Caravan Auto Power Window Problem

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The Dodge Caravan is manufactured with optional power windows that may encounter several issues that prevent the window from operating correctly. The most common is power loss, caused by a short or problem with the electrical system. The second most common is a burned out window motor. The average backyard mechanic can diagnose and repair most electric window problems in about an hour.

Electrical

  • The connection from the battery to the window motor is a series of wires, fuses, and switches that can burn out or become damaged. Check the fuses first, located at the driver's side kick panel. Remove the cover panel and there will be several colored blade style fuses within. Check them for broken filaments, and replace those that are blown. Check the switches at the door by prying the switch panel out and inspecting the module for moisture or damage. Water can get into the switches and cause the windows to stop working. If one of the windows works but the other doesn't, and the switches are not at fault, it could be the window regulator motor.

Motor

  • The solution for a blown motor is taking off the door panel and pulling the motor out. Turn the two screws in the interior door handle counterclockwise, then turn the arm rest bolts counterclockwise. Pull the door panel from the pop rivets that hold it to the metal door, then set the panel aside. Disconnect the motor from the wiring harness by pulling the adapter plug apart. Turn the mount bolts counterclockwise and slide the motor out from the window regulator gears. Position the new motor into the window regulator and secure the mounting bolts clockwise. Connect the wiring harness by pressing the adapter plugs together. Replace the door panel by pressing it to the pop rivets and tapping each one to seat them individually. Turn the arm rest bolts and door handle screws clockwise. Replace the switch module by connecting it to the wiring harness and pressing it into the arm rest molding opening until the tabs catch.

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