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#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)
#782 of 838 05 Pacifica stuck in park!
Aug 15, 2010 (11:15 am)
Does anyone know a workaround for a 05 Pacifica that is stuck in park? Dealer says no - must have it towed.
#783 of 838 07 touring pacifica HELP!!!!!
Oct 06, 2010 (10:15 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 838 Re: 07 touring pacifica HELP!!!!! [amberh]
Oct 07, 2010 (11:53 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.
#785 of 838 Re: 07 touring pacifica HELP!!!!! [farout]
Oct 07, 2010 (8:23 pm)
Thank you for all of the input- I called the Chrysler dealer here, they won't just look at the torque converter or replace it, they will dismantle the transmission, and check everything (which is good and bad as I am on a budget) This whole process will be $1500 before anything is actually fixed or any parts paid for. If I am reading correctly my car won't qualify for a Chrysler extended warranty due to it having over 36,000 miles on it and being the second owner.
Has anyone had any luck or good experience with any of the other extended warranty companies, most of the input I am finding on extended warranties are complaints that they cover what mostly isn't needed/ powertrain issues- which in my case is exactly what I need- I really like everything about the Pacifica besides the one day of bad driving and the knowing that it will cost me an arm and a leg very soon- if I had my choice I would just have my Tacoma back, because I felt assured that I could trust it to keep me driving and out of the shop, but that aside the Pacifica is all together a very great running car.
I was looking at Carchex warranties, as they were the one that came up through carfax which made me feel a little more at ease that they were a valid company, and for the price I would pay to have my transmission fixed I could have a warranty that would fix it this time, and cover it for a while after along with other odds and ends
#786 of 838 Re: 07 touring pacifica HELP!!!!! [amberh]
Oct 07, 2010 (10:16 pm)
Just to give you an idea that when ours was new we got the LifeTime Max Care Service Contract (Chryslers extended warranty) with $100. deuct. and it cost $2,750. We got 0% financing with Chrysler Service contracts for three years. The PAC if financed elsewhere. So extended warranties are expensive, but as you are finding out an arm and a leg cost a lot as you will know soon.
Just so you can know the 4.l engine is a new design as well, but taken from the 3.5 which is a great engine as well. The only things you will need to know is use only 10-30 oil, I use Mobil 5000 and that is what Chrysler uses as Mopar oil. I change ours about 4,000 to 5,000 miles, we go between 2,500 and 3,000 miles each month. thus is 37 months we have 81,000 miles on our PAC. We had front brake pads put on at 75,000 miles. there was still lots of pad left, but I was concerned as we have never got more than 30,000 miles on brakes before. We are on our second set of tires, and most likely wa will put on new ones by mid November.
The big things to have done are at 102,000 miles the timing belt and a tune up are needed. Thats about 6 to hundred dollars.....ug!
We burn only 87 octane gas and it runs great. For us this is the best vehicle we have ever owned in 41 years of our marriage, and 48 years of me driving. What we like are the heated seats in the cold temp and the Sirius radio. the PAC is so smooth and easy to relax in. Chrysler sure kept this vehicle a well kept secret. The quality and fit and finish are way above anything I ve seen even up to now.
The main thing I dislike....is it's not paid for yet. LOL IT would not hurt to talk to the general manager of the Chrysler dealership you bought it from for some help with this transmission problem, maybe they can do some good will effort for you. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.