Question about Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Caravan 2001, 3.3L, Recently snapped serpentine belt and run low on PS fluid didn't know belt snapped and could not turn wheel while driving going home. Found out there is leak on PS underhood. Rubber hose broke that is connected to the ps coolant. Mechanic fixed the leak and install new belt. But when I drove it after he fixed the van, I could hear high pitch sound and vibration when turning to left and right. Mechanic says its ok it will go away when it heats up. But on my way home, I still smells burning fluid like ps fluid only in the middle blower between passenger and driver. I don't smell it in the side blowers outlet. There is also smoke coming out from the hood while driving. When I checked under hood, I saw smoke coming out under PS reservoir. I can see smoke from the very hot exhaust manifold under ps reservoir. It is the same smell I when I'm inside the van. The question is, why is the power steering noisy high pitch when turning in a slow movement and vibrating as well. Also the burning smell coming out of middle blower outlet and smoke from the exhaust manifold under ps reservoir. Thank you in advance for any help.
I can answer some of your questions without being there in person.
The smell inside the van is from fresh air entering the venting system. Not sure why you don't get it from all vents. The fresh air intake is in front of the windshield and will pick up any smells from the engine compartment.
Loosing the serpentine belt would not necessarily cause you to loose ps fluid, but having a leak could drain the pump and damage the bearings in the pump, causing the pump pulley to drag on the belt.
The ps pump could be in the final stage of failing.
And the shaft seal in the pump could be leaking fluid onto the engine and exhaust.
Posted on Feb 23, 2013
HI I'M litoshop DID YOU CHECK THE BRAKE FLUID IS THE BRAKE PEDAL LOWER THEN USUAL IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU PICKED UP SOMETHING FROM THE ROAD AND GOT TANGLED WITH BRAKE HOSE THAT'S THE ONLY CLEAR LIQUID IN YOUR CAR GO UNDER AND CHECK IF IT'S BRAKE FLUID COMPARE TO FLUID IN RESERVOIR GOOD LUCK IF THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN USEFUL PLEASE LET US KNOW THANK YOU
Posted on Aug 15, 2009
check the motor motor mounts for movement,
watch how far engine rocks forward or back with it running and foot on brake
Posted on Dec 02, 2009
SOURCE: My dodge grand caravan is a2001 idling rough vibrates some while driving . Just had a leak in ahose fixed. Cooant was leaking out onto the exhaust pipe and smoking. That is when the vibrating starte
Its possible one of the plug wires got wet and is causing problems.
You could also have a leaking head gasket which would allow coolant into one of the cylinders. That would ruin a spark plug along with having compression problems.
If the miss gets bad enough the check engine light should come on, and the computer would then have a trouble code telling you which cylinder is acting up.
Posted on Dec 21, 2012
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