00 Intrepid: Replaced Rack and Pinion (Steering Gear)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rich Arnold, May 27, 2004.

  1. Rich Arnold

    Rich Arnold Guest

    I am passing this along as one of "those" individuals who experienced
    steering problems with their Intrepid.
    This steering system episode I believe has it's origins in the beginning of
    January 04. There were 60,031 miles on the car. In January, the steering
    wheel stuck 3 separate (different days, different circumstances, etc.)
    times. You would turn to the right, then it stopped. You could then turn
    to the left and then back to the right and all would seem as normal. I had
    some maintenance issues so I decided to have the dealer look at the steering
    system. He had said the rack needed replacing which translated in to big
    bucks. I received some advise on this newsgroup to have the power steering
    fluid changed. I did and the problem never reoccurred.
    Then about 3 weeks ago, my wife and I began to hear rattles in the front
    end. I had first thought that it was some "suspension creaking" while going
    over bumps like railroad tracks. The "creek" occurrences where inconsistent
    so I discounted them. Then a couple days ago, I could get them to occur
    regularly on a smooth road by putting the car in neutral and then back into
    drive by inducing a "jerking" motion.
    I decided something had to be done about it because we are selling car
    because we are transferring to Korea. So I looked up the TSBs on Alldata
    and found
    TSB 19-01-00, Steering Gear/Front Suspension - Rattle.
    1998 - 2000 (LH) Concorde/lntrepid/LHS/300M
    Rattle sound coming from front of vehicle. More noticeable at slow speeds on
    rough road or over speed bumps. May sound like a front suspension component
    This was exactly what was occurring with my vehicle. So I printed it off
    and took it and the car to the dealer. $1,600 later I have a new Rack and
    Pinion (steering gear) (part number 5003933-AB). Mileage: 62,403.
    I just wanted to provide this info in case someone else experiences the same
    symptoms. I did check out the NHTSA web site and was disappointed with the
    number of steering failures in the 2000 Intrepid vs. the Accord or Camry.

    P.S. The car is still for sale...not taking it to Korea. Interested?
    $9,300 in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. Can
    Email you sticker and all the info I know about the car. Specific post with
    picture is on the buy/sell/trade section of www.dodgeintrepid.net forum or
    through this hyperlink:
    Rich Arnold, May 27, 2004
  2. Rich Arnold

    Bill Putney Guest


    Thanks for passing the information along for everyone's learning.

    Good luck selling your 'trep when you need to, and the best to you and
    your wife in Korea - thank her for her service for me (I read your
    thread on DI.net).

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, May 27, 2004
  3. Rich Arnold

    Rich Arnold Guest

    Thanx much!!

    Rich Arnold, May 27, 2004
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