I don't know if you received my previous question, so I am repeating it. The grunting/popping sound continues in the caravan. While my wife turnrd the steering wheel I located the vibrating noise in the torsion bar and on into the springs. It is prevelant when I hold these parts. What in your experience can be the cause? I sprayed everything with wd40 I could get to. Any ideas?? Please advise.
Country: United StatesMake: ChryslerModel: grand caravanYear: 1997Engine: 3.0
Spraying with wd40 as mentioned.
Welcome and thank you for allowing me to assist you! Is this noise coming from both sides (right and left) ?
Thats a good question. While waiting for your response I was wondering the same thing. I can't tell for sure until I get home this eve. What are you thinking?
,Thats a good question. While waiting for your response I was wondering the same thing. I can't tell for sure until I get home this eve. What are you thinking?I do think I felt it in both springs and the sway bar.
Well I am thinking that it is either one of the springs on the strut(s) or maybe the bearing at the top of the strut mount. It could be a lower ball joint also. It is going to be one of those things. Chris
25 years certified Chrysler Master ASE certified
Thank you for the positive rating and bonus! I have one more question for you regarding this vibration and noise. Will the noise happen if you turn the steering wheel while the engine is off? (I realize that it is hard to turn, but just wondering).
On this same vehicle I need to change the sway bar. Do I need to remove anything in order to get it out? 1997 Grand Caravan, 3.0
Here is the procedure for you!!
1.Raise vehicle on jack stands or centered on a frame contact type hoist. See Hoisting in the Lubrication and Maintenance section of this manual, for the required lifting procedure to be used for this vehicleNOTE: The attaching bolts for the cradle plate are of two different thread sizes. Nine of the bolts are a M-14 thread and one of the bolts is a M-12 thread. Refer to Cradle Plate And Mounting Bolts for the cradle plate attaching bolt locations. 2.Remove the 10 bolts Cradle Plate And Mounting Bolts attaching the cradle plate to the front suspension cradle. Then remove the cradle plate from the cradle. NOTE: When removing nut from stud of stabilizer bar attaching link, do not allow the stud to rotate. Hold stud from rotating by inserting a Torx Plus 40 IP bit in the end of the stud Sway Bar Link Attachment To Sway Bar 3.Remove the nuts Sway Bar Link Attachment To Sway Bar attaching the stabilizer bar attaching links to the sway bar. Then remove the attaching links from the sway bar. 4.Remove the sway bar bushing retainers from the front suspension cradle Front Stabilizer Bar Bushing Retainers 5.Remove the sway bar and bushings as an assembly from the front suspension cradle.
Hello CJMOPAR. The terrible noise was coming from the sway bar links. The ball joints at both ends were dried out and rusted and even little movement would cause the most awful sound. Store this in your experience bank. I hava another situation. My temp gauge, speedometer and fuel gauge do not work now. This is new. The lights that light up that portion of the dash do not work either. All other lights work. Radio works. A/C works, blower works................... It is just that section of the dash. Ideas please.
Does the PRNDL display and odometer display work/light up? If you have a tachometer, does it register engine rpm?Chris
Thanks for getting back to me. No the PRNDL and odometer light does not work.
Ok, then I am thinking that the circuit board in the instrument cluster may have failed (we see this every now and then). Check all of the fuses in the under hood fuse box, and the under dash fuse box. If you see no blown fuses, then suspect a bad circuit board. You can still get these boards from the dealer.
Hi Chris. As I think about this, the same thing happened to me about two weeks ago but then started working again. Probably the circuit board??..
Yes. I have seen a poor solder joint on the circuit board cause this. Temperature fluctuations and vibrations can make it work and/or fail intermittently.