My Grand Caravan Sliding door is having issues. When the button is
pushed it pops open goes a few inches than stops. If I open it and hit
the button again it closes about 3/4 of the way and just stops. I have
been doing some internet research which says I may have a broken wire
on the plastic track on the bottom of the door. Can I remove this track
and repair the wire or do I have to go to a dealer and have a new one
installed. From my understanding these things are not cheap. Thanks in
John the first thing to do is disconnect the harness behind the B-Post and
at the other end under the door. Using a volt meter set to Ohms check each
wire for continuity from one end to the other. You may find that one of the
ground wires has broken. Yes you can open the track and solder in a new wire
or purchase a new harness. Not sure about the price but if I had to guess,
Thanks Glenn, I was told it was in the $300 range. Guess that person
I'm a handy guy so this sounds like a fun project for me. Do you know
of any problematic areas I might encounter (Weird connectors, different
type screws, etc.)
Not really, Pull back the weather strip on the b-post at the sliding door
and you will see how to pull back the b-post panel to access the connector.
If you are mechanically inclined you can get it done
Wish I found a broken wire....
Pulled the harness out which was real easy. Tested it all and it worked
fine. Stumped. I then tried it again after I reinstalled the harness
and part of my post was wrong. It does not pop out than go a few
inches. It pops out and stops dead. Closing goes until about 10 inches
to close and stops. My wife thought she had an issue one time with the
child safety lock. I looked and it was positioned toward the vehicle
which is where it says it needs to be to engage. I put it in the
disengage position and nothing changed. I pulled the stop switch apart
and all looks normal there. Could it be an issue with the rear latch?
If you had the same exact problem as dei_rip I don't think you had the motor
replaced. And if they did replace the motor they also replaced the latch
assembly because that is the fix for your problem
If the door just pops open without moving at all, the door latch itself is
the problem. When you said it popped open and moved....that is normally
because the wire in the track has separated and stopped the door completely.
Make sure all wires in the track harness are not broken.This is NOT a motor
As far as the child safety feature, that will only effect the inside door
operation and will NOT have any effect on opening the door from the outside.
With out looking at it I can tell you this, if the door pops open and moves
then stops it is normally a broken wire in the track harness. If the door
just pops without moving, it is normally a latch problem.read my other post
on how to check the harness
The door just pops without moving. It happens about half of the times
I command the door to open ( by clicker, not 'open sesamee'). Is this
a "just replace the latch" repair, or "adjust and clean the latch"
I don't feel its a harness problem because the sliding door motor
doesn't appear to kick in. I'll check the harness to eliminate it.
I'm concerned with what part of the latch (a complicated mechanism from
the picture in the service manual) is a problem. How does this problem
manifest itself in the latch?
Once again, without montitoring the power door with a scan tool the most
common problem for you issue is a latch assembly, you can not purchase any
parts for this latch. you purchase it complete.
If the the door does not know what position it is in (closed/open) when
you hit the botton it will not open. The switches and sensors are all part
of the latch.
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