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Yes, it seems like these engines run hotter then what I have seen in some of my other cars. I've see on the average 195-205 degrees for normal operating temperature. I've seen as high as 225 while climbing the hills in the Sierra Nevadas. Be careful if you are trying to open the hood after you shut the car off. Some of the parts do get really hot, like the prop rod to hold the hood up.
 

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The sound insulation probably doesn't help either.
 

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has anyone else how warm the engine compartment gets??there seems to be no way for any ventilation to get in there....even the top front fenders get very warm
Funny you mention that, just yesterday I was adding windshield washer fluid, and noticed the hood prop rod was extremely hot, then I put my hand on the metal support from the fan housing to the fender, and 'ouch". Checked the support on the opposite side and it was the same. Glad to hear it seems to be the norm after reading a couple other comments on here. My first thought was, this is not right even though it was 95 degrees here in Florida, but I certainly don't want to start a fire in my attached garage (perhaps a stretch, but that was my 1st concern).:eek:


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Just purchased a 2018 Pacifica and I've also noticed how crazy hot the engine (and, hood) is, especially on the front/sides of the hood, just above the headlights. Almost too hot to touch. Are we sure this is normal/OK?
 

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Just purchased a 2018 Pacifica and I've also noticed how crazy hot the engine (and, hood) is, especially on the front/sides of the hood, just above the headlights. Almost too hot to touch. Are we sure this is normal/OK?
I am starting to wonder if this has something to do with the paint issues some are having with their hoods (myself included).
 

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I just bought a used 2017 pacifica and the inkjet printer noise coming from the lower passenger side area and the crazy hot engine were the first things I noticed. The noise coming from the center console is fixable (recirculated air door actuator) but this engine thing is a little concerning. I've never had a car get that hot under the hood before and it still be ok. I drove it around for 30min in 75deg weather in Houston and when I stopped and lifted the hood it was like the sun under there. No leaks anywhere and there was nothing I could see out of the ordinary. Hopefully it holds up. Interested to hear other people's experiences with this.
 

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This is why I drilled 24 1/2" holes, evenly spaced, in my hood.
Debating if I should put 12 to 15 in the firewall as well.
As long as the squirrels cannot get through those holes, you should be ok.
 

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What does the engine temp gauge say when it is that hot under the hood?
The digital gauge runs between 190-215 deg. I believe it but I'm mostly concerned with the airflow through the engine bay just like many others on this forum. I assume Chrysler accounted for all these things 🤔
 

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The air flow through the engine bay would be for cooling engine , and all the other items under the hood. As you say, I'm sure Chrysler had tested this. Although getting quite hot may have contributed to the paint bubbling on the 2017's.
 

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disable the ESS, remove the air shutters.... just gimmicks to save gas =P

million dollar idea... aftermarket VENTED hood =)
 
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