How To Fix Your Dodge Chrysler Mini Van When It Starts And Then Dies No Instrument Display




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tim flohrs: Brian , I unfortunately have a 98 Voyager ...the dash lights started flickering n died "she" told me.. then I go back to the van 9 hrs later to see whats up I put jumper cables on it and it fired right up no flickering so I replaced the battery cuz the other was a pile.. but yet thelights by the radio not dash cluster I'm talking about by the heater control area are blinking it so far starts up n runs fine but....afraid to drive it and break down its cold as hell in Minnesota..any help would be awesome!

Kevin Adams: Brian, you da man! Watched your video all the way through, and followed your instructions. Worked like a charm! Really appreciated your comments about why the car would start and then die in a few seconds. That helped me confirm that this was indeed my issue.

Dalana Collier: Thank you Brian. YOU SAVED ME SOME CASH. This video was VERY helpful. I had just driven my car on Halloween. The next day it started acting up again. This was an ongoing problem for over a year. I filled your video but was unsure if I would be able to recognize the bad ones. It was very simple to do. My car started right up!! THANKS SOOO MUCH!!

Rod Davis: Thanks for the video. I haven't used my 99 Voyager for about a month because it wouldn't start, and after taking out the circuit board for the 4th time I finally could see a bad joint and was able to fix it. When I looked straight at the board I didn't see anything but today I looked more at a side angle and could see the crack in the solder. My check engine light went out on its own after about 6 miles. Thank you again.

terry wilson: brian i hope you can shed some light on my problem. 97 caravan 3.3 has a problem with the electrical system. when im driving it sporadically has a dead fire as in it shuts off but immediately resumes in less than a second . so sitting in the yard i was bringing the motor up to temp and noticed that if a gave the motor 2400 rpms, the check engine light and all the instrument cluster lights cut out at the same time as the miss fire. ive already replaced the cam and crank sensors. could it be the instrument cluster causing this??

Victor Tapia: I thank you so much for your video. It saved me major cash and irritation as well.

WTC7WasPulled: Did it work?

MrChantality: hey i try this and now the car starts with no problem... the only problem i have now is that the speedometer it shows at 5mph as if its 0... idk how to fix that.

Rod Davis: Any videos on how to fix the hot/cold air damper? No heat in the winter, lucky I live in the DFW area. It gets cold but it usually doesn't stick around very long. Thanks you.

Michael Kesner: thank you so much, the exact problem on my van - should save a whole lot of money and irritation

Arturo arredondo: I'm all the way in monterey mexico visiting my family and I ran into these problem on a friend of ours minivan.... These pretty much took care of one of the problems.... Thanks!!!

DJ Dave Spokane: Just for fun Brian do you think the door locks acting weird might be fixed with what you did in this particular video??

Jdizzforizz: Hey Brian, you are awesome/amazing, thanks for all your videos!! You are a straight shooter and have a great way of explaining things. I'm sure you get tons of people asking millions of questions, but I have an 07 T&C and the dash gauges are all dead and so are the blinkers, the backlight is the only thing that comes on in the cluster. but it runs and drives just fine. I plugged an obd2 reader in and it gets info for the temp and the speed, do you think this could be the problem you fix in this video? Thanks a million in advance I'm wondering if it's this or the BCM. hopefully you'll know. :) Thanks again.

Najib Nabeel: i have the same starts and die i replace maf ,egr volve, crank sensor its starts and dies 2,3 second any idea its new fuel pump fiter 

gabriel hansen: I did the same as you did but found out the red pin "plug" that plugs into the back of the cluster board had been disfigured a little which kept losing the connection. I took a small nail and pushed the metal female connection up to make the connection tighter. Now it connects tight.

Dalana Collier: Followed

MinnesotaMichele: I owe you a huge thank you Brian! Last summer, my '97 T&C started intermittently killing seconds after starting. Alarm set light would go on, so I knew it was thinking someone was stealing the car. We got it running after pulling the positive wire off the battery then re-installing it. Well, that only lasted a few months until Oct., when nothing would get it to stay running. The know-it-all mechanic kept going on about the computer, the BCM, and some other thing; but it was in his shop twice and he fixed other stuff except this. Now, I'm glad he didn't, because he probably would have replaced all those parts and it still wouldn't have run, costing $1K+! There is a guy on eBay that you can send it your BCM to fix for $150, 100% feedback, but because at first it was an intermittent problem, sounded more like a board/connection issue, instead of a BCM going bad, so I decided to try your fix first. It helped I've had a year of soldering experience, but your video helped me tons in how to remove the dash and everything else. Only took me one afternoon, I soldered about 2 dozen "iffy" looking solder joints, put it all back into place, and after charging up the battery, BAM! It stayed running on the first try, even though I could tell it was burning old gas in the tank from all winter just parked in the driveway. I started and stopped it about 10 times, letting it run a minute each time, I was in complete amazement that it was running and drove it up town to get more gas. I'm so happy to keep this van running, and for cheap, thanks to you! :)

Mister Raider: I have this problem except my instrument cluster works. Replaced cam position sensor and still not working. Crankshaft sensor is next if that don't fix it then probably the PCM/ECM.

Brian Wirt: Dodge / Chrysler should be paying for this crap. My 97 same thing. Thanks for posting this repair video. I knew banging on the dash worked, now I must solder.

