In this video I bring you along as I look at a customer 2017 Chrysler Pacifica with the big 3.6 that has a complaint of "no start, no crank." Might have something to do with what I found in the oil pan but then again I am no expert...
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99 thoughts on “Chrysler pacifica goes full nuclear”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jared Kennedy says:

    I'd call up that company on the banner and quote a rebuilt engine to the customer. It looks like a decently clean vehicle, so aside from commiting to staying in a Dodge it might not be a bad investment.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luis Marty says:

    How many miles on the engine Eric ?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars aniBlueRoseVamp says:

    I have worked on older engines that had the problems you pointed out, and often found if it was not a blown head gasket that it was a cracked block. Which was cracked internally, in the water jacket and crank case. Had a blown head gasket on a 1972 Ford F-100, that was caused by a bad radiator. Which taught me a very valuable lesson on rebuilding engines, and not having the radiator re-cored. Or at least acid cleaned, and patched before putting the new engine in.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars StarWalker13 says:

    Another piece of junk Chrysler…..Cant believe they are still in business

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ivan Vojt says:

    Just two new front tires & she'll start right up!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars southpike1000 says:

    Your mic is a damn good mic. If you have a good enough sound system that drizzle can be heard. Amazing.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Bentch says:

    He's dead, Jim…

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Richard says:

    I know a guy who blew threw 2 of those 3.6 engines. Only cause a moron with a lead foot. No one let's him drive there cars and even the company doesn't let him drive a company vehicle since he blew the engine on a Toyota.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AlbertaPatriot1985 says:

    No matter what brand you buy, you’re going to have problems at some point

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris C says:

    I was shaking my head the minute you said she'd been driving around with overheating problems and having to constantly add water. Chryslers have a sh*t product but this was preventable. Operator error.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A Good Person says:

    I always go for the dipstick on overheats 1st thing. People gotta stop if the light comes on..

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Blake M says:

    Almost bought one of those but price was too high compared to the grand caravan. Ended up getting a 2017 grand caravan with 7.5k miles on it in December 2021, stupid low miles at a price that was equivalent to the same van with 60k miles. I guess it was a sitter, has 16k on it now and running like a top.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars shelley king says:

    Yep, water in the BOTTOM means it's done cooking, nice and juicy.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SimiNelsonFamily says:

    We owned one Chrysler product, a Dodge Grand Caravan in the 90’s. Never again. I had the transmission rebuilt twice within 75,000 miles, as well as a top end rebuild. Junk!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars james adams says:

    She’s better honestly taking that 5-6000 she’ll pay on a new engine for a Toyota Sienna or something better. Chrysler pretty much builds crap for the bulk of its line. About the only good thing they make are the ram trucks of which I’m a currently happy owner of and haven’t had an issue with yet with. It has the V8 mind you. Well done again Eric and keep up the great work.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars marlinnotfish says:

    I judge a manufacturer’s reliability by how far out of warranty it makes it before a stupid issue arises, if it even makes it out of warranty. With that being said most of all modern cars suck in one way or another. I think the golden age of reliability we will never see again was late 90’s to early 2000’s Toyota and Honda. Even though they used tiny fasteners that always sized dissimilar metals into the aluminum blocks with our north eastern winters. They never really broke down parts would just go bad.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andy Nicoll says:

    Those motors are famous for leaking internal water pumps. I don't know if that engine has the internal water pump, inside the timing chain cover, but if it is, that's where the water is getting in. Either way the motor is hatched. : after reading comments, I think I'm quite a few years out of date, lol oh well.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars djsi38t says:

    Millions of chrysler minivans on the road that have been properly maintained and are problem free.crap on em if you want but when taken care of they are good vehicles,especially for the low prices they can be had for.any car that can go 10 years with zero problems is certainly not bottom of the barrel.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Villanueva says:

    Water in the oil is bad news. I am so glad I only buy Toyota and lexus vehicles.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lucas Zak says:

    I am starting to hear that the 3.6 V6 are starting to show increasingly frequent head failures, more specifically, cracked heads.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Austin Giesler says:

    Mr.O thanks for all the content you make us. I work at a Chrysler dealer and we are seeing quite a few of the new generation 3.6L engines(with variable valve lift and cooled EGR) like you are working with here that have head gasket failures. Typically it will have cold start misfires and if pressure tested for a long period of time. You can use a borescope to look on top of the cylinder and you will see coolant coming in. Like you said, this one did get hot, but just some information to share. .any thanks from one of your many viewers.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Castinn says:

    Where was she putting the water in? In the oil fill?

