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on Dec 05, 2023 • 2000 Dodge Caravan
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BCM/CCD BUS problem with 2000 caravan.

Your problem is not uncommon. It's usually caused by a single source. But first, an explanation of the system. To save wiring weight and complexity, the factory decided to use a communication bus network to save on both. The bus system, the CCD, connects practically every system on your vehicle through something not unlike the Internet.

By not having to use individual wires to move information, it was designed to simplify matters. But when it goes down, it can pretty much take everybody with it.

Your instrument cluster uses information primarily from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). That's the engine controller. All gauge functions come from that location. Other inputs, such as low washer fluid, come from the body control module (BCM), which is definitely on the bus network.

A good diagnosis of the system under ideal conditions (stuff broke) would involve a scan of bus voltages and then a systematic disconnection of each module, looking for a return to normal operation.

Barring the opportunity to see a system when it's actually broken (normal for me) is to use the forensic approach.

Scan each and every system on the bus network on the vehicle. Most have memories that allow codes to be set when problems exist (or had existed).

Typically, the one system that has absolutely no idea anything had happened (no codes) will be the one that caused the problems.

Overwhelmingly, this turns out to be the instrument cluster printed circuit board. It isn't the cluster itself, but rather the board that screws to the back side of the cluster. It contains a rather large array of ICs and does more than just shuttle voltage from one spot to another.

The cluster is one of two sources for CCD bus voltage and termination. Voltage, we understand. It runs two 2.5 volt circuits (designated + and -), which connect all systems.

Equally important, it also provides the return circuit, termination. When this circuit fails, the bus voltage takes off, running about 5v above normal. For a bus system that runs only 2.5 volts, this turns 10101001 into 11111111. Effectively...zip.

OK, more than you needed. I might have an easy tip for diagnosis. It may work, which would be nice. If it doesn't work, it isn't conclusive.

When the cluster is acting up, deliver a medium-hard (open palm) slap to the instrument panel area of the dash, directly above. Maybe three. It should return cluster operation to normal and is a positive diagnosis to the cause of your problem.

It doesn't seem terribly technical or scientific. But that's the beauty. If you disconnect the cluster, you can't see a change (it's disconnected, for Pete's sake). You would need a factory scan tool to see the difference, and that's probably not an option. Slapping the cluster and seeing an immediate change is as good as it gets in this case.

If this turns out to be your problem, you will need to see the dealer in any case. The replacement board must be calibrated using the factory scan tool. It will not display tachometer or speedometer readings until done. So even if you put the part in, it will still need to be touched by a Dodge technician to make it work.

While the bus is down, functions from the BCM won't make its way to the cluster either. That might account for the lack of dash lights and such.

I realize this is terribly general and based on past experience and probability with your vehicle. The best diagnosis is to do a vehicle scan and go from there. That's barring the calibrated dash slap, of course.
10/28/2023 4:41:40 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Oct 28, 2023
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2000 Dodge Caravan won't start. My van has been running great, pulled in driveway shut it off. Next time I got in, Power comes on, starter spins, but the motor will not fire up?

Question edited for clarity and funky punctuation. Question moved to make model category. It could be so many things. The first thing to do it check for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs). A professional grade scan tool computer can diagnose all the electronics. This is a far more inexpensive route than guessing and only takes about 20 to 30 minutes. https://www.google.com/search?q=auto+electrician+near+me ..
7/30/2023 12:33:19 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Jul 30, 2023
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Gauges and rear wiper not working on 2000 Dodge Caravan

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3/4/2023 2:53:25 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Mar 04, 2023
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What kind of oil do i use for a 2000 dodge

ENGINE OIL

You will need to use a 10W-30 grade engine oil, such as any of the following Mobil products.
"Fully synthetic" oils are more expensive. Conventional oils or syn blend engine oils are fine for the vehicle but need to be changed more frequently.

