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#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.
#70 of 206 Whine during start up
May 12, 2008 (9:50 am)
I've got a loud whine when I first start my 01 GC. It only lasts about 1 minute and then everything is quiet and I haven't had any problems with steering. Is this possibly related to the power steering issue?
#71 of 206 Lost power steering
May 24, 2008 (5:42 pm)
My wife was driving our '02 Dodge GC on the highway and when accelerating and changing lanes, she felt a loss of power steering. I drove it and it was very difficult to turn the wheel. I saw a lot of comments about the reservoir and possible clogging of the screen. Could this be my problem? Or is it the pump? There wasn't noise or whinning associated with this like mentioned in the other replies.
#72 of 206 Re: Dealer says problem can't be fixed. [drdylan]
Jun 26, 2008 (6:54 pm)
Do you by chance know which power steering hose they replaced to get rid of the whine?
We also have a 2003 dodge grand caravan, that has been doing that for a few years, again the dealers said they couldn't do anything.
Had it to a small shop that replaced the rack and pinion and the noise was worse ever. They are trying to fix it, I don't think they know about the hose.
#73 of 206 Re: Dealer says problem can't be fixed. [nikki2007nikki]
Jun 27, 2008 (1:32 am)
I will not have access to my paperwork on the repair for a few days. My guess is that it was the return line, but I am not 100 % certain.
Tell your shop to read Dodge's Tech Bulletin bulletin number 19-006-05, dated August 4, 2005. That is what my guys used to determine the solution to the problem.
Also if they Google the bulletin they should be able to locate it, if they do not have other means to access it.
Mel let me know if they can not determine which hose to replace and I will check my records and find it for you.
Good luck and God Bless,
#74 of 206 96 Dodge Grand Caravan steering issue
Jun 30, 2008 (4:10 pm)
I recently bought a 96 DGC Sport. Whether I'm driving or stopped, the steering makes this grinding sound when I turn the wheel even the slightest bit. The steering doesn't lock up and I don't hear any popping noises, only this horrible grinding noise-it kind of sounds like teeth grinding but on a much louder scale.
Has anyone experienced this and/or does anyone have any suggestions?
#75 of 206 2001 Grand Caravan steering grinding (fixed)
Jul 01, 2008 (7:40 pm)
Good day all,
I was about to replace the power steering pump just before reading this message thread. I had the same problem as many (grinding noise). I just finished replacing the reservoir and the grinding is gone.
Try that first!!!
Thank you all!
#76 of 206 Steering whining noise fixed
Aug 18, 2008 (1:27 pm)
We suffered with the whining / groaning noise on my 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE for more than a year. The dealer replaced the rack and pinion (under warranty, so my cost was minimal) but the noise persisted. I followed the advice in this forum, replaced the power steering reservoir ($46) and the whining noise is gone!