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96 Dodge Caravan ABS Battery lights stays on, radio dies, gauges drop, then restores Advice needed? Hi, I'm a bit new, so I hope you will forgive my lack of knowledge here. I have a 96 Dodge Caravan Sport with 315000k 3.3liter I had a bit of a scare on the freeway today. I'm driving, relatively slow, on the freeway (traffic) and all of the sudden my radio dies, my abs light and battery light goes on and the gauges die (at least the RPM, I'm watching the road). So after a panicky moment, the stuff all comes back. It repeats a few seconds later and then a couple minutes or so later while I'm going down the off ramp. I still have control of the car brakes, gas, steering. I get onto the regular roads and the process does not repeat itself. So, what I'm looking for is a bit of advice of what process of elimination I should go through to make sure the problem does not occur again. Unfortunately my driving/commute time does not allow me see my mechanic right after work. But, if it's serious enough, I'll take tomorrow off to get it looked at. Thank you for your time and efforts.m

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Sounds like the BCM (body Control Module), although it could be a bad battery or alternator. Since the van keeps running ok, I'd tend towards the BCM.

Since you lose speedo and such, it's a bit dangerous to let it go too long. ;>

You can also buy a cheap dollar store light that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Make sure you can see it, but it doesn't blind you. If the light stays at about the same brightness, or gets a _little_ brighter when the gremlins attack, it's probably NOT the battery or alternator. yes, it cheesy and cheap, but I _like_ cheap troubleshooting.

Posted on Sep 08, 2010

  • PaulPaulJone Sep 08, 2010

    Oh, be sure the light uses a regular light bulb, NOT an LED, an LED won't change brightness enough to be sure of.

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