2001 Dodge Grand Caravan headlight issue updated. Well now that it has been a couple of weeks and the lights are still working properly on the van. So that tells me that the problem is with the FCM. I have since also done the same thing to a friends van ( 2002 though) and for the last nine days, it has also worked without a glitch.
So, for anyone who was thinking of running off to the dealer and forking out hundreds for part(s) and labor. Do not do it. Chances are, removing the FCM yourself, cleaning it, replacing it will save you hundreds. Forget wasting your time trying to get it done through Dodge. It takes all of ten minutes and your good to go.
In case anyone wants to know as others have posted: It is a very simple process.
1. Just remove the plastic cover over the PDC ( which is the black cover beside the battery. )
2. Looking at the front of the PDC is a silver housing with four torx screws.
3. Remove the four screws.
4. Pull out the FCM housing. ( It separates from the PDC )
5. Looking at the FCM, you will see two rows of needle pins, and one row of flat pins.
6. The flat pins are the culprits, what I did was use a fine small file and cleaned both sides of the flat pins only. They appeared to have a white coating of buildup on them.
7. Then I took small needle nose pliers and gave each flat pin a very small slight twist. Not to much, but a noticeable twist.
8. I re-inserted the FCM into the PDC, tighten back the four torx screws and voila!
9. Lights have been on for the last two weeks and five days now.
Now, if I could just get my power window on the passenger side to work one hundred percent of the time as opposed to seventy five percent of the time, I would be a happy camper.
Friday, January 11th, 2008 AT 10:24 AM