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Chrysler Pacifica Starting and Stalling Problems



  • mcdon1mcdon1 Posts: 8
    We also love the Pacifica, really good looking car great lines. We had our problem solved, at least for now. The dealer said it was corroded battery cables. They replaced them(still under warranty )and it is working fine for now. Good luck with your problem. My husband thinks it might have been his fault because he took off the tripler charger and attached the battery cables and he thinks he may not have tightened them enough. :)
  • mrqueenmrqueen Posts: 1
    My wife began having trouble starting the car which has 45,000 miles about a month ago.Sometimes it would start on the first try and other times it would take 2,3,5 tries before it would start.I had the battery replaced first. On Friday a week ago the car finally decided not to start at all. Time to start the repair costs. $50 tow bill,$82.50 diagnostic bill. The dealership called next to tell us that it was the MAP(Manifold Air Pressure)sensor. The part is $75 and the labor is $120. Friday the 6th is the big repair day. I hope this fixes the problem because we are leaving for vacation the next day. We need to do something to benefit all (consumers). It's hard enough to pay just to drive the car much less having to pay repair costs. Manufacturers should pay for all problems throughout the finance length. That will never happen. Strength in numbers is the only way. Good luck to all!!!!!
  • alexvaalexva Posts: 5
    I am the owner of a new 2007 Pacifica and experienced a stalling episode. Oil pressure light came on and the car stalled. First two time to restart - absolutely nothing. Third time started to crank and restarted. Stalled out again twice more and had the same experience with the restart.

    The service shop had the same stall problem once but now all is fine and they can;t find a problem.

    Has anyone else had problems with an 07 stalling?
  • mcdon1mcdon1 Posts: 8
    Yes we did have a problem with stalling. We have a Pacifica 2004. The car would stall as we slowed for a stoplight or a turn, go totally dead and on 1st, sometimes 2nd or 3rd restart nothing would happen, totally dead, no inside lights, no dashboard lights. It would eventually start up. Very scary because we would be in the middle of traffic when this happened. In Arizona this is even scarier because many drivers suffer from road rage and carry guns to boot. :mad:
    We took it in numerous times and had no luck because the dealer couldn't replicate the problem on the computer, so hence they told us we had no problem. Finally the car went dead and couldn't be revived and went back to the dealer by flatbed. Oh, my goodness you do have a problem, they exclaimed , your car is dead on arrival, no heart beat whatsoever. Yes, we agree, can you please fix it. :sick:
    The fix was simple, they replaced our battery cables, apparently they were corroded. The car has been fine ever since. Don't you think they would thunk that would be the problem from the get go? :confuse:
  • Wow, I bought my 2004 Pacifica on Jan 29, 2007... on Feb 14, 2007 I noticed on my dash that my "vehicle was not in park".. It took about 5 tries and 20 minutes before it started. Then two days later it would not start and the same message was there. I put it in nuetral and after about 4 hours it started. The next day it never started so we had it towed to a local dealership.... 500 dollars later and a starter that took a week to be delivered, everything seemed fine... well last month the same routine started again.... well we are being told that the problem is in the tranny, but nothing solid has actually been stated. I am looking online for possibilities and you all seem to have been though the same non-satisfying results. Personally I feel that there is a short somewehere between the starter and the ignition. When I try, the only sounds I hear are the relays, fuel pump, and various other little vaccuum type hisses. no solanoid, no starter, no good. any info would be helpfull
  • Hello all.
    I happen to have the same issue than the one state by tna_stranded with my 2004 PAC. Sometimes when I start, It won't crank and I hear clicks, with lights flickering in time with the clicks.
    From what I have read, it seems that it is useless to change the starter. However I saw two recurring solutions that "partially" seemed to solve the problem or at least to help: 1- change the battery (but sometimes it is useless), 2- change the battery cables (when they are corroded). I bought my PAC just 2 weeks ago and I am very disappointed because of the starting problem. I will put in a new battery first and change the cables and will keep you posted.
    If any of you has info, thank you for your help.

