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#1 of 853 Chrysler Pacifica Transmission Problems
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 12, 2006 (4:31 pm)
Discuss any Pacifica transmission issues here!
#2 of 853 Transmission Cooler On Pacifica
Jan 19, 2006 (3:36 pm)
The other day, I was on another forum and read that the Pacifica had its' own tranny cooler. Today, I was washing my car and noticed the smaller radiator in front of the engine radiator while looking through the grill. Looked like a square foot in size. Can anyone confirm that? I take long vacation trips in my car in the summer and always had concerns about the tranny temps on those long summer stretches, ie NY to Wisconsin, NY to Missouri, etc. That's a great idea for a family car.
#3 of 853 Re: Transmission Cooler On Pacifica [nelson33]
Jan 20, 2006 (12:50 pm)
Quite a few vehicles have separate transmission coolers, often as part of a tow package. My 69 LeBaron has one standard.
I think that you have less to worry about driving on the highway in hot weather that driving around town or towing where that transmission is always working. Trans coolers do help extend transmission life through extending the life of the trans fluid. The other things that you can do are to change the trans fluid regularly and/or to go to synthetic trans fluid. Also check you fluid for level and to make sure that it is not "burnt".
#4 of 853 chrysler pacifica transmission problems
Mar 21, 2006 (8:39 am)
I had the clunking problems too, and my dealer double talked me dumb, eventually saying that they had to put some kind of rubber in the bushing/linkage area to solidify the connection to the axle! now i have had it in six timnes for a transmission problems, where the car stops, then suddenly downshifts and jerks forward. they supposedly tried to fix it four or five times til i suddenly had no forward motion at all, and the dealer now has it again. transmission completely shot. i will never again feel safe in the car. we have had to threaten legal action just to get the district manager to look at it, and it has taken weeks to get to that point. anyone else having this kind of problem?
#5 of 853 Re: chrysler pacifica transmission problems [jbtrustee]
Mar 24, 2006 (12:43 pm)
The transmissions are supposed to be OK. I heard that you can destroy them if you use a non-Chrysler transmission fluid.
I don't understand ... so they fixed your clunking, or not ?
#7 of 853 Pacifica transmission problems
Nov 22, 2006 (7:47 am)
We bought a 2005 Pacifica Touring AWD with 19k in April 2006 from a Chrysler dealer. About a month ago we noticed the car shuddering when going a steady speed 25 - 40 mph. It also does this under very mild acceleration in the same speed range.
The first time we took it in to the dealer we bought it from they performed a TSB on it that was supposed to take care of this. It did the same thing on the drive home after the repair. We were planning on taking the car back 2 days later but before we had a chance to take it back the check engine light came on.
I took it to another Chrysler dealer (same ownership, different location). They discovered that there were 5 quarts too MUCH transmission fluid in it. The second dealer sent the car up to the original dealer who determined that the power transfer unit had blown some internal seal and we needed a new power transfer unit. After that work was done we picked up the car. While driving it home I noticed that the steering wheel wasn't straight (it was when we took it in) and the check engine light came on again. I took it back to the original dealer and they did 2 front-end alignments because the first one wasn't done right. They also "cleared" the check engine light.
The day after we picked it up the transmission appeared to be doing the same shuddering. I took it to the second dealer who discovered the original transmission problem but they are telling me that it may be a normal thing for the transmission.
1. Does this sound right? Could this be a "normal operating condition?"
2. Has anyone else had these problems? If so, what has the resolution been?
I've spoken with an attorney that says I need to have it in 4 times for the same problem before it falls into the Wisconsin lemon law. We like the car but I can't have it be like this. We are planning a 3k+ mile trip to Florida in a few weeks and want to take the car. Thanks.
#8 of 853 Re: Pacifica transmission problems [pshanahan]
Nov 22, 2006 (8:33 am)
our '05 Touring AWD does not shudder one bit at any speed. So, no, its not "normal."
#9 of 853 Re: Pacifica transmission problems [pshanahan]
Nov 29, 2006 (3:54 pm)
You've got a problem! I just bought a brand new 2007 Pacifica and i've had my rental car longer than i've had possession of my Pacifica.
I have the EXACT same problems. It shutters at the lower speeds of around 30mph and around 70mph. It is definitely even noticeable when the cruise control is on.
The dealer initially told me that it's a "computer" problem and "re-set" the computer.
Just like you, when I drove it off the lot, the problem was still there. My Check Engine light and ESP lights also came on.
I took it back and they took the bottom half of my tranny apart and "adjusted the valves"? Problem persisted - mechanic noticed it persisting so didn't give the car back.
Next, they took the entire tranny out and decided it was a faulty Torque Converter.
I just got a call today saying that it was done, but I won't have time to pick it up 'till Friday. I did however ask the SVC rep to tell me what was written on the ticket and she said that they wrote something to the effect that the valves were leaking excessively and the Torque Converter was replaced... Please keep in mind that this is a BRAND NEW PACIFICA with less than 1000miles on it!!!
I told the SVC Rep that I wanted the mechanic to take it home and drive it for a couple days, because I don't want it back if the problem persists....
So long and short of it, sounds like they need to drop your entire tranny!
#10 of 853 Re: Pacifica transmission problems [pshanahan]
Nov 29, 2006 (6:36 pm)
I have a 2007 pacifica touring. I have the same problem. At speeds of 25-55 I feel like the car wants to stall. It gives a back and forward movement like if it's choking. They tried to reset the computer and a update, but no luck. Did they fix yours and what was it. Any info will be great.