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
How To Recover A Dashboard
TheCousinDan shows you how to recover a dashboard with new vinyl. Restore
old cars and trucks with this handy skill!
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
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.
How to change voyager spark plugs
How to change voyager spark plugs and the steps needed to be able to reach
the rear plugs. I will show you how to remove the cowl to give more
clearence to the rear plugs and also the O2 sensor. heater hose
How Instrument Clusters Work & What to do When Gauges Go Bad.
MotorWeek's Pat Goss 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
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
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.
TOWN & COUNTRY POWER DOOR WON'T OPEN WITH REMOTE
The power sliding door stops halfway when opening or wouldn't open at all.
In my case, this was due to a broken wire(cable?). After locating the
broken wire, I was able to joint it , making the door work again. This
whole problem could be caused by the many openings and closings of the
door. The wire harness that powers the door is housed by a chain. This
chain is moved by the door every time the door moves. When the door opens,
it straightens the chain with the wire harness in it. When the door closes,
it bends the chain with the wire harness in it and the cycle repeats over
and over when you open and close the door.
Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Gen.3 Minivan, 1996 - 2000, Strut Tower Repair Job
Here is a video rundown on my method of repairing rotted out front strut
towers on these minivans. This method is way better than the Chry. Corp.
recommended fix of merely gluing on a cap. It is also the only viable fix,
for when they get to this stage of deterioration. There is no way that a
glued and riveted cap would work on a van in this condition. I am
absolutely confident that a repair like this will outlast the rest of the
These are darn handy vans to have around, and an otherwise nice one ( apart
from this issue ), is well worth fixing.