Mobil 1 Extended Performance 10W-30
fully synthetic motor oil ;
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fully synthetic motor oil;
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fully synthetic motor oil;



Mobil Clean 7500 10W-30
synthetic blend motor oil ;
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a conventional motor oil;
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a conventional motor oil .
12/2/2022 11:53:11 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Dec 02, 2022
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I have a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. My two cigarette lighters are not working. I know the fuze and relay box is under the hood but the Van manual does not have listings for fuze and relay numbers and

I would replace one of the lighters themselves... not not be a fuse...once you get one out you can test the wires for power...They go bad
5/7/2022 5:05:12 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on May 07, 2022
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I need to see a wiring chart for a 2000 Dodge Caravan the dash lights on mine r not coming on at all the lights come on but nothing

Ask dealer service for copy or purchase a repair manual
9/6/2021 11:50:44 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Sep 06, 2021
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Broken front wheel stud 2003 grand caravan

jack up vehicle, remove tire. knock out old stud with a hammer and punch. put new stud in from back if need be. to draw it up tight.use a lug nut with something under it so when you tighten the nut it brings the stud into position. remove the nut you put on. and replace the tire. good-day! if the brakes and rotor are in the way. you will have to remove them to replace the wheel stud.
4/1/2021 12:08:09 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Apr 01, 2021
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199 dodge caravan 3.3 tensioner

Edit a video on this job. That is right you do not have to remove the alternator! You go in from underneath. Here’s a video on the job that I made about a week ago.Works for 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001 Dodge Caravan’s, town and country and grand Voyager’s. https://youtu.be/CrG8vBuy4xE
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4/12/2020 3:27:38 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Apr 12, 2020
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I have a 2000 Dodge caravan and the ac belt I replaced was making a screeching noise and broke again the day after replacing it why what could be wrong?

Tensioner pully bearing seized up , or A/C compressor locked up , do yourself a favor an have a qualified technician check it out .
9/26/2019 10:05:17 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Sep 26, 2019
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2000 Dodge Caravan Serpentine Belt issue

I do have one but I have to send it to an email address, I don't know how to put diagrams on here. shoot me an email to send the diagram to. thanks Lee
9/26/2019 4:45:33 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Sep 26, 2019
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Driver side park lamps not working

check fuse # 2 in the relay box up front and look for a "park lamp relay control" in the control module.
4/20/2019 3:04:03 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Apr 20, 2019
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WHERE IS THE HIGH-LOW FAN RELAY LOCATED ON A 2000 DODGE CARAVAN?

Should be in the power distribution box by the battery
3/26/2019 11:18:14 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Mar 26, 2019
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2000 dodge caravan 24 liter car cranks but won't stArt. So I unhooked alarm system and it still won't start.

Hi there's this website something like reliable-store and it is very amazing for manual for repairing servicing anything someone on fixya recommended it to me and I thank him even today They have full manuals and it's verrrrry c heap and mine I got free in offers 3rd time I bought it, I also had an issue with the file so the girl replaced it in 30 mins there is one website more but i don't remember its name it was 2 years back bitman something link this Try these out brother
3/15/2019 9:38:21 AM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Mar 15, 2019
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I need to change the alternator on my 2000 dodge

I have to use a 15mm open/closed end wrench on the tensioner pulley. Use the closed end of the 15mm and pull toward you and use the end of a cresent wrench to use for additional torque. You can slip the belt over the fixed pulley (not the tensioner pulley). Give yourself more room by not using the hood bar and use instead a broomstick on the right side to prop the hood open. I recommend a goodyear gator belt too. Good Luck, you'll need it with a caravan. Its on the left side. its the easyest pully to see.

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3/7/2019 8:28:10 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Mar 07, 2019
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How to repaire truck brake jam repaire

12/14/2018 12:18:58 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Dec 14, 2018
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Hard downshift on 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8

Hard downshift on that tranny ? means either your downshift cable is out of adjustment? or the shift solenoid shift pack has a faulty solenoid and or sticking servo valve or loss of voltage
11/26/2018 5:59:58 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Nov 26, 2018
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Transmission slipping in drive and transmission whining.

SOUND LIKE TRANSMISSION IS SLIPPING.CHECK THE TRANSMISSION FLUID MAKE SURE ITS NOT LOW.ALSO IF TRANSMISSION FLUID LOOKS DIRTY DARK AND SMELLS BAD REPLACE FLUID AND FILTER.IF FLUID IS GOOD YOU HAVE.TRANSMISSION OIL PUMP AND FORWARD CLUTCH PROBLEMS.
10/21/2018 2:09:22 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Oct 21, 2018
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Replaced transmission, van will not start, will not turn over. Battery fully charged, starter bench tested good. What is my next step?

The torque converter is dot all the way in the transmission,converter slips onto trans. shaft three or until your fingers cannot fit between the bell housing and transmission. Requires removal of transmission again.
4/15/2018 6:02:36 PM • 2000 Dodge... • Answered on Apr 15, 2018
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