NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist: Hose, Piping, And Connections Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,000 miles

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1998 Plymouth Breeze steering problems

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1998 Plymouth Breeze Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152011

Breeze 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles


I have noticed that a white smoke has been coming from under the hood, noticeably when the car is turned off, or when I am stopped. I have looked under the hood, and it seems to be coming from behind the engine, on the drivers side. I did replace the valve cover casket, and I thought that was the issue, and cleaned the engine. However, it is still occurring... I notice saturation on the two lines running behind the engines, but not sure if it a crack in the cylinder head. However, I am not loosing oil nor antifreeze. Also, they are not mixing in the engine. It is just happening there. I did find on forums and on NHTSA that there was a recall for the 1999-2000 model year for the stratus/Breeze/cirrus with a 2.4 ltr engine, and that it is most likely the high pressure return line for the power steering. I have not yet checked the fluid level in the P/S. I have heard that other cars have caught fire, and that P/S fluid is highly flammable... I called DaimlerChrysler and they said that with my VIN its not covered under said recall, and the 2 recalls on the car have already been addressed. 1998 Plymouth Breeze, base sdn 2.4L 4cyl engine VIN: [xxx] owner(self): [xxx] please note what I've found: NHTSA campaign id number: 06V001000 NHTSA action number: PE05036 summary: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.4 liter engines, the high pressure power steering hose may prematurely heat age and develop a leak. Also, found on smoke coming from engine compartment. Source of smoke determined to be from power steering fluid leaking from high pressure hose onto exhaust manifold. Defect has been identified in NHTSA action no. PE05036 for this model of car (1998 Plymouth Breeze, 2.4L engine), however, the resulting recall (06V001000) did not include this year model. The recall should be expanded to additional year models identified in NHTSA action no. PE05036 or the manufacturer.... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Scranton, PA, USA

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