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#50 of 206 $10 has seemingly fixed my 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan whining
Feb 27, 2008 (1:41 pm)
I had the same whining problem for the last few weeks. It used to last about 5 minutes and would be gone after I had caught up speed. I took it to the dealer who recommended getting the rack and pinion unit replaced for $880.00 . Wow !! I was not prepared for it.
I skipped the dealership and did some net surfing, checked the Power Steering Oil level and it seemed a little low and so thought of getting some Power Steering Oil. Dodge recommends using only Mopar oil. Looked up Target/Walmart and did not find any and so I finally went to Napa Auto Parts. The guy at Napa recommended using Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak. A 12 oz. bottle costs $9.99. I took my chances, bought it and then poured the same to the required level (did not overfill) on 25th evening and the whining dissappeared the next morning. I looked up the oil level this morning (about 36 hours after I filled in) and the oil level seemingly was intact. I just hope that this will go a long way. keeping my fingers crossed though.
If interested you can look up the Lucas Oil info at Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak
I will watch out for another week and post you with my anticipated success.
Do also let me know if someone has any experience around this product. Even though I have taken my chances I want to be sure it is the right thing to do.
#51 of 206 Re: '05 Dodge Caravan Power Steering Issue [federico1]
Feb 28, 2008 (8:02 pm)
We have an 2005 Grand Caravan that has had the whining noise for a couple of monthes, the power steering fluid is full. The dealer suggested replacing the rack, a frieng of mine suggested adding some Lucas power steering conditioner, I figured for under $10 what did I have to loose. I removed the hose and started the engine and turned the wheel , this pumped the old fluid into an empty gallon jug. I refilled the fluid and added the Lucas power steering conditioner, this was about a week ago and still no whine.
#52 of 206 ATF+4 should be fine @ least in 2001
Feb 29, 2008 (6:46 am)
I used ATF+4 with no problems.
To anyone who has found fluid to be low:
jack the vehicle and secure it with stands.
DO NOT get under car with a jack alone!
While the van is suspended by stands, start the van.
Get under the van while a friend turns the wheels.
Inspect the 2 hose fittings that go to the small cooler.
It looks like a miniature radiator under the van.
Mine leaks slowly
#53 of 206 2003 Caravan Whining noise in steering.
Feb 29, 2008 (2:52 pm)
I have a 2003 Caravan and almost got ripped off by the dealer.
Having a whining noise in the steering system I took the van to the dealer and was told the power steering needed to be flushed. That cost about $150.00.
Problem solved for a few days. Then it came back and grew worse week by week.
Took it back a month or so later, dealer said they were not sure if it was the power steering onit or the rack and pinion.
TOOK IT TO A SMALL SHOP.
THEY FOUND A TECH BULLETIN INSTRUCTING TO REPLACE A HOSE ON THE UNIT WITH A LONGER ONE.
I collect a refund of the $ 150.00 flush "JOB ".
#54 of 206 Re: '05 Dodge Caravan Power Steering Issue [woodstockga]
Mar 01, 2008 (9:27 am)
My van just started making the same noise. I was told to add pwer steering fluid until the part arrived. Which they said was about 6 weeks. I have a 2005 Dodge mini van and the three year/30,000 milage warranty is covering the replacement part.
#55 of 206 Re: 2006 T&C whining noise [dadto3]
Mar 07, 2008 (6:43 am)
Finally got my van into another dealer for a 2nd opinion. Found the steering rack is leaking and needs to be replaced. Will take 2-3 weeks to get the part in. They topped off my steering fluid and today is the first day I haven't had the whining noise. Luckily I'm still under warranty....
#56 of 206 whining,howling noise...
Mar 07, 2008 (8:05 am)
Hi~ I have a 2004 DGC SE 80,000 miles. I recently had a new h20 pump, tranny flush, and the recalled hose fixed. But, over the past week or so when I start it the car seems to whine? and it louder then usual. Also, when turning the steering wheel right or left it seems to howl?? Not sure what to do, so any suggestions would be great.. Don't really want to take it in as I just spent 600 bucks on it!!! Thanks so much - Gina
#57 of 206 Re: whining,howling noise... [ginadi]
Mar 07, 2008 (9:49 am)
Based on other posts with the same symptoms, it sounds like the steering rack needs to be replaced.
#58 of 206 Re: whining,howling noise... [ginadi]
Mar 07, 2008 (11:01 am)
Whoa... Slow down there bjss!
If you would read the entire forum on this problem with DGC, you would find out that a simple fix might be the replacement of the power steering reservoir. The part is only $25.00 or so and could be installed in less than an hour if you don't mind getting your hands dirty like me. The only hard part was the 10mm bolt behind the reservoir. I didn't know it was there until I thought I had all the bolts off and still it did not come out. The back bolt you just have to loosen it then it just comes off. The dealer quoted me $178.00 to fix it. Sure beats the $600+ to have the rack replaced and the loss of time waiting on the part to arrived at the dealer. Either way it's still cheaper than the rack job. The reservoir can be picked up the same day.
Only if it still makes noise would I go with bjss statement of getting the rack & pinion checked out or replaced.
There is a good chance that the replacement of the power steering reservoir will do the trick like it did for mine and a lot of others I've helped out.
I fixed my '03 DGC with 80,000+ miles on it by changing out the power steering reservoir over a year ago and no noise came back. Let me tell you mine was pretty bad and noisy before replacing it and the dealer also told me that the rack might need to be replaced. Then a mechanic there at the dealer told me it's the power steering reservoir without even hearing my van make any noise. He told me a lot of them have been replaced and fixed the whine.
Good luck and I'm putting my money on the reservoir being the culprit.
#59 of 206 Re: whining,howling noise... [dodgeman7]
Mar 07, 2008 (4:42 pm)
Good point dodgeman7! Didn't mean the jump the gun. I hope it's the reservoir too! :