hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,323 miles

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2006 Dodge Caravan steering problems

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2006 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

May 192013

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The van silently stalls. So far it has only happened at low speeds. When this happens it becomes very hard to steer and brake. The first incident was during a U-turn with my 2yr old child and wife in the car. We ended up having to make use of the wheel chair ramp on the side walk. Mechanics have been unable to diagnose and unable to fix and this is still a problem.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 112012

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
After refueling the engine cut off and lost all power in the van while turning into a parking lot. This happens consistantly after refueling. The van will begin to shake then cut off completely. I am able to restart it again and gain full power. Resently, it cuts off after refueling and in the rain.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #19

Apr 022012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
While driving, the engine just suddenly died, stopped working leaving a 1.7 ton vehicle with no steering or brakes, it was a miracle I rolled to a stop and did not caused an accident it happened a few more times, this vehicle is a ticking time bomb, we need to file a class action lawsuit against Dodge-Chrysler, records show this happened to a lot of people quite a few times.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #18

Mar 142012


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that a loud noise emitted from the vehicle upon starting and power steering fluid was leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure continued. The manufacture was contacted and they stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle and the warranty was expired. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 148,000.

- Crandall , GA, USA

problem #17

Dec 012010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that whenever it rained and the contact made an attempt to turn the steering wheel, the vehicle would resist and it became stuck on the highway. The warning lights also illuminated on the instrument panel. A local mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 69,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #16

Dec 082011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 21,588 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Caravan which has been modified into a braun entervan since I am a quadriplegic. In December of 2010, at about 21,500 miles the power steering started squealing. The power steering fluid was low, so we added some. After another 100 miles, the squealing noise returned, the fluid was low again, so I knew that there was a problem. It was taken in for service and an investigation of the power steering system revealed that the power steering fluid was leaking from the steering gear/rack N pinion unit. Although the vehicle had low mileage, it was more than three years old, so the warranty was expired. I had no recourse except to have them remove and replace the steering rack N pinion assembly at a cost of $870 to me. The service technician told me that there was no way that this system should have failed at this low of mileage and urged me to file a complaint. A year previous, I had to replace the control panel for the electric side door and wheelchair ramp at a cost of $600 to me since the van was five months past the warranty. Because it dealt with a modification to accommodate a wheelchair, I assumed that Dodge would not stand behind it, and didn't file a complaint then. Since I am on social security disability income, these expenses have put a big financial strain on me. With expensive failures like this occurring at this low of mileage, I'm dreading what more may happen.

- Waunakee, WI, USA

problem #15

May 102004


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that there was a recurring failure in which the vehicle would jerk violently without warning. The power steering unit was replaced a total of four times and most recently, the vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who advised that the power steering column would need replacing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance stating that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 87,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #14

May 202011


  • 61,000 miles
My 2006 Dodge Caravan was making a noise when turning so when I got home checked power steering fluid and it was low. When checked the next day it was low again. So had it checked out at a garage and it was leaking from the rack and pinion. So it now needs replaced. Only have 61,000 miles on the car and have noticed it seems to be a constant problem on theses cars. Called a dealership about a recall and was told there is none and there never will be one. Can't afford to replace parts just yet so ijust keep adding fluid till I can get work done. But am very disappointed with Dodge knowing there is a problem with this and not seeming to care about it at all.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 112011


  • 95,000 miles
I bought a 2006 Dodge Caravan in 2009. It had 20,000 at that time. Shortly after purchase we drove the van approximately 100 miles. It began making roaring noises so I pulled over and stopped. After sitting for about 20 minutes, I started the car again and there was no noise. Every time I traveled for over 45 minutes, this would happen. I took the car to be looked at several times but no one could find a problem. Finally in January of this year the car started making this noise all of the time and my son-in-law, who is a mechanic, said that it needed power steering fluid. That fixed the problem for awhile. In March, I took my car in and was told that the rack and pinion needs to be replaced! very expensive! the car is now only making noise when I go through standing water. Also, the airbag warning light illuminates at intervals. It seems that a lot of people are having these same complaints. I think that Dodge needs to do some recalls and some repairs!

