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Chrysler Pacifica Problems

The Chrysler Pacifica is a luxury, mid-sized crossover wagon which provides ample space. It has a bulky yet stylish design. It was manufactured from 2003 to 2009, for the model years from 2004 to 2010. In 2005, the Chrysler Pacifica was offered in four trim levels namely; Base, Touring, Limited and the limited Signature Series version. Being in the luxury segment, it also offers a host of features and functions making it self-sustained and a pleasure to drive.

To know more about Chrysler Pacifica problems, listed below are common questions answered by Experts.

What can cause the power seat on a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica to stop working and how can it be repaired or overridden?

The module which controls the seat often fails or locks up electronically because of static discharge. The module is located under the driver’s seat and may be difficult to access. Use a torch light and locate a black plastic module with three electrical connectors. The connectors should be disconnected for a few minutes before reconnecting to check if the seat works. If this doesn’t work, the current module would probably need to be replaced. The replacement module would need equipped with a ground wire to prevent static from discharging. In order to override the power seats, jumper wires can be used to power the motor individually. Adding power and ground one way moves the motor in one direction and swapping the jumper wires around the motor can change the direction. For the jumper wires, the battery would be a good source for power. Ground can be obtained from below the dash or any good piece of unpainted metal.

What could cause a Chrysler Pacifica to not shift out of “Park” and into any other gear?

The key should be turned to the “on” position and then you need to keep your head down near the pedals to press it using your hand until a “clicking” sound is heard. If the sound is heard here as well as at the gear shifter, it implies the “Park” lock out solenoid is working. The next thing would be to use another person’s help rock the vehicle back and forth while you try to shift the gear out of park. This should be done while the parking brake is off. If these actions do not help, there may be a need to opt for professional help from the dealer.

What is the accepted engine oil which can be used on a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica 3.8 liter engine with high mileage?

When there is high mileage, it is acceptable to use engine oil designed for higher mileage vehicles or those meant for longevity. However Chrysler recommends using 5w-20w for the optimal protection of the engine. It is also better to use a renowned quality brand as well as to inspect the label at the back for the API certification and “Starburst” symbol. The engine oil should meet the MS-6395 grade.

What could cause the check engine light with error code P0430 to come on in a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica even though the injector valve, spark plugs and gasket were replaced?

This code is related to a failing catalytic converter. The oxygen sensors are designed to measure the amount of emission circulating through the converter. If the converter is not clearing the exhaust sufficiently enough to meet the Chrysler emission specifications, the converter is considered “below threshold” and the P0430 code is triggered. Prior to opting for converter replacement, you need to ensure there are no current cylinder misfires or leaks in the exhaust system. If these aspects are fine, the failing converter issue can be confirmed. An important point to note is that the replacement converter should be original in order to meet Chrysler specifications. Using universal or discounted converters may not erase the P0430 code.

The Chrysler Pacifica is a well-engineered car with great features. However as seen above there can be times when the drive is not always smooth. To help resolve questions, problems and performance issues in a Chrysler Pacifica, Experts can provide a breakdown of information and solutions in a logical, detailed manner.
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