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  1. 4 points
    It is less about the vehicle than it is about the driver tough in icy conditions the traction control the DJ uses sometimes needs to be switched off to climb hills.. A story from my past: In those days there was no legislation in my province requiring snow tires, even through we got lots of snow up in cottage country. Even today my vehicles get their snow tires installed on the last legal day and removed as soon as the law allows. My brother used to have a country house in the lower Laurentians that was at the bottom of a hill. He used to have lots of guests and the parking situation was that anyone could take whichever vehicle was parked at the head of the line if they needed to head into town - for some reason, my vehicles seemed to always be the ones that people took. One memorable weekend my ex sister-in-law tried to take my wife's van to go into town to get bread and other breakfast necessities to feed the usual weekend crowd. It had snowed overnight (as usual - and a significant amount, too) and she got about halfway up the drive and bogged down, getting stuck and she stomped into the house, complaining to my wife that the problem was that there were no snow tires on the van - My wife, in turn berated me, so I put on boots and a jacket and went out and drove the van up to the highway, parked it and brought the keys in and handed them to my sister-in-law. That afternoon I took the van and went into town and spend hundreds on 4 new snow tires. The following morning our van was again at the head of the line and my ex sister-in-law again decided to head into town and again (as you can imagine) managed to get stuck at almost the same place on the drive. She came in. I went out, again drove to the top of the drive and parked the van on the highway and came back in to be berated by my sister-in-law's yelling mixed in with content from my wife. The topic concerned how irresponsible it was to drive around with all season tires instead of snows. I lost it. I pointed out that the in-law managed to get stuck, not once, but twice and that in each case I was able to rather simply extracate the vehicle and go up the steeper part of the hill - no digging, no great wheelspins required. I then pointed out that she managed to get stuck twice; And that the second time she DID have brand new snow tires, purchased at great expense - and that the new tires didn't help, suggesting rather conclusively that my then sister-in-law was the problem, not the tires. In many, many decades of deep snow driving and heading to the ski hills twice a day on week-ends during snow season I have NEVER gotten stuck - in fact, way back in 1971, when the area was hit with snowfall that set a record that survived for many decades I drove from Montreal to Toronto and came back the same day and when I crossed the border into Quebec was greeted by someone driving a snowmobile who informed me that I was the first car through in over 6 hours - and I was driving a rental with the all-season tires of the day. I did see many vehicles stuck and off the road on the trip back. Snow clearing was almost non-existent. Over the years we've pulled vehicles as tough as AWD Ford expeditions out of parking spots at the ski hill with vans we've owned and more. And, with the years even my wife has figured out the niceties of driving in difficult snow conditions. But as you drive up north what you notice is that the vehicles in the ditch tend to be things like Jeeps and so on which OUGHT to do well on snow covered roads. So it is largely about the driver.
  2. 3 points
    "Fool's Bliss" I like that. I need that on my license plate.
  3. 3 points
    Summer Solstice

    Any guesses here??

    A vacuum leak could cause that problem. A leak around the intake manifold would do it. The installation of the new manifold may have developed a problem or a vacuum hose, related to he previous work or not, may have a leak.
  4. 3 points
    Hi gang... As I noted before, I hate when people get solutions to problems on forums and then are never heard from again. Anyway, thought you'd all like to know that I just sent in my last payment for my Dodge Journey. I now officially own the thing! This has been one of the best cars I've ever had, and even though six years old I've had no issues with it other than the one I originally talked about three years ago. Regular wear-and-tear, sure, but no major problems at all. Although nearing 100K miles, it still looks good, and rides good. Take care, A.J.
  5. 2 points

    AVG / MPG sudden drop

    first off the readings from the dash can be misleading only real way of tracking mpg is gallons of fuel vs mileage driven and short trip at highway speeds can make a big difference and also idling time while car is warming up. also they way your car is park for instance on a steep driveway overnight and them the tank pressure gets equalized over night,also some elevations on your drive to work might be more subtle than you know as mostly down hill on way to work and uphill the way home.if it was earlier in the yr could be the station switching over to winter grade of gas from summer gas.... so many possible reasons....or maybe the kids or other half got a little drag racing going on....
  6. 2 points

    Cold Heat

    look on you tube for journey heater core replacement easy fix from the drivers side,do it yourself or have the local garage do it a lot cheaper than the dealership...
  7. 2 points

