Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Reading Codes

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On all 1996-97 minivans, you can access the DTC's in the following two ways:



The preferred and most accurate way of reading a DTC is by using Chrysler's DRB® or equivalent scan tool. The scan tool supplies detailed diagnostic information, which can be used for more accurate and specific diagnosis of the code.
 
The second way of reading DTC's is by observing the 2-digit number displayed by the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL). The MIL is shown on the instrument panel as the Check Engine lamp. This method should be used as a quick test only. You should always use a scan tool to get the most detailed information.
 

On all 1998-99 minivans, the only way to retrieve DTC's is by using a DRB® or equivalent scan tool.

Keep in mind that DTC's are the result of a system or circuit failure, but may not directly identify the failed component(s).

READING DTC'S USING A SCAN TOOL

  1. Connect Chrysler's Diagnostic Readout Box (DRB) or equivalent scan tool to the data link (diagnostic) connector. This connector is located at the lower edge of the instrument panel, near the steering column.
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Always make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a scan tool.

  1. Turn the ignition switch ON , and access the Read Fault screen with the scan tool.
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  3. Record all of the DTC's and freeze frame information shown on the scan tool.
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  5. Once the repairs have been completed, erase the trouble codes. Once the codes have been erased, check that the scan tool displays normal.
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READING CODES USING MIL (CHECK ENGINE) LAMP



See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Within a 5 second period, cycle the ignition key ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON ...

Be advised that the MIL, CHECK ENGINE, or SERVICE ENGINE SOON light can only perform a limited number of functions, and it is a good idea to have the system checked with a scan tool to double check the circuit function.

  1. Within a period of 5 seconds, cycle the ignition key ON - OFF - ON - OFF - ON .
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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then count the number of times the SERVICE ENGINE SOON light on the instrument panel flashes on and off

  1. Count the number of times the MIL (check engine or service engine soon lamp) on the instrument panel flashes on and off. If it is not located at the bottom of the instrument cluster, then it is located in the information center on the dashboard above the instrument cluster.
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The number of flashes represents the trouble code. There is a short pause between the flashes representing the 1st and 2nd digits of the code. Longer pauses are used to separate individual 2-digit trouble codes.

An example of a flashed DTC is as follows:



Lamp flashes 4 times, pauses, then flashes 6 more times. This denotes a DTC number 46.
 
Lamp flashes 5 times, pauses, then flashes 5 more times. This indicates a DTC number 55. DTC 55 will always be the last code to be displayed.
 

 
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