Come along with Eric O. at the SMA shop as he has a look at this 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan that has a complaint of a clicking noise coming from the rear heater and a customer complaint of the front passenger side temperature control is always stuck on hot! In this video I show you how to replace the front and rear temperature actuators. If you preform this fix be aware that there is also a programming update that should be done to prevent this from happening in the future. Check to see if your vehicle falls under the TSB update from Chrysler. PLUS BONUS FOOTAGE: Mrs.O makes cabbage fried in BACON Grease!!
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49 thoughts on “Dodge grand caravan – rear heater clicking / front heat stuck on hot”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jake Wiebe says:

    Hey. I just replaced my actuator. But because I tilted the whole blower unit, I ended up busting my condenser…. now it's leaking a/c. 😔

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Erickson says:

    My 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SE I can get ac cold air out of the drivers side, but only heat to the passenger side. What actuator controls that and where's it located. Thank you

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mario kiss says:

    The rear heatercore hoses that are connected directly to the rear heater core, should those lines get warm even if the heater or ac is not being used?

    Trying to diagnose an issue with not having any heat in the rear at all.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J Lindberg says:

    I had this same problem with my 2013 Grand Caravan. I tried synching the knobs – didn't work. After watching the first few minutes of the SMAR vid, I opened the glove box to reveal the right side Blend Door Activator, started the car and AC on high, then tapped on the Activator a few times with the butt end of a screwdriver while dialing the passenger side control from cold to hot. Magically it started working again. I'll replace it later, but it works for now. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Les Hollenbeck says:

    2022 and I'm about to do these 2 items on my van. Thanks.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheJustonemore says:

    By the feel

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry Montalbano says:

    Come 'on guy. Not every one has a DTC handheld tester. Is the video only intended for mechanics to calibrate after putting in new Part? Could the job be finished without special tools or equipment?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry Barlow says:

    So the heater in my 2012 Dodge Grad Caravan blows warm for a little while then starts blowing cold on both the driver's and passenger's side. Looking at the temp gauge, I do not believe it to be a problem with the thermostat. I though maybe the valve that stops water flow into the heater coir, but I can not find that valve. Any thoughts?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Vlahakis says:

    Hi Eric, I've been watching your channel for a year now and I just subscribed. I own a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and the first video of yours that caught my attention was how to create a trans dip stick out of the oil dipstick. Thank you for that one and so many others. The question I have is based on this video which was extremely helpful. I replaced the malfunctioning blend door actuators in the back and even though they work and I can hear them going through the calibration. The rear defogger light always blinks for a few minutes before I can use the HVAC system when I start the van. Is there a way to calibrate it without a scanner? And is it doing this because I used non-Mopar parts? I would have emailed you but I don't have an account for any of the socials that you also have, so hopefully you see this and can offer some insight. Anyway, I really enjoy your channel, it is very informative and helpful and sorry for the long comment on this older video. Peter from Toronto, CA.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars orestes aguila says:

    I have a Dodge Journey it’s cool on front but the rear are hot what do you think???

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars H B says:

    Everybody drives them, we have had 2 and after 7 years, literally zero problems on either. I certain areas you see more of these than any other vehicle.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve R says:

    Hi Eric, I have a 2012 Dodge Caravan first thing . It's winter here in michigan now and we had the air-condition compressor removed and installed a delete bearing. What do we need todo to get better heat now in our van . Yes I removed the pully and installed new bearing as the compressor is frozen up. Any help would be great . Keep the videos rolling.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nana sakyi says:

    Can you do a video on Dodge Journey 2014 rear AC blowing hot? 🔥

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jennifer Petty says:

    I have a 2011 I have rear clicking. But all my heat is stuck half way I can have all ac but half and half heat hole van even the defroster wharf one would I need to change ?

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Retrow TV says:

    Do you think slamming that knob between hot and cold is what causes these to fail more quickly?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars k fo says:

    Awesome video, and love the bacon and cabbage meal. Will be sure to try it. Big thank you also to your partner/wife.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Older Olderman says:

    Mr T was not in yet?.china uncensor

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JR says:

    The wife has had a few dodge caravans over the last 14 years. I’ve not been impressed. There’s always something funky going wrong with them. I’ve had one Ford truck for the last 14 years with 200k + problem free miles and will hopefully have for many more. Moral of the story is I will not own another dodge caravan when I’m done with latest POS.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars x21gokartracing says:

