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Chrysler Town and Country, Steering, Van
#53 of 113 Re: '05 T&C 30,600 miles needs rack & pinion replacement!?! [kvander]
Mar 13, 2009 (4:15 am)
Hey guys - POWER STEERING PROBLEM SOLVED! our 2005 town and country had the same power steering noise - after listening to a bunch of advice and getting the dealer to quote us $1400 for a new rack and pump - we found a smart local mechanic who did some research - so for a $29 part + an hour labor - he replaced the p/s resevoir - apparently there is a teflon type of additive in the factory p/s fluid that clogs the screen in the resevoir - and guess what! - no more p/s noise - no leaks - no problem!
Hope this helps - spread the word
#54 of 113 Re: '05 T&C 30,600 miles needs rack & pinion replacement!?! [kvander]
Mar 13, 2009 (1:25 pm)
UPDATE: I filed a formal complaint with Chrysler, sending receipts and documentation of the repair. Ultimately, I received a check for $527 from them. No letter, no reason, but the refund speaks for itself I suspect. If you haven't already done so, give it a try. Call the Customer Assistance number first to get a complaint number, then they'll tell you what to send and where.
PS - if you are just now discovering the problem, try the p/s reservoir changeout noted below first!
#55 of 113 1996 Town and Country PS problem
Apr 08, 2009 (5:01 pm)
I'm having PS problems with my 1996 Town and Country. It has a rebuilt engine with approx. 14,000 miles on it. When making a turn, it makes a whining noise and has a really stiff feel in the wheel. The engine sometimes stalls out when making a sharp turn at low to mid-range speed. I've noticed too, that there is some blow back from the top of the fluid reservoir, but no apparent leaks from around the pump.
Any ideas or suggestions?
#56 of 113 Re: 1996 Town and Country PS problem [esscurvejunkie]
Apr 09, 2009 (10:32 am)
We don't know if our engne is rebuilt or not, is there a way to tell??? We bought our 1996 T & C 2 months ago today from a used car dealer, and I have also noticed that there is a really stiff feel in our wheel too, but no whining noise!!!
#57 of 113 Re: '05 T&C 30,600 miles needs rack & pinion replacement!?! [villageab1]
Apr 10, 2009 (12:17 pm)
I had hoped this would work, (replacing the P/S reservoir) but my mechanic says once a rack starts leaking, it won't stop leaking. We will have the rack replaced and the fluid changed for $600. OUCH!
#58 of 113 Re: 1996 Town and Country PS problem [enufkids4now]
Apr 12, 2009 (6:07 am)
We had the engine rebuilt at around 140,000 miles. I can't tell you hot to tell if the engine is rebuilt or not, other than to try and find who the previous owner was, prior to the dealer.
#59 of 113 2004 T&C PS problem
Apr 15, 2009 (3:03 pm)
I just went and got my 04 from dealer with a PS problem. cost of repairs 1009.00. I will use the suggestions given. Calling Chysyler in the morning. Will never buy a chrysler product again!
#60 of 113 2006 T&C Power Steering Problem
Aug 30, 2009 (9:06 am)
Just took my 2006 T&C (60,000 miles) in to have the EGR Valve replaced. Was told the P/S rack is leaking and needs to be replaced ($1100). Any word on whether there will be a recall?
#61 of 113 Chrysler Town & Country Power Steering Problems
Nov 12, 2009 (10:21 pm)
Does anyone have a 2005 or 2006 Town and Country Short Wheel Base (or Dodge Caravan SWB) that has tight power steering? We bought our 2006 new and only have 6,000 miles on it and have taken it in for warranty twice for the power steering -or lack of. No whines or noise, just extremely difficult to turn. Getting in and out of parking places is miserable. The first time the dealer said it was overly tight but couldn't find a problem. The second time they replaced the rack, which didn't improve the steering at all, and said there was nothing more they could do. Took it to the Dodge dealer who said the Crysler dealer did not replace the rack and agreed after a test drive that there was a problem. They found a leak and replaced the rack. Only a slight improvement. Can't find any used SWB versions anywhere near us to test drive to compare. The long wheel base uses a different rack, so testing that model won't help us. We live in a small town that's a ferry ride away from the big city and don't have any other Chrylser dealers in the area. The Dodge dealer was great but is now out of business.
#62 of 113 Re: Chrysler Town & Country Power Steering Problems [silverdale]
Nov 13, 2009 (3:16 am)
Power steering pump, maybe? One way you might be able to tell is to disable the power steering (by removing the power steering pump drive belt) and see if the steering effort is any greater. Just a thought.