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Fuel Relay

If my fuel pump relay is bad, what are my options?

If you have determined that the fuel pump relay in your 2011 Dodge Caravan is bad, you have a few options for addressing the issue:

2011 and Later Generation TIPM in Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, and Volkswagen Vans and SUVs
This generation of Totally Integrated Power Modules (TIPMs) was used by Chrysler between 2011 and 2014 for all of the MiniVans (Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, RAM C/V and the Routan– a van made by Chrylser for Volkswagen) as well as Chrysler’s full-size SUVs (Dodge Durango and Journey, Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee). Visually indistinguishable from it’s predecessor, this generation of TIPM can be identified by the use of slightly smaller mechanical relays in 3 prominent slots. By 2011, Chrysler began using this TIPM style in the RAM Pickups, temporarily abandoning its foray into using solid state relays in the RAM product line.

Ways to Fix a Bad Fuel Relay Problem

  1. Replace the fuel pump relay: The most straightforward option is to replace the faulty fuel pump relay. The relay is typically located within the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module). You can purchase a new relay from a Dodge dealership, an auto parts store, or online. Replacement procedures may vary, so consult a repair manual or seek professional assistance for proper installation.
  2. Repair or rebuild the TIPM: In some cases, the fuel pump relay issue may be related to a broader problem within the TIPM. If the TIPM itself is faulty, you might consider repairing or rebuilding it. There are companies that specialize in TIPM repair services. They can diagnose the specific problem, repair or replace the faulty components, and restore functionality to your TIPM.
  3. Replace the TIPM: If the TIPM is beyond repair or if you prefer a more comprehensive solution, you can opt to replace the entire TIPM assembly. This involves installing a new or rebuilt TIPM that includes a functioning fuel pump relay. Replacement of the TIPM usually requires programming and configuration to match your vehicle’s specifications. It is recommended to have this procedure performed by a qualified mechanic or a Dodge dealership.

What’s the Best Option for Me?

When deciding among these options, consider factors such as the extent of the problem, cost, reliability, and personal preference. It’s recommended to consult with a trusted mechanic or a Dodge dealership to determine the best course of action for your specific situation. They can provide guidance based on a thorough diagnosis and their expertise in handling TIPM-related issues.