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mildredak Original Post: Jun 17 '06,  6:14 pm (Updated: Jun 17 '06,  6:15 pm)           Reply
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2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

Bought a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 1 year ago and for the most part we're happy with it. However, one sliding door worked more easily than the other. Now it is much more difficult to move by hand...it works fine with the buttons and/or remote.
When I had it to the dealer for an oil change last month I asked them to check it. I was told that it was OK but since it was under warranty they would order a new motor for it.
My question: Since it works OK with the buttons (automatically), why would it need a new motor? My brother said he wouldn't let them take everything apart to replace it...he thinks there probably is an "adjustment" to be made. Does anyone have any experience with this problem? PLEASE let me know how it was resolved...(I hope it was!)THANX for any info you can provide.

     
cwither Posted: Oct 03 '06,  5:25 am           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

Did you have any luck with this? Mine is doing the exact same thing. I have about 800 miles to go before the 36k warranty is up, so I'm going to try another dealer. They lubed and adjusted it and that helped a little. The selling dealer's shop didn't want to "throw parts at it", so I'll find a dealer that will.

Thanks,
Carl



Quote: mildredak
Bought a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 1 year ago and for the most part we're happy with it. However, one sliding door worked more easily than the other. Now it is much more difficult to move by hand...it works fine with the buttons and/or remote.
When I had it to the dealer for an oil change last month I asked them to check it. I was told that it was OK but since it was under warranty they would order a new motor for it.
My question: Since it works OK with the buttons (automatically), why would it need a new motor? My brother said he wouldn't let them take everything apart to replace it...he thinks there probably is an "adjustment" to be made. Does anyone have any experience with this problem? PLEASE let me know how it was resolved...(I hope it was!)THANX for any info you can provide.

     
vglancelot Posted: Oct 03 '06,  10:54 am           Reply
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Sliding Door Problem

I have had my 2005 Grand Caravan SXT since December 2005. The driver side sliding door quit working altogether this spring and a harness was replaced (under warranty). After having this replaced and the door working again it has just begun being hard to manually open (electronic button still opens it fine). I was told the motor needs to be replaced also (just today). I was not happy - this should have been discovered a couple of months ago when the harness was installed and prior to the warranty expiring. I am complaining loud enough that the service guy is seeing if it can be covered since they had already had to do repair work for the non working door. I too do not understand why when the button works fine the motor needs to be replaced.

     
cwither Posted: Oct 09 '06,  5:00 am           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

Well, the new dealer replaced the motor and treated me extremely well. I guess time will tell if the new motor holds up. The door slides perfectly by hand or with the motor now.

Carl

     
pvreditor Posted: Oct 09 '06,  8:30 am           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

Quote: cwither
Well, the new dealer replaced the motor and treated me extremely well. I guess time will tell if the new motor holds up. The door slides perfectly by hand or with the motor now.

Thanks for following up with this, Carl. Others are sure to find this information helpful.

--Bob
     
tohfan Posted: Dec 13 '06,  11:08 am           Reply
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sliding door motor

I have a 2002 Grand Caravan.While still under warranty,motors on both sides were replaced,and I have it in the shop right now to have the rack and pinion replaced.I told them to check the passenger door as it was getting hard to open and close manually(though still works fine electrically).Now they say the motor is going out and the drivers side is going bad too.We only have about 52,000 miles on the van.I think Chrysler needs to improve the motors if they don't last any longer than that.

     
mkaresh Posted: Dec 16 '06,  10:08 pm           Reply
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Common

Power sliding doors are a common problem area with just about any minivan. Chrysler does use a different system than most others, so there's a chance it is even more problematic.

     
motortech Posted: Mar 30 '07,  6:33 pm           Reply
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RE: 2005 Grand Caravan/sliding door

Hi,

Your dealer is correct in wanting to replace the sliding door motor for you. I have had the same problem on my van.
The motor will fix the problem. Have them fix it before you run out of warranty as the motor list at over $350 just for the motor.

     
motortech Posted: Mar 30 '07,  6:45 pm (Updated: Mar 30 '07,  6:47 pm)           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

