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Chrysler Pacifica Shocks and Struts

There are two types of Chrysler Pacificas: a mid-size crossover model produced between 2004 and 2008 and a luxury Pacifica minivan produced in 2017. If you are experiencing problems with the shocks and struts in your Chrysler Pacifica, then these replacement parts can help you fix it.

What is the difference between Chrysler shocks and struts?

Shocks and struts both perform very similar functions. The shock absorber is a hydraulic device that absorbs and dampens the motion of a vehicle on its springs by converting the kinetic energy into heat energy. This heat is dissipated through the hydraulic fluid. The shock absorber automatically adjusts to the conditions of the road based on how fast the suspension is moving.

The strut is essentially designed to absorb motion just like a shock absorber, but it also provides automatic structural support for the vehicle's suspension and helps to hold the wheels in alignment. The strut is mounted inside of a coil spring.

Are Chrysler shocks and struts interchangeable?

Although shocks and struts largely perform the same basic function, one cannot be used to replace the other. A vehicle is only designed to use one type of absorber at each wheel, so before purchasing a new shock or strut, you should check to make sure that the part is compatible with the particular year and model of your Chrysler Pacifica.

How long do Chrysler shocks and struts generally last?

Like any other component, the absorbers are susceptible to general wear and tear. They usually last anywhere from 5-10 years, depending on factors such as road conditions, heavy cargo load, and the intensity with which they've been used. Generally, it's a good idea to have them inspected around 50,000 miles and about every year after that or at the first signs of trouble in your Chrysler Pacifica.

What are the signs of a defective shock or strut?

There are many different ways that a defective shock or strut can manifest itself. For example, your tire might accumulate more wear than normal. Your vehicle might experience a slightly larger bounce or roll on the road on either the driver or passenger side. There might be a swerve or a delayed stopping distance when you apply the brakes. You may notice hydraulic fluid leaking from the Pacifica or unusual sounds emanating from the suspension. Or there could be excessive vibration in your steering wheel. If you experience one of these problems, it could be a sign of a defective shock or strut. You should attempt to change the parts as soon as possible since bad absorbers can cause serious problems with your Pacifica when touring the countryside.

Is it possible to upgrade Chrysler shocks or struts?

Yes, drivers with more heavy-duty needs might want to consider upgrading these parts to compensate for harsher driving conditions. An upgraded shock is specifically tuned to alter the weight distribution and handling of your Pacifica. If you've upgraded other parts of your vehicle, such as the tires, you may also need to change the shocks as well.