really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,506 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 35 of 38)

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problem #77

Mar 102013

Grand Caravan

  • 121,000 miles


At random times the horn, flashers, and wipers will turn on.this has happened while driving the vehicle and has happened when the vehicle was turned off, without anyone inside the van. Disconnecting the battery has been the way to stop the problem. Dealer could not find anything wrong and guessed that it was the tipm. This has occurred on numerous occasions and does seam to be a safety issue when the vehicle is in operation. Obviously from the number of complaints that I have seen, NHTSA should investigate and Chrysler needs to do a recall.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #76

Feb 222013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Turned on ignition and while driving down the road the warning lights all flash on and all gauges go to 0 and wipers are going as well, with the wipers turned off..also the front windows don't go up or down..

- Harpursville , NY, USA

problem #75

Aug 082012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
After shutting vehicle off the headlights, interior lights, or parking lights will stay on indefinitely, resulting in draining the battery to zero. The only solution is to disconnect the battery for ten minutes. Dealer could not diagnose problem.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #74

Feb 152013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles


I was sitting in a parking lot with the van idling. All of a sudden the horn started blaring, hazards started flashing, wipers (front & back) were going at full speed. This went on for roughly 3 minutes (felt like a half hour). I tried everything to stop it, but nothing worked. I took the key out of the ignition, but the engine kept running. This happened twice (same scenario) in a span of 10 minutes. This is absurd, and I have read many complaints on this issue.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

problem #73

Dec 182012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I am experiencing electrical problems with the 2008 Grand Caravan. The van cuts off while moving. The lights blink. The radio suddenly turns on. Sometimes the doors will not unlock. The problems all appear to be related to the computer malfunctioning in the van. The may cause an accident if the van loses power and control while driving.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #72

Oct 162012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 74,800 miles
The instrument panel on our 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan will blink off and on, the windshield wipers will go off and on when they are in the off position. The speedometer and tach will "jump" back and forth and the chime will go off each time this happens. I have lost the ability to unlock the doors and roll down the windows from the drivers door also. This does not happen all the time but it has become more frequent the last couple days. No error codes come up when a scan was completed on it which it makes more difficult to pinpoint a cause with the dealer.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #71

Dec 292011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


2008 Grand Caravan having dangerous electrical / powertrain problems. Van suddenly loses electrical control. Horn blows, windshield wipers run, washer fluid sprays, doors latch (or fail to unlatch) transmission goes limp. Several other reports of exactly the same issue are listed on this site. According to some posts on the web, there is an update for similar issues on the 2010S. Also, I am finding these same reports on Dodge weblogs for other Dodge vehicles, not just the Grand Caravan. This may be the causing accidents since there are so many reports. <www.jkowners.com/forum/archive/index.php/T-72505.html> <www.faqs.org/car/Dodge-Caravan-2008/power-train/> <www.fixya.com/cars/T11260762-2008_dodge_nitro_winshield_wipers_horn> <www.fixya.com/cars/T6933198-2008_grand_caravan_every_once_in_while>.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #70

Aug 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while attempting to open the passenger rear windows, the system failed to respond. Also, the contact stated that both rear sliding doors failed to function properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 10V235000 (electrical system: Wiring). The failure recurred several times after the vehicle was initially repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was 22,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #69

Oct 152012

Grand Caravan

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the horn, lights and windshield wipers would activate independently. Also, the contact mentioned that the power steering assist malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the portal integrated power module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Battle Creek , MI, USA

