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Dodge Grand Caravan Key Sticking in Ignition? Replacing a Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Vehicles.

How to replacing a Ignition Lock Cylinder on a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. These procedures are very common on other year/make/models.

On this repair, I will be using a Dorman product part# 924-703, which comes completely set-up with  new keys and extra tumblers. Having the extra tumblers makes it possible to code the new part to use the original key. Here is a link for instruction on coding the ignition lock cylinder from Dorman.

1.) Disconnect the negitive battery cable.  Remove steering column cover retaining screws.

If you are also replacing the Ignition Switch also, you will need to remove the steering column shroud.
1a.) Remove cable from parking brake release handle. Remove screws holding steering shroud.
Then remove the lower steering column shroud.

1b.) Removing the Ignition Switch, use a No. 10 Torx bit, remove the ignition switch mounting screw.
Depress the retaining tab, and gently pry switch from steering column.

2. With ignition switch in RUN position, depress retaining tab. Remove lock cylinder.

To install, reverse removal procedure. Ensure ignition switch and actuator shaft in lock housing are
in the run position. lock cylinder tab will depress only in RUN position. Check for proper operation of
ignition switch in all positions.

This Lock Cylinder was very sticky, so I decided to inspect why. After taking this one apart I found excessive wear well above the normal. After talking to the vehicle owner, he has had this problem for quite a while.

Cummins Diesel engine block heater cord for 2003-2007 Dodge Trucks .

5.9L Cummins Diesel engine block heater cord. What does a block heater do? The Block Heater warms the engine coolant and oil, providing easier starting in low temperatures. On 2003-2007 Dodge trucks the heater element is already installed in the block, you just need to remove the cap and plug in the extension cord.

TechSmart Engine Block Heater L25001

 The plug is located on the passenger side, by the turbocharger. The most common way of routing the cord, would be from the element leading out through the vehicle’s grille. When routing cord be sure not to place cord by any moving or hot parts, using zip-ties to fasten securely.

Dodge Ram Pickup Wiper Transmission/Linkage/Motor Broken, Un-attached, Came Apart, Pulled Apart, How To Replace

The mechanical linkage between the wiper motor and wiper arms is typically called a wiper transmission or wiper linkage assembly. Dodge also calls this a wiper module. The wiper transmission assembly allows the mechanical rotary output of the wiper motor to transfer that power to 2 wiper arms/blades. This mechanical linkage provides millions of cycles of operation over the years and therefor is prone to failure. Also using the wiper in heavy weather conditions like ice & snow put much more strain on the wiper transmission. Many times the wiper transmission will come apart and this will cause the wiper to move separately from each other, not work at all, or work sporadically.

Tools Required: Basic hand tools including screw drivers, wrenches, ratchets & sockets is all that is needed for this repair.

Parts Needed:

1995-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Wiper Transmission Assembly

2003-2005 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Wiper Transmission Assembly

2006-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Wiper Transmission Assembly

1997-2002 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Wiper Arms

The following instructions are specifically for a 2003-2005 Dodge Ram Pickup, however they are very similar for many vehicles:

Step 1. Remove the wiper arms from the vehicle. Lift the wiper blades away from the windshield. Once you lift them to about 90 degrees from the windshield, they will stay in place. Next search around the bottom of the wiper arm where it attaches to the wiper transmission. Once you find the base of the wiper arm, their is a little lever to lift up or pull out, This lever is what locks the wiper arms to the wiper transmission. Once you lift that lever, gently rock the wiper arms up and off of the wiper transmission pivots.

Image showing how to remove replace a wiper arm

Step 2. Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery terminal

Step 3.  Remove the Cowl, which is the cover located below the windshield and where the wiper pivots stick out. The wiper transmission or wiper module as Dodge calls it, is located under this cowl. Their will be a rubber hood seal at the front edge of the cowl to remove, This simply pulls off. Their will be 6 push pin fasteners located around the front perimeter of the cowl. Remove these, then their is 2 bolts holding the cowl in place. These bolts are located at each corner of the cowl.Remove these bolts and now you can lift the cowl up and out of the way.

Step 4. Unplug the wiring harness for the wiper motor, This is a snap together connector located at the back of the wiper motor. Some models may have a little lock tab that should be released.

Step 5. Remove the 2 bolts attaching the wiper module in place. See image below:

Component location of dodge ram wiper transmission

Step 6. Remove the remaining screw that is securing the wiper module to the bottom of the cowl plenum.

Step 7. Lift out and remove the wiper module/wiper transmission assembly

Installation is the same steps in reverse order.

TIPS: The number one cause of wiper transmission failure besides normal wear and tear is running the wipers during any condition that stresses the wiper system as a whole. This is typically snow or ice. It is strongly recommended to remove any snow, ice, or other debris from the windshield before running the wipers. The wiper system was never designed to remove anything from the windshield besides normal rain.

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How To Diagnose/Fix/Remove/Replace/Repair An Intermediate Steering Column Shaft On A Dodge Dakota Or Dodge Durango 2WD & 4WD

The Dodge Durango and Dakota are both durable and popular trucks, however, like any vehicle these days, they are prone to their own common failure points. One of the more common issues popping up on the 1997-2004 Dakota and Durango is the failure of the intermediate steering shaft. The original steering shafts had a weak point in the universal joints which are built into the shaft.

If any of the above points on the shaft have failed, then the entire shaft must be replaced. For the longest time they were only available through the dealership, now www.autopartsdirecttoyou.com has them available for a much better price than going through the Dodge dealer. They have the following shafts available:

1997 – 2000 Dodge Dakota/Durango 4×2 2WD

1997 – 1999 Dodge Dakota/Durango 4×4 4WD

2001-2004 Dodge Dakota/Durango 4×4/4WD

Their steering shaft has been redesigned with upgraded u-joints to prevent future failure. Their kits also replace the entire assembly, both upper and lower intermediate shafts, not just the lower intermediate shaft. This new shaft was designed to last the life of your truck, so you will never have an issue with the steering shaft again once replaced. The factory part numbers it replaces are 52078808AC and 52078808AD for the 1997-2000 2WD.

When the shaft fails, it can cause a few different symptoms. The most common is a popping, or clunking noise when turning the steering wheel. If the vehicle continues to be driven in this condition, the symptoms will only get worse, eventually the steering wheel will develop a lot of slop, or play when turning the wheel. And after that, the steering wheel may begin to bind in your Dakota or Durango. A binding steering wheel can be a serious and dangerous situation, that is why you do not want to let your vehicle get to that stage if it is beginning to show any symptoms of the intermediate steering shaft going bad.

Written by Joe Stepnicka

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Dodge Intrepid, Chrysler Concorde/LHS, Eagle Vision Front Wheel Hub Bearing Replacement

Here is a set of instructions we found online explaining in great detail, the steps required to change a front wheel hub bearing assembly on the following vehicles:

1993-2004 Some makes may differ per vehicle year

Dodge Intrepid

Chrysler Concorde & LHS

Eagle Vision

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