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Dana

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#41
Dec 5, 2008
 
marion wrote:
<quoted text> I had same problem - small leak & whining noise. Put in about 3/4 can of Lucas Oil Rack & Pinion repair. Noise and leak stopped, this was 6 months ago.
Where do you put the Lucas?
Fred from Florida

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#42
Dec 12, 2008
 
My 2000 Caravan just started doing this. She has 149,000 miles and she's been good to me. She is not a pile of junk as others have commented about Dodge.
It only happens at cold start up. An audible whining noise that goes away after about 10 seconds on mine. Scares the bijeezes out of me,(I am very mechanically knowledged so weird noises mean: MUST SPEND MONEY ON SOMETHING).
Don't know what the fix is on this but I found out that the power steering system on these cars need a specific fluid,(not your average countertop discount store type). The person who mentioned Lucas oil is on to something.
It may be a fluid related issue. Over time the PS fluid, which I never needed to fill, or touch since brand new probably breaks down over time. It may be temperature sensitive.
Bill

Clarksville, IN

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#43
Jan 14, 2009
 
Another case of the same problem. 2006 Grand Caravan with 39,000 miles (of course just out of the 36,000 mile warranty). Dealer is telling me the rack and pinion needs to be replaced and wheels realigned for $700+.
Ryan

Waskaganish, Canada

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#44
Jan 28, 2009
 
I have a 2005 Grand Caravan. When I warm up the vehicle on cold mornings my power steering fluid is leaking. The whining starts when the fluid is below the fluid level mark. I am going to take it to my dealer's shop and wait for the estimate costs!
Christina

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#45
Feb 1, 2009
 
I own a 2006 model that has been whining for 3, 4 months. Last week, the steering became more difficult. A mechanic specialized in Dodge convinced me to replace the steering fluid reservoir (or was it the rack and pinion? Anyway, it cost $1,000. He also said that he has seen this on a lot of Grand Caravan. Out of warranty, of course.
Art

Cambridge, OH

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#46
Mar 3, 2009
 
My 2005 GC started this last fall (60,000). Runs quiet for the first 3 minutes of driving, then the whining noise when turning, sometimes going away. Now it's pretty constant, but is quiet on the few warm days we've had so far. I bought an extended warranty good for 100,000 miles so I should be covered. Also my passenger power sliding door stopped working. I've had numerous repairs on this thing, all warranty or recalls. Not too impressed with my first Dodge.
Steve

Austin, TX

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#47
Apr 21, 2009
 
Bought 2006 Grand Caravan with 26,000 miles. Currently has 65,000 miles. Noticed the whine after month or so and took it back for warranty service. They said that they really did not know what it was, but they replaced the power steering pump. The whine came back. It is now pretty loud after a long trip of 100 miles or so. It goes away after the van sits for a while and is not very noticiable in city driving. Otherwise it runs great, and no problems with steering or fluid leaks.
Johnson

Charlotte, NC

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#48
Sep 16, 2009
 

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I have a 2006 Dodge van that started the whining
noise after 3 yrs and just over 10 thousand miles.
After reading about others changing the power steering resvoir I had it replaced by an independent
garage. Three months later the noise has not returned.

Since: Oct 09

Gilbert, AZ

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#49
Oct 28, 2009
 
Johnson wrote:
I have a 2006 Dodge van that started the whining
noise after 3 yrs and just over 10 thousand miles.
After reading about others changing the power steering resvoir I had it replaced by an independent
garage. Three months later the noise has not returned.
same here with 2006 DC, i bring it to a mechanic telling him to change the PS reservoir, he said the pump is still good, suggested to me to flush the fluid, after flushing the PS fluid, the Whining sound are still there. What's next to do? any kind soul to help me, i can't stand the stupid noise, look's like changing the rack and pinion also don't solve the problems, so it will be the last thing i will replace.
Farb

Greenville, NC

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#50
Nov 2, 2009
 
I've got the same issue with a 2003 Grand Caravan Sport. EXCEPT, on occasion, the steering FAILS (locks up, usually in a slow speed turn) and needs to be pulled HARD to get the steering to respond. It started AFTER I took it in to have the steering hose replaced on a recall. I'd bet my bottom dollar some yahoo (read crappy mechanic) fouled up the installation!
Farb

Smithfield, NC

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#51
Nov 9, 2009
 

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I finally decided to 'look into' this and found that the fluid reservoir's filter screen had a ton of crud in it. The removal was about 15 minutes and I was just going to back flush the reservior and reinstall. However, when my mechanic friend told me the Chrysler dealer stocked the part for 19.00 and change, I said, "What the hell".
My guess if the large input tube to the PS pump was starving for fluid and most likely cavitating. Once I replaced it, the noise went away. Now the question is, how did that junk get in there in the first place???
mark

Glen Burnie, MD

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#52
Nov 13, 2009
 
I have a 2002 Caravan SE. Lately, there exists a problem where the power steering is inoperative for the first few seconds, up to 20 - 30, before something 'clicks' and the pump seems to begin doing its job. Is the pump equipped with some sort of an electrically-activated clutch like that found on an A/C compressor? The weather just turned colder here in Maryland over the last week or so, but this is the first time since the vehicle was new that I've experienced this problem. The fluid level is fine.
J Cooper