  • there could be a myriad of problems. After steps #1 and #2, it could be the starter motor developing either a :"flat spot" where it draws power, but does not engage or the armature of the starter motor is hitting the flywheel instead of engaging the teeth and spinning it.

    It could also be a sensor not sensing that the car is in park.

    good luck.
  • now they say its a sensor in the tranny.... 65 dollar part, 45 gaskets and 285 labor..... NEXT
  • Any and all help would be very appreciated. I've read as many forums as I can find with no luck. Even the dealer is stumped.

    I've got a 2004 PAC, RWD. Sometimes when you try to crank it, it will give one good solid 1/2 "crank" sound, but nothing else. It sounds like it gets 1/2 way through it's crank and gets jammed/suddenly stops trying. There's no additional sound, just a sudden silence. Sometimes it takes 3-7 turns to get past the single crank and get it to actually start the car. Sometimes, it cranks right up on the first hit.

    They've done a drain test on the electrical system, it's well within tolerances (just the little bit needed for things like the remote doors, etc).

    - I replaced the battery. No change.
    - They replaced the starter (twice). It got more frequent.
    - They replaced some computer module known to flake out.
    No change.
    - They replaced the ignition switch. No change.

    When it chooses to start, it acts as though nothing was ever wrong. There's no stalling when running.
    It never acts like a loose wire (where sometimes you turn the key and get zero sound, other times it's fine). Every time it doesn't start it still gives one good solid crank sound, but dead silence follows.

    The dealer (same one) installed a remote start kit for us 9 months ago, but we've experience no problems starting until this month. I don't think it's related, but mention it just in case.

    If anyone has ANY ideas, please please help. I'm afraid I may have a very expensive metal brick on my hands.

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,709
    it very well could be the remote starter causing a problem, but I would also venture a guess at the flywheel. There may be a spot that is jamming against the starter gear.

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • All
    I just wanted to update you guys regarding my starting problems that may be different from yours. Here were the symptoms:
    1- Sometimes it would start perfectly (after a 25 miles trip usually)
    2- Sometimes it would start but not very easily
    3- Sometimes it wouldn't start at all. But I always heard clicks, and lights blinking in time with the clicks. I have never had a dead silence for instance.
    In the last 3 days I haven't had a single starting problem and I am not sure how long this will last. I think the problem may be solved, but I am not sure at this point.
    The problem was the battery: 1 cell was bad. I changed it at Walmart, they checked the cables (for $2), the charging system and installed the new battery for free. The final cost was $60. Also note that when you go there, they will not be able to give a diagnostic. Basically, you have to know what you want.
    The best of luck to all of you.
  • Well it sounds very odd... I am not sure if I can help, but in my experience (from different cars, so it may not help) here are few things I would look at:
    1- What if you put it neutral position
    2- I had once that look like yours (but this was not just half a crank, two or 3)It cost me over a 1500 to solve, while the piece was only $20. I had changed a lot of stuff (starter, batteries and so on...). It was a sensor that was supposed to see the position of the pistons to send the gas to the correct chambers so that the ignition can happen. This sensor was dead and I had this kind of problem you mentioned. It took 2 months to figure it out.
    3- There are two connectors (on the PAC) to the starter. I heard that sometimes the small one doesn't fit properly or isn't plugged all the way in. Now you may have some kind of situation that the vibration (after the crank) may cause it to move and short. By the way, if the connector to the starter is not plugged all the way in, then you end up with a dead silence.

    The most disturbing part in you problem is the 1/2 crank all the times. I would tend to think you have an electric issue, but it may also be a mechanic issue (jamming or something like that)
    Good luck.

  • Have 1999 Concorde LXI, 170k trouble free miles, until it began to turn off (not really stalling)while my wife was driving. The car was turned over to me because she was afraid to drive. Initially, after turning off, it would restart immediately (pop it in neutral while rolling,restart,keep going). Eventually (two weeks) changed a little and it might not restart immediately and needed 30 seconds of sitting with the ignition off before re-starting. Never got a code. Read all the online stuff and refused to pour money in with no known cause and no known corrective action. After each trip's failure, it was not happen again within the trip. Pep Boys and Dealer said to bring it in and they'd experiment until they found a problem and a fix $$$$$.

