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Body Control Module 98 Caravan-problem?

 
geo.nova@hotmail.com
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      11-28-2006
I had to recently replace the body control module in my 98 Caravan
because of a windshield wiper problem. I could only afford a used one
which solved that problem but created another one. Now my total mileage
(kilometerage?) reading has gone up from approx 170,000km to approx
220,000km immediately after replacing this. I had asked a mechanic if
anything like this would happen and he assured me that it wouldn't. So
I'm asking myself what could have caused this then? Is the mechanic
wrong or what? Does this body control module hold or control the
mileage data?
Thanks in advance,
Geo.

 
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damnnickname
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      11-28-2006
You got it!!!The mileage is stored in the BCM and can only be reset by
Chrysler and I dont mean the dealer. You lucky thats the only problem you
got from swapping out those modules, I h ave heard alot more horry stories
then what you have

Glenn Beasley
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Bill Putney
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      11-28-2006
http://www.thechryslerforums.com/(E-Mail Removed) wrote:
> I had to recently replace the body control module in my 98 Caravan
> because of a windshield wiper problem. I could only afford a used one
> which solved that problem but created another one. Now my total mileage
> (kilometerage?) reading has gone up from approx 170,000km to approx
> 220,000km immediately after replacing this. I had asked a mechanic if
> anything like this would happen and he assured me that it wouldn't. So
> I'm asking myself what could have caused this then? Is the mechanic
> wrong or what? Does this body control module hold or control the
> mileage data?
> Thanks in advance,
> Geo.



I was lucky on a vehicle of mine - lost 15k miles when the BCM was
changed. Darn.

Bill Putney
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damnnickname
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      11-28-2006
Bill you swapped out with a used one or Chrysler didnt program it right?

Glenn

 
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Bill Putney
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      11-28-2006
damnnickname wrote:
> Bill you swapped out with a used one or Chrysler didnt program it right?
>
> Glenn
>


Used one. BTW - when you say a dealer can't program it, but it has to
be programed by Chrysler - how does one go about having that done, i.e.,
where does one take/send it, and how much does it cost?

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damnnickname
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      11-29-2006
Once we determine that the BCM or cluster (which ever stores the mileage)
is bad we play an order for that part with the mileage or the order slip.
Chrysler will program the mileage in and send the part out. The vehicle is
NOT allowed to be driven untill the new BCM is installed. My Cluster went
out on me on my Durango in Florida over the week and I have been waiting
since Monday for the replacement to get here.

Glenn

 
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damnnickname
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      11-29-2006
The last time I ordered a BCM the cost was about $350.
My vehicle has the MAX care service contract with a rental up to 5 days so
it doesnt effect me

 
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Bill Putney
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      11-29-2006
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> The last time I ordered a BCM the cost was about $350.
> My vehicle has the MAX care service contract with a rental up to 5 days so
> it doesnt effect me


So let's say I have a working BCM from the junk yard (such is the case
with mine), and I simply want the mileage readout corrected. Do I send
that BCM in and they program it and send it back and charge a nominal
fee (if so, approx. how much would that be), *OR* do they take that in
as a core and send me a refurb and charge me the full price, treating it
the same as if the one I turned in was defective (not distinguishing
between a simple mileage reset and a failed unit in need of repair)?
Would they refuse to process it because I'm not having the dealer do any
diagnostics and installation - all I want is mileage corrected for the
vehicle in a BCM I obtained from a third-party source and carry in and out?

Bill Putney
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sqdancerLynn
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      11-30-2006
Chrysler is not in the repair business so I would suspect they would only
sell a new one

 
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      11-30-2006

"Bill Putney" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> damnnickname wrote:
>
> > The last time I ordered a BCM the cost was about $350.
> > My vehicle has the MAX care service contract with a rental up to 5 days

so
> > it doesnt effect me

>
> So let's say I have a working BCM from the junk yard (such is the case
> with mine), and I simply want the mileage readout corrected. Do I send
> that BCM in and they program it and send it back and charge a nominal
> fee (if so, approx. how much would that be), *OR* do they take that in
> as a core and send me a refurb and charge me the full price, treating it
> the same as if the one I turned in was defective (not distinguishing
> between a simple mileage reset and a failed unit in need of repair)?
> Would they refuse to process it because I'm not having the dealer do any
> diagnostics and installation - all I want is mileage corrected for the
> vehicle in a BCM I obtained from a third-party source and carry in and

out?
>
> Bill Putney
> (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
> address with the letter 'x')


Well Bill, if it were that easy to send a BCM in to have the mileage changed
wouldn't you think that alot of fraud would take place? If im going to sell
my Truck that has 100k on it but want to back the mileage up to 50k I just
send it in to Chrysler for a back up mileage? It don't work that way. They
will not change the mileage from a BCM/cluster, The mileage that is on the
RO and form that goes off to Chrysler has to be the same as what is on the
component. Either way you will get a refurbished one. If you were to
diagnose your own bcm/cluster and needed a new one I would think that the
parts department would want the one from your vehicle first. The vehicle is
not allowed to be driven when the module is ordered. In other words my truck
(still waiting on my Cluster) is not allowed to accumulate mileage with the
old part still on my truck.

Glenn


 
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