The problem with a lot of "crossover" vehicles is that, while they manage to bring together two or more automotive concepts into one ride, they altogether miss the point entirely. The Dodge Journey is one of the few that manages to break this sad mold to come up with a vehicle that is far greater than the sum of its parts. Wholly SUV with the comfortable mid-size that a lot of hatchbacks bring, the Journey is a vehicle that truly brings the best of both worlds. Its size isn't intrusive, making it ideal for driving through even the busiest city streetsyet it has enough room to transport just about anything you can transport in a full-bodied SUV or even a pickup!
Best of all, the Dodge Journey never skimped on the things that mattereda full two-thirds of the frame is high-grade stainless steel, making it extremely safe. Additionally, with a lot of Dodge Journey parts available in the market, you never lack for means to keep it updated and driving smoothly. Since it came out in 2007, it has been a consistently well-accepted performer. It fits its name, in factsatisfied customers have remarked at the amazing fuel economy that seems to belie the ride's power and reliability.
A wise man once said: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"and there certainly isn't anything "broke" when it comes to the Dodge Journey. Very few complain of break downs and failures of its systemschalk that one up to Dodge's long and outstanding history of quality production and manufacture. So if you are a lucky owner of the Journey, you have a lot of support behind you. New engine components, air conditioning parts, even Dodge Journey spare parts are waiting in the open market for you to need them!
Lately, my Dodge Journey has been giving me headaches. The remote keyless entry system is not working properly—whether when trying to unlock, lock, or using remote start. Somebody please help?
It is really frustrating to find out that one of the amenities of your car suddenly decides to go MIA. The convenience of a keyless entry system can turn into a nightmare if it fails, and you have trouble locking and unlocking your vehicle. But before you panic and decide to bring in your car for service, make sure to check that the problem is indeed the remote. Your car usually comes with a backup key fob, so try that one if it will work. If it doesn't, then the problem is with your car, not the remote. This can be due to a faulty locking mechanism. If the backup remote works, your problem could be a dead battery in the key fob or loss of memory in the keyless entry system. Replace the battery if that is what's causing the problem. For the latter, you will need to reprogram the remote or update its firmware.
I have a vibration problem on my Dodge Journey. It started around 5,000 miles and happens when I apply the brakes. What could be causing this problem?
When the brake rotors have more than .05 mm run (where the rotor moves from side to side), vibration will occur and can be felt through the steering. This is usually caused by two reasons. One, the face of the disk has rust or dirt, which caused the run out figure to be more than .05 mm. Two, the rotor may have a "thin spot" or technically known as Disc Thickness Variation or DTV. Whether your problem is caused by the former or latter, what's important is to have the problem sorted out as soon as possible.
The first thing for you to do is to determine whether the front or the rear rotors are having the problem. If the vibration occurs at the steering wheel, then the front rotors are likely the culprits. Rear rotor problem, on the other hand, causes the whole car to shake. A DTV problem can only be solved by replacement. If the problem is a dirty disc surface, you can just have the rotors turned or skimmed.
As I was driving my Journey, I suddenly noticed a squeaky noise coming from the rear suspension of the car. It mostly happens when I turn, and sometimes the noise can be very loud? Any idea what's the problem and how to solve it?
A squeaky suspension is usually caused by a worn-out rubber bushing or connecting ball joint. The ball joints are the small connections in your suspension system that has a metal ball trapped inside a cup and lubricated with grease. Since these ball joints cannot be lubricated externally, when the grease leaks or gets old, the joints start to squeak. The same thing happens to the rubber bushings. They cannot be lubricated and over time dries out, which cause the suspension to squeak as the car moves. You may need to replace ripped bushings and ball joints to solve this squeaking problem. In some cases, you may have to replace the entire suspension part like a shock absorber or control arm.