Question about 2002 Dodge Caravan
I saw that you answered someones else question about their battery light and thoguht maybe you could help me... i have a 2002 dodge caravan about a week and 1/2 ago the battery light came on. knew something was wrong but wasn't sure what, so i didn't really drive it unless i had to. on sunday I got about 6 blocks from my home and everything went crazy wipers rpm speedometer, everything... replaced the altenator today and thought that was the problem but the battery light came back on and its still kinda sputtering like its not getting a good charge... someone metioned soemthing about some kinda relay fuse or something... any ideas????
This has happened on our van multiple times. Through some internet searches I have found a solution that works.
Go to your van and, with the ignition off, press and hold the trip reset button. You will see 'Sof' and perhaps some diagnostic test numbers will show up on odometer; the unit will perform a self-test, and the system will do a reset and should it should operate normally.
Posted on Jun 02, 2009
Double check all connections are clean & tight. You need to get a voltmeter and have the voltage tested at battery with engine off & running. Drive it to the Napa shop you bought the alternator from if necessary, they should perform test free of charge, as the possibility of a faulty one is not out of the question, provided all is connected properly. Did you check that a main fuse for alternator wasn't blown in Uunderhood power distribution box?
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
SOURCE: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
Check all battery connections, wiring at alternator, for scorched ends, loose and/or corroded connections, as well as any power distribution boxes under hood. take close look at belt(s) for scorched or burnt edges, or deep grooves, as sign of trouble.Personally if I didn't find anything obvious, I would remove belt (s) and try moving all pulleys & idlers by hand, and feel for binding etc. When that's done, if you must, have someone start & be ready to shut it down quickly, as you observe pulleys, belts etc.
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
The alternator may not be charging the battery. Jump start it, and use a volt meter at the battery, red lead to positive and black to neg. The meter should read between 13 and almost 15 volts, any lower than 13 volts, the alternator is no good. (this is done with vehicle running).
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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