I can't believe I have a car that is just 5 years old and part of the frame is shot. What kind of cheap sub standard steel was Chrysler using? I know with fuel economy, they are trying to make cars lighter, but this is crazy. I have had to park my car due to safety concerns and am going to Chrysler to see if they will cover this. I think Chrysler will be seeing a lot more of this in the coming year and if they do not resolve the issue, it will be a shame. I will be placing warnings on every Pacifica I see to increase that amount of complaints to the dealer and hopefully to help others to catch this before it is out of warranty.
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You're talking about the engine cradle? Install an engine/transmission support. Raise the vehicle and put it on jack stands. Locate a floor jack under the sub frame. Disconnect the engine mount and transmission mount bolts. Then lower the sub frame.
I was the one posting all over the internet about the letter Chrysler sent me but it doesn't do any good. If the car was from the rust prone states and was built in a few months during a certain year they will replace it. I got mine replaced under the care warranty I bought when I got the car but after a month they sent me a letter that they were covered for 150,000 miles and returned my co pay. Then my other Pacifica cradle went out and I called and told them I would sue them if they didn't replace it and I would have. It cost me 250 dollars on the second Pacifica. There is no recall at the time because no one has died yet from the engine and transmission dropping to the ground and losing the steering and brakes ( the brake lines go across the cradle) The dealership that replaced the cradle forgot the large washers that hold the rubber bushings that hold up the cradle and as I was driving I lost all steering as the rubber bushing ripped out of the engine cradle in the back the cradle was an inch off the ground. The dealer said it was their best man and he would never forget the washers. It was towed back to the dealer and all new parts were put on for free but I bet Chrysler didn't know anything about it. If I had been on the expressway like I was earlier in the day I could have been killed
Do you have USAA insurance? I believe they have roadside assistance included in your policy which may include unlocking the door. Try calling your insurance carrier either way and find out if a locksmith is covered. On these newer vehicles I'm not sure if the old school slim jim works to unlock them.
the engine ofr the 95 Le Sabre is most easily taken out by dropping the sub frame. Here's how its done:
1. Lift the car on jack stands as high as you can get it **DO NOT FORGET TO CHUCK THE REAR WHEELS*** 2. Begin by removing the battery cable, air filter hose and air filter box, the front wheels and disconnecting all the sensors from the wiring harness there are 2 main harness connectors that should take care of all the sensors depending on year and model. Also remove power steering pump and Cruise control.( this includes the starter cables and remove the A/C compressor* from the engine its self. 3. The next step is to remove the exhaust manifold that is bolted to the engine (trust me it saves about an hour of frustration, and saves you an exhaust gasket) 4. next get a hoist or engine crane strapped to the motor and support the engines weight. Then begin taking the engine cradle out by removing the 4 bolts out of the sub frame. 5. next lower the motor and trans mission from the vehicle. and pull it from under the car. 6. remove the transmission bolts (there are 5) that are at various circumference of the motor to trans 7. Now support the transmission and lift the engine off the engine cradle (sub frame) and replace the new engine into the old engines place. 8. bolt the engine to the transmission and replace the starter. 9. slide the engine back under the vehicle and replace the lift or hoist back on the engine. 10. lift the engine back into place and adjust the sub frame into place and bolt that back together. 11. replace the exhaust manifold. 12. replace the engine wiring harness, A/C compressor, Power steering pump, cruise control, and attach the starter wires. 13. reconnect the air filter hose and air filter box. 14. check motors oil level, and oil filter. 15.reconnect battery *DO NOT DISCONNECT THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WHILE IT IS STILL PRESSURIZED!*
Click on the following: free, direct Link. It has several Diagrams including the Serpentine Belt Diagram for your 2004 Chysler Pacifica 3.5L DOHC V6. It has the Instructional and Directional Diagrams that will help you.
Standard Rules for Installing the Serpentine Belt with an Automatic Tensioner: a. Pick a Pulley that is most easily accessed. This will be the last Pulley that the belt will go on. b. Using the Diagram: Install the new Serpentine Belt on the remainder of the Pulleys....over, under, left right. c. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool or Wrench (See Diagram in Link: Rotate/Move the Tensioner Pulley/Arm "away" from Belt contact area on the Tensioner. This spring is pretty hard and with a new belt, it will be even harder to install. Rotate/Move this to as-close to the maximum allowed inorder to have enough slack in the belt to get it up and over the last pulley. d. Using your other hand - Pull the Belt up and over the Last remaining Pulley. e. Before releasing the pressure on the Tensioner, visually inspect the remainder Pulleys and the Belts' Positioning on them. Let me know if this helped, or if you have additional information questions. Feel Free to contact me at FixYa.com!
I have Chrysler's 8year 80000 mile max care warranty and Chrysler just spent about 4,000 dollars replacing my engine cradle. HAVE ALL PACIFICA'S CHECKED FOR RUST ON ENGINE CRADLE IF IT IS RUSTING CALL NHTSA THEY WILL TAKE A COMPLAINT OVER THE PHONE. YOU NEED A RECALL ON THIS ALSO CALL THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
The sub frame is also known the engine cradle assembly, if it is damaged get another from a wrecting yard, without allot of special equip and tools you are wasting your time trying to repair the old frame, of course I don't know how badly it is damaged so this could be incorrect.
you need to get the motor mounts changed as i had the same problem before....two of them had broke so anytime my car accelerated or slowed down the transmission going through its gears would cause the motor to jump....i would recommend taking it to a mechanic