97 Concorde steering issues

Discussion in 'Concorde' started by Guest, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a 97 Chrysler Concorde, 136,000 miles roughly. Steering is loose and
    hard to control at times. I've heard everything from bad rack and replace
    it at big cost, to just replacing worn rubber bushings. Anyone else with
    similar year/mileage Concorde have the same issues and what ended up being
    the problem?
    Guest, Mar 19, 2005
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    Art Guest

    Was the suspension recall done on that car?
    Art, Mar 19, 2005
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    mic canic Guest

    take it somewhere you fell good about the service and have them check it out
    esp. now with the price of gas you want a front end that has as little rolling
    resistance as possible and drives true
    mic canic, Mar 19, 2005
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Either of those problems could be the cause (more likely the steering
    gear the way you describe it). With the hood open, a decent mechanic or
    someone with some common sense and a helper should be able to visibily
    check for either problem within seconds (by wiggling the steering wheel
    and seeing what does and does not move).

    If I were you, I would keep it OFF THE ROAD until you get it properly
    diagnosed and fixed. There've been posts here and elsewhere of the
    steering gear suddenly locking slam up soon after exhibiting symptoms
    like you describe on LH cars. Such an occurence could be hazardous to
    you and others - expensive at the *very* least, fatal/degrading to
    quality of life at the worst.

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    adddress with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Mar 19, 2005
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    maxpower Guest

    Could be any one of the problems you listed..there is no suspension recall
    on your vehicle.

    Glenn Beasley
    Chrysler Tech
    maxpower, Mar 19, 2005
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    Bill D Guest

    The inner tie rod ends wear out quickly on this car because the steering
    rack is located above the engine in a high heat zone. Put the front end up
    on jack stands and have someone hold the steering wheel steady while you try
    to rotate the front wheels as if they were being steered. If there is play
    in the system, i.e. you can make the wheel turn while the steering wheel is
    held tight, you've found at least one problem.

    If you aren't sure about it, get it checked out at a competent fron end
    shop. The life you save could be your own.
    Bill D, Mar 19, 2005
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    Art Guest

    How about the recall to re-enforce the chasis where the front end attaches
    by adding a clamp? Doesn't that apply tp 97 model year?
    Art, Mar 20, 2005
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    maxpower Guest

    maxpower, Mar 20, 2005
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Read this thread that started only yesterday on the 300M Enthisiasts
    Club forums: http://300mclub.100megs42.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8359

    It bears out what I said earlier.

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    adddress with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Mar 20, 2005
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    Bill D Guest

    Bill D, Mar 20, 2005
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