Grrrr With my 2007 Caliber-2 issues
I've been reading the forums for a couple of weeks now. I have a 2007 Caliber R/T.
First, about a month ago, both my turn signals went out while driving on the highway. Then 2 weeks ago, the car died. Then the weird ticking sound so many hear on the right side of the engine began.
Car has almost 50k on it. Bought it brand new while we were stationed in Germany in 2006.
First problem we tackled was the dead car. This has been a recurring issue and possibly my fault...at first. Every once in awhile, I put the key in and the car won't start, so I take out the little plug on the right side of the console, hit the reset button and it would restart. I'm pretty sure I screwed something up in the ignition with heavy keys. So the day the car died, nothing was working. We tried to jump it, and just tick tick tick. I pulled the battery and my husband and I walked to the NAPA down the street to have it checked. He said it was totally dead. $100 bucks later, new battery, working fine. Then last week, I started to notice the whine, then a bit of a shake. So I broke down and took it to the dealer today. It's the bearings in the alternator and they want to charge me $700. Of course the warranty is up on it. I said no way and went and bought an alternator at Auto zone for $200 and change. My husband and I are going to change it out tonight....as soon as I get the car back. They are still looking at the turn signal issue.
I relayed info I had found on this site about resetting the computer and updating it. Yet to hear back from them so about to head down with my angry woman look. But, when I talked to them earlier, they mentioned replacing the TIPM. So the question is, I've read about this problem with the turn signals but no one has replied if whether the flash/update/reset worked?
I've also read about just replacing the pulley on the alternator, but with all the battery issues, wondering if it's best to change the whole thing out?