Dodge Grand Caravan Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Dodge Grand Caravan Problems and Repairs

The Dodge Grand Caravan and its Chrysler Town & Country twin offer great versatility for hauling cargo and passengers. However, nagging problems have branded these minivans with a reputation of questionable reliability. If you're considering a used Grand Caravan, schedule a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure the car is in good condition before you buy. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Grand Caravan, which is a used car that has undergone an inspection from a certified Dodge dealer and comes with additional warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Grand Caravan as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Dodge Grand Caravan Common Problems

The current Dodge Grand Caravan generation debuted for 2008. Since then, drivers have complained about a number of frequent issues, including premature brake wear, engine stalling, hard gear changes, transmission failure, and faulty air conditioning. These problems don't bode well for prospective Dodge Caravan shoppers. If you're a current owner and experiencing these issues, there are a few actions you can take.

Dodge has issued numerous technical service bulletins to address the poor shift quality of the 2011 through 2015 Grand Caravans. Software updates are available for the 2011 through 2014 model years. Dodge says that reprogramming the powertrain control module (PCM) can improve shift quality. Additionally, Dodge has extended a full recall for 2015 and 2016 Grand Caravans due to a transmission oil pump defect that could result in loss of power. Dodge replaces the pump for free.

Dodge offers a software fix that may remedy some owners' air conditioning problems. The repair is available for 2011 through 2014 vehicles that blow cold air from the HVAC system regardless of the temperature settings.

There are believed to be two causes of the Grand Caravan's engine stalling issues. The first is a faulty ignition switch that can allow the vehicle's key to turn to the off position while the car is in motion. This causes a loss of engine power, power steering, and power brake assistance. It can also prevent the airbags from deploying in the event of an accident. Dodge has issued a safety recall on all 2008 through 2010 models for this reason, and Dodge dealers now fix these ignition switches free of charge.

The second cause of engine stalling may be failure of the total integrated power module (TIPM). A fault in this fuse box can not only cause the engine to stall while driving, but also keep it from starting altogether. While Dodge recalled Durango and Grand Cherokee vehicles for this problem, it has not issued any TIPM recalls for the Grand Caravan. This was the subject of an NHTSA investigation covering the 2008 through 2014 Grand Caravan model years.

Dodge Grand Caravan Recalls

Use the links below to find recalls for all Dodge Grand Caravan model years.


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