Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 46 problems related to power steering pump (under the steering category).
My minivan has been not wanting to start, the speedometer has been jumping all over the place . I had my fuel pump and filter replaced in December 2014 due to it not starting. Now within the last 2 weeks or so it started to act like it was going to die as I would be driving and sometimes it would jump out of gear. All this last week it has been giving me problems with starting and every time I would get out of the van it would smell like somethings burning. When I turn the key to start it all you could hear is a click, try to start it a couple more times and finally get it to start. Today it wouldn't start no matter how many times I tried to start it. I open the hood and looked at the battery and one terminal looks like it is burnt.
See all problems of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country.
Replaced pump 4 times with no fix.
See all problems of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country.
While driving down the road the road I hear a light click and the engine shuts down, and steering becomes locked and I have to put the car in park to restart the vehicle. When this continued to happen after I heard the click I would look down and the key has moved from the on position to the acc position. This has happened multiple times since 11-14-2012 and happend a lot during 2013, I finally called Chrysler in August of 2013 when the van shut down while driving and one time while sitting in line at the bank and that same day while making a left hand turn and almost got hit as lots of traffic during rush hour. I took the van to avondale Dodge and they finally replaced the fuel pump as they found it was cracked this was in October of 2013, so my claim was closed with Chrysler. Van shut down again on 12-22-13 while looking at christimas lights in my community. There have been several other incidents since 12-22-13 that my van has shut down the latest being on 6-4-14 while driving on the 101 freeway going 65 miles an hour. I had to think quick and I remember that my son who has a 2005 Dodge ram had this same issue with his truck and he told me to put the transmission into neutral and restart the van as it was coasting and then put it back into drive. The van restarted and I was able to get to my destination and back home without issue. I called Chrysler on 6-6-14 to report that the issue continues and that it happened on the freeway this last time. They started a new claim and had me take it back to larry h. Miller avondale Dodge. The dealer can still not recreate the issue! I fear for the safety of myself, children and grandchildren.
See all problems of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country.
After fill up, vehicle stalls, the engine cuts off and the vehicle loses all power and power steering. This happened first on a cross country trip and caused some serious safety concerns when attempting to exit the gas station and merge onto the highway. This problem has been occurring regularly from the first instance in 2011. When fueling, the van is never over filled; we fill until the pump clicks off. This seems to be a fairly common problem in this generation of minivans as represented in online forums trying to diagnose the problem.
See all problems of the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country.
Several tmes the head lights have went out while going down the road. Can not find any thing loose or corroded. Mostly happens during damp weather. The wipers have quit once also. Power steering pump is going out also.
2005 town and country steering problem. Pump is leaking and the dealership says rack needs to be replaced. Dealership said this is a known faulty issue with this years model and it must be done or could lead to a crash.
Power steering pump is making a loud whining noise. Started occurring in the colder months just when the car was started and the wheel was turned. Now a constant noise. Need to replace pump before it goes out and cracks mantle.
My wife was driving our 2004 Chrysler town and country. She was unable to turn the steering wheel to the left. Luckily she was in a parking lot at low speed and was able to stop. I drove the van around some and the problem would come and go. Took to dealer for repair. $1300 to replace steering rack, pump, etc. I've read that this is a very common problem with this model. Manager at the dealer was in agreement. Told me that the replacement rack should hold up because it was an improvement over the original equipment. Chrysler must realize this is a defect. Hope no one gets killed.
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I have a 2006 Chrysler town and country van that is having power steering problems. I only have 44,000 miles now and the problem started at 35,000 miles. I took it to the dealer twice before my 36k mile warranty was up and they said it was a common noise. I said okay and left, now I need a new power steering pump that could have been done under warranty. This noise and problem starts about 30 minutes after I start driving or the fluid gets warm. This problem makes it difficult to steer the van. I have not replaced the pump yet due to the cost of repairs. The dealer estimate is around $600-700. I googled this problem and found a web site at edmunds. Com. This site has 84 posts about the same problem. The posts start on 11/29/07 thru today. Thank you for your time.
I own a 2000 Chrysler town and country with a 3. 8 liter engine. I've had the serpentine belt fall off numerous times in the past starting at 95000 miles and then at 131000. I replaced the belt 3 times along with the tensioner and belt along with the water pump to try to eliminate this issue and it worked. . . . For a year. . . . It just had it happen again. After reading issues on the internet, this apparently is a common issue. Luckily when it happened, I was driving and was able to steer the vehicle without power steering. If it were my wife driving, the steering issue becomes a safety issue. I feel Chrysler should be held accountable for this safety related issue. I've not seen any recalls with regards to this issue.
See all problems of the 2000 Chrysler Town & Country.
Power steering pump was replaced, then started making noise. Turned out to be a leaking upper power steering hose. There was a recall on this vehicle for this hose but our VIN was not included in the recall. We paid to get the hose replaced, and we are wondering if this is a continuing problem with this power steering hose that may affect more vehicles than originally were recalled. I do have the old power steering hose.
