Power Steering noise Dodge Caravan

Power Steering noise Dodge Caravan

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Kenny Carroll

Lexington, KY

#1 Sep 22, 2008
Experienced problems with noise power steering, was ready to replace the rack and pinion or the power steering pump until I read on this forum that the power steering reservoir had an internal filter. Replaced the reservoir and all noises went away. I cut the top off the old reservoir and sure enough part of the filter was plugged up. The return line comes into the top half and filters back to the supply line. Mine was starving the supply line. Who would have thought?? Thanks for the information and to whoever figured this out. A big THANKS
Kenny in Ky 2003 Caravan with 74K miles
Dave

Hartland, WI

#2 Nov 30, 2009
I had a 2003 dodge grand caravan (90,000 miles) with a steering whine. The noise seemed to be worse as the engine warmed up and also would make a loud whine when you turned a sharp corner with the brakes on. I just replaced the reservoir with the filter inside tonight and the whine has gone away. My friend also has a 2004 caravan and they just started to hear the whining noise. I think this may be a common issue. Thanks to everyone who discovered this issue. This saved me a lot of time and money.
Ronald

New Albany, IN

#3 Jan 6, 2010
After reading all peoples input on this, and trying some suggestions and accendantly found Super Tech Power Steering Fluid that is manfactured for wal Mart and it fixed the problem, just added a little.
Dave J

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Jan 6, 2010
Kenny Carroll wrote:
Experienced problems with noise power steering, was ready to replace the rack and pinion or the power steering pump until I read on this forum that the power steering reservoir had an internal filter. Replaced the reservoir and all noises went away. I cut the top off the old reservoir and sure enough part of the filter was plugged up. The return line comes into the top half and filters back to the supply line. Mine was starving the supply line. Who would have thought?? Thanks for the information and to whoever figured this out. A big THANKS
Kenny in Ky 2003 Caravan with 74K miles
Dave J FL 2004 Caravan pwr steering pump noise. replaced reservoir
($ 26), new fluid, seems that noise is less. opened old reservoir and the filter inside was certainly caked with black sludge. certainly the pump would have been starved for fluid. Jan 2010
banshee89

Tolland, CT

#5 Jan 17, 2010
Kenny Carroll wrote:
Experienced problems with noise power steering, was ready to replace the rack and pinion or the power steering pump until I read on this forum that the power steering reservoir had an internal filter. Replaced the reservoir and all noises went away. I cut the top off the old reservoir and sure enough part of the filter was plugged up. The return line comes into the top half and filters back to the supply line. Mine was starving the supply line. Who would have thought?? Thanks for the information and to whoever figured this out. A big THANKS
Kenny in Ky 2003 Caravan with 74K miles
I found this video on how to change the reservoir:

Since: Oct 09

Tempe, AZ

#6 Jan 18, 2010
All the whinning noise are gone after replacing the Power Steering pump resevoir. I just make a trip to SLC clocking 700 over miles without any whinning noise. Thanks to this forum for providing such a good information.
power steering hoses

Saint Charles, MO

#7 Jan 31, 2010
manta5 wrote:
All the whinning noise are gone after replacing the Power Steering pump resevoir. I just make a trip to SLC clocking 700 over miles without any whinning noise. Thanks to this forum for providing such a good information.
Do you need to also replace both of the rubber hoses?
happypappy

Andover, NJ

#8 May 7, 2010
Thanks...changed the reservoir and added Mopar fluid..now...NO NOISE! Quiet when steering...Thanks guys for the advice and info..."Saved me some $$$..."
SamBam

Saint Louis, MO

#9 Aug 22, 2010
Is there any chance of just replacing the filter instead of the hole Reservoir?
SamBam

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Aug 22, 2010
Hole?(DA) Whole sounds better
melissa

Bryan, OH

#11 Sep 3, 2010
Anyone have any ideas where to get JUST the reservoir as the dealer doesnt sell them without being in a kit to replace the pump?
backyardfarmer

Torrington, CT

#12 Oct 5, 2010
I'm also looking for a source for the power steering pump reservoir only. Any ideas?
Roxx

United States

#13 Oct 10, 2010
H
backyardfarmer wrote:
I'm also looking for a source for the power steering pump reservoir only. Any ideas?
You don't need to replace the reservoir. Just clean the existing reservoir's screen. Use parts cleaner or carborator cleaner (per the youtube video listed above).

In fact.....the whole repair should run you about $5-$10 total.....and that is all in fluids.
backyardfarmer

Crozier, VA

#14 Oct 11, 2010
Roxx wrote:
H<quoted text>
You don't need to replace the reservoir. Just clean the existing reservoir's screen. Use parts cleaner or carborator cleaner (per the youtube video listed above).
In fact.....the whole repair should run you about $5-$10 total.....and that is all in fluids.
I actually did this Saturday and I believe it has fixed my problem. Cost me less than $7.00. The Hoses are a bit harder to get off than shown in the video but definitely do-able. If you have a whine in your power steering (especially when cold) at normal fluid levels give this a try!
Stacey

Cranford, NJ

#15 Oct 13, 2010
banshee89 wrote:
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I found this video on how to change the reservoir:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =sx1w2YGN_0sXX
Thank you and the guy who posted the video on YouTube.
Agent86

Elizabethtown, PA

#16 Oct 16, 2010
Roxx wrote:
H<quoted text>
You don't need to replace the reservoir. Just clean the existing reservoir's screen. Use parts cleaner or carborator cleaner (per the youtube video listed above).
In fact.....the whole repair should run you about $5-$10 total.....and that is all in fluids.
Tried this today. Removed the the resevoir. Spray Gunk cleaner in outlet and inlet. Let it sit for 10 minutes and repeated. Could actually see the screen getting clean. Seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the great tip.
Abiodun Ogun

Nigeria

#17 Nov 4, 2010
Very useful. My 2004 Grand Caravan just developed same problem
Mot

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#18 Nov 21, 2010
After months of whining, I replaced my resivoir about 2 years ago and have not had a problem since. The screen in the original resivoir had desintegrated, so cleaning was not an option.
Lane

Miami, FL

#19 Dec 21, 2010
Where do I find the reservoir? No mechanic has ever mentioned it to this crippled old widow woman
pjc

Danvers, MA

#20 Dec 31, 2010
You can pick these reservoirs up on ebay for about $24.

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