    Started driving it over same route, same time every day to/from work. It became apparent after a week that at 7-10 miles and/or 12-18 minutes it would turn off, reliably. Took it to a small shop, told them that is would stop at 7-10 miles. They said they'd hook up diagnositc equipment and go for a ride. It looked like the Delorean from Back-To-The-Future with all the gages. It stopped, they captured a code for a bad crank sensor. $100 for the Sensor, $100 for install. No problems since.

    Do your homework, tell the shops what to fix.

  • felisfelis Posts: 2
  • Hello
    It may be that your next service visit is past due. That's the problem I have when I have to service my car. After a while the bell will ring to remind me. If this is not it, then check your console to see if your malfunction light doesn't come up.
    Hope it helps.

  • felisfelis Posts: 2
    thanks because i take it to the dealer and they dont find the problem now thanks
    to you i have and idea no lights come in the console. thanks.
  • klaseklase Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 pacifica that won't turn over. All electrical stuff works: lights, radio, seats. Sentry key locks and unlocks doors but when I try to start, I get message that engine immobilizer and car will not start or crank. I've tried both keys but nothing. Does anyone have any ideas?
  • I bought a new '06 Pacifica AWD - loaded and now it's stalling. I've had into the dealer 7 times for this cold start sputtering around 50 mph, the engine light flashes and may or may not stay on. Once the engine is has been running a while, the car is fine. The dealership says it's a #5 cylinder misfire and has replaced spark plugs, the EGR valve, reworked the fuel system, cleaned out injectors and nothing works. They tell me it's bad gas. I've changed gas stations. I've paid out of my pocket for cleaning the carbon out of the engine. I am so frustrated. I took the car to my personal mechanic and a coil and boot were burnt up so he replaced that. Still, it acts like it wants to die going 50 mph. I used to love this car because I felt safe driving it and now I'm scared to drive it. Has anyone else dealt with something similar? How did you get it fixed??
  • If you can start it, then I'd take it to the car dealer, My bet is that this is an electric problem/sensor that turned bad, I don't think this will cost you much. They can probably find the issue quite fast with their diagnostic equipment.
    Keep us up to date. Thanx
  • I have read a lot of post of people having issues similar to yours. Namely, stalls at low speed, just after a light when making a turn or something. Try to search the web. It may give you some clues.
    And you thing happens when? Is there any relation to you gas level in the tank? On an totally different model I had the same issue when the gas tank was below half. There was a pump in the tank that was not working properly. Sometimes it did and everything was OK, and sometimes it didn't and the car was stalling...
    Good luck.
  • I also have a 2005 Pacifica that will not start. Same problems as yours all the lights come on but the engine will not turn over. Have you taken it to the dealer? Since there no "check engine" light that comes on not sure how the will do the diagnostic testing. Let me know if you find out what is wrong. Thx.
  • My '06 Pacifica will start but acts like it wants to die going about 50mph. It shakes and the engine light flashes. Sometimes the light goes back off and sometimes it stays on. I'm not sure what to tell you on yours, but I have read alot of postings on this site with similar problems. You might keep reading and find a solution. Good luck!
  • Well, we picked up a 2007 Pac last night from a dealership 1 hour away from our house (with 20k on it). We drove it 100km home with no problems and arrived at our house. Went in the house for 30 minutes (no lights were left on) and came back to a vehicle that won't start.

    On first turn of the key, it seemed as though everything was fine. I actaully thought that it had started and went to put the vehicle in reverse. It was at that point I discovered the vehicle had in fact stalled. Second turn of the key and same problem. Third turn of the key, I tried to save it by pressing the gas and to no avail.
    During the first two turns of the key, the engine would rev to 3,000rpm and then slowly decline to stall. During the third turn of the key, the engine only rev'd to about 1,500rpm and then stalled.

    During all three turns of the key, the engine sounded as though it wanted to start (starter turned over).
    Now when I try, there is no attempt to by the engine or starter to start.

    I left it over night and tried it this morning.....still nothing at all. No attempt by the starter or engine.
    The radio and gauges still work.

