Jan 102020

2019 Ram 1500

I have a 2019 ram 1500 with 13500 miles and the brakes are squealing like the wear bar on the pads are rubbing the rotors. I had the same issue in Aug with 6000 miles on the truck. The dealer replaced the front pads and rotors because they found pitting. This time they could not replicate the sound and found no pitting, damage or wear. What could cause this and is there a TSB that addresses this issue?

Front Brake Squeal

Excessive moisture, cheap metallic pads, sticking calipers are just a few things that could be causing an issue. No TSB for the front brakes. You did the right thing by taking it back to the dealer that performed the repair. Now they have record of the issue. Continue to drive it like normal and if it begins to occur where you can reproduce the squealing noise take it back again. Suggest that they allow a mechanic to go for a ride with you so you can show them what you are hearing. The driving style of the person inspecting the vehicle for a noise may differ from yours.

Rear Brake Moan or Howl

I did find a TSB (TSB 05-002-19) for the rear brakes.  The TSB applies to vehicles built on or before September 24, 2018. The TSB refers to a Moan or Howl from the rear and calls for installing a Moan Brake Kit; Part # 68446866AA.  There are new mounting brackets and a u-clamp that are to be installed.

TSB 05-002-19

GROUP: 05 – Brakes
DATE: April 25, 2019
This bulletin is supplied as technical information only and is not an authorization for repair. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or
transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise, without written permission of FCA US LLC.

Rear Brake (Moan) Noise

This bulletin involves installing a rear brake anti-moan kit.

MODELS: 2019(DT) RAM 1500 Pickup

NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles within the following markets/countries: NAFTA, EMEA.
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or before September 24, 2018 (MDH 0924XX).


The customer may comment on the following:

  • A low frequency moan or howl noise from the rear brakes, primarily in cold/humid conditions, typically on the first brake stop in forward or reverse, after vehicle has been sitting for lengthy
    periods of time (cold brakes).

If the customer describes the symptom/condition listed above, perform the Repair Procedure.

Qty. 1 Part No. 68446866AA Description: Brake Kit, Moan
NOTE: Rotor and pad replacement is NOT required for the Repair Procedure.


1. Remove and discard
one of the existing caliper bolts at a time from the rear axle brake flange
on one side of the vehicle (fig 1).
Fig. 1
Existing Caliper Bolts

2. Loosely install one of the brackets with the caliper mounting hole on the brake flange on the inboard side using one of the new bolts provided in the kit (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2
One Bracket Installed into Position

3. Repeat Step 1 for the second bracket on the same caliper (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3
Both Brackets Installed

4. Loosely fasten the brackets around the axle tube using the U-clamp and nuts provided in the kit to keep the brackets from twisting when tightening to specifications (Fig. 4).
5. Tighten the caliper bracket bolts to 100 N·m (74 ft.lbs)
(Fig. 3).
6. Tighten the U-clamp nuts to 45 N·m (33 ft.lbs)
(Fig. 4).

Fig. 4
Brake Brackets and U-Clamp Installed

7. Repeat Step 1 thru Step 6 for the caliper on the other side of the rear axle.

Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.

Labor Operation No: 05-85-05-9E
Description: Rear Caliper Support Brackets – Install Both Sides (2 – Skilled)
Skill Category: 6 – Electrical and Body Systems
Amount: 0.5 Hrs.

FAILURE CODE: ZZ Service Action

Engine died on the highway Dodge Stratus

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Dec 062019

2005 Dodge Stratus

My 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT with a 2.4L engine died on the highway running 65 70 miles an hour over just over a week ago. And after I pulled spark plugs, the spark plug threads had a lot of oil on them. 3 weeks prior to that I had what I thought was overheating radiator. I blow back in the reserve tank about a quart of water resolve that issue and it sounds like it is sucking through a sponge. Now my battery is dead.

Follow the steps in the no start diagnostics chart that is available for free right here on this site.

Oil on spark plugs

Finding oil on the spark plug threads would just be an indication of a leaking gasket. Most likely the valve cover gasket is at fault. This would not cause the engine to die unless you ran it completely out of oil.

The battery being dead could be from age or it not being charged from a faulty alternator. You may charge it fully and then test it with a battery load tester. In most cases a battery will not last longer than 4 years. Jump starting the battery will shorten its life cycle as well.