    Can't Unlock Maps

    Do you have basic warranty left? If so then get your dealer to deal with it. If your unit is out of warranty and if you have the 'Can't Unlock Maps' message then you can update the maps you had (note the tense) with newer ones yourself. It takes time to do but if you follow through you will get it working; If your unit is stuck on 'loading', you may have a bad solder joint on a board inside the radio - good luck with that if you have no warranty - my spare remains on the self, available for purchase.
  8. 2 points
    Hey gang! Found it! It’s located on the left side of the motor right on the top side. Took about 10 minutes to do. Thanks for the help!
  9. 2 points
    What engine???? that always helps
  10. 2 points
    1 week, and no issues. I suspect the root cause of the issue remains- but as I've not had any issues yet, I'll continue to live in a fool's bliss. Fob transmits at a great range still... but I'll replace the battery anyway soon. I read in some outside forum that this was an indicator of a greater problem in the computer. I've not been able to dig up that forum post since reading it the first time. I read the manual, and now obvious to me in retrospect, the red light is simply the security arming. Thanks for the reassurance anyway!
  11. 2 points
    Pet peeve... people who don't do a search prior to posting. Just had to get it off my chest, sorry.
  12. 2 points

    Performance upgrades

    Take out the extra seats, carpet & padding, any extra weight. Then go on a diet. (Just joking. But we have the 4 banger, so be glad for what power your V6 has.)
  13. 2 points

    Headlights Dimming and Brightening

    There is a TSB related to the concern you are describing on some Dodge Journeys: "NUMBER: 08-097-17 GROUP: 08 - Electrical DATE: September 28, 2017 SUBJECT: Flash: BCM Diagnostic and System Improvements NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles within the following markets/countries: NAFTA and EMEA. NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or before August 28, 2017 (MDH 0828XX). SYMPTOM/CONDITION: The customer may describe the headlamps flicker while operating at night. This condition may be more prevalent after the bulb(s) have been replaced with an aftermarket bulb." Your dealership will be able to identify if this TSB applies to your vehicle or you can send us a PM with your VIN and I can check for you as well!
  14. 2 points
    Why do you suspect the key battery isn’t low? I changed mine about every 2 years everything working perfectly or not. Not worth it being dead. i know the flashing red light is the security system, but never stuck around to watch it. Sorry not more helpful...
  15. 2 points

    Ankle Replacement

    So you will never buy a Dodge again no doubt
  16. 2 points

    Went a bit offroad

    Fun times on the dunes in Lancelin (WA)!
  17. 2 points

    Went a bit offroad

    nah I made sure I had plenty of momentum heading into the less sure parts and keeping the wheels rolling PRO-TIP!
  18. 2 points

    Problems with Uconnect

    ‘‘I was told this last time they will not replace it even if it’s under warranty time” What? And you accepted that? If it’s under warranty and it doesn’t work, they fix it. That’s what warranty’s are for. File a complaint with FCA...
  19. 2 points
    The AWD feature is transmission (transfer case) related I think the engine would bolt directly to the bell housing and torque converter without any issue. Any wrecking yard would be able to tell you for sure
  20. 2 points

    2010 dodge journey inside fuse panel

    IIRC, its a very small box. Mostly covered by carpet and a pain to find. I had to lay upside down on the front seat with my head up under the dash to find it.
  21. 2 points
    This has probably happened to a lot of people. It usually means your battery is getting low or your alternator is going out. But since there isn't much more info provided and we know nothing about the past maintenance of the car, it could be a number of things.
  22. 2 points
    I would say either your battery or alternator is the culprit seems to be a common issue when they start to go....
  23. 2 points
    There are some kits out there to lower a DJ. It's pretty good as it is, IMO. If you lower it, you definitely need some larger wheels and lower profile tires to make it pop. Post your pics when you're done. Peace.
  24. 2 points

    Battery Temp Sensor

    I am running into the same problem, the mechanic is fixing it now. Basically, the battery temp sensor fried when we changed the battery. Well without the temp sensor the car has no electronics, it will jump start and run but after you take the jump box away the electronics all go dead. So it is a 70-100 dollar part but I would change it, and hopefully next time we learn how to change the battery and temp sensor without breaking it. https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/dodge,2015,journey,3.6l+v6,3309784,electrical,battery+temperature+sensor,10478
  25. 1 point

