hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,471 miles

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1998 Chrysler Town & Country steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 122015

Town & Country

  • 152,000 miles


While driving in snow and rain for one day the steering wheel froze up, the battery light went on, and I was no longer able to drive. I was on a flat street and in motion when it occurred.

- Alturas, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 052014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 300,000 miles
Vehicle continues to turn off when slowing down and must restart vehicle while approaching a light or going up a hill. Vehicle taken to repair shop prior and could not find anything wrong with vehicle, repair shop confirmed issues. Have report from shop indicating concern for safety while driving vehicle. Looked for recalls regarding this and nothing reported. Again, vehicle stops running intermitently and must restart vehicle. All power to vehicle stops.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #10

Oct 052013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Serpentine belt slipped off when driving in rainy conditions with child in vehicle. Causing loss of power steering and engine to overheat. Was stranded and had to call family to be picked up. Had to have car towed and pay out of pocket expense to have serpentine belt put back on.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #9

Dec 202010

Town & Country

  • 82,000 miles


After driving in the rain several days in a row, including a muddy dirt road, hit a mud puddle and suddenly lost power in steering. Was a belt laying on the ground under right side of car. Car towed to auto repair shop. Was told 1998 Chrysler Town and country vans have this problem when it rains. Belt reinstalled. Now cautious of driving in rain. Would like to find solution.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 172010

Town & Country

  • 199,000 miles
Repeated dismount of serpentine belt from crankshaft pulley due to water splashing from right front tire. Has occurred four or five times since owning the 1998 vehicle in 2001. This caused the abrupt loss of power steering, braking and electrical power from the alternator. No action has been taken by Chrysler to provide S shield to protect this area.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #7

Dec 222004

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Chrysler Town and country developed problems with the tie rod and the rack and pinion system. There was binding and popping when turning the steering wheel to the right. The rack and pinion steering gear was replaced and an alignment was performed.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 152002

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles


While driving in rain the fan belt which provides power to steering, battery and engine cooling falls off. Failure causes immediate loss of steering & within 20 seconds engine overheats & disables vehical until towed. Dealer attempted to fix under warranty 6 times (new tensioner, new pulley whee and new pipes to drain water. Same result each time, after period of time occurs again. Car is to dangerous to drive.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 152002

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
First transmission problem was on a secondary road, had to turn around and when I went to back up would not go in reverse or forward. Had to be towed. Again having a problem with the transmission on August 23, 2003. It is jerking when I go into reverse or forward. Will have to be towed to garage. Last December was coming of an exit and bolt broke off from steering that goes into the transmission

- Mohnton, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152002

Town & Country

  • miles
While driving vehicle in a puddle steering wheel belt would come off, causing the steering wheel to lock up.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 102002

Town & Country

  • 72,150 miles
Steering failed on my previous Chrysler new yorker at the same mileage. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763027

- Lanoka Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 202001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective clock spring caused problems within steering and cruise control operations. It can also effect horn and airbag light. The clock spring failed prematurly resulting in air bag and the cruise control failure.

- Paducah, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 212000

Town & Country

  • miles
Consumer has a brand new car, each time vehicle is driven consumer has problems with the steering- steering became difficult/very tight to turn. On some occasions has lost control.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

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