Vehicle shudders while driving between 30 to 50 mph

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Oct 182019

Dodge Grand Caravan

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6L shudders while driving between 30 to 50 mph, there are no check engine lights and no misfire codes. It does not happen all the time its an intermittent problem.

Shudders while driving

My recommendation would be to ad a friction modifier to the transmission. One that I have had good results with is called “Shudder Fix”. It can be purchased online.

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Just add it to your transmission fluid and drive it like you normally do for a least 10 miles. It is an inexpensive fix. In most cases the shudder is in the torque converter lock up clutches not smoothly engaging and disengaging. It will not hurt your transmission.

No power to the switch 1984 Dodge Ramcharger

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Oct 112019

1984 Dodge Ramcharger

My headlights, taillights and dash lights are all not working. There is power to the fuse but not the switch.

With power going to the fuse and no power coming from the fuse, the fuse itself is bad or the wiring from the fuse to the switch is bad.

There is more than one fuse that will need to be checked as well.

  • Fuse #3 (15 amp) is for the turn signals working through the hazards.
  • Fuse #5 (15 amp) is for the turn signals and tail lights
  • Fuse # 8 & #9 (25 amp) are for the head lights and brake lights
  • Fuse #2 (5 amp) is the dash lights

Lights Wiring Diagram 1984 Dodge Ramcharger

lighting wiring diagram 1984 Dodge Ramcharger

Battery light on 2009 Dodge Journey 2.4L

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Oct 102019

2009 Dodge Journey

Battery Light stays on. New battery alternator good.

The battery light comes on when the battery is not being charged. Check to make sure the alternator is installed correctly. Meaning look to make certain the electrical connections are all hooked up properly.  Next check the Fusible link to make sure it isn’t blown. Finally check your battery cable connections.

2009 Dodge Journey Charging System Wiring Diagram


Fuel Pump Relay 1997 Dodge Avenger ES

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Oct 102019

1997 Dodge Avenger

Is it OK to bypass a fuel pump relay?

Fuel Pump Relay

The fuel pump relay is commonly bypassed for testing and diagnostic purposes. But it is not recommended for long term use.

Replace the fuel pump relay if it is faulty. Next repair wiring harness or connections if they are faulty. The fuel pump relay is located in the rear lefthand corner of the engine compartment at the firewall.


Transmission fluid leak 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L Mag.

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Oct 072019

transmission fluid leak

How can I tell if my transmission blew in my truck or if its just a broken line?

This is what happened…

I drove my truck about 3 weeks ago around the block it had NO issues shifting or driving or anything realistically. I was driving my truck because it was having a bit of idling issues before and was not popping up any codes. It just idled funny and kept doing that so i parked it till i had time to look at it. I started my truck. It started just fine,  no issues and the idling had just happened to disappear on its ow. So to really see if it had gone I took it around the block came back.

Then put it in reverse again with no issues, no hesitation, no clunking, nothing just a smooth shift into reverse. I parked it opened my hood smelled something sweet ( i was aware i was leaking antifreeze and no my reservoir was not empty. I always kept it full, so I looked around and I did happen to see a small burst of white smoke.

Then I looked under my truck saw my truck was COVERED in some type of liquid on the driver side front (just the driver side front by my tire) so i shut my truck off and went under to find out what it was. It was red fluid and was the transmission fluid. I went to move my truck the other day and when it turned over it made a yucky sound so i immediately shut it off looked under my truck again and sure enough it was COVERED again same spot. I looked in the transmission reservoir. It still has transmission fluid in it. Does this mean my transmission is blown?? or does this sound like a broken line? please let me know!!…



To answer your first question the transmission is still functioning as it should. So this would indicate the transmission internally is OK. However you have an external leak that will need to be addressed. It could be as simple as a leaking hose or connection at the radiator. The transmission cooling lines attach to the radiator and sometimes wear, crack and leak.

To answer your last question would be the transmission is not blown. When a transmission is blown it means it will no longer function (shift or move the vehicle). Your vehicle just has a transmission leak that will need to be fixed before you drive it too much. Keep the transmission fluid level topped off being sure not to over fill it. Check it often if you intend to drive it at all.

AC will not blow 2012 Dodge Ram 3500

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Jul 312019

Dodge Ram 1500

The AC will not blow during the heat of the day. Once it cools off it works just fine. When it doesn’t blow air out the vents you can hear the motor going but no air.

The most common reason for this is a failing mode door actuator.