At approx 58000 miles the steering system began to make a whining noise. Power steering fluid levels were at proper levels but it sounded like a dry pump. Then the power steering became erratic. Turning easy then part way through the turn it became very difficult and then without warning easy again. Very dangerous. Eventually the rack had completely failed.
See all problems of the 2003 Chrysler Town & Country.
Steering locks up during cold and/or wet conditions. I grinding noise is always present but gets very loud during slow turns. On first dealer visit I was told the ps pump was the problem and there was a recall pertaining to that unit. After the recall service was performed, the same noise was diagnosed as a brake problem. Now that the brake caliperand rotors have been replaced the dealer indicated rack system needs to be replaced. This has become more than a nuisance it is a safety issue when steering become unreliable.
Started hearing a groaning type noise from under the hood when turning, backing and certain other conditions about 1 year ago which I figured was the power steering pump. I finally and reluctantly returned to the Chrysler dealer to have it looked at and was told that the steering rack has a leak and that and the power steering pump had to be replaced. Of course my 3/36 warranty had expired in September 07 and I only have 39000 miles on the van. I feel this is a huge problem with these vans and there should be a recall and we should be reimbursed for our expenses which in my case cost me $1350! this could be much more serious with injury occurring if the unit had run dry and I lost control of the steering.
About 6 months ago I started hearing a whine/groan when making sharp turns. It was originally decided that I need a new power steering pump. I took my vehicle in while getting my tires changed it was then switched to I needed a new power steering rack. Every garage told me something different. 1500 dollars later I am with a new power steering pump, reservoir, rack, cooler hose, and fin packed hose and still the whine and shudder and groan while making sharp turns or into parking spaces. I am in tears and feel helpless with this vehicle. It's in gorgeous condition, however totally unaware of if I want it anymore to drive my children around in due to safety concerns. After spending 20k + on a vehicle, where is the customer service and satisfaction??.
Whinning-nosies from power steering unit or rack. The fluid is full ,but the unit makes a noise like it's out of fluid. The noise is getting a lot worse.
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph on normal road conditions, the steering system started making a loud noise while turning. There were no warning lights illuminated prior to the incident. The vehicle was taken to an independent certified mechanic, who determined the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. Also, the hydraulic pump should be replaced to prevent a major failure due to noticed metal shavings. Neither the dealership nor the manufacturer had been contacted. The contact expressed concern because the vehicle had little use and should not have this safety defect.
No events led up to failure
power steering pump failed 3 xs in 6 months @39000 miles. Even after doing tsbs, and replacing with oem pump, it failed again!.
See all problems of the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country.
Low moaning noise coming from the front end. More pronounced during cold weather and when making turns. Dealer told me the brakes were bad (after 25k miles). Replaced the brakes and the noise still there. Over time the noise became even louder. Couldn't stand the noise any longer and took the car to the dealer 20 months later at 45k miles. I was told the power steering pump, water pump, serpentine belt, and tensioner needed replacing. The water pump was under warranty. Replaced everything and moaning noise returned the next day (it sounded worse). Dealer drained p. S. Fluid and added p. S. Fluid conditioner and the noise is now gone. While listening for the moaning noise to return I'm hearing noises I haven't heard before. I wonder if the p. S. Fluid was the problem from the beginning. It would have saved me over nine hundred dollars in repair costs.
In January of 2004, a local Chrysler dealership replaced my power steering pump after it was found to be defective. This was done at no cost to me because I was still covered under the 36,000 mile warranty (at the time this was completed, my vehicle had 19,000 miles on the odometer). In December of 2004, the vehicle started making the same noises during turning. In January of 2005, I went back to the same local dealership to have them look at my vehicle. I was told that the power steering pump they put in 11 months earlier was also defective and since I now had 47,000 miles on my odometer, they would not be replacing the power steering pump free of charge. They have admitted that the part was defective and should last longer than a year but would not be paying to repair it.
A loud squeaking noise was heard coming from the front. While driving and turning the steering wheel consumer noticed that a liquid was leaking from underneath the vehicle and had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the power steering pump was leaking fluid, and needed to be replaced.
Power steering pump failure.
Power steering pump has been replaced 2 times and fluid has been replaced 3 times. Cooler lines for pump have been replaced. Rack & pinion has been replaced. Problem still there. Power steering makes loud whining and moaning noise. All this over 2 months 21193-23700 miles.
While driving and turning consumer heard a loud knocking noise coming from the front. Suddenly the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle , and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that steering pump needed to be replaced and replaced it three times. However, the problem recurred.
While driving belt tensioner broke off, unable to steer vehicle. Contacted dealer.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Power Steering Fluid problems||
|Power Steering Pump problems||
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Power Steering Hose, Piping, And Connections problems||
|Steering Noise problems||
|Steering Column problems||
|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||