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  1. 5 points

    Have I been Had

    dealers are allowed to charge different prices on their parts as well as labor, that is why you get a estimate before the work is started and also so you can check around at different dealerships i learned this years ago, also you could have got it done at your local garage using parts from part stores although usually not as good of quality parts as oem... and No you wont be able to get an adjustment, but hey its worth a try...good luck
  2. 4 points
    Armando G

    Help! Door panel removal

    Google search...
  3. 4 points
    If your hose is the original, and from 2011, it may be time to change it. Pull the hose from the thermostat, inspect the hose for a small perforation from the clamp. Use a flashlight, and a magnifying tool if you have one, and inspect the thermostat housing for a small hairline crack. It may have been over tightened. Once done, reinstall the hose and put on a new, quality clamp. Make sure to everything is seated correctly. If the leak persists, then you can contemplate a new hose and/or housing.
  4. 4 points
    Hey buddy just wanted to let you know I fixed the Journey today. Turns out the problem was the passenger side rear caliper. I took the wheel off and noticed a gap between the piston and inner brake pad suggesting that the piston was stuck and not applying the brakes on that corner. I installed a new caliper, bled the brakes and now have a good firm pedal, stops like brand new. Definitely a learning experience for me. Would never have guessed a stuck caliper could cause a soft pedal. A good way to find if you have the same problem would be to unbolt one caliper at a time and have a helper push the brake pedal and see if the piston moves. I’ve used this method in the past to find bad calipers but didn’t bother on this car because I assumed it couldn’t be the problem. Live and learn. Good luck with your car!
  5. 4 points
    Alright all, So i did confirm at the junk yard that 2015-2017 Journeys do have the same plugs for the driver seat and power is going to each. I tested on another Manual seat Journey while i was there. Only problem I ran into was the the electric seat I was testing was leather, heated and the old lady doesn't want that at all lol. We decided for 92$ buying an entire seat just for the part that we needed wasn't really that bad of a deal since you cant buy just that part in my above post. I even emailed the Company BROSE in Germany and they don't sell that part alone. You have to buy the whole bottom from Dodge at almost 600$. No thanks. IF someone was to find an electric cloth seat and wanted to change them over all you'd need to do is make sure the plugs are the same and good to go.
  6. 4 points

    Rear Climate

    No. There is not. Should have bought one with rear air if that is a necessity.
  7. 4 points
    Summer Solstice


    Hmmm, I wonder if I can get Dodge to reimburse me for the transmission in my Chevy? Probably not as it did make it to 125,000 miles. Damn POS!
  8. 4 points
    The clunk is gone! Even though nearly every part in the front suspension is replaced, I’m fairly confident they the problem was the strut mount. Jkeatin was right. Had to replace the RH CV axle to get the car moving again. I think the axle was bad before I started this project. In summary, thus is what is did in the car. Replaced the rear RH upper control link, which was throwing the camber off. The rubber bushing was shot. replaced both front quick strut assemblies, which included new strut mount. Replaced RH and LH front lower control arms. Replaced the RH and LH stabilizer bar links. This was the most difficult part. I ended up having to cut them off with a right angle Grainger. Replaced the stabilizer bar bushings. I had to weld the brackets back in place since all of the bolts broke. Since the car has 140000 miles I doubt they will need replaced again. Sanded and sand blasted the wheels and repainted silver. My son had painted them with black plastipaint. Once I removed that, it was clear why he painted them. Nasty and corroded. Fixed two rusty spots on the rear and front fender. Replaced two rear doors that were rusty. Now I have a car I can enjoy driving and it brought back a lot of good memories of teaching my son to mechanic and the fun we had working on cars together. Thanks all. Hope this helps someone in the future.
  9. 4 points
    Just saw this. Steve. We talked about this... Don't be a hater. Concentrate on getting your car repaired. Please log onto your favorite honda forum. You'll be a star there.
  10. 4 points
    In all fairness it was first year/gen. All manufacturers never get it right the first couple years. Plus did you buy it new or used? Buying a used car is like unprotected sex with a hooker. Everything might be fine or maybe it kills you. It's a risk we all take buying used LOL!
  11. 4 points
    Mechanical-idiot, I have a 2013 Dodge Journey RT AWD. One month ago while travelling across country my transmission pump went out which resulted in a catastrophic transmission failure. I just had a new transmission installed and 2 days later I started getting a thumping/rumbling sound from the rear of my vehicle. I just took it to Dodge and the drive train tech told me he is pretty sure it is the viscous unit. There is a small amount of fluid leaking from the seal between the viscous unit and rear differential. I will take it back on Thursday so they can pull it apart to confirm the problem. Your posts were very helpful. Thanks!
  12. 4 points
    Summer Solstice

