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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Van
#40 of 89 Re: 98 Grand Caravan Strut Life [shipo]
May 06, 2006 (3:05 am)
the monroe homepage suggests replacement at 50K i wonder why?
maybe when he got his struts replaced, they also replaced the springs?
i'm not sure how struts fail myself, but might you guys have a terminology thing going on as "struts" to some may mean the entire assembly (including the springs and all mounting HW), and to others, just the inner-most hydraulic or gas cylinder and rod?
i would think a "strut assembly" may require replacement without the strut proper cylinder showing signs of leakage, but i admit to being very nieve about the topic.
#41 of 89 Re: 98 Grand Caravan Strut Life [user777]
May 06, 2006 (5:50 am)
You wonder why?? To sell more struts!
#42 of 89 Re: 98 Grand Caravan Strut Life [97xpresso]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 06, 2006 (12:01 pm)
A lot depends on the quality of the replacement struts, too. Some brands are pretty mediocre quality and this will show up in a shorter lifespan.
#43 of 89 Re: 98 Grand Caravan Strut Life [badgerfan]
May 26, 2006 (2:37 pm)
I had that problem with my 99 caravan se sport when it was just 2 years old. It was the sway bar links and bushings. Although still under factory warranty this was not covered since it was considered and "normal wear item"
I believe they charged me around $275 to fix. The parts were not that expensive but they nailed me for 2 1/2 hrs labor.
It is starting the clunk again
#44 of 89 Re: 98 Grand Caravan Strut Life [shipo]
Jun 27, 2006 (6:22 pm)
I guess I agree with shipo. My struts appear to be in good condition, they are not leaking and seem to be not too different in bounce from a van on the showroom floor. Having not been convinced otherwise, I will get a wheel alignment done (at a Toyota dealer because our Dodge dealers rig is temporarily closed) and new Michelin Harmony tires installed. Thank you all for your much appreciated input !!!
#45 of 89 2005 T&C Touring
Apr 28, 2006 (3:57 am)
When I get my wifes van serviced I plan on having the dealership address the steering whine that we are still experiencing as well as the front suspension seems to be groaning slightly. Anyone familiar with this groaning problem? We love the van, but these issues have my wife a little nervous on how long this van will last. We plan on keeping it for at least 5 or more years.
BTW: The van only hav 16K miles on it.
#46 of 89 Re: 2005 T&C Touring [fish8]
Apr 28, 2006 (4:34 am)
What ever the cause, get it fixed now while it is still under warranty. Don't let the dealer stall you by saying they can't "duplicate" the problem, or that sound is "normal". If it was out of warranty, they wouldn't stall you if you needed a steering rack replacement, costing big bucks.
#47 of 89 Re: 2005 T&C Touring [fish8]
Apr 28, 2006 (2:03 pm)
I've got a 01' that groans when turning the steering wheel at slow speeds or when the vehicle is stationary. My mechanic did not notice a steering fluid leak and therefore ruled out a problem with the steering rack or pump. I later took it to a dealer who recommends changing a return line and the steering reservoir ($60 for parts with 1 hr labor). There is a tech bulletin out on this topic, so I guess it's a fairly common occurrence.
#48 of 89 Re: 2005 T&C Touring [97xpresso]
May 01, 2006 (4:17 am)
Well, I have slight comfort in the fact that we purchased an extended warranty. So, we are at least covered for many years to come. The dealer has already replace the steering fluid resevoir, lines part of the steering shaft. The last time I was in the service rep said that some noise is normal, but if it gets worse bring the van in and they will look into it. Since I get a loaner with the extended warranty, I don't hesitate to drop off the van.
#49 of 89 Front strut noise? Please advise!
Oct 15, 2006 (9:06 pm)
Did anyone have a knocking noise coming from underneath the front passenger?
I bought 2002 T&C AWD with a known broken strut on the passenger's side. The steering also kept pulling to the right. I replaced both the front struts with the Monroe Reflexes and did a wheel alignment. The new struts fixed the noise problem. But strangely, the minivan still kee pulling to the right even after the repeated alignment sessions and after the tire rotation.
After about 6 months (8000 miles) the noise seemed to return. It's not as loud as before, and can be heard only while going over the big bumps. The mechanic checked the struts and didn't find any problem.