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Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Dodge Dakota



Dodge Dakota owners have reported 33 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota 1
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

Was traveling down a regular road when the power steering became very tight and then alternately a little while later became very loose causing over correction. About a month and a half later while traveling between washington and oregon the power steering went out completely in the vehicle. Had the pump and reservoir replaced as well as intake and outtake lines. Problem was not solved had to then replace rack and pinion, vehicle still leaking after this replacement as well. Vehicle has been to two different mechanics both of which cannot determine what the problem is causing the power steering to malfunction consistently. After replacing rack and pinion was also told that ball joints needed replacement.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Dodge Dakota 2
Failure Date: 05/15/2013

After 62000 miles rack and pinion needed to be replaced that warranty does not cover, 62000 is too soon to be replacing rack and pinion.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2010

2005 Dodge Dakota. Defective steering components. 68,000 miles. Vehicle shakes during braking and at highway speed. One diagnosis stated 4 defective ball joints and upper control arms requiring replacement. Another diagnosis by a Dodge dealer states one defective ball joint, defective rack and pinion and brake calipers sticking. Dodge states there is not a recall on the mentioned parts for my particular vehicle.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 4
Failure Date: 06/08/2010

First falure of power steering pump which was replaced now leaking at rack and pinion.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 5
Failure Date: 12/20/2009

I have read so many of these same issues that I am having with my 2004 Dodge Dakota. The steering is locking up and very hard to turn. I've taken it into a dealership 3 times now, and they have replaced power steering pump, checked my rack and pinion, and all other options and the problem is still occurring. Very scary. Just had a baby and don't know what to do at this point where no one knows what the problem is. I have read up so many of these same complaints and they are all the same as what I am experiencing. There has got to be a problem and should be recalled. Very hard to turn wheel and go stiff loose stiff loose. Please advise. Thank you.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Dakota. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel becomes difficult to maneuver. The contact replaced the rack and pinion himself. There have been no other failures since the repair. The current mileage was 48,000 and failure mileage was 46,000.


car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 7
Failure Date: 02/17/2006

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated while driving 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000. Rk.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 8
Failure Date: 07/19/2005

We have had problems with loose steering on our 1998 Dodge Dakota for approx. 2 years now. We have had a couple adjustments, and parts replaced and finally have been told that is an issue with the manufacturing of the steering components and it will cost us in excess of $1000 to repair. I went online to see if anyone else has had similar problems with this and found out that there are literally hundreds of complaints out there for this very problem. It appears to me that Dodge is not concerned with all these complaints but I wanted to file mine anyway. I was told by my garage that the vehicle is safe to drive, but I read story after story of accidents that have caused severe damage to vehicles, injury and even death.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

1999 Dodge Dakota ball joints were loose. The rack and pinion was also loose.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 10
Failure Date: 04/07/2005

Ball joint failure at 53,000 miles. Also, leak in steering rack.


 
car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 11
Failure Date: 03/22/2005

The consumer stated that there was a shimmy/vibration in the front suspension. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three separate times for inspection and repair. The rack and pinion, front shocks and all four tires had been changed. The problem still exist. The consumer had been in contact with the manufacturer. (12/05/05) the vehicle had been to three different dealers with no results.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 12
Failure Date: 03/16/2005

Rack and pinion failure 48,000 miles. Seals leaking and pump whining. .

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 13
Failure Date: 02/12/2005

While driving at highway speed steering rack and pinion failed, causing the vehicle to pull to the left, and resulting in a collision. Consumer had the vehicle towed. Dealership will be notified.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 14
Failure Date: 01/27/2005

2005 Dodge Dakota play in steering every since purchased one year ago as an off lease return. Now truck is in shop due to accident involving front end damage from impact with pillar / pole. Accident unrelated to steering problem. Was contacted by repair shop today and they state all is repaired except the unrelated steering problem and that it is not part of accident and will be separate cost if I want it repaired and that it is loose steering column and rack and pinion loose.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 15
Failure Date: 12/13/2004

Consumer was making a right turn a loud knocking noise was heard coming from the front. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the rack and pinion,and both front driver's side and passenger's side upper ball joints needed to be replaced.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 16
Failure Date: 11/29/2004