    Liftgate wining issues

    The wiring harness that runs from the main body roof to the top of the hatch gate is a known issue. Check the harness for fraying and breaks in the individual wires. There are numerous threads on here with others having problems with this harness.
  13. 4 points
    What you are asking is impossible to diagnose on the internet. It could be a dirty connection, bad internal module,bad sensor, just about anything. Gone are the days of 3 speed, non-electronic transmissions. You can’t even check the level without special tools { no dipstick either}! Sorry to say it needs to go to a specialist.....
  14. 4 points

    Coolant Issue - Help

    Usually plugs not only a small hole, but the radiator, heater cores, and engine block. I know your far from home but would have been better just to replace the radiator(if that’s what’s leaking). When you do replace the radiator, and don’t wait, have a complete coolant system flush and clean. You might get lucky.
  15. 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.
  16. 4 points

    Performance coil pack?

    most products like this are more subjective to what you want to believe. only a dino test would show any improvement, kind of like k-n air filters giving you better performance and mpg (which i do use but havent noticed anything except saving money of the replacement filters) kind of like a placebo pill if you believe in it it works for a while. just my thoughts.plus to save any money on gas mileage it would be a very long time considering the price they want.also your friend doing both things at one time he really cant say which one helped him the most if any.
  17. 3 points
    Not as difficult as some make it out to be. Sure it’s not as easy as if it were in the engine compartment, but it’s not rocket science.
  18. 3 points

