1998 Dodge Caravan Various things going on and off througho

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 155,000 MILES
This started a few weeks ago with our Dodge Grand Caravan: we would have several doors open for a few minutes (maybe 15) and the battery would totally run down. We had the battery checked and it is fine. I think we even had a new one put in. Then different things like the gas gauge would all of a sudden drop to empty, ping and then bounce up again. Or all of the lights on the buttons for things like the airflow/recirculating air would flash on and off continually. Or the interior lights would stay on even after we started the van. Or the rear windshield wiper would go on by itself, along with the washer and stay on for a few minutes. We did put in a new transmission a few months ago and we would like to get some more use out of this van. It belongs to our nonprofit, Respecting Our Elders and is used every day for food pickups and deliveries to seniors in our county. No9w when we open any doors to put food in or take it out, we leave the engine running. Oh yes, the automatic door locks work sometimes and not others, and they have been known to lock automatically with the engine running! Fortunately we keep an extra door key with us. Any ideas of what could be causing this?
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Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AT 10:36 PM

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Get hold of the tranny shop and ask them to look over there work. They may or may not be responsible, but an easily made error that can happen while changing the transmission is possible.
The pcm may have had a terminal stressed and pulled out of position. This may be a long shot, but worth looking at.

More likley the BCM (body control module) went bad.
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 4:56 AM

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