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Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Plymouth Voyager, Steering, Van
#60 of 206 Re: Whining Noise in Steering [woodbutcher2]
Mar 09, 2008 (1:02 pm)
Thanks so much for the info! I have had the same problem for about 6 months on my 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan (83,000 miles). Dealer told me it was a "design flaw" that allowed too much air into the lines and there was nothing they could do about it. I could have had the reservoir and lines replaced and it would lessen the noise a bit, but it would still make noise. I'm going to try your suggestion!
#61 of 206 Re: whining,howling noise... [dodgeman7]
Mar 09, 2008 (6:21 pm)
Thanks so much for the info.. I will most definitly do that. When reading through the posts it sounds like a TON of DGC have had this prob...
Anyway thanks again..
PS.. That tip on the bolt will be a lifesavor!!!!
#62 of 206 Re: whining,howling noise... [dodgeman7]
Mar 10, 2008 (3:52 am)
Good advice by dodgeman7 here. This applies to almost any problem or repair you're contemplating. Always try the simplest, easiest thing first before moving on to the more expensive, complicated repairs. I can think of at least 2 more problem areas where this applies.
1. If your transmission doesn't seem to be working right, replace the fluid first and see if that makes any improvement. Of course, make sure you use the right tranny fluid when doing this. If it doesn't fix the problem, you're only out $25-$50 or so.
2. If your CEL is on and the code is indicating a bad catalytic converter, try replacing the O2 sensor(s) first. Even if you still end up needing the cat, you probably would have replaced the O2 sensors as part of the cat replacement so you have not thrown away any money here.
#63 of 206 Re: Dodge GC 2003 Steering issues [dodgeman7]
Mar 10, 2008 (3:59 am)
No need to list my visits to the Dodge deal to fix the whining problem I had with my 2003 Caravan. No time for that.
It took a small repair shop to accomplish the repair I needed by replacing a power steering hose with a longer one. They were to do so because they read Dodge's
Tech Bulletin bulletin number 19-006-05, dated August 4, 2005.
One visit to the small shop, one reading of a tech bulletin and a one time charge of about seventy five dollars resulted in my problem being resolved.
#64 of 206 Steering Shudder
Mar 21, 2008 (6:06 am)
I took my 2005 dodge grand caravan to the dealership because the battery died. While we were there we had all the brake pads replaced along with the 2 front rotors. The minute we got on the highway it starting pulling to the right and vibrating. It also stated having a L turn STEERING SHUDDER. We never had a problem before taking it in. We took it back to Dealership and they said we had a steering shudder because----it had been up on the rack so long and the "fluids" shifted and it would probably go away in a couple of days. What do you guys think?
#65 of 206 Tech Service Bulletins
Mar 21, 2008 (6:17 am)
Is there a way to find specific TSB's on dodge. I'm trying to find TSB 1900403?
#66 of 206 Re: Steering Shudder [harley16]
Mar 21, 2008 (9:22 am)
I think B.S. They did not install or tighten something properly, and I would not drive the vehicle until it is fixed. Take it to another shop, get it fixed, and present the first shop with the bill if they are not willing (or capable) of fixing it themselves.
#67 of 206 Dealer says problem can't be fixed.
Apr 01, 2008 (3:44 am)
I own a 2003 Dodge Chrysler Sport Grand Caravan AWD. I never had any noise until after I had the recall upper hose replaced. I too was getting the run around. I just took it in to the dealer where i had bought it and was told all of the above. but what really got the icing was when they told me that it coulfdn't be fixed. I could have it flushed with no guarantee that that would solve it.
I drove it to Florida for my neice's wedding. I am planning on trying to get a power steering reservoir while I am here in St. Petersburg and put it on after I get back home. I will keep the old one as a spare and clean it out qith hot soapy water, etc.
wish me luck. I will let you all know if this corrects my Power steering problem.
is there anything we can do in the meantime to force them to honor their recall problem fixes which causes continuing problems?
#68 of 206 Re: Dealer says problem can't be fixed. [docbunner]
Apr 01, 2008 (5:56 am)
I had the same problem. The DODGE DEALER told me it was either the rack and pinion or the power steering unit.
I took it to a two bay shop.
They found a Tech Bulletin covering the problem.
The Tech Bulletin is bulletin number 19-006-05, dated August 4, 2005.
SOLUTION: Small shop replaced one of the hoses with a longer one, as per Tech Bulletin.
Good luck & Let me know if this resolves your problem.
By the way, I had the $ 150.00 flush job, which of course did not help. I did demand my money back for that, which they gave to me.
#69 of 206 Re: Dodge GC 2003 Steering issues [drdylan]
Apr 18, 2008 (6:16 pm)
I've been fighting this whining and intermitent tight steering for almost 5 years. Ever since they performed the power steering hose recall. I purchased the ES version so it is very hard to let go, I love this van except this constant steering noise problem. I've had it in the shop 5 times already for this problem. They have replaced the pump twice, the rack, the hoses, the reservoir, all with no success. Works for abit but comes back. Still on warranty, but they ding me $100 everytime I bring it in. I've done more help by adding additives. Haven't tried the longer hose yet so I hope this works:) P.S. I also own a 2004 Caravan pretty much exactly the same steering parts, absolutely no problems, except I haven't brought it in for the recall:) I should add the problem gets worse when the weather is colder. 66K kms, but problems started much earlier. Wish I could have the old hose back, I'l take my chances with the fire.