In reply to all those wondering why the motor fixes hard to open sliding doors the motor needs to disconnect inside to allow you to open the door manually. The problem is the motor unit is not disconnecting internally, so when you open and close the door manually you are having to turn the motor,which drags. Go to EBAY for sliding door motors.

     
pvreditor Posted: Mar 30 '07,  7:28 pm           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

Quote: motortech
In reply to all those wondering why the motor fixes hard to open sliding doors the motor needs to disconnect inside to allow you to open the door manually. The problem is the motor unit is not disconnecting internally, so when you open and close the door manually you are having to turn the motor,which drags. Go to EBAY for sliding door motors.

Thanks for the tip!

--Bob
     
mrkstvns Posted: Apr 04 '07,  5:15 pm           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

Is it hard to do the motor replacement yourself?

     
hjstone Posted: Apr 24 '07,  5:30 pm           Reply
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grand caravan power door only slides halfway

Thanks all for the tips on grand caravan door motors. Here's a question--one of our power sliding doors only opens or closes halfway when you push the button. Then you have to manually take it the rest of the way. Is that likely the same motor issue you reference here? We are at about 65K miles, so not under warranty.

     
bkuhn Posted: Aug 23 '07,  7:50 pm           Reply
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RE: grand caravan power door only slides halfway

I have had the same problem with our Dodge Grand Caravan only opening part way with the push button. Then having to open manually the rest of the way. Did you find out what the problem/fix was/is??

     
colinoz Posted: Aug 29 '07,  8:53 pm           Reply
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Fixeditmyself

The motor does need to be replaced. The Chrysler power sliding doors use a motor with an electrical clutch to drive a cable that then turns a pinion gear on the bottow door slide against the rack mounted to the car body. When the motor is not on, the clutch is supposed to disengage and allow you to manually open and close the door freely. However, after a lot of use, the clutch sticks and makes it hard to open or close.

If you are covered under warranty have them replace the motor. if not, I was able to repair my motor at 0 cost. There is no adjustment. Our passengers side sliding door motor was replaced within the first 3 years and the new one started to stick after another 3 years.

     
colinoz Posted: Aug 29 '07,  8:55 pm           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

If you have the manual its easy. The biggest problem I had was getting the motor out with the 4 push in fastners that held it in place.

I also fixed the clutch

     
colinoz Posted: Aug 29 '07,  8:57 pm           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

its the clutch in the motor that is the problem. I fixed mine by flipping the clutch plate over so that the worn side faced away from the cable.

     
colinoz Posted: Aug 29 '07,  8:59 pm           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

Or you can pull out the motor remove the plastic gearbox and then pull off the flywheel and then flip over the metal clutch plate so that the worn and sticking side faces away. Since they seem to last 3 years, that will give you another 3 years of life hopefully.

     
mrkstvns Posted: Sep 11 '07,  4:35 am           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

Three years seems like a mighty short lifespan for a door motor.

Good thing I prefer good old-fashioned manual doors...the kind that have NOTHING that should wear out within 3 years (or 10, or even 15 for that matter).

M

     
pvreditor Posted: Sep 11 '07,  6:48 am           Reply
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RE: sliding door motor

Quote: mrkstvns
Good thing I prefer good old-fashioned manual doors...the kind that have NOTHING that should wear out within 3 years (or 10, or even 15 for that matter).

I had a 1970 VW bus that didn't have a broken sliding door motor, but the door track rusted through and killed the door just as well. I tried to keep up with the rust but it was a losing battle in snowy western New York State, where the winter roads have more salt than McDonalds' fries.

--Bob
     
dhunter101 Posted: Sep 26 '07,  7:19 pm           Reply
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Power Door

My power door on the Grand Caravan just stopped working. It doesn't work when you press the button on the key chain or above the rear view mirror. It does almost close on its own when you press the button by the door. It will get almost all the way closed and makes a strange noise and stops. Does anyone have any idea on how I can fix this? What would cause it to not work by pressing the buttons and also not being able to close on it's own? Is this the same problem?

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