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Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Plymouth Voyager, Steering, Van
#34 of 206 Re: Caravan power steering noise [xwesx]
Dec 09, 2007 (2:43 pm)
2003 Dodge Grand Caravan - issue: power steering grinding / creaking noises at low speeds and turning corners. I suspected air locks in the system - the manual tells you to turn on the engine, turn the steering column from left to right repeatedly to push the air out of the system.
I tried this but I also over-filled the reservoir a little, left the cap off, revved the engine above 3000 rpm and repeatedly turned the steering column to its extremes about 20 times (left and right sides). Seems to have cured the noise for now....
#35 of 206 Re: Getting a new power steering reservior works [terryvet1]
Dec 10, 2007 (5:44 pm)
Terryvet1, my 05 grand caravan never made the whining sound. steering fluid is ok, never lost any. But, mine is making the same grinding type niose your referring to. Did you ever get the problem diagnosed and/or fixed??
#36 of 206 Re: Getting a new power steering reservior works [jkjmmat]
Dec 10, 2007 (5:51 pm)
Much to my surprise, simply adding atf+4 fluid, the whining went away on the spot. The grinding stopped after the second day, but was much better right away. My dealer said that it sounds like a serious power steering issue. I never did take the van in as it has stopped all noise and no fluid loss as of yet... By the way... Have you had any problems with your power sliding doors? Our right door only opens 1/2 way. thanks
#37 of 206 Re: Getting a new power steering reservior works [terryvet1]
Dec 10, 2007 (7:08 pm)
I'm reading all threads i can on the "Grinding Noise" which i can hear occasionally during turns. I've never had the "whining" noise which seems to be attributed to a clogged screen in the PS reservior. As I said, I'm reading everything, so far I have:
- People are using "Lube Guard Power Steering Protectant" from NAPA seems to be doing some good.
- One thread is saying a tranny mount is loose, causing the grown, or grind.
But that's about it.
I have not had a problem with the sliders, except the right side rattles if not shut REAL hard. Sometimes it takes a few REAL hard shuts to get it quite. Not a real issue for me but my son in the back seat complains about it.
#38 of 206 Re: Getting a new power steering reservior works [jkjmmat]
Dec 14, 2007 (8:33 pm)
I have a '06 Grand Caravan that had grinding and squelling from the power steering asounded like it was low on fluid, turned out that the rack and pinion assembly was bad, Dodge replaced under warrentee and all is quiet.
#39 of 206 2004 steering noise
Jan 21, 2008 (10:17 am)
I have a 2004 Grand Caravan, and recently have experienced a problem in turns. The steering wheel is very difficult to turn for a second or two, and then I hear a pop, and the steering is normal. The power steering fluid was low, and I have added fluid. Any thoughts?
#40 of 206 Re: 2004 steering noise [lroland]
Jan 23, 2008 (10:33 am)
I have the same exact problem in my 2001 town & country. It's always when I turn the wheel left though and only last till I get out of my apt. parking lot. I've never had a problem with it driving in town.
If you find anything out let me know.
#42 of 206 '05 Dodge Caravan Power Steering Issue
Jan 28, 2008 (1:39 pm)
I heard whining coming from my van (while turning) when the weather got colder. Took it to the dealer from where I bought it used (18,000 miles). They tell me the van is leaking power steering fluid, the seal is cracked and I have to replace the complete rack for a cost of over $900.00. Any advise?
#43 of 206 Re: '05 Dodge Caravan Power Steering Issue [mambrutis]
Jan 30, 2008 (4:44 pm)
I got the same tapdance from the dealer yesterday, with one difference: the part is in national backorder, with no definite date of delivery. I must pay for the parts up front, before my name gets on the list. I think the parts are over $600. Now this might be the way it's done, but it just feels wrong. Why should I have to pay for Chrysler's "just in time" parts flow? Interestingly, I got a phone call just after picking up the car from new car sales at the dealership asking whether I would like to trade it in rather than fix it. I have done business with this dealer for over a decade, but I am finding my trust running low at this point. Time to trade, perhaps...but not for another Caravan, and not there!