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This is essentially a quick maintenance guide for those here that want to be proactive, get involved and do what's best for their new Chrysler Pacifica. It`s easy to follow, even for owners that have no experience doing the sort of maintenance outlined below. These tips come from the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Owners Manual which should be referred to for more information and discussed with other owners in topics like this.

One of the easiest and most effective things you can do (which many don't) is to monitor your engine oil levels and follow the recommended oil change intervals. To help you out, here's some insight on using the Oil Change Indicator, checking oil life, oil level and tips on topping up. Refer to the owners manual for more infomation.

Checking Oil Level
To assure proper engine lubrication, the engine oil must be maintained at the correct level. Check the oil level at regular intervals, such as every fuel stop. The best time to check the engine oil level is about five minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut OFF. Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain the oil level between the MIN and MAX markings on the dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on these engines.

Caution!
Overfilling or underfilling will cause oil aeration, or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
Oil Change Indicator
Your vehicle is equipped with an automatic oil change indicator system. The oil change indicator system will remind you that it is time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance.

Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate. This means that service is required for your vehicle. Operating conditions such as frequent short-trips, trailer tow, extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures will influence when the “Oil Change Required” message is displayed. Severe Operating Conditions can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500 miles (5,600 km) since last reset. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).

Your authorized dealer will reset the oil change indicator message after completing the scheduled oil change. If a scheduled oil change is performed by someone other than your authorized dealer, the message can be reset by following these steps:

Oil Life (Hold OK Button To Reset)
The “Hold OK to Reset” instruction will be displayed at all times, but the following conditions will need to be met in order to reset Oil Life: The vehicle’s engine must be off The ignition must be in the ON/RUN position
  • If the conditions are met, holding the OK button will reset the gauge and the numeric display will return to 100%.
  • If the conditions are not met, a popup message will display for 5 seconds, describing the required conditions, and then the Oil Life screen will reappear.

    Heavy Duty Use Of The Vehicle
    Change Engine Oil at 4,000 miles (6,500 km) if the vehicle is operated in a dusty and off road environment or is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPM’s. This type of vehicle use is considered Severe Duty

    NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), twelve months or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first. The 350 hours of engine run or idle time is generally only a concern for fleet customers.
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Tires

Another easy job is to monitor your tire pressure level, adjusting them when necessary; weather conditions, load, etc. These points are specific to the Pacifica and should be followed closely, although some are just general tire care tips. Tire pressure numbers can be found on a sticker lining the drivers door or in the owners manual.

At Least Once a Month:
  • Check and adjust tire pressure with a good quality pocket-type pressure gauge. Do not make a visual judgement when determining proper inflation. Tires may look properly inflated even when they are underinflated. The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed on the driver’s side B-Pillar or rear edge of the driver’s side door.
  • Inspect tires for signs of tire wear or visible damage
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Four primary areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
  • Safety and Vehicle Stability
  • Economy
  • Tread Wear
  • Ride Comfort
Caution!
  • After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure, always reinstall the valve stem cap. This will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the valve stem, which could damage the valve stem.
Overinflation & Underinflation
  • Overloading of your tires is dangerous. Overloading can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the recommended load capacity for your vehicle. Never overload them.
  • Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can cause collisions.
  • Underinflation increases tire flexing and can result in overheating and tire failure.
  • Overinflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion shock. Objects on the road and chuckholes can cause damage that result in tire failure.
  • Overinflated or underinflated tires can affect vehicle handling and can fail suddenly, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
  • Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You could lose control of your vehicle.
  • Unequal tire pressures from one side of the vehicle to the other can cause the vehicle to drift to the right or left.
  • Always drive with each tire inflated to the recommended cold tire inflation pressure.
  • Unequal tire pressures from side to side may cause erratic and unpredictable steering response.
  • Unequal tire pressure from side to side may cause the vehicle to drift left or right.
  • Both under-inflation and over-inflation affect the stability of the vehicle and can produce a feeling of sluggish response or over responsiveness in the steering.
Tires & Outdoor Temperatures
Inflation pressures specified on the placard are always “cold tire inflation pressure”. Cold tire inflation pressure is defined as the tire pressure after the vehicle has not been driven for at least three hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km) after sitting for a minimum of three hours. The cold tire inflation pressure must not exceed the maximum inflation pressure molded into the tire sidewall.

Check tire pressures more often if subject to a wide range of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with temperature changes.

Tire pressures change by approximately 1 psi (7 kPa) per 12°F (7°C) of air temperature change. Keep this in mind when checking tire pressure inside a garage, especially in the Winter.