- Belton, SC, USA

problem #12

Nov 042010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
There is a serious issue with the steering rack an pump on the 2006 Dodge Caravan. This appears to be a widely reported issue online. Dodge has not taken any action to recall.

- Rutland, MA, USA

problem #11

May 202010


  • 62,000 miles


Rack and pinion steering.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #10

May 182010


  • 46,350 miles
2006 Dodge Caravan is only 4 years old with only 46,350 miles. The Chrysler dealer said that power steering fluid is leaking from both boots, and that eventually the power steering rack will lock up.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #9

Oct 092009


  • 106,729 miles
Air bag lighting on and leaking steering rack air bag sensors right and left plus wiring harness had to be replaced because of road salt winter environment had recall on 2005 Dodge Caravan but not covered on 2006 Dodge Caravan Dodge dealer know about problems with leaking steering rack but won't stand behind there product I just spent $1493.61 having steering rack replaced both left and right impact sensor and harness and evap leak detection pump and hoses along with purge solenoid cause by steering rack and pinion leaking on to pump.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 162009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Caravan. While at a stop light, the contact heard a loud popping noise. She noticed that the steering knuckle failed and the cv axle was twisted. The failure could have been worse if it occurred while driving on a highway. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and they are currently diagnosing the vehicle. The dealer was never notified because the contact could not reach anyone at Chrysler. The vehicle will be repaired. The failure and current mileages were 53,000. Updated 08/04/09 the mechanic stated theaxle failed due to a manufacturing defect. Updated 08/05/09.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #7

May 132009


  • 156,000 miles
Power steering noise.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 072009


  • 54,612 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the steering rack fluid was leaking out of the rack boot. She received a free oil change for her vehicle and the dealer performed a safety inspection at that time. A leak was found in the steering. Through April 20-30,2009 the steering became more difficult to turn. The front brakes were replaced in March of 2009. The current mileage was 55,591 and failure mileage was 54,612.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #5

Feb 102009


  • 72,000 miles
2006 Dodge Caravan 72,000 miles rack-in-pinion power steering system needs replacing. Chrysler dealer said last February they repaired 10,000 such. Someone needs to call them on this. There have been no recalls or compensation. Please look into this.

- Camden, SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 122009


  • 47,500 miles
I noticed that the steering on my 2006 Dodge Caravan was getting hard and that it was making a loud noise. I took it to my mechanic who stated it just need power steering fluid, he filled up. A few months later it did again, I added power steering fluid, then about 2 weeks later there was a puddle of fluid under the van, I added more power steering fluid and took it back to my mechanic, after he checked it he discovered that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. He told me to call Dodge and find out if there were any recalls, since they shouldn't go bad so soon. I called Dodge but they stated that I would have to pay since it is no longer under warranty.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 152007


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Caravan. While driving various speeds in rainy weather conditions, the belts in the vehicle become wet when driving through an inch or more of water. As a result, the vehicle will have reduced power, a loss of power steering, and the alternator will reduce its conductivity. When the failure occurs, the contact is unable to make any turns due to the loss of power steering. He has to wait until the belts dry before the power steering can become operable again. The vehicle has not been taken to a dealer and no repairs have been made. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 22,000 and current mileage was 50,000.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #2

Jun 152007


  • 60,000 miles
Purchased used 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan May 2007, approx 20K miles; after driving an 2-3 hours highway speeds, medium pitch "growling" noise would come from engine area, pitch would go higher with steering; once car stopped for 15-30 minutes no noise heard, but return again after 1 hour of constant highway driving; under warranty dealer changed rack in rack & pinion steering; noise subsided. 6 months later, noise returned and persists, car out of warranty @ 70K+ miles.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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