2002 - Dodge Dakota: truck mechanically sound when it comes to the engine. Recently had a tune-up & 27 point inspection @ 50,000 miles and was informed that the upper and lower ball joints need replacement and would cost about $1200. 00 to fix. The dealers mechanic asked if I have been hear a "clunking" sound when making sharp turns. I advised the mechanic that this sound started happening around 30,000 miles but did not pay to much attention. I asked the dealership if it was common for this to happen so prematurely. No answer. Any recalls in the works. There seems to be may issues from others surrounding the balljoints!!! if I would have known about the additional cost of $1200. 00 maybe I would not have considered purchasing the truck in the first place. Fp.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 17
Failure Date: 11/08/2004

While driving steering wheel jumped on its on. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and took it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the rack and pinion steering and upper ball joint needed to be replaced.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 18
Failure Date: 10/05/2004

I have 44,000 miles on my 2001 quad cab Dakota 4x4 and the steering has gotten really bad. It clunks and pops on turns and bumps so bad to the point I'm afraid to drive it. There is no reason this new of a vehicle and low mileage should have this kind of problem. Chrysler refuses to do anything about since my warranty is up and the dealer wants $930 to replace the rack & pinion steering which might not be bad.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 19
Failure Date: 07/27/2004

I had loss of control of my vehicle this morning which I believe is a direct result of my steering/ball joint / rack and pinion failure. It's at the dealer now being looked over thoroughly. The dealer just replaced the intermittent steering shaft last week.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 20
Failure Date: 07/08/2004

Bad ball joints and tie rod ends.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 21
Failure Date: 05/01/2004

Recall campaign : the vehicle's ball joints failed prior to recall notification 04v-596. The vehicle' s ball joints, rack and pinion steering and outer tire rods also had to be replaced. The consumer request reimbursement.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 22
Failure Date: 05/14/2003

I own a 2002 Dodge Dakota. At 27,000 miles, the dealership replaced all four ball joints. They also worked on the 4 wheel drive. At 34,000 miles they replaced three ball joints and worked on the 4 wheel drive. At 42,000 miles they replaced the rack and pinion on the passenger side and worked on the 4 wheel drive. At 49,000 miles I had to replace wheel bearings in the passenger side. Fortunately, I have not had any accidents. I have heard noises and taken it to the dealership or my mechanic. I am very concerned about driving it. I do not feel safe driving it anymore. I think they have some serious front end problems that they should be addressing. I don't think I should be footing the bill for it. I am also very upset that the dealership and Dodge have known about the problems and chose to blame them on other conditions caused by the owner.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 23
Failure Date: 10/15/2002

Consumer states while driving approx 45 mph vehicle's power steering failed w/o warning. Checked by dlr who advised rack and pinion failed. Mr.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 24
Failure Date: 08/14/2002

Have had 3 power steering racks in 8000 miles and still not right. Steering wheel is coked to the left and steering is sloppy. Also, loud popping noises when making hard turns. Dt.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 25
Failure Date: 12/07/2001

When turning to the left the steering wheel will lockup and no turn. Heard popping noise and steering worked again. Replaced rack and pinion.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 26
Failure Date: 11/01/1999

In 1999 steering was tight/ hard to turn, and difficult to steer. Consumer tookvehicle to dealer, and they replaced rack and pinion. Currently, vehicle needs another rack and pinion. Consumer states he thought he saw where there was a recall regarding steering on his vehicle. Ball joints need replaced, however shop could not get the pin out to make repairs. Front end needed alignment, it was out of specs.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 27
Failure Date: 06/02/1999

Defective bolts fell off rack and pinion causing rack and pinion to move up and down, resulting in steering wheel getting stuck, and causing a crash. Please provide further information and VIN#.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 28
Failure Date: 05/01/1999

There is play in the steering wheel which contains the rack and pinion steering, first starting at a half inch, dealer could not find problem, play is up to one inch and a quarter.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 29
Failure Date: 07/02/1998

While driving can hear a humming sound. Took vehicle to dealer, and they stated it was rack and pinion steering. Please provide any further information.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 30
Failure Date: 04/22/1998

While driving at 40-50 mph consumer heard a sound coming from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who informed the consumer that rack and pinion needed replacement.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 31
Failure Date: 12/26/1997

Rack & pinion experiencing failure, when driving over 40 mph vehicle experience noise, since date of purchase.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 32

At a stop or slow rate of speed,and turning steering wheel all the way to left/to right ,it will hang up in the postion ,will not retract back. Dealer has replaced rack and pinion and steering column. Dealer cannot fix defect.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 33

Vehicle is experiencing slack in the steering column. Also, there is a problem with the rack and pinion steering. Right side of the vehicle is causing the tires to wear unevenly. There is a rattling and squeaking noise in the front right side.