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    Al
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    Default 98 grand caravan

    My 98 grand caravan (3.3L/flex fuel) is puzzling my mechanic and me.
    On a fairly regular basis the gauges stop working.
    but usually after a few days it will start working on its own.
    It does throw some codes, no signal from the CCD bus, no signal from the
    TCM, no signal from the BCM.
    Here is what is and what is not working;

    -Not Working-
    temperature gauge
    tachometer
    speedometer
    fuel gauge
    [on overhead console];
    all info except outside temperature and compass. (the lights do come on but
    do not show info)
    odometer, shift indicator

    -Working-
    odometer has been keeping track when it comes back on
    all the driver information above the gauges.
    all other electrical.

    The engine and transmission seems to be running the same as usual.

    any ideas would be welcome. thanks





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    NotMe
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    "Al" <calldpi@tds.net> wrote in message
    newsMJDg.87$Ds7.55@newsreading01.news.tds.net...
    | My 98 grand caravan (3.3L/flex fuel) is puzzling my mechanic and me.
    | On a fairly regular basis the gauges stop working.
    | but usually after a few days it will start working on its own.
    | It does throw some codes, no signal from the CCD bus, no signal from the
    | TCM, no signal from the BCM.
    | Here is what is and what is not working;
    |
    | -Not Working-
    | temperature gauge
    | tachometer
    | speedometer
    | fuel gauge
    | [on overhead console];
    | all info except outside temperature and compass. (the lights do come on
    but
    | do not show info)
    | odometer, shift indicator
    |
    | -Working-
    | odometer has been keeping track when it comes back on
    | all the driver information above the gauges.
    | all other electrical.
    |
    | The engine and transmission seems to be running the same as usual.
    |
    | any ideas would be welcome. thanks

    Sounds like you're losing 12 VDC to the pannel. My guess is there is a
    termal (clixon) breaker in the circuit that's opening from some reason.

    Could be an intermittant ground as well.

    (my best guess)




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    John Smith
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    Default Re: 98 grand caravan

    I have had the same problem with my 98 Grand Caravan. It is occasionally
    accompanied by not starting or starting and then dying when the key is
    released from the start position. Also the service engine light was on. I
    took it to Dodge dealer. They told me all they could find was loose battery
    cable and charged $160. They could not replicate the codes but said if the
    problem continues it would meed a PCM or BCM (sounds expensive). The problem
    is still present but I found that a sharp blow on top of the instrument
    panel with my hand corrects the problem. It seems that there might be a
    loose connection in the instrument panel. But I can't figure out how to
    remove it to see the circuit board.

    "Al" <calldpi@tds.net> wrote in message
    newsMJDg.87$Ds7.55@newsreading01.news.tds.net...
    > My 98 grand caravan (3.3L/flex fuel) is puzzling my mechanic and me.
    > On a fairly regular basis the gauges stop working.
    > but usually after a few days it will start working on its own.
    > It does throw some codes, no signal from the CCD bus, no signal from the
    > TCM, no signal from the BCM.
    > Here is what is and what is not working;
    >
    > -Not Working-
    > temperature gauge
    > tachometer
    > speedometer
    > fuel gauge
    > [on overhead console];
    > all info except outside temperature and compass. (the lights do come on
    > but do not show info)
    > odometer, shift indicator
    >
    > -Working-
    > odometer has been keeping track when it comes back on
    > all the driver information above the gauges.
    > all other electrical.
    >
    > The engine and transmission seems to be running the same as usual.
    >
    > any ideas would be welcome. thanks
    >




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