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Danzai wrote at 2006-11-14 19:47:57
I run an auto repair shop in Sycamore, Illinois.

I own a 1998 caravan.

I repaired the same exact problem in my van by removing the instrument cluster main connector behind the

instrument panel and adding tension to each pin on the connector. The battery feed draws current through

this connector and causes the metal connectors to thermally expand and contract and a loose connection results.

Frank wrote at 2006-11-16 02:13:43
Steve and Diana,

I have the exact same problem with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan only I have traveled down many roads to get it fixed. I have spent over two thousand dollars and it is still not fixed. It's been to the dealer twice and after they couldn't fix it I delved into the repair myself with my Chiltons and my Haynes repair manuals.

The dealer replaced the Transmission control module AND the Power train control module (have never heard of a Body Control Module) to no avail. I have reset the computer and this does not work either. I ordered and replaced the instrument cluster and it worked for a couple of weeks and now its back to its old tricks again (no lights or instruments).

Unfortunately for us Grand Caravan owners Dodge cannot fix this problem. I guess what bothers me most is they still charged me for it! Good luck.


James wrote at 2007-05-01 18:19:55
This may be a bit late considering the date of the post, but it may help others. I had similar problems (starting with the instrument panel).  I was lucky to have a mechanic who was bound and determined to find the answer.  After working on it for two solid days, he traced it to a single wire that had an intermittent short due to where it was rubbing on a spot where it came through the dash.  There is a BIG difference in a true mechanic and so many that claim to be and are just parts changers.   The former are a rare breed indeed.

Btw, I think the 1998 Grand Caravan is the best of the breed. It looks sharp (charcoal metalflake with gold wheels), rides much smoother than the limos I've rented, has more comfortable and more substantial seats then the new "stow-and-go" variety, and with the towing suspension and nivomat shocks is a crisp handler. The 3.8 really hauls, yet can average around 16mpg city and  27mpg at 70mph.

Ladyhawk747 wrote at 2013-11-10 22:43:56
Hi, I have the exact same problem with my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. I told a friend about it because I was in Cleveland traffic when all the dash lights went out. He told me to hit it with the flat of my hand above all the gauges. I smacked it once and the lights and all the other gauges started working. This problem happens every once in a while. So I give it a good slap and it works. Good luck hope it works for you. Donna

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