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8.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,667 miles

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1996 Chrysler LHS steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Chrysler LHS Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 162008

LHS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Still in need of repair, needs rack & pinion bushings, right outer tie rod end, already had inner tie rod replaced.

- Pelzer, SC, USA

problem #14

Sep 222003

LHS

  • miles
Vehicle experienced steering wheel failure. (nar) while driving both tie rod bolts broke. This caused the vehicle to continue on a straight path although the consumer was turning the wheel. The consumer feels that since the manufacturer knew about the faulty component that they should reimburse her for the amount of the repair.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 152004

LHS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The tie rod ends wore out prematurely. Consumer stated he was going on the fourth set of tie rods at 125,000 miles.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 282004

LHS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

Inner tie rod ends only last realistically about 10,000 miles, become completely unserviceable in 20,000. I am sure Chrysler is aware of this poor design/material problem. Additionally, the steering box also has problems with the mounting bushings. Be advised that I have replaced the inner tie rods twice, then the bushings when they became available in after market form. Chrysler, after my many complaints, replaced the tie rod ends(once again) and the steering box due to movement of the box due to bushing wear. Once again, the tie rod bushings need to be replaced. This car now has almost 80,000 miles. Isn't this ridiculous. Having at one time been a front end mechanic I know how dangerous this problem is. The car is a 1996 Chrysler Lhs. I expect some relief from this.

- Bassfield , MS, USA

problem #11

Sep 012001

LHS

  • miles
Power rack and pinion bushing failed to where rack was moving when I turned the wheel giving the driver so much play in the steering it was hard to control the car I assume the front steering linkage which was prematurally worn also contributed to this uncontrollable steering.the left rear trrailing arm completly failed when it rust all the way thru causing the car to be uynsafe to do drive as the axile was splayed out and pushed back. I really give the milage of just 75000 that this was a premature complete failure of the suspension system and a very unsafe condition that could have had serious ramification had I not been able to bring this car under control. As for the A/C evaporator Chrysler fixed trhat as well as the transmission and the recalled fuel rail.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 152001

LHS

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering has a lot of play, and is very loose. Dealer found problem to be with the tierod ends, both inner.

- Englishtown, NJ, USA

problem #9

Dec 222000

LHS

  • miles

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

Both inner tie rods came apart and were replaced.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 272000

LHS

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving drivers side tie rod end rattling due to tie rod wearing out. Consumer feels that the rod may fall off, and there will be no steering.

- Owens Mills, MD, USA

problem #7

May 102000

LHS

  • miles
Inside tie rod bushing failed shortly after being saturated with anti-freeze from water pump failure.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 102000

(reported on)

LHS

  • miles
After the replacement of cv joint boot, vehicle started to vibrate. Vibration caused the tie rod end bushings to go bad. Dealer has inspected vehicle, and will repair again at the owners expense.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 032000

(reported on)

LHS

  • miles

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

The problem started last year with a cold sqwak noise when steering the car. I had that fixed but the problem started again 9 months later and developed into a major problem. I had the car towed to the dealer because the steering seemed loose and I was having trouble controling it. They replaced the inner ti rods and sent me on my way. I returned the car a few days later after being told by another garage that the steering was still loose under the car. They then told me I needed a new rack and pinion steering replacement. I hesitated and took the car to another Chrysler dealer for repairs. They told me the car needed outer ti rod replacement along with a wheel alingment and also that the inner ti rods were not installed properly. They also told me that this problem should have been diagnosed at the original dealership. This could have been a disaster if left to go unrepaired. After some research I found that this is not the only time there has been problems with the steering on these cars. I feel there has been some negligence on the part of the 1st dealer and also Chrysler. I notified them after this started and they told me I was on my own. I had the car fixed but I think that this might be a design problem that should be addressed.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 221999

LHS

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced two difference incidents: First, while traveling on freeway at 70 mph tie rod end broke, causing loss of steering (no collision or injuries). Second incident occurred while traveling on the freeway at 60 mph, rack and pinion came locked due to valve failure and caused steering wheel to lock, almost causing a vehicle collision (again no damages to other vehicle or injuries received). On both occasions, repairs was done at consumer's cost.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 011999

LHS

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at high speeds tires would wobble and vibrate due to the bushing on the inner tie rod going bad. Dealer said the rack and pinion also needs to be replaced.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 081999

LHS

  • miles
My car was repaired at olson tire - store # 06-17 in port St lucie Florida on May 11, 1999. My invoice says they replace a rack and pinion unit and a tie rod end at a cost of $1521.86 including labor and applicable taxes. On Friday, Oct 8, 1999, I was backing out of parking space when I heard a "clunk" I looked around saw that I did not hit anything and tried to pull forawrd. The car just rocked in place. I got out and saw that my D. side tire was turned and the P.side tire was straight. Bottom line was that the bolt that holds the rack in was sheered off (broke). According to what I have been told, these bolts just don't break. My warranty company will not pay for the repair beacuse a bolt is hardware"?? and olson wanted to chrage me $300++++ to fix the problem. I am very concerned about this"bolt". had I been driving when this occurred, there could have benn some very serious consequences. Where do I go from here?"

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998

LHS

  • miles
Tire rod end broken. Dealer wants $410 to repair part.

- Ga, GA, USA

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