I am about to have the fourth BCM installed in my '97 Caravan with
111555Km (67000 mi) on it. First time was right out of the showroom
to correct problems with door locks and interior lights, second at 5
yrs and third 2 years ago to get dash lights working again, and now
needed again for dash lights. Anyone have suggestions / know of
warranty relief / etc.?
Nope, except for an aftermarket remote doorlock, it's stock. My
mechanic has chased all the leads, found no shorts, all the grounds
are tight, last time he even replaced the headlight switch in case
that was causing the problem (they aren't cheap, either). I know it's
a lot of BCMs, and before I replace it again, I'd like to know why the
high failure rate. So far, all I am missing are the dash lights,
maybe some warning lights.
On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 17:59:27 -0500, "maxpower"
The electric door locks are factory installed, the remote trigger is
the aftermarket item (Ziebart). The first BCM failed before the
remote was added. When we took delivery of the van (new), it behaved
as if it were possessed, Amityville Horror style: we'd be driving
peacefully down the road when all of a sudden the interior lights
would begin flashing on and off, the electric door locks would cycle
up and down, then just as suddenly they would stop - no pattern to the
events that we could see. This went on for a couple of weeks, and the
van spent more time in the shop than out. Dealer eventually replaced
the BCM, having tried everything else. With some final adjustment of
door switches, all was quiet for 5 years. Then 2 yrs ago, BCM failed
again. And now it's once again gone, but in these last two instances,
only the dash lights have been affected - they don't work.
It's still a way for the dealer to make money. They get paid by the
factory for warranty work, whether it's actually needed or not.
The previous comment was meant mostly for "maxpower", who I'm sure will
understand what I was getting at...
If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
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Yes low life, I understand that you shot off your mouth again not reading
the post and realized that now you better cover up your mistake by saying
the dealer is ripping off the factory.
Hey since you are so close to the edge.....why not do us a favor and take
another step!!!!, maybe it is a long way down
Gentlemen, this isn't answering my questions, either. There was a
point, just before the BCM was replaced at 400 km, that the dealer
offered to take the car back and give me a new one if the replacement
BCM wasn't the answer. For 5 years, it appeared as though the new BCM
was the answer and that the car had been delivered with a faulty BCM.
What I am trying to find out now is whether this short life is a
characteristic of the BCM for that year, or there is another fault
(and I am open to suggestion on this) in the van's wiring. As I said
in an earlier post, all the wires to the BCM ring true, no shorts, and
grounds are OK. What else is there that we may have missed? What
could generate a fry-the-module spike to the dash light circuit?
As I said in my first post, there are no problems with BCM's, There are no
TSB's out on any kind of problem with the BCM. without seeing the vehicle
would be hard to say what is causing it, and without knowing what
happened to the old BCM would be hard to say what caused them to go out.
Do you have a water leak running down on the BCM causing them to go bad?
could be anything.
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