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#772 of 838 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure
Aug 03, 2010 (7:51 am)
I drove from Georgia to Pennsylvania and while I was out of town, driving down the road, it was like the tranny shifted into neutral without any warning! No wining, no slipping, no clunking... I thought my wife's purse hit the shifter. I attempted to shift through the gears and nothing happened, we could have been killed! I called a local transmission mechanic, he came out shifted through the gears and said that the transmission needed to come out at least $2000. I decided to rent a uhaul and tow it home. $1000 later I got it home had it towed to my local Chrysler dealer, they said it would cost $2662 to repair it, they said that it was probably the converter or possibly the pump. I had it towed home. I am planning on pulling it out myself, any suggestions, could a piece of metal or trash have plugged up something? It happened so suddenly, like a fuse blowing or a switch turning off, it seems hard to believe the pump or converter failed like that!
#773 of 838 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [deaninsavannah]
Aug 08, 2010 (1:48 pm)
My car just did the same thing. Not sure what the problem is. Took it to the repair shop. They think it is the filter not sure what else. If you know of anything new please let me know and I will do the same.
#774 of 838 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [khuffman]
Aug 08, 2010 (2:52 pm)
I am hoping to pull the pan again this week and see if anything else can be checked before I pull the tranny out. I pull the filter right after it happened and changed the fluid but it didn't help. I'll keep you posted, if you hear of anything let me know.
#775 of 838 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [deaninsavannah]
Aug 09, 2010 (1:29 pm)
I have an '04 Pacifica and it's sitting at the Trasmission shop right now. This is the 2nd Chrysler vehicle we've owned (in a row) that have had transmission issues (did a rebuild on a 2001 Dodge Crew Cab Truck). It has been slipping out of gear, or so that is what it feels like, and the shop today told me it did it seldom on their three test drives and they feel it's a seal at this point. But to fix that, they have to pull it out and rebuild, an expense we cannot afford right now. I had the fluid flushed in 2/2010 when we had our 60K check. It's been doing this longer than that. I was told we could drive around on it and if it gets worse, bring it in to have it done. I can't justify $2000+ to fix this at this time. Does anyone else have this issue? The first time I brought it in they thought it might be the TC, but nothing was mentioned about that today. It's very frustrating as I love this car, but can't bring myself to do this fix at this time. We have 79K on the car right now. The shop manager told me it's the same transmission they put in the Dodge Caravans and they are seeing a ton of those between 80-125K coming in for the same thing. Anyone have any words of wisdom?
#776 of 838 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [deaninsavannah]
Aug 17, 2010 (6:51 pm)
I have an 04 pacifica with 186,000 miles now havent had problems until the other day it felt like the someone hit a parachute button . we stopped right then and fluid was leaking out all over ..called a friend with a trailer ..got it cleaned off and the valve body solenoid plate,.(on the front top of the tranny ) had 2 holes burnt thru it.we were lucky it didnt catch on fire... had to replace this item but did it my self after we replaced the valve body solenoid it would not start ..called a few dealers and one finally told us to check the ground wire that runs from the tranny to the battery...it was broke in half ,this probably caused the problem in the first place.. not sure if this helps but you might want to see if anyone has replaced this ground wire ....2nd gear is the default gear..car is now running but stuck in second, was told that a sensor might be bad will find out in a day or two.
#777 of 838 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [kenrosenc]
Aug 17, 2010 (8:10 pm)
You might have a bad torque converter. Had something like this. We have an 07 AWD Touring. Got stuck in 1st gear and it had to be replaced. The 07 has the newer 6 speed auto, which is a good bit different. I hope you get it fixed.
with 186,000 miles what engine do you have? If you have a 3.5 L did you change your timing belt? Also who and how much did it cost you for spark plug tune up?
We now have 77,200 miles on ours. at 102,000 miles a tune up and timing belt are to be replaced. With the 4. L engine, it must be done by then or the LifeTime Powertrain warranty is void. We plan on driving this until it won't drive any more. Chrysler will loose money on us, that I am sure of unless we get in a wreck and can't fix it. We pray that won't happen.
#778 of 838 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [farout]
Aug 18, 2010 (6:03 am)
My 2005 is still sitting in my driveway, I found a used tranny with 38000 miles at a local salvage yard for $600, I will pick it up tomorrow and do the r&r myself. I got 2 quotes on someone else rebuilding it, the cheapest was $2662. I'm not looking forward to doing this but for $2000, (that is a months wages for me) I need to do it myself. I have never changed the timing belt on the car, I didn't even know it had one. I will check and change it if necessary during this project. Other than this sudden transmission failure I have been very happy with the car.
#779 of 838 transmission
Aug 20, 2010 (6:52 pm)
I have an 05 with the 3.8l engine with 80k the transmission has come on in the past but always cleared within a day or 2. The light has come on again and it has stayed on for a week. The only thing that I notice is that when shifting into park or shifting thru gears while sitting it shifts hard. The tranny has never been serviced that I know of and we purchased it with 30k on it. Any thoughts?
#780 of 838 Re: transmission [agick]
Aug 20, 2010 (7:43 pm)
The 05 The 05 transmission should be serviced every 30,000 miles. The 5 speed or 4 speed auto trans has a filter that just by normal ware needs changed along with the fluid. If you have pulled a trailer its forsure every 30,000 miles!
Perhaps with luck, just a filter and fluid change will do it. If you have a great Dodge or Chrysler, Jeep dealer ( as I do) that's where I would suggest to go. Too many "Transmission Specialists" and garages screw up this pretty basic service.
Did you get an Owners manual? There is what the Chrysler says should be dome on certian mileage intervals. This is a good general rule of thumb to follow, I think so anyway. A good quality filter and fluid change should be somewhere about
$ 149. to $170. .
I hope this helps and let us know how it turns out.
#781 of 838 05 Pacifica stuck in park!
Aug 15, 2010 (11:15 am)