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1996 Dodge Caravan electrical problem, really weird.

While driving, all of a suden, my raio stopped woking as well as my indshield wipers and my speedometer. After a few minutes, everything started working again. I did not lose mpoer.

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    Front wipers do not work. Everything else works (including rear wipers). Local mechanic says it's the modual. Can the module fail for only one function ?

    Post note: Mechanic claims he hand checked the motor and it's functional...

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The BCM provides the following features:
• Automatic door locks
• Battery protection
• Chimes
• Compass/mini-trip support
• Courtesy lamps
• BCM diagnostic support
• Door lock inhibit
• Headlamp time delay
• Ignition key lamp
• Illuminated entry
• Instrument panel dimming
• Mechanical instrument cluster support
• Power door locks (with/without remote keyless entry)
• Sliding door memory lock
• Vehicle Theft Security system (VTSS)
• Windshield wipers / washers (front and rear)


When mine went it caused odometer, fuel guage, power door locks and windshield wipers (except they worked when wash was pushed) to all stop working. I replaced it with and everything was good again. You need to replace with one from a van that has similar options from what I understand if you do not get a new part - they are expensive new i.e. $1000.00.

I did find these instructions on how to replace. I got mine from salvage making sure it was the same part number. Changing the BCM will cause your odometer to change to whatever reading the BCM came from.

It's not too difficult to replace the Body Control Module. If you know what you are doing you can do it in about 2 hours or less on a 1996 Caravan. The BCM is mounted on the back of the fuse box under the dash on the driver's side.
1. Disconnect the battery.
2. Remove the under-dash panel (plastic cover panel, metal panel, and metal brace.) You will also need to disconnect the handle for the emergency brake.
3. Remove three large screws holding fuse box in place (two on right and one on left.)
4. Remove the electrical connections at the bottom of the BCM. Avoid breaking the plastic retaining clips if possible. To release the clips push in at the tip.
5. You should now be able to pull the fuse box down a few inches, which is all you need.
6. Remove the screws holding the BCM to the fuse box, two screws on the right and one on the left.
7. Slide the BCM down and out to remove it from the back of the fuse box.
Reverse the procedure to put the new BCM in place. If you broke the retaining clips on the connectors you will need to use duct tape to hold them in place.

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See if the fuse that controls the radio also controls the other items that are not working if so then change the fuse as it may be part burned through if still doesn,t work try looking at the wires behind the fuse box to see if any are loose as it being an intermitant fault it is a faulty contact its just finding it try jiggling the wires on the back of the fuse box see if anything starts to work if everything seems ok its now a case of following the wire from the fuse untill you find where it connects and making sure of a good connection if the fuse does not control all the offending devics then it is either and bad ground that controls all these things or a main wiring loom connecter that connects looms together have come loose or a bad contact this can be a nightmare and jiggling connecters on the offending devices may be the quickest way of solving these type of problems best of luck yates210456

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This sounds like a problem with the Body Control Module, have it tested for fault codes.

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