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mrkstvns Posted: Oct 01 '07,  1:25 pm           Reply
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RE: Power Door

From all the problems people seem to have with power doors, I wonder if it might not be worthwhile to just figure out how to disconnect the motors altogether and close the door manually.

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plalonde Posted: Oct 24 '07,  6:01 pm           Reply
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RE: Power Door

i had my auto doors disconnected and my son hit the button beside his door with his foot and the "disconnected" power door opened while i was driving on the highway! they open in the middle of the night in my driveway, in parking lots while i am shopping. mine is a 2005 dodge grand caravan. it has been in the local dealer in collingwood ontario at least 20 times and they cannot replicate any of my woes so are unable to fix it. their service is number one, however, chrylser has informed them that i am the only person in the whole wide world with "gremlins" in my doors. perhaps it's a ghost??

     
shipo Posted: Mar 04 '08,  5:33 pm           Reply
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New power door motor parts...

I just ordered a replacement door motor/clutch assembly today for our 2003 DGC (from www.dodgeparts.com) and got the following (paraphrased) response:

The original door motor is no longer available and has been replaced by part #5166554AB ($189.80). In addition, you must order a new track which is part #4894146AA ($57.59). Please be assured that these are new factory parts and are simply of an updated design.

I hope this helps. ;)

     
jk224 Posted: Apr 28 '08,  6:29 pm           Reply
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sliding door motor

Colinoz,what year was your van?I am asking because I can't find a repair manual for my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan.If yours is the same year is mine where did you get the manual?Thanks for any info.

     
dodgeball22 Posted: May 22 '08,  3:50 pm           Reply
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Dodge GC Sliding electric Door

I have had a problem with my 2004 dodge drivers side electric sliding door. One person said its the latching assembly. I replaced that, door still just kicks out and stops. Someone else said its the motor. I took the motor out of the passenger side door and used that, door still justs kicks out and stops. There is an electronic control box just under the windows so I swapped that with the other door. No help. The drivers door still opens and stops. I have used everything from the passenger sliding door and installed it in the drivers sliding door with the eception of the latching assembly which I replaced with a known good one. Down at the drive gear there is a micro switch which I tested with an ohmmeter, it works as designed. The door still pops open withthe remote or pillar switch but will not keep opening. HELP ME PLEASE

     
luv2fix Posted: Jun 13 '08,  1:33 pm           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

When I went to the dealer, he said the motor, as it goes bad, becomes hard to pull manually. They replaced the motor and alls well. Thankfully it was under warranty. The dealer also put the door back together perfectly so I wouldn't worry about them taking it apart to replace the motor under warranty.

     
scmrak Posted: Jul 17 '08,  7:12 am           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

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scmrak Posted: Jul 19 '08,  10:32 am           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

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dan5433 Posted: Aug 02 '08,  3:35 pm           Reply
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Dodge Caravan Sliding Door Problems

There are two issues here: The door is hard to manually open or close and the door only opens or closes to a certain point and then stops.

For the hard to open, the motor doesn't necessarily have to be replaced. It all depends how good you are with your hands. There is a clutch mechanism that is supposed to disengage the motor. Lubrication has found it's way between the clutch plate causing both surfaces to stick together. It's located under the black plastic cover where the cable goes into the motor. The clutch plate has four notches on the outside ring. A good cleaning and polishing with 400 sand paper will make it good as new.

For the stopping at a certain point, you have a broken wire. It's going to be somewhere in the tank-tread looking harness inside the bottom of the door area. You'll be able to find it because you'll see a bulge in one of the wires, that's where the break is. You can solder in a replacement piece of wire as a quick fix. If you want to troubleshoot the problem and make sure this is the case, swap motors between the two doors.

PS: You don't "have to" take off the door to get to the motor. If you lie on your back you have just enough room to snap off the bottom of the door cover and reach up to the motor. Four snap fittings hold the motor which you can remove with a small pry bar or two screw drivers. Pull off the small cir clip and the cable slides off the end of the motor.

     
hpyfish Posted: Aug 10 '08,  4:44 pm           Reply
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RE: Dodge Caravan Sliding Door Problems

Thanks for the tips. I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan and ran into these problems myself.

Regarding the motor, I read in another posting that you could flip the clutch disk and get more life out of it. I tried this and the door was much easier to open and close. But I also had the problem where the door would simply stop after unlatching.

To test if it was in fact related to the motor or a wire issue, I detached the motor from the drive cable and used the automatic door switch. The motor continued to move on its own without the door moving. Then I slid the door manually until the motor stopped. I checked the point where the bend in the link cable began to move. Sure enough I found a severed wire. I used a butt connector and tape to repair the wire. So far so good!

     
julieksings Posted: Aug 30 '08,  5:40 pm           Reply
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RE: Power Door

I just wanted to say that my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan just got the sliding door gremlins today. Out of nowhere the two sliding doors started opening on their own. At first it was only opening - but when we went into a restaurant for supper- we locked the doors- when we came out both doors were open again! Then they started really wacking out - opening and closing at will- one would shut, I'd get the kids strapped in, and the other door would open. Finally, I slammed one shut manually, Locked it, and when the other shut I jumped and threw it onto drive. At least they haven't opened while moving! After hearing everyone elses woes I am worried about the dealer being a able to fix this!

