Question about 2005 Dodge Caravan
I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.3L engine, and have been getting a warning light. OBD test says it's the EGR valve. I have done a little tapping with a plastic hammer, which seems to help, but the light returns. I've tried to buy a new one, but I'm told by the parts stores that I have to have the 'Engine Option Code (Xzz)'. One suggested that it might be on the valve itself, but I can't tell unless I take it off.
Can you please tell me how I can find the Engine Option Code?
Hi, this is my first post. I had the same problem with my 2005 Grand
Caravan. Great van, but all of the sudden, the check engine light came
on, and then it started driving "jerky." I found this post, along with
others on the web, and diagnosed it myself. Let me outline how I did
that, since this will accumulate info from several different sites:
1. I turned the ignition key from the "on" to the "run" position about 5 times, and a code showed up in the mileage slot. My code was P 0404, which read more like "tripP 0404".
2. I looked up that code on google, and also asked the guy at Autozone. Both said it was a bad EGR valve.
**Side note: there is a little thing here in the 2005 Grand Caravan called a "XZZ Option Code" in relation to the EGR valve. As in, when you go to get a new EGR valve, they are going to ask you if you need the "XZZ Option" or the "XZZ Exception." When you ask the guy at Autozone what the difference is, he doesn't know. So, after a little research, the difference is this: if your VIN has the letters "XZZ" in it, then you need the "XZZ Option." If your VIN doesn't have "XZZ" then you don't need that option. (Thanks a lot, Dodge, for that bit of stupidity.)***
3. Autozone didn't have the EGR in stock, but Federated Auto Parts (aka KOI, in our area--Cincinnati) had five in stock, so I got one--it cost me about $85.00
4. After getting home, I changed it out, in the following steps.
a. I disconnected the battery.
b. I disconnected the electrical line coming to the EGR (by the way, the EGR sits just above the alternator...and if you don't know what the alternator is, take the parts to your local mechanic and ask him to change it out for you...)
c. I disconnected the vacuum line that comes into the top of the EGR, as well as disconnecting the other end of that line, just to get it out of the way. That took 4 bolts, and they were 8 mm.
d. I removed the two bolts (10mm) holding the EGR in place, and they were a bit tight to get to. I would suggest a 1/4" drive U-joint to get to the bottom one, but a two inch extension held just right will get the job done--I didn't have the u-joint for my socket so it can be done without it...not much fun though.)
e. I replaced the metal gasket (it came in the box with the new EGR), and reversed the steps to put everything back together.
After restarting and test driving the minivan, I have no check engine light, and the "shuttering" is gone. I'm about to drive to Texas next week...we'll see if it solved the problem. More news later.
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Posted on Sep 25, 2008
I had to call my Dodge dealer to find out if my 2005 Caravan SXT had the XZZ option and it does. I had to give him my vin #, but IT DOES NOT say in the vin XZZ
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
XZZ is not in the VIN, I repeat NOT IN THE VIN! you need to call the dealer, give them the vin and he'll tell you if you have the "XZZ" option or not.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
EGR valves are only around £80-90 new, would be surprised if it cost
£200 to replace it...even with labour! (Unless its through Vauxhall)
More info here
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
Email me with you vin # and I will tel you your enigine option code. Or you could just email me and I will give you the dealer here's number or email and you can give them the vin and they will give you the code directly. [email protected]
Posted on Jul 02, 2008
The Xzz should be in your VIN #
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
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