Example: If garage temperature = 68°F (20°C) and the outside temperature = 32°F (0°C) then the cold tire inflation pressure should be increased by 3 psi (21 kPa), which equals 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 12°F (7°C) for this outside temperature condition.
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Wiper Blades and Windshield

Clean your wipers and windshield, it will save you some money and most importantly ensure visibility in even the worst of conditions. Recommendation from the owners manual suggests to just clean periodically but some people choose to take it a step further by applying a rain repellent product like Rain-X.

Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a mild nonabrasive cleaner. This will remove accumulations of salt or road film.

Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods may cause deterioration of the wiper blades. Always use washer fluid when using the wipers to remove salt or dirt from a dry windshield.

Avoid using the wiper blades to remove frost or ice from the windshield. Keep the blade rubber out of contact with petroleum products such as engine oil, gasoline, etc.

NOTE: Life expectancy of wiper blades varies depending on geographical area and frequency of use. Poor performance of blades may be present with chattering, marks, water lines or wet spots. If any of these conditions are present, clean the wiper blades or replace as necessary
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Exterior & Interior

Everyone knows regular washing is necessary, most keep it very simple whether that's through an automated wash or self wash, but you need to take it a step further and do what these owners are doing. Educating your self on things like atmospheric agents, causes of corrosion, washing techniques, paint protection, and special care tips like outlined below is a great start.

Protection From Atmospheric Agents
Vehicle body care requirements vary according to geographic locations and usage. Chemicals that make roads passable in snow and ice and those that are sprayed on trees and road surfaces during other seasons are highly corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside parking, which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants,road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated, extreme hot or cold weather and other extreme conditions will have an adverse effect on paint, metal trim, and underbody protection.

The following maintenance recommendations will enable you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion resistance built into your vehicle.
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of paint and protective coatings from your vehicle. The most common causes are:
  • Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
  • Stone and gravel impact.
  • Insects, tree sap and tar.
  • Salt in the air near seacoast localities.
  • Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
Wheel And Wheel Trim Care
  • All wheels and wheel trim, especially aluminum and chrome plated wheels, should be cleaned regularly with a mild soap and water to prevent corrosion.
  • To remove heavy soil and/or excessive brake dust, use MOPAR Wheel Cleaner.
NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with Dark Vapor or Black Satin Chrome wheels DO NOT USE wheel cleaners, abrasives or polishing compounds. They will permanently damage this finish and such damage is not covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. USE ONLY MILD SOAP AND WATER WITH A SOFT CLOTH. Used on a regular basis this is all that is required to maintain this finish.
Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle is equipped with plastic headlights and fog lights that are lighter and less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.

Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.

To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution followed by rinsing.

Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.
Washing
  • Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in the shade using MOPAR Car Wash, or a mild car wash soap, and rinse the panels completely with clear water.
  • If insects, tar, or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, use MOPAR Super Kleen Bug and Tar Remover to remove.
  • Use a high quality cleaner wax, such as MOPAR Cleaner Wax to remove road film, stains and to protect your paint finish. Take care never to scratch the paint.
  • Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint finish.
Special Care
  • If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once a month.
  • It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges of the doors, rocker panels, and trunk be kept clear and open.
  • If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint, touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
  • If your vehicle is damaged due to a collision or similar cause that destroys the paint and protective coating, have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
  • If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers, de-icer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well packaged and sealed.
  • If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
  • Use MOPAR Touch Up Paint on scratches as soon as possible. Your authorized dealer has touch up paint to match the color of your vehicle.
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Once A Month Or Before A Long Trip

Just because you bought yourself a 2017+ model year vehicle doesn't mean there's nothing to worry about, similar to older or problematic vehicles, getting an inspection done before long trips is highly recommended. The last thing you want is to be dealing with these problems Pacifica owners are having.

  • Check engine oil level.
  • Check windshield washer fluid level.
  • Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or damage. Rotate tires at the first sign of irregular wear, even if it occurs before the oil indicator system turns on.
  • Check the fluid levels of the coolant reservoir and brake master cylinder, fill as needed.
  • Check function of all interior and exterior lights.
 

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This is definitely key. We do have sensors that will alert us if anything is low, but at that point it could be too late.

Chrysler vans have been known to lose around a liter of oil every month or so. So it is definitely advised to keep a check on that every 2-3 weeks.

Tire pressures are another thing, always try to pay attention to steering feel as well. Try to look for stress cracks as well as those are easy to spot.

Wipers are a given as no one likes to look through a dirty windshield lol it's definitely one of my pet peeves so as soon I see them not wiping optimally, it's time to change em'.

Any vehicle can last you a ridiculously long time and even out-live you, they just need to be maintained correctly, and at the right times.
 

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Chrysler vans have been known to lose around a liter of oil every month or so.
Perhaps if a seal is broken or something's cracked. But that is NOT normal. It's mid-2018 now and we can safely say this isn't the case on these vans...

It doesn't hurt to check oil every now and then. Especially after having work done or the oil changed or before trips. But not every 2-3 weeks.
 
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