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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,792 miles

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2002 Dodge Caravan steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 032005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


The contact stated therewas a humming noise and tightness in the steering wheel when starting the vehicle in cold or damp weather. The humming noisewas noticeable when turning the steering wheel to either the left or right. The dealer replaced several seals, gaskets, the power steering pump, several hoses, and wiring. None of these replacement parts solved the problem. The manufacturer told the contact they were aware of this problem, and there may be a recall or an extended warranty within a year.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012004

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer heard a shuttering noise coming from the front right tire when turning the steering wheel to the right. The rack and pinion was replaced but the problem still existed. The consumer was told the power steering was the problem and had already been replaced. Also when the A/C was turned on, it made a loud noise.

- Rio Linda, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 162003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,169 miles
Power steering pump makes a loud whin or growl when turning. This is intermittent and the dealer cannot duplicate. I have driven the vehicle 25 miles to their shop with the sound but by the time they get their tech out to check it, it quits. Another mechanic has heard it and suggested it is a pressure resistence valve. The dealer changed the pump approx 15 months ago and it quit for about 3 months then it began again. It has gotten increasingly more often and louder. The dealer says that the manufaturer will not allow another "random" change of the pump under warranty. I have about 4000 miles left on the 36,000 mile warranty.

- Ash Grove, MO, USA

problem #1

May 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light illuminated on dashboard. Dealer has been notified. However, mechanic can not duplicate the problem. Dealer has serviced problem 3 times. Consumer adds air bag light is on constantly. Occasionally goes off for a few miles. Vehicle is leaking power steering fluid.

- Laconia, NH, USA

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