Pathy Tummala: Brian, I have a Dodge Grand Caravan SE 1997 3.8 Liter. When I start the ignition, engine starts and dies...showing the oil sign in the in the front panel. I have to hit the gas pedal immediately after ignition to keep the engine running. Engine dies when vehicle stopped at signals. It happens intermittently. There is no pattern. Can you suggest a solution? Let me know your location. If you are in or around Texas, I can bring my vehicle to you. Please help me.

darianwj: Good info! Thank you!

Grand Homan: can this also be a problem for a 2001

Steve B: Instrument panel problem. 2009 dodge grand caravan Same problem.

Ashleigh Kinney: Brian, I have a 99 T&C 3.8 We were just driving and the van shut off, got it home did what you said for the cluster and all the gauges work now. Van still will not start any suggestions? Thanks

Stacy Denman: I have a 2002 grand caravan sport..had a new alternator and some gasket replaced 2 weeks ago after 6 months of headache dealing with battery issues..anyways..get it home a disconnect neg cable to battery to re-install aftermarket stereo..(had to leave before stereo was reconnected) Iput neg cable back on battery and now it just cranks & cranks never turning over! grrr..headlights won't work nor does instrument panel but door chimes and all inside lights are fine! Could this be from a bad solder also? I just put all the $$ I could into this thing and I really need my car to get son to school!

Walter Hynson: also check the wires (positive)coming from the battery the one with the black tape is known to have a bad crinp and the wires can seperate and connect recrimp and retape....WCH

Steve B: Hello, I have a 2009 grand caravan. My dash lights, dome lights, upper center stack lights, map lights and garage door opener quit working sometimes. Van still runs fine. Its driving me crazy. They will come back on for a couple of weeks and then go out for a couple. Any Ideas? Thanks. ASHD has posted the same issue.

Jeff Killey: Time will tell. But my plymouth voyager had all these symtoms and now all problems seem to be a thing of the past. The thing I find interesting is that in most videos Ive seen on this issue it almost always comes down to the same solder joint. In my research it seems better mechanics then me have reported that solder joint to be a ground source. Everything makes sense when they tell me that. Its an easy fix if you know WHAT to fix. Thanks to all who pinpointed this problem

Zenssssful: Thanks .

Edward Van Orden: Awesome Vid and yes sir Ron Paul...

Mrs.FixIt: Brian do you have a video on repairing the e brake cable, while removing the bottom panel in the repair of the cluster in the dashboard. It pulled itself off on my 99 town and country. Thank You

bitfuse: I have this problem and my dealer don't know "but we can look at it for you"they say. YEAH right! At a cost of 200 USD pr hour when they don't know what to look for..... I'll go for Your solution. Thanks! Karl Nylén Norway

Carl Zahradnik: This fixed my 98 t/c. I was about to push it off a cliff. I can't believe so many Chrysler vans have this problem. and no one at Chrysler knows anything about it. thanks so much. 

mozzmann: Hey Dude it is S O L D E R Solder with a bloody "L" in it OK, NOT SODA freaking bastardized English craps me to tears. Anyway I believe that Stall is the wrong word you can't stall an Auto. I can't see how dry joints in the Instrument cluster would make the vehicle stop, unless this triggers a fail safe function in the BCM/ECU. Ours is misbehaving in a similar fashion but the US and Foreign versions are likely different. Oh by the way your assumption about the burning in the display is completely incorrect, That is a material that is burn't inside the glass capsule on purpose to remove any vestige of oxygen from within the fluorescent display, this IS NOT LED look at the Anode heater wires that are glowing in the dark when you shut the car off. 

Susan Kolakowski: Thank you, I went to start my Caravan this morning and it would just stall out.I did this fix and it is running good again.

beefystik: @spelunkerd Because I've rented vehicles, and I drove them, and I know HOW I drove them. Like rental vehicles.

Joey Joiner: I can't tell you how much I appreciate this video. Exactly the fix I need.

briansmobile1: You're welcome! Thanks for not telling everyone about my super power laser eye beams that I cheat/solder with.

Theryansmithproject: Deffinently correct on this one Brian. Love your vids keep them up. Your my go to guy for auto repairs. And awesome chicken coop video!

briansmobile1: @jason123456789210 Sweet man!

Joey Joiner: Brian, ok got my circuit board out and in my hands. Can't seem to find any cracked solder joints. And yes, my '98 T&C was having exact same issues. How much $ to send this CB to you to solder up all the joints? Thanks, Joey

Mulletsrokkify: The burn marks on the odometer displays are from the manufacturing process, its how they get a clean vacuum. Nothing to worry about. Google "getter" for the science bit.

P SHROFF: hahah i so happy !!!!!

beefystik: @briansmobile1 Well then, now I can't wait to see what's coming!

Scott Mennel: Can the T&C drive without the speedometer thing (the thing thatshows the speed)?

Joey Joiner: Brian, the soldering went great. Easier than I thought. Put it all back together, cranked it up and she purred like a cat. Thank you again! Joey

landlockedviking: excellent job! Hey you should do one on replacing a crank postion sensor on those caravans, another no start culprit.

briansmobile1: There should be some trouble codes you can provide me.

briansmobile1: That could be a fuel issue too. I'd fuel pressure test it off and running first thing.

Tim R: So the only time is will cause the vehicle not to run is when the head unit goes out? What i mean is.., If the cluster is on and lights up that means it will not cause it not to start right? Great vid Brian. Thanks.
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