    Had my battery replaced yesterday

    So, my Crossroad is about four and a half years old and, reading about electrical issues that seem to be triggered by dying batteries and given the extreme cold we suffer through each winter here I decided to be somewhat pro-active about the matter and have my battery replaced before anything really expensive happened. I did a bit of digging. The DJ uses a group 86 battery and the dealer wanted a lot of money to replace it - lots for the part they sell and a significant amount to install it. (Yes, I could have installed it myself, but . . .) In doing a bit of research I discovered that not everyone sells the battery for the DJ (Costco, for example doesn't have it nor do a few of the auto specialists I checked) . . . . but, not only does Sam's Club stock the part, they install it for free - AND, until June 2, there is a $20 discount for the battery. So, yesterday I paid US$103 and some change, tax included for a Duracell automotive battery rated at a full 690CCA that has a 3 year replacement warranty installed in my car. At that price, and with the free installation, periodic battery replacement is almost completely painless (OK, I spent a lot of money in the store while they did the work) and, with a battery in good condition, the alternator and its related components aren't going to be stressed trying to charge a half-dead battery. If your vehicle has an older battery in it you might want to consider taking advantage of the sale. https://www.samsclub.com/sams/duracell-automotive-battery-group-size-86/prod3590273.ip
  19. 3 points
    I just scored a set of 4, 225/65R17 Bridgestone Blizzaks for $300.00 it pays when a Subaru dealer orders the wrong size and forgets they are in the storage room.
  20. 3 points
    The other day I got some new rockers and some other stuff. I had planned to replace the spark plugs and thought I should also look into the rockers because of a slight ticking noise (more noticeable cold. Hardest part for me was removing the intake manifold (not too bad). Yep, #5 cylinder had a bad rocker on the second intake valve, the rocker's roller was loose on it's little shaft. I found some scoring on the edges of the cam due to the sides of the rocker rubbing on the cam, but other wise the cam looked pretty good. I don't know how long it had been this way, since we bought the car with the tick already present and the car has 112K, everything else seems pretty good. And, we got it for a pretty good price, probably due to the ticking. At first I was a bit worried about doing the repair and the cost, but it came off pretty easy. I've done allot of work on other cars but this was a different animal, so much of it plastic and those little push-in plastic anchors to deal with. I'm an old school Ford and Chevy guy with some VW, Volvo and Subaru experience along the way. Nothing like this. Thank God for 100K spark plugs! I think the ones I took out must have been the originals, Champion and still looked pretty good, but were replaced. Took me about 4 hours to do the job, less than I thought. I had taken it to a couple Auto Repair places including the dealer to get an estimate, cheapest was about $1000 and the Dealer was saying around $2000 and up. I did it for less than $100 with new plugs and still have some extra rockers incase it does it again. My only advice is get it done when it happens, don't wait too long and you'll save damage to the cam, which will save allot of money.
  21. 3 points
    So, took my 09 V6 3.5 with 90,500 miles to the dealer with the following issues: ENGINE: 1-vibration felt throughout car when warmed up in drive. Goes away if you shift into N.... 2-loosing antifreeze, no puddles or wet hoses 3-mpg dropped to 13 mpg. HVAC System off, not using remote start, not cold out, longer trips (20/30 mins at a time. Got 16-17 mpg same routes Plugs were changed at 80K HVAC SYSTEM: 1- hissing noise in car when compressor cycles-low on Freon. AGAIN 2- AC compressor turns on even when entire hvac system is off-why? ELECTRICAL: 1- hands free system going nuts. Ask it something it wants to change everything to French. Constant shifts between connecting and disconnecting phones during calls Dealer loaner car,2019 Jeep Cherokee with 500 miles on it. So, if I fix EVERYTHING, it’s going to cost what?? OOOHHHH YEAAAA. I bought the Lifetime Warranty, it’s going to cost no more than $100, plus whatever gas I use in the loaner. Gotta love that warranty!!!
  22. 3 points
    Bonjour encore! Well Fred, I am really glad that your warranty will cover this shit storm for you. It is not fun being stressed by surprise vehicle expenses, especially a shitload like you have. Please keep us posted about it. This might be your big opportunity to learn French. Just be happy that it isn't displaying Swahili or Gaelic. As bad as things seem to be sometimes, it could always be worse. I know a guy that went to the junkyard to get some parts for his car. He parked out beside the main garage. The pay loader driver thought his old shitbox was a junkyard gem and he put the forks through the doors and planted it in the junkyard. There are days that I feel like parking our Journey in the same spot. mechanical-idiot
  23. 3 points

    Rear Climate

    trade it in be the best option
  24. 3 points

    Roof Top Rack-not factory

    you are attempting something obviously you are not able of doing yourself i would advise you to take it to a customizing place and let them do it. the racks have to be attached to the roof cross braces not just the roof metal skin. i am NOT being smug but to get it done right and not cause any damage or physical injure...good luck
  25. 3 points

    2012 Service keyless remote system

    Moved to the correct section. Make sure you explain this to the insurance adjuster so it can be fixed as part of the damage repair.
  26. 3 points
    JW, just so I got this right: You bought a car you knew was wrecked, didn’t get a CarFax report before you plunked down your money to see how bad, knew it needed work and is at least 10 years old (I got my 09 in July of 08) and expected to make money on reselling it? Seems pretty optimistic. That being said, my has been far from problem free, but I purchased a lifetime warranty AND got the free lifetime power train warranty because I’m the original owner. OK, none of that bullshit helps you. Check the negative battery cable. The sensor at the end corrodes and fails. Check the voltage at the jump terminals, see what you have. Anything less than 13+, start looking at the battery. Also, there has been occurrences of the HF Module draining the battery. Try removing fuse 131 in the fuse box on the passenger side fuse box. Good luck!
  27. 3 points

