really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 151999

Caravan 4WD

  • miles


Some part of the turn signal mechanism broke inside the steering column. Evidently, a broken piece moved into such a position as to jam the steering shaft. This occurred during a left turn at a controlled intersection from a stop. The steering jammed in a left turn position giving the feeling to the driver (my wife) that steering control had been lost. Giving the steering wheel significantly greater effort broke free the jam condition allowing us to proceed to the dealer for repair. The service writer's comment was to the effect that this was not unusual. My attitude is that it should never happen because if the driver panics, or the jam can't be broken, a serious accident can happen. I haven't heard of a repair campaign on this type of failure. Other than that instance, this van is fine in every respect. Thanks for your service.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #3

Oct 131999

(reported on)


  • miles
Design of the steering wheel is to high causing poor visibility of other instrument components and indicators.

- Magalia, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 011999


  • miles
While driving 40mph the steering wheel separated from the column. The vehicle has been repaired by an independent mechanic.

- Ft. Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998


  • 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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