    Cold Heat

    Is your thermostat stuck open?? What does the temp reading say on your evic? If the water pump was failing you have an overheating situation...just a thought
  26. 1 point
    Summer Solstice

    Cold Heat

    It could be the water pump but that would not be my first thought. You don't say what the dealer did to diagnose the problem and rule out other possibilities. Does the vehicle maintain engine temperature? Does the temperature run hot, cold, or fluctuate? Has the system been pressure tested to rule out any leaks with the water pump, the radiator cap, or even a head gasket issue? The pump may have a leak or the cap may not be holding pressure. You could have a slipping belt. The head gasket is unlikely by what you describe but can not be ruled out at this stage. You need to rule out the other possibilities first. My first thought is that you have an air bubble in the heater core from flushing it out the first time. Been there, done that. It's not uncommon. Let us know what has been checked already as this may have already been considered.
  27. 1 point
    I had the same problem and was told that it was normal... I did a quick relearn of the transmission (with an expensive scanner) and no more big clunk when I shift from park to drive. I think it had this problem since I bought the car in 2012. Having tried that before I believe the transmission would be less crappy now that I have 160K km on it...
  28. 1 point

    Performance upgrades

    This made me chuckle as I just bought an 18sxt and I referred to it in conversation as my MANNYVAN!!
  29. 1 point

    USB not reading flashdrive

    It needs to be 32 gigs max, I think. Fat32 format. My advice if you want to use the usb port is to pick up an iPod. They're cheap, they work well, and you're only limited by the size of the iPod. You'll also have playlist functionality. Good luck. Search this site. This has been discussed. Peace.
  30. 1 point
    As the title states, the Maximum Care Lifetime option was quietly discontinued as of November 30, 2018. Visit any of the warranty websites and you will find that the option of Unlimited is no longer available. The Ziegler website has a statement dated November 24, 2018 about the upcoming change. The current Unlimited warranties will still be honored.
  31. 1 point

    Tools explained

    Add: The [any number] mm socket. It's the tool you assumed your 52pc ratched set had.... But seemingly didn't include.
  32. 1 point

    Tools explained

    I’ve always gotten a kick out of this. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light . Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh--!' SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short. PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race. TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes , trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect. PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-ltin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part. HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short. HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. SON-OF-A-BITCH TOOL: (A personal favorite!!) Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a BITCH!' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
  33. 1 point

    Performance upgrades

    OP, like many others, have the hope of getting that extra kick out of their DJ. I've not seen anyone actually do it. My personal take on it is, sadly, is the DJ is a family runabout crossover. It's purpose was to replace the short-bed caravan. The V-6 isn't slow, but isn't quick either.... I've accepted the fact I bought a minivan(DJ) and not a R/T charger. And, for what it's worth- Welcome to the forms! Check out the performance section of the forums for ideas. There's been a lot a very determined people attempting to make their DJ faster.
  34. 1 point

    Ankle Replacement

    After years of abuse (running), my ankle finally got to a point where it was painful to even walk anymore. Arthritis and bone spurs. They could have cleaned it up but doc advised on a total replacement. Had it done on the 15th. Doing pretty good thus far. Was in a splint for a week, now in a hard cast until next Wednesday, then I will be in a boot and starting physical therapy. Supposed to be back to work on the 10th. Figured I'd get in the Christmas spirit with a red cast.....lol
  35. 1 point
    Summer Solstice

    Ankle Replacement

    Glad I did not wait till my morning breakfast to see those pictures!! Hope everything goes well. Modern medical science can be amazing when it comes to replacing parts. Be sure to ask about their Maximum Care Unlimited warranty. There are a lot of parts in there. Good luck.
  36. 1 point

    OIL LEAKING ?????

    The oil filter adapter housing is a powertrain-covered repair. Post the last 8 digits of your VIN and the mileage and I can check coverage for you.
  37. 1 point
    See Journeyman425's answer in this related thread...
  38. 1 point
    I had a dead battery this past summer. The battery was the original one at 2 years old and 28000 miles. The diagnosis turned out to be a dead cell and it was replaced under warranty by the dealer. In the process of discovery, I had to call roadside assistance two days in a row. Before the vehicle was jumped, the battery had enough in it to cause the gauges and sensors to do all kinds of strange things but not enough to start the car. This is my first modern car and it was a real learning experience. Gone are the days of just "click, click, silence". Have it towed if that is what you are most comfortable with. Definitely have the alternator AND battery tested. Even though new, the battery may well have failed already. You could certainly pull the battery and take it in to the seller to have it tested. You don't say who installed the new one but, whoever did, should test it and cover it if it is at fault.
  39. 1 point
    The system does not look at your artwork - there is a non-updateable database in the uConnect radio that is used as the source of artwork for music - it is, however out of date and quite picky about the ID tags.
  40. 1 point

