Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: What the heck happened here? A year after getting our "seal of pretty good" for the 2004, Chrysler turns around and delivers this crapwagon.

This minivan has problems ranging from rack and pinion steering failure to door locks that won't let you out. And trust me, you'll want to get out.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,384 miles

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country steering problems

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #61

Jan 162012

Town & Country

  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that there was a humming noise coming from the steering area. A local mechanic diagnosed that the power steering pump and line would need to be replaced. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 128,000.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #60

Jun 012009

Town & Country

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that he would hear a noise coming from the steering column while driving approximately 15 mph. The contact replaced the power steering pump himself, but the failure continued. The contact also stated that the noise had become louder over time. In addition, the steering wheel momentarily seized on one occasion. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #59

Jun 012011

Town & Country

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that a loud whining noise emitted from the steering column while driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who performed a diagnostic test. The failure was located at the power steering pump. The dealer replaced the power steering pump, but the failure continued. The dealer performed a second diagnostic test that located the failure at the rack and pinion. The rack a pinion was leaking fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 138,000.

- Conway , SC, USA

problem #58

Jul 012011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


Van was making horrible noise when turning. Took vehicle to the mechanic. Had to replace rack and pinion. Had power steering pump replaced also. This van has been nothing but a money pit. I see many others with this complaint. I also filed a complaint a while back having major electrical issues. I see the rack and pinion is a major issue also. It was very expensive to fix as well as my electrical problems. Recall on anything"??"

- New Martinsville, WV, USA

problem #57

Nov 162011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • miles
Was told I need to replace the rack and pinion steering on my vehicle. Less than a year ago I had the pump for this replaced.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #56

Jun 232011

Town & Country

  • 52,000 miles
My 69 year old mother's 2005 Town and country has been whining for over a year. Twice she took it to the dealer in raleigh where she bought it. They said they couldn't reproduce the whine. Last week, she was in a town an hour away and had to pull over and have it towed. Mechanic replaced power steering pump, but it didn't correct the problem. He says entire rack and pinion system needs replacing. Her van has 52K miles.

- Willow Spring, NC, USA

problem #55

Mar 242011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


2005 Chrysler Town and country. While vehicle was under warranty, brought it to the dealer multiple times for a noise heard when steering. Dealership told us that there was no problems. Now, car is making a much louder noise and we are being told that the power steering rack needs to be replaced at a cost of $1300. After researching online, it is a definite problem with this model year and a recall should be issued by Chrysler and these faulty steering columns should be acknowledged and replaced by them. I have three small children and do not have $1300 to put into this lemon of a car that Chrysler should have fixed when I initially complained about the problem when the car was new.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #54

Feb 042011

Town & Country

  • 87,958 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the steering column fractured and the vehicle crashed into a snow bank. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the bolts that attached the steering column together were replaced. The failure mileage was 87,958.

- Fairfield, ME, USA

problem #53

Jan 312011

Town & Country

  • miles
Rack and pinion failures in Chrysler T&C's. whining noise coming from steering system, changes pitch upon acceleration/deceleration.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #52

Jan 132011

Town & Country

  • miles
I own a 2005 T/C about a year ago whining noise noticed when cold go away after warming up did not think much of it. Started up again this winter check the power steering low filled up improved steering, then noticed leak in driveway went to garage told have to replace rack power steering about a $800 job. Checked out online and found a lot of similar complaints so my question is when is Chrysler going to step up to the plate with the recall.

- Lakeside, CT, USA

problem #51

Dec 202010

Town & Country

  • miles


Own a 2005 chyrsler Town & Country touring van, w/93K miles. In the past 2 years, the power steering fails w/O warning when the van travels over water. The dealer thinks it's a weak tension bar on a power belt, but he can't be certain. The power steering loss lasts about 15-30 seconds and severely compromises maneuverability and control of the vehicle. It also appears to short out the alternator because the battery warning light goes on. Is there anything in your data base about this? I can find no recalls for this year or model.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #50

May 102009

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • miles
We own a 2005T own & country touring, with 52,000 original miles. Took it in for scheduled maintenance and an oil change this morning (it's last service was about 4 mos. Ago at around 43,000 miles). The service manager said the technician noticed the power steering fluid level was low and upon inspecting the bushings noted a leak which he attributed to the (rack and pinion steering assembly). The service manager said that the rack and pinion assembly will have to be completely replaced, estimated cost $800 parts and labor. I've done some research and apparently this is a problem most owners are having.I was alarmed to learn that there was a several month back order on these assemblies with in Chrysler. I smell a rat, there's either an impending recall or perhaps a class action lawsuit brewing here. They have people waiting for this part (back order) because is such a huge problem. Go to [] so you can see some of the people with this problem. Please advise [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #49

