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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-13-2019, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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uConnect fails

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The Mrs and I have 2 smartphones with nav/gps. I'm iPhone centric, she's Android. We have Android Auto and CarPlay. Several times in the last few months of ownership, uConnect will fail to recognize either phone with multiple attempts, nothing on the main screen. It is not the phones, both will do the GPS thing, but won't connect to uConnect. After an overnight shutdown, next day, all is well. Really annoying in a snow storm in Wy for two Bama residents. It appears that uConnect updates randomly. Is there a schedule, a website, whatever that will tell us when uConnect is not going to work? I bought a $40 garmin gps as a backup and it worked flawlessly and in fact became the primary gps. If this continues, my $38k+ pacifica will be traded for another (#7) Odyssey next time.
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Newbie here, so direct me to the correct threads.

The Mrs and I have 2 smartphones with nav/gps. I'm iPhone centric, she's Android. We have Android Auto and CarPlay. Several times in the last few months of ownership, uConnect will fail to recognize either phone with multiple attempts, nothing on the main screen. It is not the phones, both will do the GPS thing, but won't connect to uConnect. After an overnight shutdown, next day, all is well. Really annoying in a snow storm in Wy for two Bama residents. It appears that uConnect updates randomly. Is there a schedule, a website, whatever that will tell us when uConnect is not going to work? I bought a $40 garmin gps as a backup and it worked flawlessly and in fact became the primary gps. If this continues, my $38k+ pacifica will be traded for another (#7) Odyssey next time.
Welcome to the forum. If you put your van info (year, trim, gas/hybrid, etc.) in the signature line of the UserCP it will show up at the bottom of each post and help others answer your questions.

You can download a UConnect manual and check for updates on the UConnect website by putting in your VIN.
https://www.driveuconnect.com/

You can private message @ChryslerCares by clicking on the red letters and see if there are any suggestions for your VIN.

I'm pretty sure a phone has to be connected to the touchscreen with a cord for Android Auto/car play, but it doesn't surprise me that there might not be cell reception some places in Wyoming. The Android Auto mirrors the cell phone so I assume the cell phone needs reception for Android Auto/Car Play to work. I don't have experience with Android Auto on my Pacifica but am familiar with it on another vehicle.

If you list which phone models you are using, others with a similar phone might assist you. I found that a Samsung S5 worked better than an S4 with the 2017 UConnect system.

There is a search feature on the forum that you can try to use to find more threads to read.
Here is one thread to start with.
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum...to_threadtools
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Thanks for the quick response, I'll update my info later. 2018 gas Pacifica. Android phone Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 6s Plus. uConnect failures in AL, La, Ms, and Wy. Cell coverage at all those times as we both had maps available on our phones, were receiving texts, and could make calls. I'll do the vin check suggested. Great stuff, thanks.
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Thanks for the quick response, I'll update my info later. 2018 gas Pacifica. Android phone Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 6s Plus. uConnect failures in AL, La, Ms, and Wy. Cell coverage at all those times as we both had maps available on our phones, were receiving texts, and could make calls. I'll do the vin check suggested. Great stuff, thanks.
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We're sorry to hear about this! We completely understand how frustrating this may be. Please send us a private message and we will gladly look into this a bit further for you.
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Newbie here, so direct me to the correct threads.

The Mrs and I have 2 smartphones with nav/gps. I'm iPhone centric, she's Android. We have Android Auto and CarPlay. Several times in the last few months of ownership, uConnect will fail to recognize either phone with multiple attempts, nothing on the main screen. It is not the phones, both will do the GPS thing, but won't connect to uConnect. After an overnight shutdown, next day, all is well. Really annoying in a snow storm in Wy for two Bama residents. It appears that uConnect updates randomly. Is there a schedule, a website, whatever that will tell us when uConnect is not going to work? I bought a $40 garmin gps as a backup and it worked flawlessly and in fact became the primary gps. If this continues, my $38k+ pacifica will be traded for another (#7) Odyssey next time.

