Stratus V6-2.5L VIN H (1997)
Tie Rod End: Customer Interest
Tie Rod End - Intermittent Popping Noise
DATE: May 29, 1998
Noise in Front End
1995 - 1998 (JA) Breeze/Cirrus/Stratus
1996 - 1998 (JX) Sebring Convertible
THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO VEHICLES BUILT BEFORE DEC. 31, 1997 (MDH 1231XX).
Intermittent popping sound coming from the front of the vehicle may be heard from either side. The popping can also be felt in the steering wheel and
sometimes in the floor. This condition usually occurs during warm ambient temperatures after driving the vehicle for at least 5-10 miles (8-16 km) on
smooth road surfaces. The noise will occur without steering input or suspension travel. Once the sound begins it may be intermittent to continuous.
Stopping the vehicle and large turning angles may cause the sound to subside. The vehicle may have to be driven for another 5-10 miles before the sound
Test drive the vehicle on a smooth road surface and listen for a popping sound from the steering column to the steering gear connection. When the sound
is heard it may be felt in the steering wheel and/or the floor. If available, use a sound listening device such as a Pentastar Service Equipment
ChassisEAR(R), p/n W-06600, to pinpoint the sound origination. If the sound is coming from the tie rod end(s), perform the Repair Procedure, otherwise
further diagnosis will be required.
End, Tie Rod, Right Side
End, Tie Rod, Left Side
This bulletin involves replacing both steering gear tie rod ends.
Using the procedure outlined on pages 19-50 through 19-51 of the 1998 Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze service manual (Publication No. 81-270-8121) or
pages 19-41 through 19-42 of the 1998 Sebring Convertible service manual (Publication No. 81-270-8122).
POLICY: Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
Labor Operation No:
FAILURE CODE: P8 - New Part