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Instrument cluster doesn't work engine wont start

I have 2002 dodge caravan sport with a v6. The car dyes after it warms up and wont start. The instrument cluster malfunctions and then quits working when this happens. Only codes I get is drop in voltage because I disconnected the battery. Mechanic thinks it is the IPM but doesn't know. I cannot afford an IPM on a theory. The IPM is very expensive too. I am wondering if it could be anything else. When it does start it runs great until it warms up.

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I dont know much about this engine and electrical problem but ive been looking around and found there are a lot of problems with this model this web site will tell you the list of complaints. 2002 Dodge Caravan problems I could be the IPM or a series of problems that have happened at the same time IE an electrical fault that could be an earthing problem (check engine bay earths) weak fuse holder or faulty fuse. fuses when heat up or old can become detached when they get hot and then when they cool down connect again. you would not see this as the fuse would look normal. it could also be a sensor and it will shut the engine down to stop further damage or environmental harm. these are co sensors cam/crank these if they have a fault will stop engine from running if they are weak or damaged co sensor it could be the heater is working inside but the signal is wrong but this also send info to the ecu to control the fuel and air mix and the air mix sensor is MAF this is on the intake for the air. if this fails it can stop engine. but also an ecu problem would result in this fault as well, electrics to the instrument panel this could be a damaged ignition switch (were key is inserted) or the relay if the fault happens and you dont hear a click when the ignition is turned on not started or it buzzes it will be the relay. the relay can go in 3 ways the relay works but does not have a good contact inside, the relay is working but the magnet is not catching (causes buzzing) or the relay is weak and works but over heats and disconnects this will turn the instruments panel off and can cause flickering. also turn the engine off. hope these help you locate the problem .

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Been working on my dad's 97 Caravan longer then i can remember for things you mentioned and have been not able to get him to sell it.
I found that the electrical connections are prone to corrosion and have replaced lots of the wire and pin connection in the wire harness, thank god i have time on my hands.
The instrument panel where the wire harness connects, i found that the solder goes bad and i had to re solder the connector on the back side of the circuit board, where the harness goes so you need to remove the instrument panel from the dash,
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