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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Auto Repair, Van
#43 of 82 Re: Strange Noise - 2003 T"C 3.8 [momstaxie]
Mar 29, 2007 (9:52 am)
The car still has that strange noise after a total of 6 visits in 4 weeks. It is not heard all the time now but when heard it is not gone until the car is turned off. There is not much left under the hood to repair everything has been replaced and many $$$ spent. Any suggestions. I have given up.
#44 of 82 Re: 2005 T&C Touring [dadto3]
Apr 03, 2007 (5:37 pm)
Hi there, I have a Town and Country (2002), and it is making a knocking/rattling sound in the front left near the dash,parking brake area. This is annoying, but after 3 times being at the mechanic in six weeks, the sound is still there. They say it is the parking brake slot rattling around, not to worry, but we feel differently. Has anyone else had this?
#45 of 82 1998 T&C LXI
Apr 04, 2007 (11:24 am)
Hi. I am told that I need to have my Power steering pump, as well as rack and pignon changed, and that the total cost will come out at $1,150 (essentially for parts...). It seems to be substantially higher than what I undertsand the cost should be when looking on some web sites. I would appreciate the thoughts of anyone more knowledgeable than I am! Thanks a lot in advance for your help.
#46 of 82 Re: 1998 T&C LXI [ferchita]
Apr 07, 2007 (6:03 am)
The price isn't out of line. I had essentially the same work done yesterday for just under $1100. The work seems to have resolved the noise problem we've been experiencing for about the past six months.
#47 of 82 Re: Strange Noise - 2003 T"C 3.8 [momstaxie]
Apr 07, 2007 (6:07 am)
We may have finally resolved our noise problem, Refer to comment #46. I will let you know after a few weeks, but the early results look good.
You may also want to look at comments #9, 10 and 11 under the Dodge Grand Caravan Steering topic for more ideas about how to solve the problem.
#48 of 82 Re: Strange Noise - 2003 T"C 3.8 [ohvan]
Apr 12, 2007 (12:12 pm)
Good to hear. Let me know what you did and approximate cost. Is the dealer necessary? I checked the other comments thanks. It seems to simple after all the work I had done. I still have the noise. Afraid of what else they will find if I bring it in.
#49 of 82 Re: Strange Noise - 2003 T"C 3.8 [momstaxie]
Apr 13, 2007 (2:21 pm)
We replaced the rack and pignon steering. It cost about $1000. The steering seems to be improved and the noise is completely gone. Expensive though, but mechanic claimed we really didn't have a choice. It had to be done. Overall, we're satisfied. the van is paid for with 55,000 miles. Hopefully we will now get a few more years of good service out of it.
#50 of 82 town and country steering
Apr 18, 2007 (11:14 pm)
just wanted to add my two cents...i just bought my 04 town and country and have that awful whine showing up...the whine is present when i just start driving and disappears after 10 to 15 minutes...i just had the steering pump replaced and it didn't fix a thing, in fact, it sounds worse...i have just discovered that the former owner had the pump replaced twice...the dealer "inspected" the steering rack and says that it is fine (i wonder)...i will be taking the van back to the dealer until they really fix the problem...luckily it has an extended warranty otherwise there is no way that this would be affordable...i had to leave it at the dealer for two days...seems that since it was warranty work they just took their sweet time...this is getting really maddening...the dealer said they took it for a test drive and all was fine...hardly!
#51 of 82 Re: Strange Noise - 2003 T"C 3.8 [ohvan]
Apr 25, 2007 (4:57 pm)
Thanks for the info. After spending close to $2000.in 6 weeks on all the other things they tried to fix, I will live with the noise a little longer. Replacing the steering was never mentioned after working on the car for so many days you think they might have thought of that. I don't think they really believed that there was a noise. Thanks again and good luck. Like to know it lasts after several thousand miles.
#52 of 82 Re: Strange Noise - 2003 T"C 3.8 [momstaxie]
May 04, 2007 (9:48 am)
I have no idea if this will help, but we had a similar problem with our 05 T&C. Turns out that there is a special kind of power steering fluid that is used and not the regular type. My husband added the regular type of power steering fluid when we were low. The van started making this horrible whine, and after 10-15 minutes it would be fine. So he drained the power steering fluid and used the special formula. I think he had to drain it twice to make sure the wrong stuff was out. We no longer have had that problem and it has been 3 months or so.