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Heater not working and on and on and on!

2005 Dodge Caravan- heater died. Mechanic said it was a ground in the heater (inside the glove box) he bypassed the wires to make my heater work to get me home. By doing that he unhooked my interior lights and dash lights and made the e-brake and "tracking off" light come on. When the heater ground came in I had it installed and now the interior lights and dash lights still don't work. My e-brake light and "tracking off" light is also on. Now the mechanic says the two problems are unrelated. HELP!

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  • n_jennison Feb 13, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestions and help you have provided. To be more specific: The front heater completely died. I thought it may be a fuse so I checked them all, they were fine. I went to a mechanic and he said the problem was not with the heater itself but with a ground connected to the heater. I lived 300 miles away and since he was unable to get a part for me over the Christmas holiday, he said he could bypass the wires so I would have heat to get home. When I was pulling out of the garage I noticed that none of my dash lights were working, and the e-brake light and the "tracking off" lights were on. I went back inside and the mechanic told me he must have unhooked those wires during the bypass. Two weeks later the part (the "ground" )came in and I had it installed where I live. The second mechanic could not figure out why the lights etc. did not work. I even had the second mechanic call the original one and now the first one says my continuing issues are not related to what he did. I have contacted the dealers and no one seems to be able to help me.


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    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    not much of a mechanic

  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    I Mean NO Disrespect to YOU But Im Puzzeled,

    First Off One Does NOT Purchase A GROUND A Ground is Simply A Wire that Goes to the - Negative Terminal on the Battery or Straight to the BODY Witch is Also A "GROUND" So If A Mechanic Sold you a "GROUND" He RIPPED YOU OFF, Now There are Components that Connect to the Heater that Can Go OUT and Need Replaced, Please Examine your Bill From Mechanic and Be sure of what has been Done to the Heater so far and I can surely Lead you to a Resolution to your Heater Problem, Also Please Be More Spacific as to WHAT it IS and is NOT Doing.

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The First Mechanic , IS The CULPRET That SCREWED UP The Lights I Have More References Elswhere And Will Do Some Resurch On This, An Email Address Will Help Because FixYa Wont Complete the Transfer Of Large Dcuments & Pictures Such as Dagrams Im rejakwilson@aol.com

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Please have all the connections rechecked, some of us do forget things while finishing our job

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Personally i would not leave the mechanics garage til he sorted what he messed up, if he didn't disconnect the battery before he did the bypass then he's obviously disrupted something in the wiring lume. it could be a live wire touching the chassis, it could be anything but the ''not related'' line is typical mechanic saying.

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