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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,056 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan steering problems

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #16

Nov 122015

Caravan

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that when driving on wet roads, the power brakes and steering failed. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the pulley needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Uhrichsville, OH, USA

problem #15

Jan 062015

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 150,677 miles
I am the second owner of a 1998 Dodge Caravan and bought a carfax report when purchasing which was clean showing no accidents, no problems. The one recall alert on this year and model was taken care of previously. The car has generally been dependable, other than ongoing problems with the instrument cluster which fails intermittently and all the panel lights go off. On January 6th, 2015 I was shopping not far from home and upon exiting the store parking lot to leave (2-3 mph) turning the wheel normally while backing up from my space, the entire steering wheel just fell into my hands leaving it attached by only a few wires. There was no prior warning of the upcoming failure, no shaking, no wobble, nothing.I am a senior and was in the car alone. Luckily, some strangers helped push me back into parking space by holding and turning the steering wheel in place, as it would not snap back in. The tow truck driver stated that in his career he had never seen this, my experienced mechanic said the same. The car is currently in the shop. The entire column has to be replaced, the clock spring, etc. And even with used parts it will be costly. I live in the la area with a lot of traffic on every street. What frightens me is that I would likely have been killed had this happened while driving, and especially since I had first planned on going to a mall via freeway. This was a tragic accident waiting to happen. How many more of these steering wheels have fallen off unreported" how many more are ready to occur to some unlucky driver"

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 282013

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
The belt keeps slipping off on my Dodge Caravan. This has been continual. The forums are full of these complaints. It is the serpentine belt. I have been back and forth to the mechanic. They try everything, but when it is wet, it comes off. I even try not to drive in rain, but after the rains, I drive a short distance and its off again., I called the dealership that seems to take no responsibility for this. This is really dangerous, as it is very hard to turn the wheel. Fortunately so far, I have not been going at speed during these incidents. I had the tensioners tightened again last month, and its off again.

- Canoga Park , CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 132010

Caravan

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The serpentine belt on my 98 Dodge Caravan keeps breaking. When it does, I lose control of the car. I bought the car December 17, 2009 and have had the belt break 4 times since then, causing me near miss accidents and has left me stranded along the highway with my young children.

- Lancaster , PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 132010

Caravan

  • 100,000 miles
The serpentine belt on my 98 Dodge Caravan keeps breaking. When it does, I lose control of the car. I bought the car December 17, 2009 and have had the belt break 4 times since then, causing me near miss accidents and has left me stranded along the highway with my young children.

- Lancaster , PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 102010

Caravan

  • 250,000 miles
The serpentine belt popped off my 1998 Dodge Caravan, it is 02/10/10 -- the day of the blizzard. This happened before on the day of the blizzard in December. This leads to an immediate loss of power steering during the worst possible driving conditions. When I tried to find out what had happened in December, two mechanics at the Dodge dealership both immediately knew what had happened. They said it happens all the time when ice or snow gets up under the car. I believe this is a very dangerous manufacturer's defect. Loss of critical steering capability during the worst possible driving conditions.

- Marshall, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 102008

Caravan

  • 214,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No accident.

- Guys, TN, USA

problem #9

Nov 232004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,223 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Caravan 3.3L and less than 55,000 miles, the tensioner pulley went out of alignment, the bolt holding the tensioner in place was sheared in half, the belt fell off, and the steering locked up immediately. Thank god this happen in the shopping mall parking lot and not on freeway, the van be impossible to control! have the van towed to C&M auto service, have the serpentine belt, the serpentine belt tensioner replaced and re-align the tensioner. The belt/pulley design on this van is flawed and a major safety hazard! in brazil, Chrysler did a recall back in 2000 - due to several issues related to belt/pulley system on the Caravan and Grand Caravan models.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #8

Sep 172004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Experience lost of engine power and steering. Bolts broken and replace gaskets. Lost steering while driving. The front end appeared to be much lower than usual and the belt was hanging below the chassis.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 152004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 65 mph, without any warning consumer lost the control of the steering wheel. Due to one section of the steering pump is rusted and leaking fluid. Dealer notified.

- Orange, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 092003

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer stated the steering locked up when she made a turn to the right and then to the left. Manufacturer was not contacted at the time of this call. Vehicle was taken to a repair shop, and the mechanic was unable to find what was wrong with the vehicle.

- Brookville, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 272002

Caravan

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed on flat surface and no warning the steering wheel will lock up and it will be hard for the consumer to control the vehicle. Dealer notified

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #4

Oct 012002

Caravan

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving all the vehicles dash lights suddenly illuminated. Consumer states the steering wheel got really hard to turn. Took to dealer and they stated that the serpentine belt had fallen off.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 042002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was leaking oil. Took vehicle to mechanic, and mechanic indicated external cylinder gasket was gone. Dealer contacted. Consumer stated that the van had numerous problems, power steering loss, back wheels on fire, complete brake failure and engine would seize and stop.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #2

May 222001

Caravan

  • miles
Engine warning light was on, and consumer saw something hanging from under the car, it was serpentine belt. Then, there was no steering or braking.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998

Caravan

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering column replaced on two occasions, third repair was done to rack and pinion however vehicle continues to experience problems ith steering.

- Reno, NV, USA

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