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#50 of 89 Have the ...
Oct 16, 2006 (3:50 am)
... top of the struts checked. There is a bearing there that is a separate part, and if defective, can cause the problems you describe.
#51 of 89 Front strut noise - Re: Have the ... [vcheng]
Oct 17, 2006 (8:37 pm)
Thanks for your suggetsion to check the bearings at the top of the strut. My mechanic actually checked the top of struts first. He claims they are good. He says the noise is coming from a much lower point, perhaps from under the floor board. Any other idea? Thanks.
#52 of 89 Re: Front strut noise - Re: Have the ... [safecycle]
Oct 18, 2006 (4:04 am)
The sway bar links are another possibbility that is a well-known problem point in these vans. They are relatively cheap and easy to replace too.
If that doesn't fix it, I would suggest better troubleshooting rather than throwing parts at the problem. It may be well worth the cost to go to a dealer with a diagnostic machine called "computer ears" amongst other names. Basically they put wireless microphones on various components to pinpoint eactly the source of a noise or vibration.
As an alternative, your mechanic will need to check ALL front components including tie bar and lower ball joints etc. Good Luck!
Oct 16, 2006 (8:39 pm)
Have you had the front sway bar bushings checked out?
#54 of 89 Re: safecycle [hayneldan]
Oct 17, 2006 (8:31 pm)
Thanks for your suggestion regarding the front strut(?) noise in T&C. Checking the sway bar bushings is a good idea, but my dealer actually replaced the sway bar link kit about 6 months ago. Do you think it could get loose or worn out after 6 months/8,000 miles?
#55 of 89 Re: safecycle [safecycle]
Oct 18, 2006 (4:43 am)
A good mechanic will put your vehicle up on a lift and start pulling and pushing on the suspension and other parts looking for that noise. A good mechanic will find it.
Also, some of these replacement sway bar links have grease fittings in them. Do yours? It could be as simple as getting that van lubed.
#56 of 89 Re: safecycle [safecycle]
Oct 18, 2006 (4:22 pm)
We had the links replaced late last year on our 2001 and the replacements are clunking again. I had it done at an independent mechanic so I don't know if he used OEM or aftermarket but 12,000 miles is pretty poor life in my opinion.
#57 of 89 Dodge Caravan 2005 sway bar bushings
Dec 04, 2006 (8:31 am)
I had a knocking sound even over small bumps. I had my sway bar bushings replaced at dealership and the noise was gone, this was at 18K miles. The right one had 1/4 left, and the left one had 1/2 left. They were in bad shape. Price = 0$ under warranty. The problem began on september, but the noise was just beginning, so I waited for my next oil change which was at 30K Km (around 18K miles). I can tell you that the noise was more frequent, and that I can ear it over small bumps too. A repair was welcome.
#58 of 89 01 DGC EX Front Suspension Clunking Again
Dec 07, 2006 (9:16 pm)
Can somebody tell me how easy it is to replace the front links and bushings? I would like step by step instructions and if any special tools are needed. The dealer want's around $400 to fix. I believe this is something that I can repair on my own. Our van has 81K now. This is the second time replacing these parts. Thanks
#59 of 89 Suspension vibration?
Dec 17, 2006 (8:11 pm)
I was wondering if anyone has experienced a vibration coming from I believe to be the front end. I seem to only fell it when making right turns. So far, it is intermittent, but I can't pin point exactly what would cause this.
I just had the sway bar links and bushings done due to knocking in the front end which made the van quiet, but still get this vibration.
The van is a 2005 Grand Caravan SE with 72000 kilometers or about 45000 miles.
Thanks for any advice.