    High idle + misfire + random codes

    hey full coverage and a dark road and a match
  28. 3 points

    Maintenance at 100,000 kilometers

    At the very least, learn to do brakes yourself. There's no reason to touch the calipers unless they're leaking or fully seized. A 4 corner pad and rotor replacement can be done for $200 USD on the 2011, I don't think it's much more for later versions with the bigger brakes, plus the cost of obtaining appropriate tools if you don't already have them (socket set, jack, stands, wheel chocks, torque wrench, caliper wind back set - combined, you're looking at anywhere from $100 plus renting/borrowing what you need just for that job, $250 if you buy everything, and as much as you want if you buy it from a truck). Throw in an extra $10 for some sand paper (clean up the surface of the wheel hubs when you change rotors), anti-seize (makes removing the rotor the next time MUCH easier), and some brake grease (lubricate the slide pins - I've had friends with brake problems that were entirely due to the fact that the slide pins were bone dry), you could do the whole thing yourself in an afternoon for under $500 USD. The next time you'd have to do it, it's only $200, and under $100 if you catch the pads before they wear out. The way the older models (pre-2012) chew though brakes (single piston front caliper is the tell for the smaller brakes), you should learn to do it yourself. There are plenty of threads on this topic on this board (and I think one or two where I've posted the torque specs for the associated bolts).
  29. 3 points

    Remote starter

    If you have a cel light on it will interfere with the remote start it is a built in safeguard to protect the drivetrain..
  30. 3 points
    Removed the recirculate actuator and placed the door in fresh air position and the problem has gone away.Will order a new actuator from Amazon for about $35
  31. 3 points
    do what you want, but as i said i would be at the dealership at 7:30 am tomorrow morning stating you just had warranty work done on the vehicle involving the oil pump and you noticed it is now low on oil let them check it out tomorrow and then tell them you have to go on your trip and then do what they suggest and you will have it on paperwork what has happened. its that simple....
  32. 3 points

    Is this thing a lemon?

    I checked all solutions, had the dealership here go over all the wiring and grounds. It was 2 hours in they checked the so called by dealerships new alternator. I was told it was a new part and waited for it to be put in. The dealership took ownership of the issue thankfully and its been replaced. I had to replace battery in key fob as soon as I turned it on but that's the only message to pop up so far. My opinion was based on a lie from the dealership, as if I'd known it wasn't new alt I'd have replaced it asap. Bc out was dead in my yard I had to make sure it wasn't something simple before I had to pay for a tow and shop to fix it. I was also going to take all costs of fixing it before knowing the dealership had been dishonest in the sale. I get where you're coming from.... but if you feel this post was a waste of your time you didn't have to read or reply. I read each post and brought all of it as possibilities to the mechanic... not that I should feel defensive about asking about the reliability based on what my experience has been this far. Hopefully my opinion can improve now that I can actually drive it around.
  33. 3 points


    Whoever is giving you mechanical advice is trying to screw you. RUN to a new, competent mechanic. The person you are going to is either a lying thief, thinks you are gullible, or has absolutely no clue about repairing cars. My feeling is all 3!
  34. 3 points


    LOL....What? If you are getting air into the brake system, there is a leak somewhere. You need to fix that. Installing larger brakes (rotors/calipers/pads) won't fix a leak unless it is a caliper that is leaking. In that case, you can just fix the leaking caliper and not have to go to the expense of upgrading the brake size.
  35. 3 points

    Left cylinder head letter.

    Cheers mate. I'm contacting FCA Australia and hopefully get somewhere. Fingers crossed they honour the same warranty as the US on this issue.
  36. 3 points

    Heat shield ??

    It's located between the muffler and the spare tire. On the plastic part.
  37. 3 points
    Leave the chip out. Drive it for a few days and do a hard battery disconnect reset again. No disrespect, but the 2.4 has no hidden performance. The chip isn't going to unleash anything positive. It probably will continue to unleash more lights, problems, and gremlins. My advice is to leave the chip out permanently.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 3 points
    Armando G

