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Nov 22, 2020, 7:27 AM

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I want to avoid the dealership. Even though someone said go for estimate to see what problem is.

Had a private mechanic think fuel pump and then thought it was throddle body. Throddle body light shows on dash lately before starts. But it is a generic brand not Mopar.

I have a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country LX.

After taking to Midas for oil leak ever since had this start problem.

I already had a tune up. Still not sure what out kse it may be or if its just time to look for another car. Going through money lately like crazy

(This post was edited by xumu on Nov 22, 2020, 7:30 AM)

Hammer Time
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Nov 22, 2020, 7:56 AM

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Unless you have access to some very expensive, factory level scan tools, then you don't have much chance of fixing this yourself.

You can try having the codes read with a generic code reader but I expect that won't give you access to the areas you need to scan.

You don't necessarily need the dealer but you do need a very competent independent shop that commonly deals with electrical diagnostics and trust me, Midas or any other chain store is not that.

At this point you haven't even stated any symptoms of this problem or what the problem you are trying to fix is.


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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Nov 22, 2020, 7:58 AM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 22, 2020, 8:32 AM

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? That's a different subject line. So be it.
OP, you took this to Midas by name (similar around me also once that name only) is great at exhaust system creations or was NOT showing well for other areas of the rest of a vehicle.

That and it's a "Mopar" dances to a beat of a different drummer as it was said AND you don't want a dealer - understood.

They (Midas) looking for an oil leak THEN this happened. Just go where they were looking and find what was broken or left unplugged and "voila" problem solved probably.
You still had an oil leak to find now find a place that can find it. Oil pressure switches on engine, oil filters not installed properly (Midas again or others) or as simple as a cross threaded drain plug now.

These places don't hire and can't afford real and experienced techs and charge less. When they do they'll be at the dealer you so wish to avoid isn't the only answer but chances are better IMO. I like to suggest well documented independent shops and techs in general harder because it's a Mopar.
Just using that word is a warning of "Trouble Ahead" like the Greatful Dead" song, Casey Jones,

Have a tune on me >> <<

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Nov 22, 2020, 10:06 AM

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1st off, that generation of Mopar really isn't the best in the electronics or leaks department.
I'm not sure what you are trying to do here. Fix this yourself or get info for your tech?
If you are going at this yourself, as HT has already pointed out, without the right tools this problem is probably a little over your head.
If you are just looking for info, most good diag techs already have their places for tech support if it is needed, they don't need or want you to go searching for them. No one knows everything and everyone does need a little help once in a while.
If your tech has asked you to do this......Then you need to find a new shop/tech, going this route will cost you even more money than you have already spent.
I would dump the Mopar and start looking at something you can get under warranty or if it's an older car, check out a good Toyota or Honda

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