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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
163,435 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Caravan steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 242006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 880,007 miles


Subject: Defective serpentine belt design I have a concern about a recent malfunctioning serpentine belt in my 1998 Caravan. The belt has slipped off twice last month while driving in the rain. The first incident left me stranded off the side of the freeway waiting for a tow truck. The second incident occurred when backing out of a parking spot on damp payment (no standing water) while at a rest stop many miles from home. Both incidents occurred on normal pavement and driving during rainy days, and without any warning. The van has the standard 3.0 liter V6 engine with 88K miles, but the serpentine belt installed was less than 1 year old. Two sets of professional mechanics found the belt, the belt tensioner, and all related parts of the system in good working order (including the engine mounts). In summary, the system was well maintained and working as designed. The concern we have is the design of this system. The vehicle has been very reliable during the last eight years. But this particular problem is greatly distressing. Not only is the range of the vehicle limited to a couple of miles with a strong battery, the loss of power assisted steering makes this both a safety and reliability issue.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,601 miles
Consumer had the power steering belt replaced four times. Every time it rained the belt fell off. Chrysler repaired four times at no cost to consumer. The belt fell off again yesterday when it rained. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, and wass awaiting repair.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012002


  • miles
Intermittent power steering assist failure. Especially at low speeds and tight turns, like entering/exiting parking spots.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 302000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Serpentine belt failed for the 4th time while driving. Had heard a funny noise prior to no steering. This caused a loss of steering control. First 2 times was at 35mph. 2nd 2 times was while starting vehicle. Been to dealer each time to have belt replaced. Power steering, water pum, alternator and air conditioner failed.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 151998


  • miles
Heard loud grinding noise, followed immediately by loss of power steering while turning sharply to left. The loss of power was sudden. I simultaneously decelarted nd lessened the degree of turn and the power returned. Have made no sharp turns since, thus no recurrences.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 171998


  • miles
Power steering failed on several occasions.

- Rocky Rive, OH, USA

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