    I know that people have had similar problems (faulty battery cables, bad grounds, etc) but any ideas from the techies out there?

    I have a call into the dealership last night and followed up with another this morning but haven't heard back from them.

    PLEASE HELP as my wife was extremely excited to get this vehicle home and now I've had to rent a Hyundai :mad: to haul our two kids around until we can get our "new" vehicle to start!!! :sick:
  • Today while driving my Pacifica, the fuel gauge immediately dropped to "E", would "ding", then the gauge would immediately shoot back up to the correct fuel indication. This happened frequently during my drive. Any ideas of what could cause this?
  • ulfie5ulfie5 Posts: 1
    I unfortunately started reading this last week because i'm having similar problems. Sometimes it starts sometimes it doesn't. Began doing this 10/07. I thought it was just battery issues (even though everything else comes on fine when i turn the key). Finally in 12/07 died and towed to dealer. Needed new starter. 4/08 similar problems, died, towed. this time in shop 3 days and couldn't reproduce problem. for the next month it would take 3-4 turns sometimes to start car. died 5/07/08, towed in shop 3 days, couldn't reproduce problem. I said why don't you just put another starter on it, at least that worked for 4 months (and i have extended warranty). They said it already has 3 starters on it. I bought it used from dealer in 7/07. One of their selling points was that it has had 2 previous owners but both worked at the dealership with latest being service manager so it was always up to date on the service. Found out this weekend at the reason the service manager sold it was due to the unreliability. I was so :mad: . anyway they called me to say they finally had it not start and its the "harness" and they think it should work. Has any of you guys finally cleared up your start problems or did you trade it or just deal with it. I asked the owner of dealership for some accountability but he said could give me 7500 for it (i paid 14,500 10months ago). I will say when it starts its an excellent car.
  • cwhitt03cwhitt03 Posts: 1
    We have the same problem, turn the key and the same thing happens. I took a wire and jumped the starter out, car cranked. I traced it back to a relay. I can take a hot wire from the battery and touch front side of relay car will crank. Relay is good, my thoughts, the relay is not getting the signal, could be the switch, or park/neutral switch. Plan on caring to dealership.
  • juleszeejuleszee Posts: 16
    :lemon: I have a 2007 Pacifica, bought in Oct, brand new
    So far, we have had it in the shop 14 times and a total of 43 days. :lemon:
    The main problem right now is it doesnt start after it goes through the car wash, It has to sit hours before it will start. The major problem is when you are driving through a parking lot or up a hill It falls out of gear then stutters back into gear.
    This is just the topping of the cake. We have had a ton of problems so far and parts replaced. How do I get help with these problems, dealership says its normal and there is nothing wrong. They refuse to call the district area rep. and the 1-800 number is a total joke. Any help would be great!
  • I've also had my '06 Pac (brought brand new with all the bells and whistles) in 14 times to various Chrysler dealers. Unfortunately, my problem continues to exist as well. The Chrysler number is no help whatsoever. The lemon law is set up to help the car dealers and not the buyer. I feel trapped! I will NEVER buy another Chrysler vehicle. I've got a $40K vehicle in which the engine light won't go off. Sorry to hear about yours! It seems the Pacifica's problem won't go away.
  • juleszeejuleszee Posts: 16
    I know, Chrysler is a joke. Lemon law only helps if they have lawyers in the state that deal with it. I think that we are going to have to go another route. I feel the same way trapped also. We have everything on ours also, and we tried to trade it in and they will only give us 14,000 for it. when we paid triple for this car. I dont know where else to turn. it just makes me sick whenever i think about it. Its in the shop again now. Im getting all my paperwork together and documation ready to go to another dealership to get them to contact the district chrysler rep.
    I wish they would just fix everyone's Pac with all these problems. :sick:
  • kbprince1kbprince1 Posts: 2
    I'm having the same issues with my Pacifica (2004-35700 Miles). When I try to start it up it won't turn over but all the lights come on and the radio works. S/w the dealership. They said that it too was the "Wiring Harness". I want to know what happened to yours did you every get it fix? was it covered under your extended warranty? and has it happened again?
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