Dec 222010

Town & Country

  • 89,000 miles
2005 Town and country steering problem. Pump is leaking and the dealership says rack needs to be replaced. Dealership said this is a known faulty issue with this years model and it must be done or could lead to a crash.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #48

Dec 022010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Leaking steering rack causing abnormal grinding sounds in the power steering reservoir and potentially damaging the power steering pump. This low level of power steering fluid could result in loss of ability to steer the vehicle effectively.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #47

Jun 112010

Town & Country

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the steering column made a loud whining sound. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the problem was common but there was no remedy for it. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Waverville, NC, USA

problem #46

Nov 102010

Town & Country

  • miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country which ive put about 30,000 miles on give or take. Recently over the past year ive experienced issues with the power steering. My belt broke when arriving at an airport parking lot, stranding my vehicle with my father in law. Since then ive experienced issues with it, noises, slippage when it gets water from puddles on it, etc. Ive looked online for help and find many similar issues with the belt slippage, as well as problems with defective power steering pumps, rack & pinion, etc for this vehicle. Chrysler does not have a recall on it nor sees it as a problem, disregarding the many people who have and complain of this issue. This is a highly dangerous issue as when the power steering goes out of your vehicle you cannot turn!! had this ever happened to me, with my children in the car driving down the road I am sure this would have resulted in injury to us or innocent bystanders. This needs to be looked at and addressed. I have been told that if it is my pump im looking at a cost of over $700, if it is my rack and pinion over $1400, the belt replacement cost me $200. And according to others, even when its fixed they still have problems! I now avoid driving in the rain for fear I will lose control without steering, which is hard as our car is the only one in our household and I commute my husband to and from work, as well as my daughter to and from school, all the while with a 4yr old in the back seat.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #45

Sep 072010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 67,550 miles
My 2005 Town & Country has been leaking power steering fluid for the last couple of years. A mechanic just told me that the rack & pinion needs to be replaced, estimate of $1000. My van has 67,000 miles on it, but this problem has been going on for a couple of years. My car was at the dealer a couple of years ago, and they told me they added power steering fluid, but never said anything about it needs to be replaced. Of course, at that time, it was still under warranty. Makes me feel like I was deceived. My mechanic said this happens often with this van. Why hasn't this been recalled yet? this isn't something that should need to be replaced.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jul 162010

Town & Country

  • 62,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Town and country mini van having to have steering column replaced on it after recent purchase dealer will not fix knowing the problem exist. Fraudulently sold the car knowing the problem and not disclosing it to me. Started after one month after purchase and key was stuck in ignition. Seems to be a common and very highly complained about problem. I traded a perfectly working not one thing wrong car for this one that the dealer made a huge profit on and fraudulently lied about any problems with this. Replacement is stated at 1300 dollars after one month of ownership. Chrysler should fix this known defect and the dealer should be investigated for fraud.

- Carlsbad, NM, USA

problem #43

Jun 252010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 88,201 miles
Power steering pump is making a loud whining noise. Started occurring in the colder months just when the car was started and the wheel was turned. Now a constant noise. Need to replace pump before it goes out and cracks mantle.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #42

Jun 042010

Town & Country

  • miles
In order to continue driving my Chrysler Town and country LX, I will have to pay close to $1000 to have the steering rack replaced. If I do not get this expensive repair, I risk having no power steering while I am driving myself or my family around. This could be very dangerous if I am on the highway and suddenly have to adjust my speed or position when there are other cars traveling at high speeds. I went online to research this problem. What I found is this is a serious problem with the 2005 and 2006 Chrysler Town and country vehicles. There are many other customers who have had to have this part replaced in their vehicles. Therefore, it is a defect with the Chrysler Town and country and not a condition of normal wear and tear. I made a request to Chrysler to help with the repair and my request was denied. Please force Chrysler to own up to and reimburse their customers for this defect. This money is coming from my much needed vacation fund. My husband is deployed and my three children and I were looking for a chance to vacation near family this summer. Instead we will be spending it locally because I have had to put my money into a poorly designed vehicle. Please make them recall this part. Thank you.

- Lawton, OK, USA

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