How I repaired my instrument panel myself and saved $800.
It has been really fun helping others with this tutorial. Good luck. Please comment if it helped you and share your story.
Disclaimer: I am an IT guy, not an auto mechanic. Seek professional help if this seems too tricky for you. Also, others have reported possible additional issues like a bad BCM that may continue to fail even after its replaced.
To replace instrument cluster light bulbs, watch this next. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TpLQKOfnWs
Dodge Caravan (01-03) Instrument Panel light replacement (How To)
A common issue with the Dodge Caravan (and Chrysler Town & Country?) is the
instrument panel lights going out. This makes it almost impossible to see
your fuel gauge or speedometer during night driving.
In this video I show how I was able to replace those lights with
replacement parts for less than $20. The process takes around a half hour.
I am not a mechanic or a professional, I'm just looking to assist others
who have this issue.
I say "Uh" a lot and I'm sorry for that.... I actually deleted out about
30% of them!
My replacement LEDs were purchased from www.superbrightleds.com
Repair instrument cluster 1999 dodge caravan
This quick video shows you how to repair the instrument cluster of a dodge
caravan. This resolves the "slap dash" repair issue. Get all your gauges
working again. sponsored by msctime.com
95-99 Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Neon Instrument Cluster Repair
Solder repair for 95-99 neon clusters. This fixes the jumping needles, non
working needles, warning lamps that come on and off, etc.
All technical info found on neons.org and 1gn.org.
Music by: Shuutobi
*Attempt this repair at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for any
damage to your cluster, vehicle, or any bodily injury that comes from
performing this repair.*
Danger in Dodge Chrysler Minivans
Danger in Dodge Chrysler Minivans
Minivans include Dodge Caravan Chrysler Town and Country Plymouth Voyager
until 2000 MY
Paul Sheridan who was interviewed in this video regarding Chrysler not
installing Brake Shift Interlock in its family targeted minivans due to
cost, while this safety feature was standard for GM and Ford for years, has
degrees in physics, mathematics and computer science, and a graduate
business degree from Cornell University. He has worked for both Ford and
Chrysler in areas ranging from product planning to engineering programs
management, on topics from emissions to engine engineering to minivan
safety. He is one of only three to win the Lee Iacocca Chairman's Award of
Excellence, for his work which led to significant improvements in engine
efficiency and reduced emissions.
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Chrysler Minivans
1998 Chrysler Town & Country Instrument Cluster Test Sequence
Don't pay over $100 for a mechanic to tell you what check engine means.
Press and hold the trip and reset button, turn key until you hear the
beeping (run position), continue to hold the buttons for 5 seconds and
"code" will appear on the odometer. Let go and watch the light show. Note
any diagnostic codes. Once it's done, remove the key.
Some autoparts stores (like mine - AdvancedAuto) allow u to borrow their
car diagnostic computer (ODB2 OBDII) that can read codes and reset them
free. Also a shout-out to http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/ that site has
lots of useful info on T&C's and other chrysler minivans.
(#3) Dodge and Chrysler minivan speedometer needle reset
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How To Find and Repair AC Leaks - EricTheCarGuy
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How To Recharge an AC System: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lglPJuBXVeE
Basics of AC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w17DpGCcRj8
AC Performance Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU_A4wNuHXI
I suppose this has been a long time coming but for me I wanted to make sure
that I made a video that would be useful to you as well as emphasized the
importance of good practices when working with AC. Keep in mind
refrigerant is a CFC meaning that it pretty much kills the ozone layer and
if you don't respect that you WILL cause environmental damage even a little
adds up so please follow the precautions in this video when working on an
AC system. The other thing about AC is that it involves a lot more than
just shooting a can of refrigerant into the system when it's not working
right there are many systems that come into play that you need to consider
such as; the health of the cooling system, cooling fan operation, the
mechanical operation of the components of the system, the operation of the
HVAC inside the dash, and the electronics so keep in mind if you're having
a problem with your AC it could be much more than just a simple leak. I'll
get off my soap box now.
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How Instrument Clusters Work & What to do When Gauges Go Bad.
MotorWeek's Pat Goss (RockAuto.com is a MotorWeek Sponsor) demonstrates how
modern instrument clusters work and explains what can make gauges go bad.
He shows replacement instrument clusters by Dorman (found under
"Body-Interior" at RockAuto.com) that are relatively inexpensive and often
better made than the original gauge cluster.
Replace Blower Resistor for 2000 Chrysler Town and Country
After all the speeds of my fan for the heater and a/c blower quit working
except for only on high, I was surprised to find out that I could fix it
with only an $11 part from my local car part store. The hardest part was
just finding where the blower motor resistor pack went. I believe it is the
same on a Dodge Caravan type mini-van as well.
Instrument Panel Cluster Malfunction
As you can see my 2004 GMC truck speedometer has malfunction. The dealer
said it will cost between $400 and $600 dollars to replace. I look on the
internet and found a special bulletin from GMC. I called GMC and they said
it will only cost $120 for the labor to replace. The special bulletin will
cover the part cost. I hope this can help you. Go to