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  1. Front license plate

    I have mine fastened on with pull ties. Now 6 years that way. I just cannot bear to drill holes in the bumper skin.
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  3. I think this post has a clue as to what the problem may well be. I've had several vehicles (none were Journeys, but all with disk brakes in the front) that had this clunking noise when going over some irregularity in the road surface. Raise the vehicle under the lower control arm. Have some one hold the brakes, then see if you can get the clunk by rocking the wheel back & forth. What I have encountered on these other vehicles (Some Chrysler products, others not) is that the sliding half of the calipers is banging back & forth against the stops. So when you are on the brakes a bit it won't do it, because the extra drag will hold it against the one side. It may be the slides or pins that are worn out, but in my case I needed to replace the calipers for other reasons anyway, and it stopped the noise. (I do live in the "Rust Belt".)
  4. Rear in floor cargo storage wont open

    I tend to think that if they designed it into the body structure from the beginning, it shouldn't add too much material or cost. I'm thinking that if it was done that way, that structural member would serve for some other functions as well. And if you've ever pulled the side panels on these vehicles, you know that it is a good deal of work. Small planes (like the Cessna 206 we always flew in) are not built real hefty inside - they can't be and stay as light as they are. The grass airstrip we always flew into was only a bit over 500 meters. The planes all had the STOL (Short Take-Off & Landing) modification, but it could still be touch & go, if the grass was wet, or if the wind changed directions on you just as you landed. (Happened one time. The pilot did a ground loop, where they spin the plane around and use the prop to stop it.) I should look at out Journey in the back, to see if I can tell where the third row seat belts would have attached. (Ours came w/o the 3rd row.) The net itself would be the biggest expense. The easiest place to install something like they have in small aircraft would be in the floor. They have these runners set into the floor, and you use special clips to attach at any place along the length of the runner.
  5. Rear in floor cargo storage wont open

    Speaking of hazards in case of a collision (or roll-over), this is something I've been concerned about since we got our first minivan (1993 T&C, in 2000). We did a lot of traveling back & forth to a remote village in the Amazon via Cessna, and all baggage was always secured or covered with a net. I have always wondered why this is not a concern in vehicle safety. A 50 lb suitcase could do a lot of damage to passengers. Just wondered why it is not at least an option. All they would have to do is design in some latch points along the side just below the windows.
  6. What grinds your gears?

    The whole idea of driverless cars.
  7. Third raw seat

    2009 with no 3rd row. I have never missed it, and like the extra storage space back there. It's a 4-banger, & I imagine the weight difference helps the MPG, and acceleration. (But I have a 2010 Caravan for work that has the stow & go, so we have another option in the rare cases when we need more seating.)

    I just said: "Welcome! (I am an American, but I lived in Brazil for 18 years, the majority of that time close to Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia. We returned to the States 13 years ago.)"

    Seja bem vindo! (Sou Americano, mas morei no Brasil para 18 anos, o maijoria perto de Porto Velho, RO. Estamos de volta nos EUA uns 13 anos agora.)
  10. anyone do their own oil changes

    In the years since I got my first car (1976, at age 20, almost 21) I have never once taken a car in to get the oil changed. I like to evaluate the oil myself, its color, viscosity, any grit or shavings, etc., and to let it have enough time to drain out as completely as possible. I won't argue one brand over another, but always use the same brand consistently. (I also use the largest filter I can find that will fit the engine. Again, I won't argue about it, but it's what I do.)
  11. In general I would be pretty leery of a modern uni-body car that had been wrecked, because there can be all kinds of hidden tears & stress in the metal that might compromise its normal & proper performance in another accident. (Older uni-bodies were more like integrated chassis - the body itself was not so much of the actual structure of the body as a whole. Now even the windshield is considered structural.) But all that said, this one appears to have been damaged only behind the rear axle, so it might not have any of these problems. So if the doors operate correctly on the right side, maybe there is no damage to the main body structure. But as already said, I would also think that it should be regarded as a long-term purchase, possibly to be driven until it is totally spent (because of limited resale value due to the salvage title).
  12. Is the 2.4L a good engine?

    We have a 2009 with the 2.4 4 banger in it (since December 2010), and while yes it is under-powered in comparison to the V6s, it has been a good engine. It is a base model with no third row seating, which helps weight-wise. We do only have 70 some thousand miles on it, and it is regularly maintained. (Our previous MoPar family cars were a 93 T & C w/ the 3.3, a 2000 T & C with the 3.8, and my current work vehicle is the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan w/ the 4.0. So yes, I know the difference.)
  13. Wheel Specifications

    I guess I will if I have to, but didn't want to use two different sizes of tires. Do the 17 inch ones have a shorter sidewall, to prevent throwing the odometer & speed off?
  14. Wheel Specifications

    I'm still searching for a second set of 16" steel wheels for our 2009 Journey, and found the following information on a site called GetAllParts DOT com. Is this a correct list? I would have thought that 16" wheels would be all over the place, considering how many people think that the smaller brakes used on the early Journeys were insufficient. (We have had this vehicle since December 2010, and have never found the braking to be subpar.) I can find new ones for sale, but no used ones at reasonable prices. Vehicle Fitment This part fits the following vehicles: 2008 Chrysler Town and Country 2009 Chrysler Town and Country 2010 Chrysler Town and Country 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 2009 Dodge Journey 2010 Dodge Journey
  15. Thinking about trying all weather tires

    I ran all weather treads on all of my cars from about 78 on (before that, I had just regular summer treads, and that was in Minnesota) until my wife found out about Blizzacks, when our oldest child started driving (around 2003). I still have them on my work car, but last winter will probably be the last time she lets me get by with it.