Question about 1997 Dodge Caravan
It could be a battery or starter problem. Most auto parts places will test your battery for free. But since you cannot start the vehicle...you can also buy an inexpensive battery tester (bulb/ball float) to see if it is fully charged. Check each cell of the battery. Sometimes it is bad connections on the batteries. Take off and clean the battery post and connections with an inexpensive battery cleaner brush.
The starter has two components: The Solenoid and the Starter Motor. Two cylindrical shaped components. The small component is the solenoid, the larger is the starter.
To check the Starter you can short jump the Starter by bypassing the solenoid. With a helper trying to start, you can run a short medium gage insuated wire from the positive side (red) of the solenoid to the body of the starter. If this starts the Van then the solenoid is bad and the entire Starter must be replaced (about $70-remanufactured)
Let me know if this help or if you need any additional help.
Posted on Nov 20, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It's the body control module. I had the same thing happen with my caravan. It eventually evolved into the following problems no interior lights or chimes, no remote mirrors, dash lights and instrumentation goes out and ABS light comes on, no lighted vanity mirrors, blinking recirc & a/c buttons, no high beams. THe dealer said a BCM would be $700.00 with exchange otherwise w/o exchange 1200. I found one online - ebay. BE CAREFUl...if you don't have security on your vehicle DO NOT buy a unit that has the security feature..your vehicle will not run if you install this. match the part number off of your unit but also match the features.
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
Start by removing the negative battery cable from the battery. Then locate and remove the screws that hold the interior door handles in place (they may be hidden by snap in, or snap on covers). Once you have removed the interior door handles, disconnect the wire clips that go to your window and door lock controls.
I personally use a small pry bar to remove the interior door panel; it is held in by plastic snap clips. Try to get as close to, or directly under the snap clips as possible with your pry bar to prevent them from tearing out of the door panel. Once you have released the snap clips, pull the panel upward to remove it. Install in reverse.
I hope this information helps you, and I wish you luck on your repair.
Posted on Apr 24, 2009
YOU NEED A REPAIR MANUAL. ALSO YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE COWL COVER WIPER WASHER HOSE AND DISCONNECT THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS AT WIPER MOTOR..THE WIPER ARMS HAS TO COME OFF.BUT GET A REPAIR MANUAL.IT WILL MAKE YOUR JOB EASY.
Posted on Oct 18, 2009
SOURCE: 1997 dodge caravan se 6cyl 3.3
I think you need to replace the Body Control Module (BCM), My newly replaced BCM (used) fixed my wiper problem but created a new problem which the left turn signal is not working now. Time to sell the van.
Posted on May 29, 2010
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