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#775 of 853 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [deaninsavannah]
Aug 09, 2010 (12:29 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 853 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [deaninsavannah]
Aug 17, 2010 (5:51 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 853 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [kenrosenc]
Aug 17, 2010 (7:10 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 853 Re: 2005 Pacifica Transmission failure [farout]
Aug 18, 2010 (5:03 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 853 transmission
Aug 20, 2010 (5:52 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 853 Re: transmission [agick]
Aug 20, 2010 (6:43 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 853 05 Pacifica stuck in park!
Aug 15, 2010 (10:15 am)
#782 of 853 05 Pacifica stuck in park!
Aug 15, 2010 (10:15 am)
Does anyone know a workaround for a 05 Pacifica that is stuck in park? Dealer says no - must have it towed.
#783 of 853 07 touring pacifica HELP!!!!!
Oct 06, 2010 (9:15 pm)
I have been reading through this forum with hopes to find a good direction to take with an 07 Pacifica I just bought last week.
It only has 50,000 miles on it, and drives great overall- on Monday I put new tires on it, which were slightly larger than the factory tires- I keep seeing posts on having the pinion factor set in the transmission- but think it may have been a coincidence
either way, upon driving my Pacifica back from the tire shop it was having a very hard time changing gears, and for about an hour after that I was able to get it to drive completely fine, except it did not seem to want to go into 5th gear. I took it into my local Chrysler dealership to have the transmission serviced. The tech found chunks of metal on the magnet- that were fairly large size- I live in Idaho where buyers rights are an absolute joke, so after a lot of fury I was able to get the dealer that sold it to me to agree to pay $700 toward another tranny at a junk yard with similar miles.
It dawned on me that a 50K tranny should not be destroyed, and if it is there is a likely factory issue that I should consider before buying the same exact tranny- I see that there are a lot of TC complaints on here- I do not know that much about transmissions as a whole, but am imagining that maybe had mine been let go malfunctioning for the last 50,000mi that it could be what is sharding off metal in the transmission. Before me this car was a rental car, which takes down the chance that the drivers would have been likely to report something such as a shutter.
I am needing to call the dealer tomorrow in hopes that he has not bought the used transmission yet- and figure out what I should do. Part of me thinks to take the $700 and apply it to the gamble of taking it to the dealership and hoping that it could be as simple as replacing the TC, part says pay the arm and a leg to get the tranny rebuilt, and part says maybe the used tranny isn't all bad
The one thing that was noticed, when I had a mechanic look at the car before purchase were that the tie rods were slightly bent, which I have seen several other people are experiencing, not sure if it is coincidence or if that says something about the manufacturing quirks of the same time frame
#784 of 853 Re: 07 touring pacifica HELP!!!!! [amberh]
Oct 07, 2010 (10:53 am)
I wish you had read up on the 07 PAC's before you bought this one. The )& PAC with the 4.0L 6 speed automatic had a Torque Converter recall. It should have been replaced under the factory recall tsb.
I have 81,000 miles on mine. Mine was replaced at 10,000 miles and at 75,000 miles the TC went out and was replaced once again. The orignal owner got a LIFETIME POWERTRAIN warranty. That's why I bought this PAC and why I intend to drive it forever or my passing on which ever comes first.
The way it sounds you bought it from some place other than a Chrysler dealer, am I right? I think you could still get a Chrysler extended warranty, which I always do even when I get it new.
I would NOT let a transmission shop touch this transmission! It may only need a TC.
The tire size is pretty critical, the trie shop should have told you that as well. The 6 speed automatic in 07 was brand new. It is a very good transmission, but requires some dealer special care that I just do not trust these cheap not factory trained shops, they are over priced and don't have much experience on these trannies.
Tortion links and tie rods are pretty much the weak spot on most big vehicles these days. I have the tie rods replaced twice and the tortion links replaced twice as well. We live on a very rough gravel and big rocks road. Our road looks like a creek bed. We had three Jeep Liberty's and they did not hold up as ell as the PAC does.
If you bought this PAC from a Chrysler dealer I think you have some leverage to get something done to help you.
Let me hear how this turned out. By the way the 4.L engine is s very powerful engine and we get 22 to 25 mpf most all the time. We really like our PAC.