The clockspring on my 1999 dodge caravan went bad. I am now having symptoms that the BCM is malfunctioning. Can the bad clockspring also cause an that also cause problems with the BCM? Can I repair the BCM?
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Re: 1999 Dodge Caravan Clockspring and BCM problems
You could actually have 3 problems. I have seen on many of these: Rear wiper motor always die - nothing shocking there. The front wiper multifunction switch was common to fail on these vans. The other issues all seem to be contained within the cluster. The cluster circuit board may be on its way out.
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More then likely this is all caused by a cool named car part called the clockspring. It is located in the steering column. The good news though, call a Dodge dealer, I believe this is an item/repair covered under recall/warrenty!
I have the same problem and it's not the rely or fuse... that would be too easy.
2000 Dodge Caravan ABS Light
2000 Dodge Caravan. The other day my light for my air bag came on,
but I noticed when it came on my cruise control stopped working and my
horn doesn't work when I push on it. However the horn does work when you
set off the alarm. Is it a fuse that's gone bad and if so which one is
Thanks for all your help.Christy
There is a device inside the steering wheel called a Clockspring.
Basically it looks like the main spring of a watch. It's purpose is to
insure perfect electrical contact with the airbag module in the steering
wheel. Wiring for the horn and cruise control also go through the
Clockspring. When the Clockspring goes bad you lose horn, cruise control
and the airbag light comes on.
On 10/5/2004 a Motor Vehicle Recall, number 04V480000 was issued on
this vehicle for this problem. From the recall bulletin: Summary: ON CERTAIN MINIVANS, THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG MAY BECOME DISABLED DUE
TO A FAILURE OF THE CLOCKSPRING, WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE HUB OF THE
STEERING WHEEL. Consequence: THIS CONDITION WILL MANIFEST ITSELF THROUGH ILLUMINATION OF THE
AIR BAG WARNING LAMP, AND COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN A DRIVER'S AIR BAG
OPEN CIRCUIT, IF THE PART IS NOT REPLACED IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF
TIME. Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CLOCKSPRING ASSEMBLY ON ALL COVERED
VEHICLES WITH 70,000 MILES OR LESS. FOR THOSE VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN
70,000 MILES, DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL OFFER AN EXTENDED LIFETIME WARRANTY
UNDER WHICH IT WILL REPLACE THE CLOCKSPRING AT NO CHARGE IF IT FAILS.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL ALSO REIMBURSE OWNERS WHO HAVE PAID TO HAVE THE
CLOCKSPRING REPLACED ON THEIR VEHICLES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 12,
2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
So at this point you should call your Dodge Dealer and make an
appointment to have the recall performed on your vehicle.
the clockspring in the steering column needs replacing I beleive there was a recall for that call the dodge dealer with your serial number to see if it was done on yours. you never know you may get it repaired for free.
It is called the "clockspring". You were close. Normally when the clockspring goes bad, the airbag light will come on and the horn is also affected. Not sure why the engine light is on. I think you are on the right track. There is a recall for the 1996 caravan for the clockspring problem but it only is for vehicles with 70,000 miles or less.
it sounds like you got 2 problems...the cruise and radio buttons sound like a bad clockspring......the overhead console problem sounds like a bad ambient temp sensor located behind the grill. if it is too cold out the ac will not run