 problems related to door (under the structure category).

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 1
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!!.

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car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 2
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 3
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.

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car image   Door problem of the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan 4
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.

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car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 5
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 6
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.

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car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 7
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 8
Failure Date: 12/22/2010

Power sliding door motor failure and malfunction.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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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car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 15
Failure Date: 01/12/2010

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, 54,000 miles, passenger side door would close to within 6-8 inches using electronic buttons or key and stop. Was able to open and close manually for a day or two, then was not able to open door at all. After trying several times, was finally able to open door from outside. How in the world could anyone, my grandchildren for instance, get the door open in an emergency.

car image   Door problem of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 16
Failure Date: 11/25/2009

On several occasions, after pressing button to close rear sliding door, I tried to stop the door from closing by putting my body in the way. The door kept closing and did not automatically stop and reverse like it is suppose to. This not only happened to me, but also both of my small children. In every case, they were scared to tears because of the pressure put on them prior to the door reversing like it is supposed to. As an adult female, I was also scared by the amount of pressure the door placed on me as I pushed back to try and stop it before it would finally reverse.

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car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 17
Failure Date: 10/20/2009

Driver's side automatic sliding door only opens 6-8", then stops. Must be manually opened/closed. Problem recurs every time automatic control is engaged, and doors are clearly not geared for manual opening/closing. . . This is a concern as it is very difficult to get out of the vehicle if in any seats other than front.

car image   Door problem of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 18
Failure Date: 10/18/2009

The contact owns a 2007 Grand Caravan. While the contact was exiting the passenger side rear sliding door it suddenly began to close on its own. A child's head became stuck in between the sliding door and the frame of the vehicle. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 71000.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 19
Failure Date: 06/15/2009

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan sliding door opening / closing problems. Is it the wiring harness? I have seen hundreds if not thousands of individuals with this problem. Door opens slightly then stops. Most dangerous part is that it will not cycle to fully pull the door in and close completely. I found broken wire in the track and replaced. But the problem still persists. It is a daily problem and the great engineers at Chrysler should be held accountable for this faulty design!!!.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 20
Failure Date: 05/14/2009

Our drivers side power sliding door is now on it's 3rd or 4th motor. Dealership replaced it, then my last one was installed by my independent garage. Dodge knows they have a issue with these. The passenger power sliding door has also had the motor replaced, and I just had the harness replaced due to a broken wire in it. Once again, Dodge knows these have problems, according to my dealership. These items should be recalled and replaced for free. The van only has 52k miles on it.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 21
Failure Date: 05/01/2009

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan sxt. Sliding doors are inconsistent with operation and create concern for a quick exit in an emergency situation. The sliding passenger doors either will not open with the remote key set or will not open entirely with any of the door release buttons on the interior of the vehicle. This has impacted both the driver side and passenger side sliding doors. Inability to open these doors without support of an adult has created concern for a quick exit in an emergency situation for all passengers. To open these doors without support of the automatic door opening system is also very hard. The doors are heavy and often take several attempts to hold the (black) release button down to open the door(s). My children do not have the strength to do this on their own due to this mechanical failure. The button which you should be allowed to push and automatically open the doors (from either the front driver seat or the back two rear passenger buttons are not functional). From my research, of the Dodge Mini-vans, I'm finding this is a very common problem. I would like to have this researched to determine the need for safety recall action. If a 9 year old child and children in their early teens cannot open these doors on their own, this presents a major safety concern. We purchased this car new in 2006 and 3 years later, the problem started impacting both doors. I will attempt to bring the minivan into Dodge to inspect but the information I've gathered has proven inconsistent outcomes with dealer repairs and even more concerning, an inability to fix this issue on a permanent basis.

car image   Door problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 22
Failure Date: 09/24/2008

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The was driving 30 mph when the rear driver side sliding door opened independently and could not be closed. In addition, the rear hatch opened independently and without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 21,000.

car image   Door problem of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 23
Failure Date: 05/19/2008

My daughter got her thumb in the way of the power sliding door of our Dodge Grand Caravan and the door shut completely on her thumb. I thought the door was supposed to open back up if there was something in the way of it.

car image   Door problem of the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 24
Failure Date: 05/12/2008

Power rear sliding doors just quit working. Wires get cut by the track they are contained in called a wire track or sliding channel. This has happened numerous times on both driver & passenger sides. I'm concerned this could cause electrical fire or shock. Dealer replaced once under warranty for passenger side but warranty was out when it happened again. This was on VIN # [xxx] Dodge Grand Caravan sxt 6cyl 3. 3l. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Door problem of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 25
Failure Date: 10/19/2007

The left electric sliding door intermittently stops working after the door opens. The problem eventually fixes itself several engine starts later. This leads me to believe there is an electrical system malfunction that could lead to other electrical component failures. Manually closing the door after it is stuck open does not fix the problem. Driving to a dealership with the door stuck open is unsafe. The dealer will not visit the vehicle to view the problem. If the intermittent problem goes away, the dealer will take no action to resolve the problem.

car image   Door problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 26
Failure Date: 07/18/2007

My 9 year old son reach back into my 2006 Dodge caravan sxt and was hit by the door. It is an automatic door that is supposed to stop and retract when there is any obstruction in it's path. It did not stop. It pinned him against the side rail and he received bruises on his arm.

car image   Door problem of the 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan 27
Failure Date: 09/19/2006

: the contact stated after depressing the power sliding door button or using the power key fob, the right sliding door closed, but later became ajar without warning. This failure did not occur when the door was manually shut. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who duplicated the problem, but was unable to determine what component of the sliding door was defective. The manufacturer was notified.

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car image   Door problem of the 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 28
Failure Date: 03/17/2006

: the contact stated while parked down hill the manual sliding doors slammed shut. The door goes into the lock position but, the plastic mechanism that holds the door locked has a crack which causes the door to slam shut. The dealership has been alerted.

car image   Door problem of the 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 29
Failure Date: 10/16/2003

We have a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan with dual sliding doors and power leftists. The power sliding door was starting to close and it hit my wife's hand and did not stop. It cut 3 fingers on her hand. As it was hitting her hand she put pressure on the door and it went back. We have reported this to Dodge and their accident department said someone would contact us to inspect the vehicle. They have not done so. I have three small children ages 2 years to 4 years and if the door hit them it would crush them possibly to death.

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car image   Door problem of the 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan 30
Failure Date: 10/14/2003

Roof seams above left and right sliding doors cracked at all stress points, a total of 4 areas at least 3 inches each crack.

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car image   Door problem of the 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan 31
Failure Date: 05/29/2003

Crack in seam seal on all four doors of 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. Vehicle less than one month old. Each crack is about two inches long and an eighth inch wide. Water path to internal frame.

car image   Door problem of the 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 32
Failure Date: 05/16/2003

The vehicles sliding doors did not work properly. The dealer has inspected it three times but could not duplicate or correct the problem.

car image   Door problem of the 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 33
Failure Date: 04/07/2003

I have a 2002 Grand Caravan with dual sliding doors. Sometimes, the doors do not detect an obstruction and attempt to close anyway. Yesterday, my 3 year old daughter received minor bruising to her waist after climbing out of the van while the door was in motion. The door did not retract until I forcibly pushed the door after seeing her in distress. It did not retract after sensing her torso in the path. She was ok but received a bruise on each side of her waist (door and van body contact). I had to use unnecessary force to force the door open and doing so disengaged the automatic closing mechanism which required a manual closing afterwards. This has happened numerous times but has never resulted in an injury until now. The dealer says that a certain amount of resistance is required for the autoreversal to activate. Evidently it requires more force than my child's body. This is unacceptable.


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