     
mikeplaga Posted: Sep 02 '08,  8:20 pm           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

It's not too hard to replace it, you can probably fix the motor then put it back in. First remove the door cover with a large screw driver by poping it off the clips. Leave the door half open to get to all the clips. Once the cover is off remove the middle seat so you can sit inside and remove the motor. Unplug the back elecric connector and with large plyers pull the 4 white pins out. Then remove the clip that holds the cable in. the motor will come right out. unplug the 2 prong wire from the motor top then remove the black motor cap with a star nut screwdriver. Remove the coil and the metal disk, you can either clean and sand it smooth or just flip it over. Put it all back together. It took me about an hour, most of the time was getting the door cover off and back on.

     
tristan1962 Posted: Oct 24 '08,  4:43 pm           Reply
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Door sliding issues

I have been having a problem with the automatic sliding door where it would stop part way and not close fully. This was on a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. After all the helpful comments I got up the courage to try and tear things apart to see if I could fix it. Turns out that we had not one but 2 bad spots on the same wire. Partial breaks that would open when the cable flexed. After repairing both breaks with splices so far things are working fine. Thanks so much to all the folks who have written in to give advice. Your ideas and encouragement helped me fix a problem that I otherwise was too scared to tackle. Way more help than I got from the dealer! Dodge obviously has a problem that needs to be fixed.

     
radick1929 Posted: Nov 14 '08,  9:40 am           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

Your posting fit my problem perfectly. Two years ago, the l/h door was hard to open/close manually. They changed the motor under an extended warranty ($100 per use charge). I followed your directions and it is back to normal. I did not see too much scoring (if any) but there was some stiffness in the "silver" drum moving in and out. I lubricated the shaft and it extended/retracted much easier. I did the r/h side as a precaution. You saved me some money. Thanks.

     
designcaravan Posted: Mar 07 '09,  7:41 pm           Reply
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RE: Dodge GC Sliding electric Door

I have a similar issue however it goes this way: The passenger side sliding door will pop out and stick there when the door open button is pressed. It must be manually opened from that point. Once fully opened the door will operate normally when the button is pressed to close it. If, after the door is closed via the motor, 7-10 seconds has not elapsed since the door was closed it will open properly via the motor. In other words I can open and close the door with the motor (via the key fob) repeatedly as long as I don't leave it closed longer than 7 - 10 seconds.

I suppose that is when the clutch disengages. Any ideas how to fix that. Thanks.

     
retengmus Posted: Apr 02 '09,  12:48 pm (Updated: Apr 02 '09,  12:52 pm)           Reply
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RE: Dodge Caravan Sliding Door Problems

Thank you so much for your suggestions. I bought my 2005 Grand Caravan last August. The driver side door popped open with the remote but would not move back. If it was fully open it closed half way then stopped abruptly. I opened the flaps on the plastic chain with the wires inside to find a broken wire. I spliced in a new 4" section. The door was hard to work manually. I disassembled the clutch. The part that drives the cable was hard to pry out. The shaft was black. I put the cable end of the clutch in a drill and polished the shaft on the other end with chrome polish. Everything works great now on that side, both manually and electrically. I still have to disassemble the clutch on the drivers side. That door works but the clutch drags in mamual.

     
retengmus Posted: Apr 02 '09,  12:57 pm           Reply
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RE: Dodge Caravan Sliding Door Problems

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Thank you so much for your suggestions. I bought my 2005 Grand Caravan last August. The driver side door popped open with the remote but would not move back. If it was fully open it closed half way then stopped abruptly. I opened the flaps on the plastic chain with the wires inside to find a broken wire. I spliced in a new 4" section. The door was hard to work manually. I disassembled the clutch. The part that drives the cable was hard to pry out. The shaft was black. I put the cable end of the clutch in a drill and polished the shaft on the other end with chrome polish. Everything works great now on that side, both manually and electrically. I still have to disassemble the clutch on the other side. That door works but the clutch drags in mamual.

     
mmakc Posted: Apr 15 '09,  11:20 am           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

Mine did the same thing and we had the motor replaced and now it slides so easily that I have to careful because it feels like it wants to fly off the track. It definitely fixed the problem.

     
sixty5stangs Posted: May 01 '09,  7:45 pm           Reply
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05 Grand caravan power door

My power door on our 05 Grand Caravan also went out, but it seems to me that a fuse or relay went out. The door just suddenly went out. There was no warning or signs. The wierd part is the van does not even register the door anymore. The door can be wide open and the interior lights do not come on or the open door indicator on the dash does not light up. The electric locks work like a champ.

During any of yalls repairs was there an inline fuse or relay box inside the door. I cant get any answers from the stealer (dealer). My father in law is a mechanic but has never worked on the power doors before. He did tell me that the power seats do have hidden fuses that are "dealer" accessable and figure the power sliding doors are no different

     
jaydubbs Posted: May 23 '09,  4:14 pm           Reply
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RE: Door sliding issues

My 2007 Caravan sliding door (passenger side) had same problem with starting to open and stopping after first 6 inches. Found/fixed partially broken wire to correct the problem. The break was about 5-6 inches into the plastic chain.

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