Problem with Vcs light after replacing steering column. Parking brake will not hold
The parking brake has never hold well. so I have to make sure I don't park in any inclination as the shifting gear engages and once you want to leave the gear has to be forced to shift. I had to replace the Steering Column already once because the gear broke and is not a part by itself but is part of the whole column. Also, the VCS OFF AND VCS TRAC LIGHT STAY ON after I changed the column. Any advice on how to fix the VCS/TRAC and Parking Brake/E-brake???
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Do the headlights work? do the tail lights work? If you haven't checked the fuses, do that first. If they aren't blown, the next likely problem is the switch itself. These can be found in working condition from a junk yard. My Cavalier lost it's tail lights and parking lights, but the headlights worked, I had to replace the switch on the steering column. If it is the problem, it is not too complicated to replace yourself with basic tools. You will need a steering wheel puller and you will want to disconnect the battering. Be extra careful with the airbag. Good luck
Airbag light on in a Hummer H3 Dashboard???Here is the fix... Start the engine of your car, set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot. Push down the parking brakepedal to its fully-applied position with your left foot. Now while you are still holding the regular brake pedal down. Quickly release the parking brake, Pull the bottom edge of the lever, located above the parking brake pedal, with the parking brake symbol, directly rearward to release the parking brake. Make sure pedal snaps hard all the way back releasing the parking brake... If this doesn't work the first try, try it 3-5 times and it shall work... The airbag light will go off...
NOTE: The parking brake pedal is located to the left of the regular brake pedal, near the driver's door. &
The parking brake lever is located above the parking brake pedal, with the parking brake symbol.
Yup! That is probably what is causing your dilema. To remove the lower panel, the parking brake release cable must be disconnected. It is not hard to reconnect if you know what you are looking for. The service manual does not provide a picture or I would post it for you. Anyway, it just "Snaps" into place on the parking brake pedal mechanizm. The cable just slips into a slot on the release lever. You can actually reach up and release the brake with your hand. (Be carefull not to get your fingers pinched when the pedal flies rearward) If you can get the pedal released by hand, then you have found the lever that the cable attaches to.
The 2001 Dodge caravan has 2 heater cores - front (the main one), and the rear. Removal of the rear heater core is a whole different procedure than the front.
Front Heater Core - Removal and Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Align the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Before working around the steering wheel or the instrument panel all 2 minutes to pass to allow the air bag module to discharge.
Drain the cooling system into a clean container for reuse.
Remove the steering column, by removing or disconnect the following:
Lower left side steering column coverParking brake release cable from the parking brake lever10 steering column cover liner-to-instrument panel bolts and the cover liner
Rotate the key to the LOCK position; then, rotate the steering wheel to the LOCKED position.
Gear selector cable and its mounting bracket as an assembly from the upper steering column mounting bracket2 instrument cluster trim bezel-to-instrument panel screws, retaining clips and bezel2 steering column shroud-to-steering column screws and the shroudSteering column-to-intermediate steering shaft coupler
Loosen but do not remove the 2 lower steering column mounting bracket nuts/washers.
2 upper steering column mounting bracket nuts/washersSteering column assembly from the vehicle
Remove or disconnect the following:
Instrument panel-to-chassis harness interconnect and bracketLower silencer boot, at the base of the steering shaft
Working in the engine compartment, pinch off the heater hoses.
Heater core cover. Position some towels under the heater core hoses.Heater core plate and the hoses
Depress the heater core retaining clips.
Lift the accelerator pedal and slide the heater core past it.
Depress the brake pedal and remove the heater core from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.
Fig. View of the steering column assembly
Fig. View of the interconnect and bracket
Fig. View of the front heater core assembly
Depress the brake pedal and install the heater core into the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.
Lift the accelerator pedal and slide the heater core past it.
Install or connect the following:
Heater hoses (using new O-rings) and the heater core plateHeater core coverHeater hoses clamps, working in the engine compartmentLower silencer boot at the base of the steering shaftInstrument panel-to-chassis harness interconnect and bracket
Install the steering column assembly by installing or connect the following:
Steering column assembly, carefully into the vehicle.2 upper and 2 lower steering column mounting bracket nuts/washers. Torque the nuts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).Steering column-to-intermediate steering shaft coupler and tighten the pinch bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm)2 steering column shroud and the shroud-to-steering column screwsBezel, the retaining clips and the 2 instrument cluster trim bezel-to-instrument panel screwsGear selector cable and its mounting bracket as an assembly to the upper steering column mounting bracket10 steering column cover liner and the cover liner-to-instrument panel boltsParking brake release cable to the parking brake leverLower left side steering column cover.Lower left side steering column cover
Refill the cooling system.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Run the engine to normal operating temperatures; then, check the climate control operation and check for leaks.
I had the same problem. It's the blinker switch in the steering column. You'll need to pull the steering wheel, any cheapo s/w puller will do. Unscrew the turn signal lever from the steering column. Replace part. Worked like a champ for me.
Rear Disc Brake Caliper
Rear Disc Brake Rotor
Push Nut (2 Req'd each side)
Rear Brake Anti-Lock Sensor Indicator
Nut (4 Req'd)
Rear Wheel Disc Brake Adapter
Inner Wheel Bearing Oil Seal
Bolt (4 Req'd)
Rear Wheel Bearing
Disc Brake Caliper Locating Pin
Tighten to 27-54 Nm (20-40 Lb-Ft)
Tighten to 26-35 Nm (19-26 Lb-Ft)
The automatic (vacuum) release-type is standard equipment on all vehicles.
The automatic vacuum-type parking brake system contains the following features:
A parking brake release control motor (2A843) with mounting bracket bolted to the parking brake control .
The vacuum-actuated diaphragm within the parking brake release control motor which is connected by a rod to the upper end of the parking brake release vacuum hose (2B653) .
The parking brake release vacuum hose which connects the parking brake release control motor to the engine manifold through a vacuum release switch at the steering column tube (3514) .
The parking brake release control motor which is actuated to release the parking brake whenever the engine is running and the transmission is in a forward-driving gear.
The automatic parking brake control which has a manual release feature that releases the foot parking brake control by applying force to the parking brake control pedal in the "apply" direction to the point of initial application.
The parking brake control will return to the full-release position after removing the force.
Here is an exploded view of the heating/air conditioning blower box. This contraption is located on the passengerside under the dash. I've changed heater cores on other cars but never worked on a caravan so not sure how difficult it'll be. You may need to remove a few cover panels to access this and the heater core #22 is located behind the distribution box #6 containing parts 7-18 and hopefully comes off as a unit. I wouldn't want to put it back together just looking at the pic. You may just need to remove the heater tube cover #4 to access the connections and slide out the core.....NAH couldn't be that simple!!! Hope this was of some help. Good luck.
The heater fan is located under the dash on the passenger side. In the 2001 Lumina you have to take out the 2 plugs holding the insulation in to remove the insulation. The heater fan is at the very front butting up against the firewall. Removing the front-most bolt is a real pain in the ****, so it might be easiest to remove that first and install it last.