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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 011998

Grand Caravan

  • miles

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

During rain, snow, or icy conditions, the accessory belt pully or idler gets wet and the belt comes off resulting in loss of power steering, power brakes, alternator, etc. This has happened on 4 separate occasions, the most recently 04/22/01 during a rain storm in Chicago. I believe that there is a sheild or something missing to prevent water, snow, and/or ice from splashing up onto the belt pullies.

- Plover, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 201999

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tensioner on engine had broken twice. Repaired first time under warranty. Second time not under warranty. Had lost power steering due to tensioner breaking.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 012000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Power steering belt comes off when driving through snow greater than 6 inches in depth. Caused sudden loss of power steering and loss of vehicle control. Technical bulletin from repair shop indicates that the tensioner arm on this model is defective (insufficiant tension to keep belt on), and that it needs a snow shield. Snow under vehicle gets pushed into belt assembly causing belt to fall off. Technical bulletin indicates the corrective procedure (stronger tensioning arm and snow shield) will be covered only if vehicle is under warranty. For questions, please use E-mail address. The work phone listed will only be current until 01/24/00. New work phone is undetermined at this time.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 081998

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Serpentine belt comes off when consumer rides through puddle causing steering wheel to lock up and resulting in loss of power steering.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 081998

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Serpentine belt comes off when consumer rides through puddle causing steering wheel to lock up and resulting in loss of power steering.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 051999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Serpentine belt snaps causing power steering and power brakes to fail as well as causing the car to overheat. This has happened 5 times! steering column has needed to be replaced. Transmission has been in for service 3 times and still is not working properly. This vehicle is a safety problem if any one of these things should fail again.

- Burlington, MA, USA

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