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  1. Climate keeps coming on by itself

    They shouldn't be guessing. If they don't know how to fix it at the shop, they contact the Chrysler engineers. That's why you take it to a dealer for warranty (or uncommon problem) work instead of independent mechanics who have to rely on experience and manuals. Also, you're (presumably) under warranty and they tried to fix it once already.
  2. Abs system won't turn off

    They screwed up when they bled the brakes. My first guess would be they need to bleed the ABS module. Bleed brakes Computer involved procedure for ABS bleed Bleed brakes again And the shop you took it to is on the hook for all of it. They should have done that when they had that much of your brake system disassembled.
  3. Rear tires worn unevenly

    Your alignment is seriously out of whack if you could see the camber was out just by looking at it. I'd recommend you get the entire rear suspension thoroughly inspected for worn/failed components.
  4. Making a few assumptions here (keys kept in right pants pocket, pocket not truly deep enough, didn't notice it fall out): Check under the driver's seat between the guide rail and the center console. It's easy to lose stuff in there.
  5. HELP

    Brass is still a copper/zinc alloy. While it is closer on the galvanic chart to aluminum than straight copper, it is only closer by one spot (go figure - copper alloys are all right next to each other...) The aluminum Y splitting would have to be due to a bad weld. If you really want it done perfectly, it should be forged and machined (no seams = no obvious weak points). While YouTube has a lot of good information, don't take everything literally. All of those videos of brass T's for the Town and Country are... less than properly educated on galvanic corrosion. Again - anti-freeze has corrosion inhibitors, but do you really want to artificially increase the risk of destroying your cooling system? Without a brass/copper fitting having been tested with the factory-fill coolant, I wouldn't put it anywhere near that system.
  6. HELP

    Don't use copper! Galvanic corrosion of aluminum is highly likely when it is in contact with copper. Yes, there is some level of protection against this with the anti-freeze, but I wouldn't take that risk. The radiator, engine block, and head are all aluminum. I wouldn't put copper anywhere near that if I could avoid it. That being said - is yours a 3.5L? There were a lot of similar issues with the 2008-2010 Grand Caravan/Town & Country heater return hoses. The plastic tends to crack given it's proximity to the exhaust pipe - it's not shielded well enough. A few people have had aluminum Ys made and cut the existing hoses to fit with the new Y (you may need some adapters, heater hose, and worm-drive clamps to hack this fix together). Once they made the fix, they've never had an issue again.
  7. Cruise Control Button On/Off not working - "Love-Tap Fix"

    I had a similar issue withy my Uconnect and EVIC buttons. It's the switch itself. Get a new one.
  8. Check Fuel Cap

    It's either a bad fuel cap, or a bad fill port (most likely). Next time you fill up, check underneath the rear driver side to see if you find any signs of a leak in the filler tube. If not, replace the gas cap (only a few dollars) - that will almost certainly fix the issue. If that doesn't fix it, then you'll need to do a few more drastic things, including a more thorough inspection of the filler tube and/or dropping the fuel tank and inspecting for obvious signs of damage.
  9. 19,XXXkm and counting.....

    The service writers tend to get in the way. Yeah, at the dealership, they exist to serve as a buffer between you and the person working on your vehicle. In reality, that adds to frustrations because you give details to them (who may or may not have a background in repairs) and the details get lost along the way. That's not usually as much of an issue with the independent shops I've been to, where most of the time, I'm talking to a shop owner or other mechanic who happens to be at the desk and they can filter out the irrelevant information I may have given them. But they have the experience to function as that filter, the service writer at a dealership might not. In the case of "I have X, Y, and Z codes - fix them," a competent shop will verify that the codes still exist, and then provide a correct solution for the combination of such codes existing, not just fix each symptom (unless they really are three completely independent failures that just happened to come up on their own). Being a jerk about it is unprofessional and is part of what gives shops a (deserved, in those cases) bad name.
  10. 19,XXXkm and counting.....

    As an IT support manager, I take issue with that attitude. We need people to tell us what is wrong. If they can't tell us what's wrong, it takes dramatically longer to fix it. We want as much information as you can provide. We'll throw out the information we don't need. If a customer comes to me and says that they hear clicking and their computer is slow, I'm not dismissing that information and checking the on-board speakers out of spite. I'm going straight to hard drive diagnostics. If I go to a mechanic and tell them I've got X, Y, and Z trouble codes, I don't expect them to work on other items. The only exception is if the specific combination of codes is a common result of a separate condition - and I'd have come across that before I took it to them. Then again, most of us on here are not the typical customer.
  11. 19,XXXkm and counting.....

    My Blue Streak with chrome package doesn't show up very often. I think I've seen 3 of them in the wild since I bought mine. And yeah, dealerships are hit or miss. You'd think they'd be more "hit" given that they tend to charge 20% more per hour than independent shops. That cost needs to be justified. In many cases, it isn't. The Journey is an affordable, reasonably fuel efficient people hauler with a sporty-ish appearance. What's not to like? It fits its market (the "I don't want a(nother) van, I can't afford/don't want a gigantic Urban Assault Vehicle" group) well.
  12. Misfireon cylinder one

    Misfire only on cylinder one even with moving known good parts around? Did your mechanic perform a compression test? It doesn't sound like an electrical problem, otherwise it would happen at idle. I don't have enough of a background in engine repair to suggest anything more than that.
  13. Headrest Tablet Mount

    It's a vehicle with an aftermarket solution for a tablet mount - it's going to wobble. The seat will move slightly just by you getting in. As long as the tablet doesn't fall out of the mount, it's sufficient.
  14. Headrest Tablet Mount

    A cursory Google search led to this: https://www.amazon.com/Headrest-Tablet-Holder-Samsung-Galaxy/dp/B00585CLTU You supply the tablet. I'm sure you can find less expensive if you try.
  15. CAI and caliper paint

    It's more like the kind of gasket you see on a door frame. It's on the hood, directly in line with the opening for the intake.