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#1994 of 4276 1999 Grand Caravan pulling to the right
Sep 20, 2003 (3:35 pm)
We have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan. Recently it began pulling to the right. We went to have it aligned and the guy said it was torque steer or pull. The dealership told us they had never heard of this problem. We took it to a local mechanic who replaced broken motor mounts thinking that was the problem. After trying everything he could think of and $540.00 later the problem is not fixed. Has anyone else experienced this problem and what was your solution? By the way the dealership told our mechanic they had heard of the problem but did not know how to fix it.
#1995 of 4276 Re: Caravan pulling to right
Sep 21, 2003 (6:45 am)
We Had the same problem when we purchased our 2002 Caravan this spring. I posted it but no one posted back so I guess it is not a common problem. We had it into the shop 4-5 times and they finally got it done. They said they had been only doing 2 wheel alignments on it and the last time did a 4 wheel alignment. What ever they did , it fixed the problem. We do mostly high way driving and the steering was so bad we had to switch off after 20-30 min driving because the van pulled so bad it hurt our arm and shoulders having to correct it so much. Good luck with it.
Sep 21, 2003 (7:46 am)
It sure sounded more like a tire or an alignment issue to me than torque steer until the broken motor mounts were brought up.
I'd skip the dealer and your mechanic and find a real alignment shop in this case.
Sep 21, 2003 (7:44 pm)
Had a similar problem with a 96. All of a sudden Van started pulling left. Tire store set van to specs (so they said) twice. Van still pulled. Went to a independent shop that had been in business for many years they tweaked the specs and rotated the tires until they got it right. Tires had only 20,000 of 60,000 mile guarantee and still had lots of tread. Van handled like a dream and tracked true after that. Look for a good independant shop. Price was better at independant shop too.
#1998 of 4276 Reply to Jerseyjohn1 on rusting strut towers
Sep 22, 2003 (3:48 am)
Jerseyjohn1: I got 2 quotes for my strut towers.
For $624.71, they will place a metal cap on top of both existing strut towers from inside the engine compartment. They do not do anything to the existing rusting tower, they just place another metal cap on top of the rusting ones and weld/rivet it in place. No front-end alignment is needed. Have your dealer reference warranty part#05086513AA. So for $625, BOTH strut towers are fixed.
For $982.32, they will REPLACE BOTH strut towers with new ones. This is more complex since they break the welds from inside the engine compartment of the existing strut towers and install new ones. A front-end align is required but is included in the price.
If your dealer still doesn't get it, have him call Russ Darrow Chrysler located in Waukesha, Wisc. and talk to the body shop.
For the rest of you, I have a copy of the tech service bulletin from Chrysler dated Oct.'02. It explicitly states that ALL '96 to '99 Chrysler vans (Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler) have the problem with the strut towers. ALL of them will eventually rust out from the bottom up. If yours does not show rust now, beware! it will come! As I stated in an earlier post, the strut towers are defective in their design. The dealer I went to stated that he had repaired over 50! '96 vans with the rust issue. I also downloaded the 160meg database file from the NHTSA and found lots of folks who have entered complaints on this issue from '96 to '99.
As for myself, I traded the van in this past Saturday and purchased a 2003 Honda CRV-EX. I wish the best to all of you that have a Chrysler van. For me, my van was the most unreliable vehicle I had ever owned. Front axle, A/C evap, A/C cond, starter, battery (3yrs), belt tensioner, water pump, O2 sensor, etc.. I can only say that this pushed me to buy a Japanese car. Its a sad day in America once I get converted.
#1999 of 4276 Dodge Grand Caravan Cd player Cd stuck
Sep 23, 2003 (4:52 am)
Does anyone know how to eject a CD that is stuck in the player in slot #1, its just blinking and it cant eject?
Sep 24, 2003 (4:26 pm)
I guess I'm still confused by this issue. My '96 Plymouth Grand Voyager has rusting strut towers as well. I only plan on holding on to this vehicle for another 12 months so I'm confident (as is my mechanic) that I won't have any problems w/it. However if NHTSA *AND* Chrysler are aware of the problem...why isn't Chrysler paying to fix this?
I'm sure the obvious answer is that a) it would cost big bucks and b) it it's not killing people maybe they're not liable. But wouldn't there be a push for something like this? I'm just a little shocked that it's a known defect and yet we're expected to pay for it.
#2001 of 4276 02 Town & Country drivers side mirror vibration
Sep 25, 2003 (4:12 pm)
I have a 02 T & C. In Oct. Of last year drivers side mirror started vibrating to the point that everything you see is distorted. You will see one car in the mirror, then two or three. They just put in the forth mirror and still doing the same thing. I tried to tell them if I hold the mirror housing while driving it stops. This dealership is worthless in my book. Anybody having this problem or have any suggestions. Thaks Peruvien
#2002 of 4276 Check the tire balance.
Sep 26, 2003 (4:33 am)
#2003 of 4276 Rusting strut towers
Sep 29, 2003 (3:02 pm)
I called my local dealer and told them I had rusting strut towers. They said they'd seen this problem once in the last few years. Said there was absolutely/positively no recall on this problem.
Can anyone provide any specific details on a recall? And if it was a recall wouldn't they pay for it?