    Our 5-year ownership experience

    Thanks for the reviews all. One thing I don't see mentioned is the value you get with the DJ with the price. This was one of the more expensive cars I have personally purchased (about $17000 3 years ago), and haven't had to do anything other than really basic maintenance. I don't have the rear view camera (I'm still pretty flexible to turn my head), I don't have BT (I do have a short commute to work, they can wait), I don't have the NAV system (I pay a lot for cell service, and the phone clip was cheap), and I hate all those warning systems because it makes a lot of people lazy drivers (no accidents in 30 years of driving for me). I personally like the amount of HP I get, it's just enough to pass whoever I want, but still keep me from getting tickets, and I enjoy the long trips of 10-12 hours as far as comfort and control. A couple of little creeks in the front suspension, but nothing to drive me crazy. Anyway, I enjoy reading everyone's thoughts on their DJ's, and I too plan on keeping it as long as I can and passing it on to my kid (passed two vehicles on so far). I did recently look at a Tahoe for the size and power, but Damn that price on those things is incredible. Knock on wood, hopefully my DJ stays as reliable as it's been, but so far it's outperformed my Explorer, Windstar, and 528i as far as issues.
  41. 3 points
    Armando G

    2010 Journey Motor Mounts

    Agreed with 2late4u, plus the fact that these are pretty important parts of your vehicle. If you are looking for a mod part or basic replacement part, ebay is great, but for these type of parts, for assurance and warranty reasons, you may want to pay the extra for quality, local parts. Cheap price sometimes mean cheap quality. And not meaning to put ebay down, I have ordered name brand parts from ebay, which are usually at a lower cost.
  42. 3 points

    2010 Journey Motor Mounts

    well i dont buy parts off eBay for the reason if you get the wrong ones you are stuck waiting or whatever, also a person is never sure of the quality, there is no reviews on these parts ,but the seller seems to have a great rating.....parts from your local dealer with oem parts will be of better quality and if you have a problem they are close by.... e450 vs 120 dont know the difference but its up to you. since the part # are not quiet the same if you can afford it go for the dealer parts......
  43. 3 points

    2018 Journey SXT Lacking

    Shocked that you did not discover this before you purchased the vehicle...did you buy it sight unseen?
  44. 3 points

    Need help please on Rear Defroster

    well after taking apart the back hatch rear inside corner panel figured it out the ground where ever it is, is bad. found the wire at the connecter back probed the wire it was the right one but it was a bad ground just cut the wire made a new one and bam defroster working. all back together and all seems well now I just need to try it in the morning and make sure its all good. Thanks for the quick responses. I just wish our Journey's had a hanes manual
  45. 3 points
    In the U.S. the EPA has made it law that ALL octane fuel will contain additives, as a dirty engine creates more HC. The extra money you pay for higher octane fuel is in effect a waste, and has been proven. In fact one test on a dyno and emission test showed that the 91 octane actually had more unburnt fuel as a result of all the additives and there gave worse emissions. As far as fuel additives goes I would be very careful. Actually I now use none. Having had several Dodge trucks, I used various engine cleaners and additives and the result was a plugged up EGR every time. I don't have the pics any longer but the EGR valve piston was sealed shut with black, burnt debris.
  46. 3 points

    Which MOOG Ball Joint For 2009 RT?

    do like jkeaton said and buy local unless its a huge difference. to be sure.things have happened a couple of times when buying parts to me and being local i was upset but just a trip back to the store to get it straightened out didnt have to wait days or weeks or have to put it back together again. i would also stay away from JC Whitney, go with rock auto if you do order parts.
  47. 3 points


    this has to be fiction...the car isn't worth that much
  48. 3 points
    Instead of trying to guess, I would either go to another Doge/Chrysler dealer to have it diagnosed, or keep trying to get a hold of yours. I don't know how much weight I would put on any shop telling me to wait until something worse happens (in essence what they said), before doing anything. At that point it may become a very expensive fix while it may be a simple solenoid or valve at this point. Only way to tell is probably by getting it to a dealer and at least getting their diagnosis.
  49. 3 points

    Considering Dodge Journey R/T

    Let’s get this straight...your going from a BMW to a Dodge Journey and think your going to be happy?! Try a Lexus or other high end suv. When you get in the Dodge after being in the BMW you won’t be happy, but that’s just my 2 cents.....
  50. 3 points

    2013 RT Seized Calipers

    That requirement for you to pay for the flush isn't outrageous. You paid for a maxcare warranty, brake calipers are a covered component. If you bring them an opened brake hydraulic system, they're going to charge you to fix it (unless it was caused by a failed caliper piston seal). You took it apart, they would have to put it back together, and "user interference" is not something covered by the warranty.