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#53
Dec 15, 2009
 
Yea, I have a 2006 Dodge Grand 3.8 and it is also making these same noises when cold and turning. I took it into the dealer at the end of the cold season in the spring (when it was still under warranty) and they said they couldn't reproduce the issue. When cold came back this fall the car started making the noise again I took it in and they said they of course found out that it was the power steering reservoir and that it would be approx. $200 to replace. What a sham, I have been big Dodge Caravan promoter for the 12 years that we have been buying them (this is our 4th) and now I am having to say that with this kind of service I'm not sure that I can continue to say that. There are several companies out there that offer much better warranties and much better service for just a few dollars more.

Since: Oct 09

Glendale, AZ

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#54
Jan 18, 2010
 
I had just spend abt 60 bucks for the replacement of the Power steering Pump reservior and all the whining noise are gone. During cold start in the morning and after warm up, there are no more noise. I just make a trip to SLC clocking 700 0ver miles without any noise. I believe the reservoir is the main culprit. Worth to try!!!!
Thanks to this forum for giving me the good piece of info. Don't waste the money on the RACK and PINION.

Since: Oct 09

Glendale, AZ

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#55
Jan 18, 2010
 
mark wrote:
I have a 2002 Caravan SE. Lately, there exists a problem where the power steering is inoperative for the first few seconds, up to 20 - 30, before something 'clicks' and the pump seems to begin doing its job. Is the pump equipped with some sort of an electrically-activated clutch like that found on an A/C compressor? The weather just turned colder here in Maryland over the last week or so, but this is the first time since the vehicle was new that I've experienced this problem. The fluid level is fine.
I had just spend abt 60 bucks for the replacement of the Power steering Pump reservior and all the whining noise are gone. During cold start in the morning and after warm up, there are no more noise. I just make a trip to SLC clocking 700 0ver miles without any noise. I believe the reservoir is the main culprit. Worth to try!!!!
Thanks to this forum for giving me the good piece of info. Don't waste the money on the RACK and PINION.

Since: Oct 09

Glendale, AZ

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#56
Jan 18, 2010
 
J Cooper wrote:
Yea, I have a 2006 Dodge Grand 3.8 and it is also making these same noises when cold and turning. I took it into the dealer at the end of the cold season in the spring (when it was still under warranty) and they said they couldn't reproduce the issue. When cold came back this fall the car started making the noise again I took it in and they said they of course found out that it was the power steering reservoir and that it would be approx.$200 to replace. What a sham, I have been big Dodge Caravan promoter for the 12 years that we have been buying them (this is our 4th) and now I am having to say that with this kind of service I'm not sure that I can continue to say that. There are several companies out there that offer much better warranties and much better service for just a few dollars more.
I had just spend abt 60 bucks for the replacement of the Power steering Pump reservior and all the whining noise are gone. During cold start in the morning and after warm up, there are no more noise. I just make a trip to SLC clocking 700 0ver miles without any noise. I believe the reservoir is the main culprit. Worth to try!!!!
Thanks to this forum for giving me the good piece of info. Don't waste the money on the RACK and PINION.

Since: Oct 09

Glendale, AZ

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#57
Jan 18, 2010
 
Steve wrote:
Bought 2006 Grand Caravan with 26,000 miles. Currently has 65,000 miles. Noticed the whine after month or so and took it back for warranty service. They said that they really did not know what it was, but they replaced the power steering pump. The whine came back. It is now pretty loud after a long trip of 100 miles or so. It goes away after the van sits for a while and is not very noticiable in city driving. Otherwise it runs great, and no problems with steering or fluid leaks.
I had just spend abt 60 bucks for the replacement of the Power steering Pump reservior and all the whining noise are gone. During cold start in the morning and after warm up, there are no more noise. I just make a trip to SLC clocking 700 0ver miles without any noise. I believe the reservoir is the main culprit. Worth to try!!!!
Thanks to this forum for giving me the good piece of info. Don't waste the money on the RACK and PINION.
Dave

Union, NJ

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#58
Jan 19, 2010
 
I own a 2005 doge caravan same problems, last year my mechanic said he noticed a very small and minor leak and that we should keep an eye on it if it gets worse. Well it got worse alright,'m paying over 1,000 for new rack and pinion and power steering pump, I WILL NEVER BUY A DODGE AGAIN!
Kim

Reno, NV

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#59
Mar 26, 2010
 
We own a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport with 83,000 miles. We had the same whining noise. The PS pump was leaking, which ruined the rack and pinion gears. $1600 to fix -- luckily this was about 5 weeks before our extended warranty expired. I will certainly look at the reservior filter (as so many have mentioned in this forum) to be sure that it is clear so this doesn't happen again.
happypappy

Mertztown, PA

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#60
May 11, 2010
 
The new reservoir and new fluid corrected my same problem with my 2003....

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