Around February I was told my beloved van had a dangerously rusted engine cradle and I shouldn't drive it anymore. While I didn't feel ready to get something new my husband insisted we trade in his truck to get me a new van. So, van shopping we went and I knew it would take something special for me to change my mind. Well, we stubbled upon a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan that had every feature I wanted plus some. When we test drove it I thought I heard a clunking noise when we went over certain bumps but my husband insisted it was just normal bump noises. Without much more thought we bought the van. After driving it about a week my husband stated that it was making to much noise on bumps. I also noticed a thudding feeling in the stearing so I took it to the garage. They gave it a quick look over and said they didn't see anything really obvious and said the thudding was probley the tires because they were a very low quality. Forward a couple thousand miles when I take it in for an oil change and tire rotation and they tell me I need a new tie rod. I got that taken care of hoping it would help with the clunking noise I am still hearing on bumps to no avail. I just took it to the garage again and sat there a couple hours while they looked over it very carfully. I was again told they could not see anything they could think of without tearing it completly apart.
I have also started to notice at some point there is something funny feeling in the steering. It kind of pulls when I am turning corners. I did the "alignment" test of taking my hands off the steering wheel on a straight away and it doesn't seem to pull at all. It only seems to be a jerk when turning. After reading some of the posts on here I am wondering if it could be the rack and pinon. I was wondering if there could be any kind of clunking associated with this. I should add its not on all bumps. Its more on uneven road surfaces and when there was snow on the road. I would really appreciate any comments as I am at a lose and the noise is driving me crazy.
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