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mechanical-idiot last won the day on October 12 2018

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  1. IBS on negative battery terminal

    Everything is still running perfectly. I got a brain serge and called a scrap yard. The guy had a 2012 and sold the IBS to me for 25 bucks. A deal I could not refuse. I have not replaced it yet. Since the circuit board was not damaged, it will likely keep working. Will replace it someday when I have some time. mechanical-idiot
  2. IBS on negative battery terminal

    Runs like a top thus far, but who knows. Nothing showing up on the dash etc. Weird how the low battery made it act up electrically, but as my neighbor explained, it needs 9.6 volts before it will start the vehicle, so I guess it makes sense. Anywho......... I will let you know how I get along with it. mechanical-idiot
  3. I dog gone done and broke the IBS on the negative battery terminal while changing the battery. I can't even change a frigin' battery without screwing something up! I am a total mechanical idiot, or perhaps just a total idiot. So, I glued it back together with some crazy glue. It stuck together quite well. Vehicle starts and runs. No lights showing up on the dash as warnings. My question is, will this work (the glue trick), or should I replace it, or do I even need this damn part? It is over 100 bucks to replace. What will happen if it doesn't work any more? A neighbour of mine told me that you could disconnect it and it won't hurt anything. He seems to know what he is talking about most of the time, but then again, I wouldn't know if he does or not. Remember, I am a mechanical-idiot. Here is what led me tor replace the battery in the first place: - car would not start with the fobs - car started running the wipers, four way flashers and the rad fan when it was just sitting in the driveway (not started, but I was trying to start it) - car had not been run in 3 days and would not start, but would unlock and lock - the lights were not doing a "normal" flashing when vehicle was unlocked - I disconnected the negative battery terminal, left it for a while then hooked it back up and the car was completely electrically dead - I then boosted the vehicle and left it charging for 20 minutes and it started no problem with no weird electrical things happening - Then I got real smart and decided to replace the battery because I figured that the original 7 year old battery was probably on its way to battery heaven - Then I got real stupid and broke the IBS off the terminal - Then I got the crazy glue out and stuck it back together (just on the outer plastic part, not on the inner green part or the silver looking thing a ma jigs) I searched for some info online and found these pictures (which is basically the same way mine broke on me) https://dodgeforum.com/forum/dodge-journey/415747-negative-battery-terminal-temperature-sensor.html So, I guess I am not the first idiot to break one of these things. mechanical-idiot
  4. Need help with 2009 Journey 3.5L SXT

    I'm waiting for a good knock knock joke about your bad sensor. Anyone, anyone.........anyone?
  5. Stripped lug nuts

    2late4u is right again. I replaced all the crappy lug nuts on our Journey with solid nuts. 40 bucks including taxes. All the caps were peeling off the old ones. Your problem nut could be stripped because it might have been put on crooked with an air gun. Not fun to take off. If the cap was rounded, it would pull right off the nut. The nuts are easy to take off when the caps are missing. It has no effect on the nut if the cap is missing. Good luck with that bad nut. Most tire shops have a special socket that can catch the nut and take it off for you. mechanical-idiot
  6. Front End "Clunk" while Braking Over Bumps

    It is likely the opposite strut that is making the noise. Or, it is the shock itself on the strut. It is hard to tell with the sound, as it seems to move to somewhere else, fooling you. If it is not under warranty, get a used one at a scrap yard and put it in yourself (great youtube video on it), or have a local shop do it for you. I think the struts are side specific, so left wont fit right etc. Have a local mechanic check it out for you. Sometimes they pick up stuff that the dealer doesn't. Anywho....good luck.
  7. Just installed a Trailer Hitch on my 2011

    It's good that you got that sand cleared out from your frame. It can get wet and stay wet and rot out your frame and floor. I had some in the back fender (small hole in fender wheel well) of my Accord and it rotted out the floor and bottom of the car. I had it all cleaned out and the metal cut out and replace. It is not so easy trying to fix a frame. We have a hitch on our Journey, but it was there and wired when we bought it. Great to have. I actually have another UHaul trailor hitch that fits the 2009- 2013 Journey in my barn. I picked it up from a guy who was throwing it out since he no longer had a Journey. I will probably sell it for 50 bucks sometime. It is just stuck in my way right now. mechanical-idiot
  8. DJ Trim levels Difference

    Thank you bramfrank for pointing out my error. I was wrong and I apologize for the misinformation. I am certainly learning a lot from the forum, mostly from my screw ups. I appreciate the time you took to let me know. mechanical-idiot
  9. You might be able to get at them by taking the glove box out. You may not need to take the dash apart. Sounds like a lot of work for a part that seems to mess up a lot, but then again, we have all seen worse! There are probably 2 of them in the center of the dash, one below another. One does the heater, floor, vents (top one) and the other does the air conditioning (bottom one). I think that this info is correct, but I am just learning a lot of this stuff myself. I looked into it when our air conditioning would only work on the passengers side. It fixed itself after a couple of days. It was likely stuck and got dislodged on a pothole. Lots of potholes here. Hope this helps. mechanical-idiot
  10. DJ Trim levels Difference

    My advice to you is to buy the SXT. Stay away from the Crossroad as it is an AWD vehicle and comes with an extra set of problems (moparts, moproblems). We made the mistake of buying the AWD. Moparts, moproblems. Mocostly ones. Also, as 2late4u mentioned, 17 inch tires are cheaper to purchase than 19 inch tires. You can't see them when you are driving, so what the heck is the difference. The 19s may look nicer, but I don't spend a lot of time staring at my tires. Given the information that you have provided above, the SXT is a much better buy in my opinion. In the end, it's your money, so you buy the vehicle that you want. mechanical-idiot
  11. Our RF Hub works when it feels like it. Most of the time it is fine, but sometimes it just refuses to start the vehicle. New batteries and all. No rust or anything in there. I think that the boards in them are so cheaply made that they have some problems. Temperature probably has some effects on them - expansion and contraction on a cheap board, chips etc. mechanical-idiot
  12. Engine wiring harness

    Nice mess. I hope that the animal did not suffer, which it probably didn't. That looks like about 3 grand in damage. Time to start looking for some used parts. mechanical-idiot
  13. Engine wiring harness

    You have got to stop hunting with your Dodge Journey!!!!! http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106993 Check out this site for some photos. It is amazing the damage that can be done by hitting an animal. Scroll down to see where the guy hit a horse with his subcompact car. This accident did add some "horsepower" to that crappy little vehicle. mechanical-idiot
  14. Also, if it is an AWD model, don't tow it yourself. Have it towed on a flatbed. Towing it can screw the AWD gear in the arse end of it. Then you might as well just tow it to the junkyard because a 2011 with an arse end problem and an engine problem won't be worth fixing, unless you have a big bag of money in your basement. Good luck. mechanical-idiot
  15. I 4th - time for a mechanic. That's why they train those guys/girls. mechanical-idiot