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post #41 of 44 Old 01-08-2017, 01:47 PM
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Maybe be happy you didn't spray foam the insulation in, IIRC a forum member had to remove generously applied forever-foam before they would allow the buy-back. Okay, fine, not sunshine and roses but it is true...

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Got it back yesterday. Attached pic shows the detail on what they did -- essentially hardwiring the speed sensor.

Drove off the lot, merged into traffic, and as I got up to speed felt a 'thumpthumpthump' that increased as I accelerated. Parked it, went and looked at all 4 tires, checking for a flat spot, but couldn't see one. Took it back to dealer, drove the service advisor down the street and she said "It feels like a flat spot on one of the tires". Pulled over and she got out to inspect. I crept forward as she looked until she said "Stop". There was a flat spot -- caused when the parking brake froze -- and the right rear tire was hosed.

They replaced the tire this morning. I drove home without incident. Now I wait for the other shoe to drop, or not. Hoping that hardwiring that sensor makes the difference. Will check back in here if it doesn't.
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Went up into the mountains to play on Sat. Driving down a few hours later I got a "Service Transmission" on the EVIC. Codes were the same as last time -- ATTCP and P0571.

Red exclamation point kept flashing on the dash the whole drive down the hill, but then went out somewhere on the (very flat) Interstate on the way home.

Drove back up today (Sunday) to play in the snow again, and it happened again -- all of it, exactly the same.

On the Interstate on our way home the cruise control would not function.
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Turns out P0571 (covers brake switch and cruise control) was the only thing that the dealer could find and/or duplicate a problem with. From what they told me, as well as what I've been able to glean from online sources and friends that wrench professionally, when the brake switch malfunctions it's as if you're driving two-footed. And potentially very heavy on the brake foot.

I don't drive two footed ever, so when the dealer kept asking if I did I was confused. At one point they explained that they see Chargers come in with this code somewhat frequently, because macho dudes are doing brake torques at stoplights before lighting 'em up. Clearly not something that's happening with the PM, but that's how it was presenting to the techs.

Thus my trans had been hot (I'm not sure if they used the word overheating or if I appended it after the conversation) as we came down the hill last weekend, not through any fault of driver but because this switch was malfunctioning. What tipped them off was when I said the cruise control wouldn't work, apparently.

Anyhow, they've since checked/repaired/replaced the switch and (according to the receipt) some associated wiring.

When I drove it off the dealer lot this AM I was tuned in (as always) to the shift feather that has been happening for months now. And it seems to be gone. I only got a few miles of running errands in, but never once detected the feather in that time. Thus maybe (so the dealer hopes) the brake switch has ben the culprit all along?

I'm hoping so too, but might just be past the point where my faith can be entirely restored in this particular van.

Heading out for a ~1000 mile trip on Monday morning. With fingers crossed, as usual.
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