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I just changed the Steering Rack in my 2000 Dodge Caravan 4 cylinder. I drove it for a while then parked. When I went to pull out I turned my wheel and the whole car felt like it was vibrating. It only happens when I'm sitting in one spot and there's friction on the tires when steering. What Could this be?

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Did you change it yourself. if not i would guess the shop did something wrong and call them to fix the mistake free of charge. also did they do an alignment after changing the rack. that needs to be done to not wear the tires out in miles.

Posted on Jan 04, 2018

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SOURCE: power steering

it sounds like you've got a really bad leak in a hose/pump/reservoir

plus, power steering fluid isn't the greatest for cleaning the engine with ;)

Keep an eye on the serpentine belt, b/c the leaking fluid might eat it up and cause premature failure.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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SOURCE: 1996 dodge grand caravan vibration 45 mph to 55

Vibrations while driving like you are describing can come from tires that have defects (internally broken belts) (wheel weights that have fallen off) or a bent rim (perhaps from another driver [not you :-) ] hitting a curb) Are the tires worn? Have they been balanced and rotated regularly? You report no vibration in the steering wheel.
Vibrations during braking can be warped rotors or discs (but this doesn't sound like your problem since these kind are usually felt in the steering wheel during braking).
If and only if you feel like you can do this safely,
you can try getting the car up to 55, placing the car in neutral, then switching the "engine off" but leave the "key on" (be warned the power steering will go out but the vehicle can still be steered though the steering wheel will be much stiffer) if you try this (do it perhaps in a vacant parking lot or on an empty road) and the vibration goes away with the engine off but while the vehicle is still moving, then the vibration is engine or transmission related. If this is the case you might hope for maybe a bad engine mount. Bad engine mounts can be diagnosed with the vehicle stopped as well. However, if the vibration remains with the van moving forward but with the engine off, the vibration is likely a problem with the tires or suspension. Try to provide some more info.
If you don't feel comfortable trying the above suggestion, please take the vehicle in to an ASE certified suspension and steering professional for further diagnosis.

Finally, I had a similar situation happen to me today. I was riding with a friend in their van and the vehicle started vibrating more and more around 55 mph. We stopped and carefully checked the front tires (including the lug nuts for tightness) but
found a tire defect. (it had several broken steel belts that caused a bulge in the tire and thus the vibration) We changed the tire and the vibration was gone. Good luck to you.

Posted on May 08, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: Power steering

i have a 2001 dodge dakota 3.9 2 wheel drive pickup.Power steering resovior is leaking.Need any tips on replacing it. Thanks. Rick

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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SOURCE: vibration felt in front floorboard

Yes it can but the dealer would have found it on the test drive if they test drove the vehicle. The only other causes for the vibration I can think of should have been found on inspection as well. Check your bushings and mounts for the sway bar and your tie rod ends as well.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan, 69k miles, vibration

check serpentine belt tenssioner

Posted on Dec 02, 2009

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