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I had that famous power steering whine. Several things are important to prevent or cure it. If you don't do it, you'll end up replacing your rack and pinion...take it from one who bought a 2001 and had to do exactly that. At the bottom of the power steering reservoir is a fine-mesh screen that's used as a filter. After about 60,000 miles, this screen starts to get plugged up since the ATF +4 (notice the reference) eventually breaks down. Replace the power steering reservoir about every 60,000 miles and bleed the system with a vacuum pump. The reservoir cost me $30 last time and I tackled the job myself. In addition, many power steering fluids contain Teflon. This is a death sentence to your rack and pinion. The mesh screen will quickly plug up, starve the power steering pump, and even make your steering rack fail. This is also what causes that howl. Use only ATF +4 just like in your transmission...accept no substitutes, even if your repair person says it's okay. Pay a little more if you have to, but don't use Dextron with a modifier (Lubegard). I did that with a Neon and found the transmission starting to shift to 1st at 20 miles an hour. Ouch. Replaced the fluid and it returned to normal. Thanks Jiffy Lube (no, they don't have ATF +4). Applies to all Chrysler vehicles that call for ATF +3 or +4. Just so you know.Report it
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