    Any guesses here??

    wouldnt hurt to clean it,have watched a you tube on it not hard..
  41. 1 point

    Grill of the Facelift Model to a 2010

    Should be the same.
  42. 1 point
    I can't give an opinion on the AWD because I have never owned one. I do think that, with the right tires, the front wheel drive DJ is a decent vehicle for normal driving, including average snow conditions. As bramfrank said above, it is more the driver than anything. Before I bought my current 2016 DJ, I was renting a Crossroad. I had plenty of opportunity to experience traction issues in all weather conditions besides snow. I was particular impressed with the wet traction. The front tires were Pirelli. My current DJ has the stock Kumho tires and they definitely underwhelm traction wise in the snow, as they have a reputation of doing. Traction control, as mentioned above, is worthless on the DJ as well as other vehicles for moments such as climbing a difficult hill. Otherwise, even with the Kumho tires, the DJ holds the road very well. I did consider a Subaru Forester and took one for a test drive. It was not the vehicle for me but I can say that the thing was absolutely planted to the pavement. The grip was impressive, so much so, that I did not care for the feel for everyday driving. As I told the dealer, if I lived in the Great White North, it would have been a no-brainer. I also watched the promo video the dealer had on hill climbing comparisons between the Forester and other brands. Hyperbole or not, the DJ and the Forester are two different segments. Front wheel or AWD will never compare to 4-wheel drive either. The only roll-over accident I have had was a 4-wheel drive was on black ice on the freeway. Before buying, rent or borrow. Compare the vehicles on your time. Many dealers will allow you to take a vehicle for the day. Try it under your conditions before you sign the paperwork.
  43. 1 point
    I don't think anyone can give you the go ahead without knowing, or seeing, the actual hill. I can say that having AWD should help, but it is not 4WD. I have a friend with a similar situation with his RAV4 and his AWD DJ never had any issues getting up his driveway. Getting back down was another issue though.
  44. 1 point
    It is compatible with both, plus uconnect. The Metra interface is pretty solid. And they also have an interface that allows you to keep your steering wheel controls.
  45. 1 point
    Have the battery tested then the alternator, and go from there. Make sure your connections are secure too.
  46. 1 point
    Armando G

    New member

    Welcome to the forum and honestly if the radio is your only issue, then you got a good 9+ year old car. Congrats on the purchase.
  47. 1 point

    AWD having issues

    That’s a ton of money. What has been done? As stated though, it’s not the cars fault he hit a curb.
  48. 1 point
    Joyce Dorris

    2014 3.6L Engine Ticking

    I have a 2014 Dodge Journey SXT all-wheel drive and the engine light came on. I purchased a code reader FIXD and it came back with a code showing that I needed the oil pressure sensor unit replaced. I called the Dodge dealer and they quoted me $560 to repair it. I went on YouTube and found the site that shows how to replace that sensor. The Dodge dealer was going to charge me for removing the intake manifold which was it necessary. I went out and purchased the part and replaced it. Granted you have to have the right tools to do this and I happen to have them. I have the codes cleared and my rig is back up and running for less than $60. Buy in this code reader was well worth the money that I paid for it.
  49. 1 point

    12 sxt zero power to anything

    Just thought I would update everyone. I went ahead and replaced the battery temp sensor which was my suspicion. That was the problem she's running great.
  50. 1 point

    Need Help With Engine Diags

    well I have done a little more research.. I have ordered a new Accelerator Pedal (with built in sensor P/N 04891586AB) for £29.99 off ebay dealers wanted £90 so a good deal I have also purchased a MAP sensor (P/N 038906051C) as both of these things were giving incorrect readings hopefully these will fix my problem, if not im going to have to take the MAF out and give it a clean :P This is on top of changing my discs, pads, painting calipers, fuel filter, oil change, power steering fluid change..... im going to be very busy :P i listed the part numbers incase anyone in euro land is needing the same parts