    I replaced the driver side front actuator, Since the gear is missing a tooth I don't if the actuator is turning the door to the coldest setting. Before installing the new actuator I took the "key weigh" out of the old actuator and put it in to control the temperature door, hand turning the key weigh towards the front seats will release cold air the opposite direction is hot air. Left it in the cold position, Connected the wire harness to the new actuator turned the temp knob to cold, looking at the key weigh it will turn counter clock wise to cold. facing away from you it will turn clock wise when installed

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eyezayah says:

    Where’s the link to remove the panelling for rear Hvac unit?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Andrade says:

    Hi …. I have a 2013 Dodge Grand caravan with 120,000 miles …. This car started shaking had code p0202 and p0259 …… Was replaced spark plugs , inyector, coil. And still shaking a little bit and something worse .
    Now the check engine light is OFF …. No check in light on ,,,, but still shaking .
    I took it to the dealership and they first Said maight be the spark plugs , or inyector or coil ? …. I told them that all that was replaced …… Seams like they are guessing what could be the problem .
    Do you know what could be the problem? .
    Let me know if you have any sujestions pls

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bandit69ply says:

    Mine's a 2011 and it does that clicking noise but not constantly. It will actually do it after the vans been sitting with no keys in it. Really bizarre but doesn't bother me. Lol

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terry Gardner says:

    Where can I find the video to get the panels off

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RIGOVERTO NICOLAS says:

    Does it have to make a sound for the actuator to be bad?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vito Balenzano says:


  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Henry Miecz says:

    that's a heart attack in a pan! We want to keep you around to make more videos.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A Hunt says:

    Is there a way to send you a message??

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Beaulieu says:

    Easy on the Chrysler I build them!! But any how, my ‘12 clicks in the rear but not when temperatures change more when start up and fan speed. So, would that be the upper actuator?

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john moser says:

    Chrysler was bought out by Fiat so now jeeps and Hemi and mopar are actually Italian lol

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Smeets says:

    I love your videos! You seem like a cool guy to hang out with. Very knowledgeable! Thanks for putting this info out for everyone. Your wife seems like a great lady. Who doesn’t love bacon. 😀

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul McGregor says:

    So my clicking in the rear is when changing airflow from say head to foot or foot/head mixture not changing the temperature. I am assuming therefore that mine is one of the other two actuators from the one that you changed out? I assume I should narrow down by producing the problem and listening to which one is clicking. I know I had the same problem on the front passenger side directional actuator and I simply removed it and reinstalled it and it went away wondering if I need a whole new actuator or if the same fix could apply?

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars somewhere says:


  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars iamfig23 says:

    Just bought a 2015 caravan and turns out the blower isnt in there which would explain why theres no ac coming out from the back lol

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zach Marney says:

    2015 dodge caravan the front ac blows cold but the rear ac just blows warm air would this be the actuators?

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ramiro Membreno says:

    They are junks and everyone drive them. I own one. 😛

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ARgument15 says:

    God bless you tube and this video. I pulled over on the side of the road to fix it in the middle of summer. Now I've got cold air on both side. Thank you

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars choochooman says:

    Try replacing the one on the driver's side, that one is a joke. By feel all the way out and in.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars choochooman says:

    They need to come up with a better idea to the actuators, after you install them , the new ones can die after a couple of weeks, I know I had a Chevy Impala with them, and they drove me nuts.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Janoy Cresva says:

    i have a 04 dodge durango and this sound is coming FROM THE REAR. AC hasnt been blowing cold front or back now. Strange hissing noise too from the rear.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jennifer Wiggins says:

    I dont have rear controls I have a 2016 se but no ac blows in the back their are vents in back I think their for ac how do I get the ac to blow back there

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars theresa zavala says:

    2013 sxt my rear ac is warm an weak will the actuator be the problem?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John C says:

    So if post on the new actuatorv completely does not line up the same way as the post keyway on the old actuator…what do I do? What is the correct procedure? Can I manually rotate to line up to the screw holes?

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J.O.A.T says:

    I replaced the blend doors in my 2011 Caravan. I used Dorman. Yeah you guessed it. Soon after the clicking was back. The dorman unit was junk. I ordered Chrysler product. No more issues.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Skyline says:

    Can I manually turn the actuator to the cold position if the knob doesnt work?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniele Silvaggi says:

    Can you change the rear A/C evaporator without draining the coolant out of it or you have to take the whole HVAC out? Ok never mind I went to all your videos and found it. Thanks bro.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniele Silvaggi says:

    It''s all about the profits my friend.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt says:

    I had the same issue of clicking blend door and the blinking rear defrost light when the car is started.  I fixed the blend door, but still have the issue of the blinking rear defrost light.  I took the cables off the battery terminals and still have the issue.  Any advice?

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donnie Robertson says:

    Second time watching 5/12/2020