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#21 of 883 suspension clunk
Mar 14, 2004 (5:59 am)
When I first test drove a Pacifica a year ago I noticed the suspension "clunk". It evidently is normal, and was one of the reasons I didn't buy one. I really liked the the ride and handling, though.
#22 of 883 Clunk while braking
Mar 14, 2004 (8:48 pm)
We are hearing a clunk when braking - just like a previous post. Feels like it is right underneath the brake pedal. Was anything resolved with your car? We have had our Pacifica for just over a month, and it has been in the dealer's service department for 11 days of that time. We love the way the car rides, but hate the amount of time we have spent having our brand new car "repaired."
#23 of 883 Clunk when breaking
Mar 15, 2004 (1:25 pm)
Sounds like the same thing we had- they replaced the break pads but that did ntohing- they have no idea what to do and are waiting to hear from CHry. Round 6 at the dealership in 2 months begins tomm. I am driving rentals more than I am driving my pac.
#24 of 883 Clunking away....
Sep 13, 2004 (7:35 pm)
I've been trying to go back through posts to find anything new on the well known front-end steering/suspension/braking "clunking" noise. It has been an ongoing problem with my AWD 2004 model. Dealer has messed around with it twice now and can't figure it out. On first visit they tightened the lug nuts -- on second visit they ordered new lug nuts. Sure don't think that's the solution. Does anyone out there have any updates?
My 2 year old calls it mommy's clunky car. Otherwise love the car.
#25 of 883 Re: Clunking away.... [angel3]
Sep 14, 2004 (5:32 pm)
angel take it back and tell them to check the transfer case if it is 4 wheel drive
my went bad 10000miles =/-
it clunked only when starting after long parking o/nite !
#26 of 883 Re: Clunking away.... [angel3]
Sep 15, 2004 (3:17 pm)
I too have a 'clunky' front end, actually mine was more like a thumping noise. The dealer has replaced the sway bar links (there is a tsb for this) and the transfer unit (tsb for this as well), That solved the thumping noise but not the popping noise that I also have. The dealer says the popping is caused by the lower control arm. That part is currently on order for us. We shall see!
#27 of 883 Re: Clunking away.... [krisgil]
Sep 23, 2004 (3:10 pm)
Krisgil and Chrisler,
Thanks for your advice on the clunking noise. I took the car in today and they replaced the sway bar links; so far, so good -- no clunks on the way home at least. Service guy thinks it's probably 50/50 that the sway bars are the main culprit -- he was kind of stumped by the noise. So we will see!
#28 of 883 Re: Clunking away.... [angel3]
Oct 20, 2004 (12:58 pm)
My 2004 Pacifica has been into the dealership 3 times for a clunking noise on slow turns. It turns out there is a TSB 0300103 for front bushings to "correct" this problem. Second time in for it. I love the car but don't always feel safe driving it when I hear the noise.
#29 of 883 Re: Clunking away.... [angel3]
Dec 11, 2004 (7:06 am)
We too had a front end clunking noise on our AWD 2004. Dealer finally fixed it with a new left lower control arm, part no. 4743477AI
#30 of 883 Cluelesspa
Apr 10, 2005 (5:01 am)
Cluelesspa, what ... what ... what did you say ? Was it a new "TSB on the front suspension that was put out on this issue about 2 months ago" ??? Can you please copy it and paste it here ? Or at least give me the TSB number ?
Also are you sure they "tightened bolts on Lower Control Arm" ?! They were supposed to be tighten at the factory ... I never heard such a thing !
I always thought that it sounded like a loose SHOCK bushing (both front and rear wheels). You are the 1st one to mention the word "shocks".
The TSB 02-007-04 (Lower Control Arm bushings) applies to Pacs built before September 28, 2004, so it doesn't apply to my Pac (built Jan 13, 2005). Also TSB 02-001-05 (Front Sway Bar Links) applies to Pacs built before August 15, 2003, so doesn't apply to my Pac.
I sent a letter to the Cyrville Chrysler dealership in Ottawa, Canada, asking them to bug Chrysler to find out why an American luxury car suspension reminds me the cars built 20 yrs ago in the Communist Eastern Europe, where I was born. Damn ... I forgot to add this analogy ...
I also asked them to find the problem before touching my car (I am really jealous about somebody touching my car). I test drove one of their brand new Pacificas on the lot, and it had exactly the same muffled rattle noise. They better experiment first with their own car, then touch mine.
Sometimes I think we will have to live with this rattle as being a Pacifica "feature". If you drive it everyday, all the time, you could stop noticing it. My problem is that I switch cars. So during the week I drive my rattle free 2001 Honda Accord, and during the weekend I drive my wife's 2005 Pacifica, so I suddenly notice the change (rattle). I agree it's muffled.