problem #68

Nov 192012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 113,600 miles
Driving the vehicle on a residential street. Engine quit suddenly and unexpectedly. Steering and brakes failed. Vehicle went off the road, over the curb and came to a stop. No property damage or bodily harm. If we had been traveling at highway speeds, fear of death would have been a real concern. The engine would not start for approximately a minute after the incident. Engine finally started and the vehicle was taken to a Dodge dealership. Diagnosed as a 'bad win module' (wireless ignition node). The technician actually guessed the problem was the win module before diagnosing the problem. He said it was a 'fairly common problem'. an online investigation revealed this part has a recall associated with it in the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan (our Dodge Grand Caravan is a 2008). The reason I am writing the NHTSA is the newly replaced win module is clearly a redesigned part. It looks and functions differently than the old, faulty win module. If Dodge redesigned the part, they must have assumed the earlier design was defective in some way. To justify the need for a redesign, there had to be some driving factor like improved safety. It is my belief that this defect had the real potential of causing death and I am requesting the NHTSA investigate this matter. Am I the first to have lodged a complaint regarding this part? thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to your response.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #67

Jun 072012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 69,962 miles


June 2012, while driving the vehicle from a restaurant from dinner, the vehicle suffered a power failure which immediately caused the vehicle to power down while driving on the highway. I was forced to make a best attempt to pull over to the side of the road, which was made difficult by the fact that the brakes were powered by the electrical systems as was the steering. I subsequently called a mechanic who came and checked out the minivan but, no work was performed because when the mechanic arrived, the car started and drove perfectly and all of the voltages for the electrical systems tested okay. A month later, after arriving home and parking my car, I noticed that the cooling fan was still operating although the vehicle has been shut off. I then immediately started the car and did every check possible to make sure that I had not left anything on. After checking under the hood and closing the hood itself, the fan shut off on its on.within a matter of weeks, this same problem began repeating itself and would only stop once the battery ran down. I eventually had the fan relay/starter replaced after a mechanic suggested that this was the issue. I have subsequently found that the fan no longer stays on. However, the vehicle continues to either shut down while driving with no apparent cause and I am still experiencing problems with the vehicle's battery draining, although nothing appears to have been left on. The electrical problems have continued to get worse and increasingly dangerous and I have called several Dodge dealerships to speak with mechanics. To generalize, a majority of the mechanics have dealt with other consumers who have experience some or all of the same issues and suggest that the tipm is faulty and that this is a common issue on Chrysler and Dodge minivans of the same year and being that this is the case that they expect to see a recall issued.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #66

Oct 032012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Upon entering vehicle pressing keyfob to unlock any door or hatch the horn would start to sound, the windshield wipers (front and rear) would start to go on its on including windshield wiper fluid as well, lights would start to flash as well. I would have to open up the hood and hit the fuse box located next to the battery on the drivers side firewall just to get it to stop. I have taken the vehicle to the dealership on several ocassions to no avail because they cannot duplicate the problem and now I am out a diagnostic fee of $94 X2 and the cost of a rental car both times for my wife and three children because my 100% full warranty does not cover the cost of the rental because the problem could not be duplicated. After searching and reading about this problem that my wife and I are having with this cara van I think something should be done before someone is seriously hurt or killed by the Caravan doing something that it was not asked to do!!!!

- North Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #65

Jun 242012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 94,900 miles
Van would intermittently not start. Would turn key and van would click once like solenoid was activating but starter would not turn on. Turn key a second time and van might start. On one occasion, van would not start on several attempts. Jump starting would not work. Battery tested ok. Replaced starter, after couple days van again would not start. Took to dealer, dealer replaced starter. After a couple of months, van is again intermittently not starting. We have discovered if shift lever is moved into neutral, van will start. This evening (9/25/12), my wife went to turn on the high-beams and the windshield wipers came on and would not cut off. The low-beams remained on, but high-beams and the turn signals would not turn on. I disconnected the battery for ten minutes and everything seemed to work fine when I reconnected it.

- Youngsville, NC, USA

problem #64

Aug 152012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
My 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan has intermittent trouble starting. The starter has been replaced twice, and the win module (and key) have been replaced. The same issue has been occurring, but never duplicates for the dealership. Their computer scan brings up no issues. The battery has been tested and is in good condition. It doesn't matter the time of day, or driving circumstances, the van will not always start. It will have one click (and I can close the windows, turn on radio) but the van will not start.

