Question about 2009 Dodge Journey
This is a notorious problem with '08/'09 Journeys. Unfortunately Dodge, nor the dealers have identified the root cause. Dealers will start by replacing the WIN (wireless ignition) module, then the starter, followed by relays, the ELV module, and finally send you on your way. Soon you will stranded with a NO START / CRANK INOP problem again. There is no real solution identified... ...and that's a travesty. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Posted on May 26, 2011
We all have, or will have this problem. The ground cables are a problem. Remove the cables from the stud on the spring tower on the drivers side. when you remove the outer cable you will notice that it is grounded to a crimp lock nut with only 3 small points of contact surface. I used a file to take enough material off the nut for a full circle of contact. next you will notice a dry and hardened anti-corrosion substance. clean this off the stud and inside the threads on the nuts. Next you will notice that the inner cable (to the trans axle housing) is grounded to a painted surface on the spring tower. This will work if the nut side of the terminal is brushed clean. Also remove the end of the cable from the housing and brush the white powered corrosion from the terminal. I also ran a new cable.(your option). Wou can now use a spray anti-corrosion treatment or have it done during your next scheduled maintenance. My engine even cranks over faster. Hope this helps someone. if it does, please pass it on..
Posted on Sep 05, 2012
I am a experienced mechanic. I am having the same issue with a customer of mine. 2009 Dodge Journey 2.4L Im coming in on the back end. The customer already had the Battery, Starter, Alternator, and compressor replaced, only to have the same issue. After conducting a few test, we found out that the vehicle startes with the serpentine belt detatched, which leads me to believe there is a voltage issue and there is too much load on the crank for the starter to turn effectivley. I will continue to test for wiring malfunction but my next step would be to locate the starter ground and trace it back hoping to find a defective sensor. My last resort would be to remove the ECU and have it flashed at the dealership. If anyone can locate a wiring diagram for the starter that would be greatly appreciated. I hope I was helpful and I will post any of my findings.
Posted on May 16, 2012
Starting issues kept occuring intermittently for me, battery tested great, no solution from dealer twice, a friend got in and started in neutral, took back to dealer and asked about this, their solution was a computer flash upgrade for $25, I am doubtful this will fix it but cheaper than the other replacements, we will see what happens....
Posted on Jun 12, 2012
If it only clicks, you probably have either dirty connections that don't allow sufficient voltage to the starter to engage the solenoid, or a undercharged battery. If dirty connections are the problem...make sure they are all free of corrosion and well snugged. It's worth noting here....this can be the problem, even though lights, etc. are working.
If a undercharged battery is the culprit, a charge should get it functioning, but the question remains, why did the charge drop? At this point, might be a good idea to have the alternator output checked at auto parts store. Many will provide this service for free. Also have a load test done on the battery to make sure it isn't failing.
Posted on Feb 06, 2011
2009 Dodge Journey, A mechanic said the engine and would be 2k to fix. So for piece of mind, I changed the alternator, starter and battery. The alternator a few months ago and the starter and battery just this week.
Car turns over but sounds like no spark to start the engine. Going back to the drawing board. If anyone knows something, let me know. Thanks
Posted on Jul 19, 2018
Not enough battery voltage, check the battery
Posted on Oct 21, 2017
Had one in today with same problem, checked everything including ground on strut tower and relays, no luck. Then I found a thread where guy found it. Move the wire harness around, jiggle it, the harness next to the airbox that goes down by top of engine. Move it around, car will start. There's a bad wire in that big fat harness.
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
This has started to happen to my 2009 Journey R/T. I have narrowed it down to 2 things: either the sensor that detects that the car is in PARK is faulty, or its a alarm problem. Many times when I try to start the car and it just "clicks", I take it out of Park and put it in neutral and back in Park and it starts right up. Either that or lock it and unlock it with the buttons on the key a couple of times and then it will start... strange but true!
Posted on Dec 08, 2016
I have a 2011 dodge and I'm also having the some problems it just clicks I should try the above solutions I'm sick of this car as I've only had it a year
Posted on Nov 01, 2013
May be u have a dead battery or even worst a dead ignition system.
Posted on Apr 13, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
i would check battery connections and test battery. a battery can have a bad cell and run lights but not have enough amps to spin a stater. if everything on battery is good i would suspect a bad starter
Posted on Sep 14, 2012
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