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Getting Rid of the Whining Noise of Your Dodge Caravan
Driving a noisy car is embarrassing enough, not to mention a money pit and a safety hazard. So the moment your Dodge Caravan starts running loudly, you really have got to do something about it. If you\'re hearing low rumbling noise coming from the back of your vehicle, then you probably have a problem in your exhaust system. A screeching noise on the other hand, if coming from the front end of your car, would mean an issue with the accessory belt. But if you\'re hearing whining instead of screeching, then you have a problem with your power steering system. Here are some ways to get rid of these annoying noises:
Check for power steering fluid leak.
Your vehicle whining could be a sign that it\'s already being deprived of power steering fluid. You\'re going to have to check for leaks in your power steering system, and the most likely culprit would be the steering gear or rack. The good thing is that even though the power steering pump has been running dry, it can still function as long as the reservoir has enough fluid. You\'re just going to have to deal with the whining noise as a consequence. But make no mistake; it\'s not an issue that should be neglected or prolonged. Driving with your power steer fluid leaking poses a serious threat to your safety as it can cause abrupt changes in vehicle handling, so make sure that you address it immediately. And remember to keep the power steering fluid on a proper level at all times.
Maintain clean filters.
Sometimes you get all amped up in dealing with the power steering fluid that you forget to check up on the other components that can affect your vehicle\'s performance as well. The filters, for example, seem trivial but can actually affect engine performance drastically. If you\'ve already replenished the power steering fluid and your Caravan is still whining, then you might want to check your reservoir\'s filter. It\'s really easy to overlook, but a deteriorated filter would cause blockage and contamination, which will lessen the effectiveness of the power steering fluid. Try cleaning it up first; you can use a carburetor cleaner before going through extreme measures just to quiet down your vehicle.
Check the power steering hoses for cracks.
The power steering fluid is being delivered via the power steering hoses. You must keep in mind that these hoses are made of rubber and are, in fact, wearable components. So if one of these hoses is subjected continuously to extreme heat and pressure, then it would only be a matter of time before it wears out and cracks, thus failing to transport the power steering fluid effectively.
In order to alleviate the whining noise that is claimed by some Dodge owners to have originated from the power steering system, longer hoses must be used to replace the current ones. These long hoses do lessen, if not completely got rid of, the noise. Well, the new hose is certainly free of any damage that may hinder the flow of the power steering fluid. Plus, it may have something to do with the engine and transmission design that actually calls for a longer hose. The internal pressure caused by the flowing steering fluid may not have been handled well by the shorter hose, causing the unbearable whining noise in the process.