AC/Heater Motor Failure

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,750 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace rear h-vac motor module (1 reports)
  3. replaced resistor and fuse behind glove compartment (1 reports)
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 092007

Grand Caravan XT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


A letter was never sent to me to bring it in for a recall and I didn't find out until I was told it was too late to have it done because I had too many miles.

I was told it had to be fixed by 75,000 and mine had 79,000 when I found out. I'm not sure when the recall was as I was never told.

- Brandy S., Knoxville, IA, US

problem #5

Feb 242012

Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,710 miles

You've got to have the front blower fan, even if it's just for the vent. You can't live with no heat or air conditioning blowing. Wife drives this more than I do, and said the fan was intermittent. It quit altogether, so after checking relays and fuses, I found info on Internet which advised the problem was likely the resistor and a thermal fuse behind the glove compartment. Got one, from a dealer, and put it in, fixing the problem. Could have bought on eBay, except for the delay in receiving, and assumed no parts stores would have one, but may have been wrong. We'll see how long it lasts, but I'm planning to replace the fuse in the old one so that it will never go bad again. Also, saw that fan on high bypasses the resistor, but mine would not blow on high either.

- Raymond L., Columbia, SC, US

problem #4

Feb 092009

Grand Caravan SXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

One day, the A/C and defrost worked fine in my 2005 Grand Caravan. The next day, driving through Honolulu rush hour traffic, I tried to crank up the A/C and got nothing from the front blower. The back blower works fine, and I can feel cool air (or warm-depending on the dash setting at the time) drifting through the vents, but there is no pressure behind it. Not a big deal in Hawaii where it is usually around 85 or so and rolling the windows down keeps occupants cool enough, but on the cooler winter mornings, no defrost up front is not only inconvenient, but dangerous.

- efranks, Wahiawa, HI, US

problem #3

Nov 172008

Grand Caravan SXT 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


Since owning this van I have had over 8 problems with sliding doors, numerous electrical problems, & very fed up with it.

- goofyones, Mattoon, IL, US

problem #2

Jan 022008

Grand Caravan SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I drove my van last night the heater worked fine. As a matter of fact, the heaters kick ass. Now today I get in to go to work and the front heaters won't work. The back heaters work fine. I just don't get it. This is the 3rd problem we have had with piece of crap!! We live in Missouri and it is very cold here. Just add another one to the list of problems with this thing.

- Sheila T., St. Joseph, MO, US

problem #1

Mar 082007

(reported on)

Grand Caravan SXT 3.2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,635 miles

This van has been nothing but trouble since I purchased it new on 9/10/05. On 9/21/05 I took it in to Dependable Dodge in Reseda California, where I purchased it, because the driver side electric window would not open or close, Dependable Dodge said the regulator was bad and had to replace it. I was given a rental for two days. (I have the extended warranty that provides a rental car)

On 5/25/06 I took the van in to Dependable Dodge for a problem with the brakes at 10,662 miles. I also had a problem with the air conditioner which was making a squealing noise . I told them I heard a loud squealing noise when I applied the brakes. Dependable Dodge told me that the rotors were completely shot, they were metal to metal and that they replaced both the pads and the rotors under warranty because the car was less than a year old. Although they said they did it as a favor to me but the reason they were worn out was because of my driving habits. I called them several days later and informed them that the car was still making a squealing noise although it wasn't as bad as before and was told by Dodge that all cars make some noise in the brakes and that it was because they were new and I had to break them in. I continued to drive the van and although it didn't get worse, it didn't get better either. I was given a rental car.

On 8/29/06, at 13,635 miles, I took the van in again and told them that the van was still making a squealing noise in the brakes, they said they would check them out. I was told they were fine, at 50% and that again, all cars make some brake noise, it was normal. In addition to this, I had to leave the car in the shop so that they could perform numerous other repairs. There was an under body heater hose and a windshield wiper motor recall that needed replaced. The car was also making a buzzing noise and was hard to start if it was over 100 degrees in the summer heat. The rear AC had also stopped working and would only blow out hot air. They found a faulty H-Vac module and had to replace that. The driver side electric door would also not open and close unless it was done manually. Again I was given a rental car.

Today, 3/08/07 at 20,415 miles (only 9,753 miles after a complete rotor/pad replacement) I called Dependable Dodge once again for the same squealing noise that is coming from the brakes which by now, is very loud and was told “sorry, but your car is out of manufacturers warranty , if you want the brakes fixed you will have to pay for them. We already fixed them once for you for free“. I explained that the original problem has never been FIXED, I was told they had no record of any complaints, which is a lie, they just did not DOCUMENT them. I was told that it would cost $29 to have it checked out and that I would have to pay to have it fixed. Although after further discussion I was told that they would check them for free but if there were any problems I would have to pay to have them fixed. I was told the reason the brakes were bad again was because most of my driving was done in town.

Honestly, this van has been nothing but a headache from the very beginning. I have been inconvenienced and I feel that the safety of my family is being jeopardized by driving this piece of junk. I will never recommend this car to anyone, this was a very bad purchase and not worth the price or headaches that go along with it.

- Tonia Z., Reseda, CA, US

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