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bryan Rocker says:

    I have done the head gasket and head rebuild thing on chryslers before, will never do it again. Just the minor issue of raising the compression back to factory can throw the rod bearings out. You should have used your fancy dancy scope to look down at it 🙂

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Botnick says:

    Tom Petty and Ratt. Shop music hasn't changed in 30 years. I'd think if she gave it a good cooking the oil or coolant would have the telltale stank, if you got your nose back, that is.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Belcher says:

    Soon as I heard the problem and you said she'd been pouring water in it and then it wouldn't start the next morning my 1st thought was well that head gasket is done completely shot and filled the pistons up with water as it set overnight it blew the pressure into the pistons instead of into the overflow I'm happy to know I was right lol

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MIke Anonymous says:

    Engine is done and now way I would even mess with opening it up for a rebuild. Used engine route is indeed the way to go for this car. It just makes financial sense.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean Pop says:

    First thought… She put the water into the oil hole. Humm?

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Vienneau says:

    So what is the cost of a new engine.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Mahoney says:

    The 3.6L could also have a leaking oil cooler. That's a cheap and easy fix and if it was an internal leak, this could cause the oil and coolant to mix.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bass Hunter says:

    It's a Dodge what do you expect . Enough said.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 88jopar says:

    It is rare that the 3.6l v6 does this but it can be a one off poorly manufactured engine or the owner neglected the maintenance, such as changing the oil and engine oil filter or flushing the coolant.
    On the whole, the most common issues with these engines are the rocker arms and hydraulic lifters and that affects than 3% of these engines and it is mostly in the Jeeps that have most of these issues. It occurs mostly on engines that have been poorly maintained and on average the earliest these valve train issues occur is around 40 to 45 000 miles but i've seen them with over 120k miles on them and in both cases it is all about maintenance.
    I had a 3.6l v6 in my 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan and the engine was amazing and the vehicle overall was amazingly reliable. I had over 140 000 miles on it less than 8 years. One of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned and it was also great on gas.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nathansharma87 says:

    Blue light is very difficult on your eyes and more difficult to focus in and out of (as in looking at gauges then the road) hence ships and aircraft have soft red lighting during night navigation. Why would Chrysler fit such a retina searing gauge cluster? But it is Chrysler….so they probably did absolutely no research.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Ellenbaum says:


  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars You Teo says:

    These old school mechanics that actually diagnose rather than just throw parts at it are so hard to find. I can do parts roulette myself, sadly the only shop close to me like south main just closed. The owner was such a good guy, told my gf her head gasket was blown (over heating, water in the oil the usual) he said well we can fix it but if you've been saving for a new car that would be the best route as the car wasn't worth the repair cost. I wandered in awhile later after buying an old car that had a lot of miles 91 Caprice, I changed the oil which was disgusting and it started smoking out the exhaust bad. He said ah hell just change the oil again and dump in a can of restore that thing was probably used to that sludgey goop filling all the worn valve guides etc… I did and have put another 25k miles on since. Granted it's a band aid but aside from a total rebuild which it will need soon I'm sure he bought me another 3 years without even looking at the car. No smoke still runs great even with the lifter tap it's had for 40k lots of power even at almost 200k on the clock not bad for a 305… R.I.P Mike you were a great guy.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim farrer says:

    put a starter in it change the oil and trade it in

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    That's what you have to do sometimes Mr.O I've had a few folks want to repair a vehicle that the motors were junk from the factory and more often than not it was more beneficial to get a new used one for cheap repair spectrums were like the Yugo of the day. I do remember when Chrysler's were the standard to behold from the 60s to the 80s.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars quinnhall24 says:

    Hey what’s next ? How’s about some door lock actuators on a caravan 😂 !! Just kidding

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michigan Heating Guy says:

    pulled out the chris cuomo on that cooler 🤣😀

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Beau Johnson says:

    Those Chrysler 3.6s seem to drop like flies….

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Cox says:

    I got a YouTube reply to a comment.Did you send me a reply to text you ? Seems fishy and from a Texas area code.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A M says:

    Everyone I know: “Buy American!”

    Me: “I wish I could, have you met Chrysler?”

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Morrissey says:

    My first work experience was in the shop at a Chrysler dealership. The mechanics would just complain about how crappy the cars were they were working on. This was in the mid-80's with the K Cars. Nice to see nothing has changed.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A Generic Account says:

    Time must be moving faster the older I get. I didn't realize these had been on the market for five years already.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vic Ferrari’s garage says:


  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Busted Knuckle says:

    My dad was Chrysler all day long.

    I owned Dodges thought they were great 👍

    Last one i owned was a 98 Dakota…
    I had the opportunity to buy a 94 Nissan D21..

    Night and day. That Nissan taught me I didn't have to spend All weekend. Every weekend fixing my truck

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Oscarson says:

    Eric sure is thorough, he even checked the van for Covid!

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike F says:

    Yup i told bro he downgraded from lexus sc400 to chrysler 300 smh