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Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Dodge Dakota - part 1

Dodge Dakota owners have reported 46 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: 08/24/2017

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn. The contact replaced the power steering pump, but the abnormal noise continued. Also, the steering wheel became tight and was unable to turn left and right. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the rack and pinion may need to be replaced. The vehicle was also inspected by a dealer (crossroads Jeep and Dodge in prince george, va, 1 (888) 704-5098), but the cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA action number: ea06004 (steering); however, the manufacturer had two technical service bulletins. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Dodge Dakota 2
Failure Date: 03/18/2017

The steering completely locked up and would not turn. Intermittently over the past 3 months the power steering would suddenly stop working and the car was extremely hard to steer and control. After twice replacing the rack and pinion and steering pump the situation seemed to improve. Then suddenly, traveling 70 mph on the freeway, the steering jerked right and when I turned it back to the left it completely locked up and I could not turn the wheels at all, they were locked straight causing us to immediately cross all lanes of the freeway as the road turned forcing us to the center divider.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 3
Failure Date: 10/14/2014

Rack and pinion seal busted while driving at some point resulting in loss of power steering fluid.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota 4
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.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Dodge Dakota 5
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.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Dodge Dakota 6
Failure Date: 07/29/2011

As I start the truck, it kicks when I shift to drive and start to accelerate. I took it to a dealer near me when there was a recall for the rack and pinion and they did not find anything. The truck keeps doing the kick or jumps gears. Maybe the problem is in the cable or the shifter. It keeps doing this to this day and getting worse. Now I have to move the shifter to drive and put it back to park to start the truck. Also the ignition stays on sometimes when the key is removed and this drains the battery. The truck seems to use way to much gas for the driving I do. My job is less than five miles from my house and it uses a lot of gas about 10. 00 every day for such a short distance.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 7
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 8
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 9
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 2002 Dodge Dakota 10
Failure Date: 12/20/2007

'02 Dodge ram 1500 steering loss due to rack and pinion leaking and failing. This has happen twice now and the truck only has 58,000 mi. On it. Please make Dodge recall these trucks before someone gets killed.


 
car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 11
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 2002 Dodge Dakota 12
Failure Date: 03/28/2007

Purchased 2002 Dodge ram used. At first service interval, rack and pinion boots were leaking, main seal was shot. Also had manifold leak, along with a steering problem that causes shaking at 40 mph. Steering problem still remains, and there is a loud rattle that the dealership cannot find. This vehicle has been a nightmare, most recently, my fuel pump decided to quit working. Also, the interior trim, namely the hand grips on the driver and passenger door have been replaced numerous times, due to the cheap plastic that is used as a holding ring. Do not purchase this type of vehicle. Have had nothing but headaches with the truck, from the simple things, to the expensive things. . . Was just told that my head gaskets are shot as well, have spent thousands on this truck, with no returns, do not get this year/model of ram 1500.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 13
Failure Date: 02/20/2007

I had to replace the steering rack and all its components at only 54,000 miles on a 2002 Dodge ram 1500. I looked into this and this is a very common thing to happen, and it should not be happening at such low mileage, some as low as 20,000 miles! I think Dodge needs to look into this and find out why it is falling apart so soon, and possibly issue a recall and a reimbursement for those of us who already spent the 1100 to fix it!.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 14
Failure Date: 08/29/2006

My truck all of the sudden when driving the night before was unable to turn to the right (very difficult. . No proper steering to the right). To the left it was fine. It continued to have the problem when I tried driving again today. I took it to the Dodge dealership today (next morning) and they told me the truck needed a new power steering pump, rack, & pinion. The vehicle is only 3 years old with just over 50,000 miles on it. . . It has been extremely well taken care of since purchasing it from Dodge dealer last fall. This is the 2nd major repair in the last few months (I just had a rear seal or something like that replaced as well). As of right now the truck is still at the dealership until I decide what to do. They say it is not covered under any warranties for this issue or any recalls. It is very upsetting that this new of a vehicle have such major issues already.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 15
Failure Date: 06/15/2006

For no apparent reason and without warning, the rack and pinion steering failed causing excessive leaking of power steering fluid and failure of the power steering. Dodge/Chrysler denied any assistance to the issue. The vehicle is a 2002 Dodge ram 1500 quad cab, 4. 7 liter engine. 72,000 highway miles. It has come to my attention from the dealer that this is a common problem that can happen 2,000 miles to 200,000 miles indicating the continued use of a defective part. Despite my willingness to accept the labor costs of the repair Chrysler refuses to assist with the cost of the $600. 00 part. There is no after market part available due to the truck being "too new" according to the dealer. This part failed due to a manufacturing issue and not abuse on my part. The part can not be repaired and must be replaced since Dodge/Chrysler does not supply a parts package to repair the part. Due to this fact the part must be replaced and not repaired. This is also a great safety issue as the power steering leaked out without warning causing the loss of power steering. An accident could have resulted from the loss of power steering.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 16
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 2002 Dodge Dakota 17
Failure Date: 10/04/2005

Failure of rack and pinion.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 18
Failure Date: 09/28/2005

My 2002 Dodge ram quad cab pickup has 49,000 miles on it. I recently brought it in to get an alignment and brakes checked, when the service writer informed my that my rack and pinion steering was leaking. 49,000 miles! if the steering is lost, the consequences could be serious, and even fatal. I called Dodge corporate for out of warranty assistance, and after sitting on hold for 30 minutes, they came back to tell me because of procedure, they will not be able to help me. The cost to fix this is $675 parts and labor. I feel that a four wheel drive truck should have it's rack and pinion last longer than 49,000 miles, and that Dodge should step up to the plate and help out. Dodge obviously does not feel that way.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
Failure Date: 03/16/2005

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

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 24
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 25
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.