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Sunday, April 20, 2014

1996 Dodge Caravan with Steering shaking

The timing belt was replaced on this 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan (206,000 miles) this week.

I noticed when driving it today that the steering wheel quivers at 35 to 45 miles per hour, no shaking at 55 MPH.

Any idea what this could be?  Tires are properly inflated, they were just checked.

I need to drive home 300 miles and want to be safe.


  1. your front tires could have flat spots on them from wear and not being rotated, or you could have an out of balance front tire. Take it to a tire place and ask them which one it is. Note; even if the tires were balanced when new, they can lose their balance when they get worn.

  2. Here's the long and short of it.

    Took it back to the place where the timing belt was replaced Wednesday. They took it for a ride.

    Two front tires had separations, right front badly worn on one side indicating an alignment issue.... and a rim is bent.

    Sigh, more unanticipated expense. I had a friend look at it before I left in March. I'll be glad to get home.

  3. Tires are properly inflated, they were just checked.

    Let us know who checked your tires so we can avoid them...

  4. Id say most of those problems came from pot holes, ive ruined several tires this spring too. I guess the tire companies must be thankful for our northern winters.

  5. Well, the saga continues. I was four miles from home on I-94, after having driven 300 miles.

    Suddenly there was a click and hesitation and I noticed that the speedometer was not working, it was on zero. When I got home, I looked at the odometer and it was not reflecting the miles driven from Sam's Club where I got gas and reset the trip miles, to home.

    What could it be?

  6. the speedo cable broke

  7. That shouldn't be another major repair, should it?

  8. way more minor

  9. 300 miles is a long journey, would want a car in good condition before hitting the road