I would like the community to post some of the most common problems
found on the 97 Caravans. For example I know:
 The Clockspring is a common malfunction which will cause the
airbag light to display, the cruise control and horn to not function.
[ FIX] This is repaired by the dealer for FREE, for the life of the
vehicle and is a FREE recalled item repair.
 A common source of an oil leak is from the hardening of the valve
[FIX] Front valve cover is an easy repair, but the back is not as easy
being the plenum needs to be taken off and a gasket is needed for the
Plenum replacement also.
 Power Steering Pump rusting out and leaking.
[FIX] Change pump [good luck] I purchased a new pump from the zone and
had to rent the tool to press the pulley onto the pump. Dont forget
that if you are going to replace with a new pump.
 Heater Blower Resistor failing and heater blower only working on
[FIX]: New Heater Blower Resistor. The resistor is located under the
hood, on the firewall on the passenger side, behind the shock tower.
It is not screwed or bolted in, but just snaps in and out. Tight fit
but easy fix.
 Stalling while driving, but starts right back up almost always.
[MOST LIKELY PEOBLEM]: Bad Camshaft Position Sensor
[FIX] Replace sensor. Which is located near the distributor, near the
thermastat on the 3.3 engine.
I decided to post this because I have 2 caravan and wished there was a
place where I can go to and find out how to fix some of my problems.
Also find out from others what to expect in the future from these
vans, by hearing their experiences. I also did not want to look all
over the place for this info, but instead finding them in one place or
I WILL BE COMING BACK HERE TO POST MORE INFO FROM TIME TO TIME AND I
HOPE TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO POST THEIR EXPERIENCES ABD FIXES HERE ALSO.