- Kingsburg, CA, USA

problem #63

Aug 182012

Grand Caravan

  • 93,496 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that she attempted to unlock the vehicle with a new key fob however, the vehicle would not unlock. After the contact was able to enter the vehicle, the vehicle could not be started. The contact had to tap the fuse box to turn on the vehicle. The windshield wipers then engaged independently with wiper fluid gushing out. The failure recurred frequently as the horn sounded independently as well. The contact stopped and turned off vehicle but the failures persisted. The contact had to tap on the fuse box to have the windshield wipers and horn stop. The fuse box was located under the hood on the driver's side near the battery. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, no assistance was provided. The current and failure mileage was 93,496.

- Johnson City, NY, USA

problem #62

Aug 142012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Went to turn my lights on and they turned on then off then on again and then off. And now they will not turn on. Everything else works, parking lights, dimmer etc. I had a diagnostic run and it showed the following trouble codes: B162F, B, C ; B1633, B1634, B1637. Which all points to the tipm control module. So I called the shop, they called to find the part and there is none available. There are on backorder, about 800 of them to be exact. So that means that I have no headlights until 800 other people get theres. Next thing to go is the wipers, horn and then the car to shut off as I'm driving. Obviously if 800 of these are on back order there is an issue with them.

- Ellendale, MN, USA

problem #61

Jun 152012

Grand Caravan

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle was experiencing electrical failures. The contact mentioned that no warning lamps were illuminated on the instrument panel. The horn and windshield wipers activated, and wiper fluid started spraying before the vehicle stalled. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was maneuver to the shoulder where he removed the battery cable and fuses that governed the horn and wipers in order for the failure to stop. Also, the transmission failed to shift and there were multiple electrical popping noises throughout the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the wireless module was defective and as a result, the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the remedy failed to correct the problem. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #60

Jul 012011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Horn blows, wipers cycle (front and rear) continuously, windshield washer sprays fluid continuously transmission is in limp in mode.

- Decaturville, TN, USA

problem #59

Jul 142012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
One day after initial incident..... start car in parking lot, start backing up. The car stops, everyone is jerked forward, and the horn starts blaring/wipers go crazy, fluid spewing everywhere. At first we thought I had hit someone... but nope. Put the car into drive- no power steering- and pulled back into parking space. Tried to turn car off. It continued to run with key out of ignition. After 15 minutes of it going crazy some people came over and helped us disconnect the battery. After about a minute it finally died. I met a couple in the parking lot that asked if it was a 2008. It was, and they told me about their horror story with their van. And how they had a lawyer that filed lemon law on it. I was thrilled. After about 10 minutes we connected the battery and the van continued to go crazy. Finally we decided to just drive home. It was 9:30 at night. Drove home with horn blaring, wipers going crazy, no transmission shifting and fluid spewing. Just waiting for the power steering to go out and have very little control of vehicle. Got home and van continued going crazy until hubby disconnected battery again. Looked online and find out this is an ongoing problem with 2008 Dodge/Chrysler vans. The tipm goes bad and the car goes crazy. This is going to cause someone to get into a serious wreck and kill someone. Very unsafe!! there needs to be a recall, but Dodge is having problems getting the part.... ridiculous! the dealership I took it to told me they had 2 2008 vans in the "back" waiting for this part. They have been sitting there for over 2 weeks and noone knows when they will get the part. So what happens" the people trade them in. Convenient. Maybe that's why these are the most "popular" van on the road" making sure they get repeat business. Well I'll never buy another Dodge/Chrysler again and im definitely not going to get bullied into being a repeat buyer!!

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #58

Jun 072012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Consumer writes in regards to recall LO1, K25, J29 concerning the occupant restraint controller the consumer had to return to the dealer because steam started coming from under the hood, after the recall was performed. The consumer referenced recall # 14V373000. The dealer informed the consumer, the parts were not available. Updated 11/13/14 updated 01/22/15.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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