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Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Plymouth Voyager, Steering, Van
#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!
#77 of 206 steering reservior, filter or pump????
Aug 21, 2008 (6:31 am)
I am having the same whinning noise in my 2003 DGC. after reading theses post I'm thinking the reservior should be changed I heard a range of $25.00 to get the part. Looking around the Int for price ranges the only thing in that range is the filter?? So I wanted to know if its the actual reserior ( that I'm told I'll have to purchase at the dealer) or the filter I need to replace?
#78 of 206 Re: steering reservior, filter or pump???? [nurmom2]
Aug 25, 2008 (9:33 am)
Start by replacing the reservoir you have to buy from the dealer. If you want to do it right all around, replace the filter and reservoir to keep it cleaner. I just replace the reservoir and all is good for over a year. If that works for you, send Dodge a letter with a copy of your receipts on the fix so Dodge can officially do a recall on this. The more complaints the better. It's really crazy that they want to hit you for a rack job when this will fix the problem most of the time. Good luck and hope if fixes the whine like my '03 DGC.
#79 of 206 '02 DGC Sport AWD leaking rack and pinion??
Sep 16, 2008 (7:38 am)
In Oct 2007, I had the PS pump replaced on my 02 DGC because my van was making whining noises. The noise did not go away entirely. It was most noticeable when I first started the van, but then it went away.
Within the last 2 months or so, the whining got louder and louder. Also, it would not go away like before. I checked the PS fluid level. It was low. I added fluid (did NOT overfill) and the noise went away - temporarily. The whining noise only happens now when the van is first started - just like a year ago.
Last week I brought my 02 DGC in to have this whining problem checked. The repair shop (not a dealership repair shop) told me that the rack and pinion is leaking, as well as the PS pump. Since I just had the PS pump replaced less than a year ago, it's still under warranty - I would just have to pay for the labor to replace it. The repair shop quoted me just over $900 to place the rack and pinion, exchange out the PS pump, an alignment, labor and tax.
After reading MANY, MANY posts in this forum, I am extremely hesitant to have the rack and pinion and PS pump replaced. The repair shop mentioned nothing about the PS reservoir or hoses. I already had the PS pump replaced once and it did not help. The rack and pinion is quite expensive and I wonder if it's really the problem here.
Do I really have a leaking rack and pinion and leaking PS pump, or could replacing the PS reservoir fix this?
Thanks in advance for any advice/help with the problem!!
#80 of 206 Re: '02 DGC Sport AWD leaking rack and pinion?? [brocktavern]
Sep 17, 2008 (10:35 am)
Is your DGC leaking on the driveway? If not, replace the reservoir and see if it goes away.
#81 of 206 Re: Dealer says problem can't be fixed. [docbunner]
Sep 20, 2008 (2:11 pm)
I ended up taking it to a place where they power back flushed the power steering and it was solved. Only cost me $53.99 Went back to dealer and told themn that I wanted to file a complaint against the mechanic for not doing his job.