At least for Android Auto, the connection is very peculiar about the cable that is being used. Most aftermarket cables didn't work well for me. They would work intermittently and freeze Uconnect or Cadillac cue in my Cadi or the Sony Android auto deck in my Landcruiser. If you're using aftermarket cables, might try switching to a different cable and see if it helps.
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Same situation here...I have Android S8+, wife has iPhone 8...couple times a week, Uconnect fails to see our phones and we have to go through the Pairing process all over again...very frustrating. No issues with cell service, and sometimes if you wait til the next day, the system has our phones connected again like nothing happened...


Also, when using Pandora through the Android Auto app, if I hit the "Thumbs Down" or "Skip to next song" buttons on the screen, it just freezes up the system and won't play any more Pandora til a key off sequence is done...I can go play SiriusXM or radio, but Pandora/Uconnect is frozen. Odd.

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UPDATE

We are using the original Android and Apple power/data cords. Chrysler attempted to contact me, but we are playing phone tag. Really good response time. Much better than Honda or Kia, so altho there isn't a solution yet, at least there is an attempt to make contact. The vehicle is performing as expected, some of the safety features are superior to anything we've had before: BMW, Kia, Honda, GM, Ford, etc. We buy a vehicle every 2-3 years, so if this one doesn't measure up, it's gone. But, with the uConnect actually connecting or if I can get a schedule when it won't connect, this one may stay in the family for a long time.

Performance-wise this gas Pacifica is superior to any previous van: 2015 Kia, and several Odysseys dating back to 2002.

Thanks to all who are responding and helping.

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06/11/2019 update:

uConnect continues to fail randomly. Talked to Mopar cust service for over an hour to day and the answer: Take it back to the dealer. On the schedule today, I'll report outcome, but this is annoying to the point of re-thinking the wisdom of the mopar purchase. The $40 garmin gps I got on ebay continues to work flawlessly.

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I have had issues, still unresolved, with Android Auto not connecting to Uconnect (data connection error). The S9 and several cables, both OEM and aftermarket cables dont make any difference. I would gladly buy a USB cable from chrysler if they can sell me one that is working instead of saying 'your cable doesnt work'. There is something more to this, and if the radio/nav unit or the USB module is so picky and fickle about the data cables for android phones, then chrysler should supply or at least sell one that works. BTW, apple carplay works every time I connect an iphone 6,no matter what brand of cable I use.
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June 2019 UPDATE

Contacted uConnect customer service by phone. After an hour with uCS (original power cord required, correct data port, bluetooth on, bluetooth interfaced to iPhone) all the routine things we have done several times previously, the final answer: We can't help you, but you have an update available, take it to the dealer. At the dealer, they were unaware an update is available but said they would get it, but it would require several hours for them to download it to their system, and further serveral hours to download to my 2018 Pacifica Touring L. The dealer said they'd call me to schedule the update once they have it. So, yet another trip to the dealer without resolution. The dealer did say that if the update doesn't cure the problem, a new uConnect system is the only way to fix it. So far the van is under warranty, but the miles tick away daily. I asked the dealer if uConnect does wireless updates, answer: Yes, but you will get a screen notification and authorization. This has never happened with our system.

Another oddity: When I visit the uConnect website, using my log in and password I get a notification "no account registered." I tried to re-register but it didn't work.

RANT: I have a $199 smartphone that udates via cell or wifi several times a year, and I get notifications of impending updates. On my $38,000 Pacifica I get zero notifications, it has failed 3 times in the past 8 months, and I must inform the dealership of an available update, make a second trip to that dealership for the update after calling uConnect customer service. Something isn't right with that picture.

While the rest of the vehicle performs as expected, the uConnect failures have gone far beyond simple annoyance. Our current dependable navigation tool is a $40.00 Garmin bought on eBay. Or my cellphone. Our state has a "hands free" law, so the saftey and convienence of uConnect was one of our buying decisions.

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