pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
154,294 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. reset the system by pulling fuse (1 reports)
1997 Dodge Caravan electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 232010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,284 miles


Many people posted complaints about this problem where the instrument panel stops working for no apparent reason, then is suddenly okay. Various remedies consisting of slapping the top of the dashboard and wiggling suspected loose fuses or wires around to fix it. My vehicle did this once before for a few days but mysteriously corrected itself and was fine for years. Then yesterday, it happened again - no speedometer, no gas gauge, no tachometer, the digital mileage read only the first three digits (163) with the rest blank, and the PRNDL indicator only showed PRN. When the vehicle was turned off with the key removed, the display still showed 163 and PRN. After consulting the wiring diagram, here was my solution that worked like a charm: I opened the fuse box in the engine compartment, and located the 10amp fuse closest the the windshield. This fuse powers the instrument panel even when the vehicle is off. I pulled the fuse, then reinstalled it. This cuts power to the instrument panel and to the CCD bus of the computer. I hear there were problems with communication freezing up on the bus and that being responsible for the problem. When the fuse was removed, I heard a click and noted that the 163 and PRN went blank. When the fuse was reinserted, I heard another click, but the display remained blank. After starting the vehicle, everything was back to normal. In other words, the solution was to simply reboot the system by power cycling it. As an alternative, removing the battery lead from the battery and reconnecting would have accomplished the same thing, but then I would have had to reset the time on the digital clock. Now I've got a simple solution if it ever happens again!!!

- , Sault Ste. Marie, ON, canada

problem #3

Nov 102009

Caravan 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300,000 miles

Its insane the gauges come and go as they please. one time the window wouldn't roll up. horn stopped workin... just wanna know why

- , Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #2

Aug 052008

Caravan ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,890 miles

the odometer, speedometer, gas gauge, and horn don't work.

- , Hawley, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 052005

(reported on)


  • 70,000 miles

need to fix to take group of teens to youth functions and cant let our son drive it like this, not safe. Have always had dodge vans and they are just the best for our needs

- , Havre Boucher, N. S, Canada

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