Question about 2003 Dodge Caravan
Problem with loud whining noise, Louder when I turn the steering wheel. Had the power steering pump replaced but the noise is still there, I see other people have had this problem. Is there a solution for this.
There is a relatively simple solution to the problem you and many others are having. The power steering reservoir contains a mesh screen filter. Over time it will start to plug up and cause the symptom you and many others are having. Replacing the reservoir will 99% of the time resolve the issue. I have done this successfully on many Caravans, Town and Countrys, and Voyagers.
The part is available from you local Dodge dealer.
1. remove the two screws that hold the reservoir to the intake plenum.
2. Loosen the nut on the backside and under the reservoir. It is in between the coil and the reservoir. a 10mm socket and extension will work.
3. place a bunch of rags under the reservoir to catch the power steering fluid that will spill.
4. remove the two hoses from the reservoir.
After you intsll the new one top of with ATF+4 transmission fluid. This is the only fluid that is recommended for you P/S system by the Dealer. Typically I will flush the power steering system prior to installing the new reservoir to make sure the fluid is as clean as possible in order to get the maximum life from the new reservoir.
hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions.
Posted on Feb 24, 2012
Testimonial: "Thank you for your solution. I am returning my van to the mechanic on monday and I will ask him to change the reservoir. I will post if this fixes the problem."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I'm not sure about the fuse box layout on that model, but I do have a tip for finding fuse related problems. Get a cheap test light and connect the alligator clip to the negative battery terminal. Roll the key to the RUN position ( do not start). Look carefully at the fuses while they are plugged in. You should see a little silver tab on both sides of the top of each fuse. Touch one with the probe of your test light. It should light up. Now touch the other side. If it doesn't light up on both, the fuse is blown. If it doesn't light up on either side, then there is no power getting to the fuse and you'll have to do more digging, but it may be normal. Some circuits are only energized under specific conditions.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
For the 2003 Dodge Caravan (and Grand Caravan) ALL 3.3L V6 Engines (including the Flex Fuel): Also for 3.8L V6 Engines:
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Posted on Jun 06, 2010
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