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#166 of 211 2005 Pacifica + Burned Oil + no oil light = Dead Engine
Oct 19, 2010 (9:35 am)
2005 Pacifica with 53K miles. DEAD ENGINE?!?!
I am shocked to find so many people with this issue. I just took my car in for a check up. I heard some engine knocking / tapping and now I'm told my engine is totaled.
I never had an issue with oil before and the mechanic told me there was only a half-quart of oil left in the car and all the oil was burned. He never saw anything like it before.
The oil light never came on, so how should we know when the oil runs low?
I'm sure Chrysler will be no help on this matter.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to fight for the Powertrain warranty?
#167 of 211 Re: 2005 Pacifica + Burned Oil + no oil light = Dead Engine [sprocketnj]
Oct 19, 2010 (8:51 pm)
Luckily you have a 2005 which came with a 7/70 powertrain warranty that is transferable even if you are not the original owner. This is the only year I am aware of where Chrysler offered this. Hopefully you have documentation for oil changes and scheduled maintenance. I would fight Chrysler hard to honor your powertrain warranty. Good luck!
#168 of 211 Oil plug stripped oil pan
Oct 22, 2010 (10:17 pm)
Had my oil changed and the guy told me the pan threads were stripped. Inopportunely it could have happed at any one of the places I took my car to. This still sounds like an issue across the board for others. A new pan will cost $800. From the other posts I see that people have it on back order. I plan to go to a junk yard.... should be plenty there from this form list.
#169 of 211 Possible Oil Consumption Issue
Nov 04, 2010 (5:56 am)
I have a 2006 Pacifica Touring AWD with 41K miles. Lately, occasionally when I start the car up after it sits for a while I see a puff of white smoke coming from the tail pipe. There is nothing evident after the initial start. I have not noticed oil consumption between my 3K mile oil changes. Anyone experiencing the same? Any ideas/insight? Not sure what is causing this issue and if it indicates a serious problem. Thanks for your feedback.
#170 of 211 Re: No warning light, problem is oil [jtg61]
Jan 12, 2011 (9:00 pm)
I have an 07 with a lifetime powertrain warrenty but it gives me no peace of mind. I have 42K and have to add oil several times in between changes.
#171 of 211 Re: Oil consumption Testing now going on [quickdraw54]
Jan 13, 2011 (6:31 am)
I didnt get a chance to read all of the post on here but I realized a couple months ago that there was a huge oil issue with my 04 Pacifica....it just goes through oil way to fast and it even runs a little louder when it is low...and dumby me has no warrenty so I hope nothing goes wrong with the engine. What is everyone thinking the problem is? Also a couple days ago my Fuel needle started bouncing up and down and it will say low fuel then go back to where it was then back down to low fuel again....Anyone heard of this problem?
#172 of 211 Re: No warning light, problem is oil [alkat]
Jan 13, 2011 (7:51 am)
I have never heard of this oil consumption problem with the 4.0L engine, only the 3.5L engine. This is worrisome.
#173 of 211 Re: Seems I'm in the same boat as too many others [vendor_neutral]
Jan 13, 2011 (8:19 am)
So I ran for a time with the PCV valve vented over the side. This did not help the oil consumption issue. It did cause this separate issue: when I opened the oil cap to add oil, I noticed emulsified oil accumulated around the oil fill opening. I surmise that the hose over the side was pulling excessive moisture from the outside air and it was mixing with the oil mist - not good.
I put the hose back to original config and the issue went away.
As to the oil consumption: I use a measuring cup and add exactly pint at a time when I hit a certain spot on the dipstick. I log the mileage and it looks like I burn a quart roughly every 1200 miles. Chrysler calls a quart every 800 acceptable usage. For most people - if you don't do your own oil change and you don't frequently check the level AND the person who does your oil does not let you know - you wouldn't know that your a quart low.
When I changed oil on every other car I have owned - I never noticed a low level on a 3400 mile change interval.
#174 of 211 Re: Oil consumption Testing now going on [samb5]
Jan 13, 2011 (11:57 am)
Still driving my '04. Still going through the oil about a quart every 800 to 1000 miles. Bought it used because it was pretty far up on the list of 'safe' cars. I like the car, but hate the problems. Mine has a problem with the check engine light also. As far as the gas gage, I know mine doesn't work right if the car is not parked on level ground. Imagine that!
#175 of 211 Oil Consumption
Jan 16, 2011 (1:36 pm)
When I went for a oil change the manager advised me to keep a eye on the oil level on my 3.5 Pacifica engine. He stated that this engine is a oil guzzler. There was no way getting around it. No oil leaks or stripped lugs on the pan, just eats oil. Usually I check my oil half way through before getting an oil change or if I am planning a long ride, like over 2 hours in one direction. This seems to have solved my problems of engine knocks or even having low oil prior to returning for a change. I also change my oil every 5000 without any problems. I have had my Pacifica since 2004 and have logged in over 80000 miles without any engine problems. Plugs and a K&N Air Filter seems to do the trick also. Recently my alternator failed and that was replaced by myself for 160. bucks for a rebuilt.