2003 Grand Caravan Power Steering Groan

This vehicle has 66k miles on it.
When turning the steering wheel right or left there is a groaning sound similar to some other minivans I've heard over the years.
I am speculating this may be due to a dirty power steering filter, non-OEM power steering fluid, or a bad PS pump.
Due to the fact that this vehicle is three years old, I am surprised to hear this noise.
Can any kind soul out there give me a pointer on what might be causing this?
Dave H.
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The first thing to check is the fluid level, if it is low it will cause noises, then if it is low look for the leak. If everything looks ok a good P/S flush may take care of the problem.
Glenn Beasley Chrysler Tech
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Thanks Glenn,
Will do on the fluid level and PS flush! I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Dave I have a 2003 Grand Caravan with 75k and I have been experiancing the same groan. I brought my Van in to the dealer and explaned the problem. I was getting a groanning when the vehicle was down shifting and coming to a stop and a groaning back on aceleration plus when turning from a stand still. I had originally thought that it might be a transmission propblem. The dealership assured me it was the STEERING PUMP and qouted me a $600 dollar to repair (noting the the van was no longer under warranty.)
I told them that I was not prepared to pay $600.00 for the repair bill so the charge me $75 for the diagnostic . I brought the van to my mechanic to asked him to replace my steering pump. They purchased the pump from the same Chrysler dealership so it was a orignal Mopar part (Noone makes an aftermarket yet) for $350 .I had this work done. My mechanic showed me the replaced parts . I drove the van Home. The next morning it was cold out and the van still made the same groan! ' I brought the Van back to my mechanic that morning and it was not making the noise anymore. However it has done it since .
How did you make out.
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And did you have the recall done on the power steering hoses? There is a recall for 2003 to have the power steering hose rerouted. I had the same symptoms but waited forever to get it done. There was also a TSB they performed also, I believe it had to do with a new power steering cooler. Those two things solved my problem, but that was a month before my warranty ran out. The recall would be free for you still, but you would probably have to pay for the TSB for the Cooler, and I believe, it was relocated, and installed lengthened hose.
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Maybe it was the tsb that fixed it. I know they did both. And the Service advisor phoned me after they brought the van in saying that the pump was blown too. Then I picked it up the next day and all they did was the recall, and a TSB with the power steering cooler. Fixed the moaning and groaning, and shimmy in steering wheel.
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