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Chrysler Pacifica: Care & Maintenance

revkarevka Posts: 1,750
edited March 20 in Chrysler
Here is the new place to discuss Chrysler Pacifica maintenance & repair issues. If you're experiencing a problem with your Pacifica or have insights to offer others, regarding maintenance & repair issues, post your messages here.

Please note: this is not the place to bash the Pacifica or to discuss overall Chrysler reliability vs other makes/models. This discussion is intended as a place of support/help for Chrysler Pacifica owners. In accordance with our Member Agreement Guidelines, off topic posts will be subject to automatic deletion.

Thanks for your participation! ;-)

Revka
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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Be sure to check out the Helpful Links on the left side of the page, where you'll find direct access to our main Chrysler Pacifica discussion.

    Keep your eyes open for other helpful links (i.e. Edmunds' Maintenance Guide) soon to be added to that area. And now, back to the subject of Chrysler Pacifica Maintenance & Repair issues.

    Revka
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  • jerrykohjerrykoh Posts: 15
    Got a call from my dealer's service manager this morning. Told me about a new gearshift program for the pacifica that they will be getting sometime next week - wanted to see if i was available late next week to bring the car in for "programming". He didn't have details on the upgrade, but seemed pretty excited about it - it seems that i'm one of the first few pacifica owners and they wanted to make sure i was taken care of :) (umm.. does it sound like i'm being used as a guniea pig?)
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    Chrysler saw fit to omit the attractive ehaust tip as shown on the Pacifica concept.
    I found a very good one at stylinconcepts.com.
    It is a resonator tip, 2.75" inlet, 3.5" outlet.
    The tip fills the factory valence notch beautifully.
    The attaching end is black, so it does not look like an aftermarket tip.
    The tip is made by Pilot, the item # is PM522, and it sells for $24.95.
  • patty64patty64 Posts: 22
    My Pacifica is one week old. I've discovered the following problems: Has anyone else experienced these?

    radio static, staticky tweeter, knocking noise when switching from drive to neutral, reverse, etc, can't program homelink. By the way, there is no way to bypass electronic liftgate - seems like an accident waiting to happen?
  • oedipus1608oedipus1608 Posts: 76
    Radio Static-The radio in the Pacifica prefers strong signals
    Knocking Noise-?
    Homelink-?
    Electronic Lift Gate-No bypass is needed since the liftgat automatically stops and reverses when it detects an object. The liftgate is also very gentle when it closes.
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    Radio static when I'm near power lines is the only one of the problems I've experienced. The Pacifica should probably get an antenna like the one on the RX330 instead of the one placed in the rear window. The liftgate will operate only in park and will stop with any resistance. Why would this be a safety problem?
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    Read the owners manual!
    Some newer garage door openers use a "rolling code" technology which is more involved to program. The owners manual has suggestions, and a phone # to call if you are still having trouble.
    Also: Radio reception may just be weak on AM, which is a waste on the 5.1 digital sound system.
    By the way, the liftgate may be operated manually; just squeeze the rubber covered release under the exterior handle.
  • patty64patty64 Posts: 22
    As for the FM radio reception I figured out that it requires a strong signal (unless there is a problem with the tuner itself). My point was that it is a shame that my 2 other Chryslers, T&C and Grand Voyager, never had radio reception problems. How did Chrysler screw this up? Maybe it's because the antenna is inside the rear side window? I was very disappointed about this. I'm not sure that replacing the radio will help if the problem lies within the design of the antenna. Any advice?
  • patty64patty64 Posts: 22
    Anyone else notice a strange noise when switching gears (park-neutral-drive-neutral-reverse)?
  • patty64patty64 Posts: 22
    I realize that the liftgate will reverse if it encounters resistance. I'm just not sure if it's possible to get scratched or dented before reversing itself. The back of the garage wall is against the rear hatch and there is a shelf right above it.
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    I only open or close my liftgate manually when I'm in the garage.
  • patty64patty64 Posts: 22
    Hi b25nut,

    But how do you bypass the remote liftgate? I looked in the manual and couldn't find anything. My wife has already set it off twice by accident - the liftgate button is the largest one on the remote.
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    If you push the liftgate button accidentally, just push it again and the liftgate will reverse & lock.
    Everything new takes a while to get used to!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    from the Wagon's Board to the Maintenance & Repair Message board. This means you can now access this discussion from either one of these message boards. Hope this is helpful.

    Revka
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  • rever2rever2 Posts: 15
    My Pacifica is now one month old, with 1100 miles. I do not hear any noise when changing gears. I am using 89 octane fuel, and am getting about 18 MPG on highway and a little city driving. Is anybody using 87 with good results?
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    I also have 1,100 miles on mine, and have been using 87 octane.
    I used nothing but 87 in both my 300Ms and they ran fine.
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    This board has been so slow, I thought we might liven it up by publishing some features of the Pacifica we have discovered since taking delivery.
    I'll start with:
    Did you know?
    When the EVIC is set to turn on the headlights when the wipers are activated during daylight, the sysyem will delay dimming the instruments until it gets dark.

    Who's next?
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    Patty64, make sure the keyless remote is in the Button Delay mode (Pg. 19 in manual). This way the button has to be held down deliberately before the liftgate is activated. As far as the headlights being used in daytime, I have my instrument panel lights set so they don't dim when the headlights are on (I like bright lights at night); however, that means I have no visual indication that the headlights are coming on in the wiper-activated mode (unless I want to get out and check them).
  • rever2rever2 Posts: 15
    You can easily tell if you lights are on, by turning the fog lights on. The fog lights will only come on if the low beam headlights are on. When the fog lights are on the green fog lamp indicator lights on the dash. If it's comes on your lights are on... An other way is turn the high beams on, if the blue indicator stays on after you release the stalk your lights are on.
  • rever2rever2 Posts: 15
    I want to put some thing on the top of my dash to protect it from the sun. I can't decide if the material is leather or vinyl, and what to use to protect it.
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