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I have a 2001 dodge grand caravan sport with a cronic front end noise! I recently replaced the front sway bar links due to noise while traveling over bumps,the noise went away for a while now it is back.I assumed it was a faulty link,so i disconnected from sway bar to find that they were tight.So i continued searching thinking that it might be a warn inner or outer tie rod or faulty strut bearing plates on struts,so i removed them and found out that they were also ok. Upon further diagnoses found to be the rack-n-pinion steering unit that was making noise it appears to be a warn guide bushing ,but it is not leaking fluid!! IS there any way to repair without complete unit replacement???

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I replaced both sway bar links as well as the bushings this past summer and things are still quiet. I had the same clunking noise as well when going over bumps (Drives you crazy!). Did you try changing the bushings as well? They are $16 for a set of Moog bushing at O'Reilly's. http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/MOO0/K7406.oap?year=2001&make=Dodge&model=Grand%2BCaravan&vi=1400027&pt=02972&ppt=C0106

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222,000 miles? that's a good vechile so far! anyways, do some price checking. new rack and pinions come with the inner tie rods. so if it's like 50 more for the whole assembly, i would but if not, it's up to you. i've changed some rack and pinions on vechiles that were under 150000 due to major leaking. and if you put just new rods in, if it dose start leaking later, you'll get new inner rods again with new system you'll just be paying labor and alingment charges again. so again, my OPINION is if I'm going to keep it for a while and if it's COST effective, just to do the whole unit.

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