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#2 of 883 Front end noise
Nov 30, 2003 (6:35 pm)
Our Pacifica has 8500 mi. Since service at 6K, we have had a noise (pop and/or clunk) in the front end somewhere. We have had it in 2 times, and techs have heard but cannot isolate. They think rust from the stabilizers getting into some gasket is the culprit. Sound occurs just after hitting brake or slowing. Any TSB's anyone knows of?
#3 of 883 Front end clunk and stalling
Jan 07, 2004 (8:40 am)
Just wanted to post this because some might still have this problem. I had them replace the anti-sway bar bushings and whatever else they did per the TSB for the front end noise but that did not fix the problem. When I brought it back to them, the mechanic took the time to listen to where the noise was coming from and found out it was the transfer case. The new transfer case solved the clank noise completely.
Now about that stalling problem. Ecicero1 stated that it was a problem with the "turbo drive"? I know that my Pacifica did not come with a turbo so what is the turbo drive.
I do really wish it had a flux capacitor with a dilithium crystal matrix for power since the fuel mileage still sucks. It should have had a bigger engine but not for lack of power. The bigger engine would work less around town and not need to stay at such high revs. A small V8 would have done it or a supercharger.
Attention to detail is still a problem with these guys at Chrysler. The dealer body shop had to buff off the "wet sanding" agent after I returned it too them, again. I still need to give it back to them because they did not get the passenger rear door skin mounted properly and there in now a 1/4" gap between the skin and the glass. Crazy how little they care about their quality of work.
I will not fault my mechanic though since he has been very interested in the Pacifica and getting it fixed right.
I really need to know about that stalling problem though since this is my wife's car and she has the kids with her almost all the time. Safety was the reason we bought this car. Stalling in traffic is not a safe thing. It has only happened to me once but that is enough.
#4 of 883 attn commofficer
Jan 07, 2004 (12:10 pm)
you said "When I brought it back to them, the mechanic took the time to listen to where the noise was coming from and found out it was the transfer case. The new transfer case solved the clank noise completely."
did you have a clanking noise from the front end when driving? or are you talking the clank from the transmission when going from drive to reverse or vice versa?
#5 of 883 About that clunk.....cluelesspa
Jan 07, 2004 (6:51 pm)
It wasn't when shifting but when driving. My driveway is on a slight grade (~15%) and when we would back out it sounded like there was something being torqued and it would clunk and clank. Not sure if that makes any sense but it didn't happen when the car was warm but if you left it for a while and then turned the wheel while backing up it would start to clank. Only in motion and only at the beginning of a trip. We took it in and they said it fit the description of the TSB so they replaced the bushings as it states to do. It only made it worse. I took it back and they kept it for a day and that is when the mechanic diagnosed the tranfer case.
We keep getting a 4 door Sebring for a loaner so other than the inconvenience of having to bring it too them and move 2 car seats each time, it's not that bad. I just want it to go 1 month without problems.
Are you having the same noise?
#6 of 883 front right clunking noise
Jan 11, 2004 (6:33 pm)
this problem will not go away -- 10mph(small bumps) right front
double-clunk like a loose shock or sway bar-dealer has replaced rack and pinion, removed sway bar links-checked with electronic noise pickups, etc. etc.- still can not solve problem after 4 tips 10 days total in service
#7 of 883 right front clunk noise-2wd model
Jan 14, 2004 (1:12 pm)
after 5 repair attempts - no luck - dealer thinks it is still rack and pinion noise- even after rack and pinion replacement, still noisy, bad parts? checked mounting screws etc. - dc engineering will look at this 1-19-04. Right tie rod makes metalic noise when hit with a rubber hammer, left does not - Dealer has told me compensation was already due (lemon law etc.)I will try 1-2 more fixes - I would trade for another vehicle but nothing comes close to this pacifica (others make similar noise, not as bad)
#8 of 883 RE: right front clunk noise-2wd model by alltork
Jan 19, 2004 (2:06 pm)
All Tork any updates on the tie rod ? I am guessing you have the same problem as I do. not sure if mine is only right side front or both...
my pac is the AWD version but still has the rattling noise. (to describe the sound = it sounds to me like someone put a heavy solid metal ball in a padded wooden box and shakes it) a muffled sound like that ... I hear it only when going over small to med bumps (a lot in succession) ...
#9 of 883 2wd right front clunk noise
Jan 19, 2004 (3:57 pm)
The wooden box description is correct- 10mph right front noise like a loose shock- dull metalic noise-(just returned from dealer-6th repair attempt-rack and pinion not the problem)I am recieving loaner cars while this goes on- I work for Chrysler's engine plant so I want to get to the bottom of this- they will probably start replacing more parts - will keep informed - dealer is (Braeger) out of Milwaukee-They are very good considering the difficulty of the problem.
#10 of 883 2wd front end clunk
Jan 22, 2004 (12:58 pm)
After endless attempts the dealer has pin pointed this noise to a (passenger side front end) lower control arm bushing (front bushing) I hope anyone reading will benefit from this--this will be posted on chryslers dealer service bulletin system ----hopefully this will be the last of it.