Had my 2002 Grand Caravan since new.
3.8L ES model.
Early on it had this whine noise when first started up and driven.
Terrible groaning when turning the wheel. The diagnosed it as
Then upon second or third complaint they decided it was the steering
rack, which was then replaced.
The whine returned a few months later, and just as they were scratching
their heads DC issues a recall (C20 I think it was), which basically
stated the path of the power steering hoses had too much angle and when
cold restricted the flow of fluid. So under the recall the hoses were
That fix didn't last long, but the noise was slight and no other problems
related to power steering were obvious. The about November that loud
whine returned. I also discovered if I puled away from my curb in the
morning first thing and attempted a 3-point turn into my neighbor's
driveway across the street I could turn the wheel full left and cross the
road, but if I came to a stop before beginning to turn to the right the
wheel would "lock". Once or twice I have had to actually rock the car to
unlock the wheel and get them out of the nearly full left rotated
So the car is not under std. warranty now (65k mi), but what are the
likely causes and fixes here? I have checked the PS fluid level and it
is fine; is that something that might have bubbles in it and need
Could it be as simple as the hoses and when the whole system is cold the
fluid doesn't flow? Why will it turn [rotate] left and not right?
...And of course the ultimate question, how do I demonstrate this
behavior to the service advisor?
Thanks for any tips