Dash lights flicker on and off at night, Speedometer and RPM gauges go crazy day and night, ABS light goes on and off

Asked by Oct 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM about the 1999 Dodge Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I want to know if this is going to affect my
battery??

5 Answers

228,235

I'd check your battery cables and ground first, they might be corroded or loose. Also have the battery load tested, any local auto parts store will do this for free. It might be time for a new battery. When the voltage gets low, funny things happen. If that checks out, my bet is a faulty ignition switch.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
355

should nt have any affect if cables are tight and clean on the battery,find out if its charging take it to autozone it's free,than take it to another autoparts and have them see if it's charging just to make sure the first person is telling you the truth.if everything i said is o.k than no worries its a loose plug behind the dash.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
20

I'm an electrical guy. I had the same problem and symptoms as Alicia. I traced my problems to badly corroded clamps at the battery terminals. Removed, cleaned, lubricated and re-installed them about a month ago. None of the earlier symptoms came back so far. If the battery terminals did not fix the problem, I would have continued on to the grounding strap, but did not need to in my case... Hope this helps.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I had the same problem on my 2005 town and country van...I cleaned my battery cables with electronic cleaner....I then removed my cluster (which is super easy don't get scared)...Cleaned that with electrical cleaner and then tightened up ground G300...It's a multi ground connection inside your driver's side slider door compartment under your carpet...Remove the trim to get to it...It grounds EVERYTHING In Your vehicle...It was loose...My issue is gone and has been for 2 years now....Don't let dealers sell you computers and crap....Just check grounds and battery connections and clean and tighten to start.

Having a similar issue with a 2008 Dodge Caravan. We had an old battery that with heavily corroded terminals. It died on us, and I replaced the battery and terminal connections. However, now the van will randomly start to beep constantly and the dashboard gauges flicker with each beep as well as the gauges dip when it beeps. Wondering if ours is a bad ground connection issue. Going to try these troubleshooting tips to see if that hopefully helps.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Caravan

Looking for a Used Caravan in your area?

CarGurus has 673 nationwide Caravan listings starting at $2,500.

ZIP:

Search Dodge Caravan Questions

Dodge Caravan Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,280
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 860
#3 COMETGUY61
COMETGUY61
Reputation 740
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Grand Caravan
237 Great Deals out of 31,743 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chrysler Town & Country
391 Great Deals out of 18,575 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Odyssey
279 Great Deals out of 28,259 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Sienna
232 Great Deals out of 28,963 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Durango
252 Great Deals out of 23,058 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Explorer
772 Great Deals out of 74,828 listings starting at $750
Used Nissan Quest
65 Great Deals out of 2,729 listings starting at $2,800
Used Ford F-150
2,462 Great Deals out of 210,791 listings starting at $895
Used Toyota Camry
882 Great Deals out of 92,127 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
642 Great Deals out of 27,802 listings starting at $600

Used Cars For Sale

2007 Dodge Caravan For Sale
75 listings starting at $2,500