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#18 of 206 Re: Dodge Grand Caravan-Steering and Whining issues [motoringmama]
Sep 21, 2007 (9:49 am)
My 2003 Dodge caravan has been back to Crowfoot dodge in Calgary as the power steering has twice failed initially on start up. Their solution after now having charged me almost 500 dollars for unnecessary work is A)Remove the power steering pump and bench test it - quoted around 700 dollars B) Replace the rack at around 1300 dollars.
I now have a shiney new copy of the Haynes manual. After having read the relevent chapters, I reckon its a couple of hours max to change out the power steering pump. And at least I know the job will be done correctly.
#19 of 206 Re: Dodge Grand Caravan-Steering and Whining issues [dodgeman7]
Oct 17, 2007 (3:56 pm)
After having Chrysler Dealer tell me over & over about air in the power steering lines followed your advice and had reservoir and screen replaced 2 weeks ago. Have not heard a sound from the power steering since.
Advised our local dealer to consider this when advising other Grand Caravan owners with same problem. 2003 Grand Caravan with
#20 of 206 Re: Dodge Grand Caravan-Steering and Whining issues [rrdox]
Oct 18, 2007 (9:47 am)
I just want to follow up with my last message on the board about the whining and grinding noise issue I had on my 2003 Grand Caraven. To this date, no steering sound has ever returned since I replaced the power steering reservoir and put in Mopar power steering fluid.
Before any of you get suckered into replacing the power steering pump or rack and pinon, FIRST replace the power steering reservoir. It's a cheap part and fairly easy to replace. I hope it fixes your problem like it did mine... and I thought the worst before replacing the reservoir!
#22 of 206 Steering wheel problems
Oct 18, 2007 (6:41 pm)
Hello, I have a Dodge Grand Caravan 2007 model and wanted to know if anyone was facing similar problems as mine. Twice while driving, my steering seems to lose power and I lose control over it..the steering power goes flat and I cannot control. This happened to me once about 4 weeks back, and was lucky that I started off a stop light, so my pickup speed was slow. But it happened again today, not so lucky this time, when my wife was driving - again suspect same thing happened, car swerved towards the curb, over the curb and back on the road, badly damaged the axle etc. Thankfully not too much traffic, so no one was hurt. Please advise if anyone has seen similar steering issues. Thank you.
#23 of 206 Re: Dodge Grand Caravan-Steering and Whining issues [dodgeman7]
Oct 20, 2007 (12:06 pm)
Add me to the list of those who changed the PS fluid reservoir and got rid of the whining and grinding. Mine's a 2001 Sport. I had looked at several different internet sites before finding this comment string. This is the only site that has discussions about the reservoir, as far as I can tell.
The reservoir cost me $31 at the dealer parts counter. The biggest hassle is removing the 10mm nut at the rear bottom of the support base. Once I got that out the rest was pretty easy. I put up with the noise thru last winter, but with the temperature at 46º this morning, startup was quiet as could be.
#24 of 206 Steering reservoir
Nov 07, 2007 (3:21 pm)
Finally got round to looking at the steering fluid reservoir after Crowfoot dodge in Calgary failed to fix the whine and suckered me into parting with 400+ bucks of hard earned cash for unnecessary work - flush, steering cooler, extra hose length, claiming to have cleaned the screen, etc.
I unbolted the reservoir, removed the return hose, tipped the reservoir so the fluid drained from the return hose port. A particle came out that looked like a black paint chip which if sucked against the filter would have reduced flow , stressing the pump, possibly causing cavitation of the fluid, hence the noise. After bolting the reservoir back on and filling with ATF+4 NO NOISE at 3 weeks and counting in a mix of +10 celcius to -5 celcius weather. I guess I could have followed the advice of the dealership and changed the pump and rack - not!
FYI- For anyone who has not tried this, the bottom fixing bolt on the reservoir does not need removing completely, just loosen it then after the other 2 bolts are removed the reservoir pulls off the mount.
#25 of 206 Getting a new power steering reservior works
Nov 10, 2007 (3:50 pm)
At about 50K miles my powersteering was getting very loud so I took my 03 Town and Coutry to the Chrysler dealership. They told me I needed new hoses and for about $500 they could fix it. A friend told me to just add a powersteering conditioner. That fixed it and it worked great until 130K. I did the same thing... sucked out the powersteering fluid from the reservior and added more conditioner. This time I added Synthetic fluid with conditioners. BIG mistake. It was squeeling worse than ever. I read your posts and decided to change out the reservior and use the Mopar ATF4 fluid. Everything went great and the squeeling is gone! Make sure when you change out the reservior that you have a 3-5 in socket extension and use a 10mm socket to loosen the nut below and behind the bigger hose attached to the reservoir. You do not need to remove the nut, only loosen it.
#26 of 206 Re: Getting a new power steering reservior works [nstellpflug]
Nov 13, 2007 (11:01 am)
I was all ready to spend big bucks to get my 2002 Caravan's power steering pump replaced but thanks to being a little bored I started searching on the internet for like problems. I ran across this forum and bought a new reservoir last night and installed it an hour ago and now all the noises are GONE! Thanks.
#27 of 206 Power Steering Noise
Nov 18, 2007 (5:16 pm)
I have a 2004 3.3L Town & Country. I had a noise or whine that would occur sometimes after some hard driving such as high speed freeway trips. 63K miles. I just suctioned out most of the Power Steering fluid and replaced it with new fluid and conditioner. $2.99 at Checker Auto. No more noise or whine. Thanks for those people posting on this problem.