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Dodge Durango Engine and Performance Problems

april74april74 Posts: 1
I have 2002 Dode Durango SLT 4WD V-6, I purchased it in this past October. Last month we started having a problem with the engine cutting off while driving, but it starts right back up after turning the key off and on again! It doesn't matter how fast, slow or if you're sitting at a red light or stop sign, it just does it when it feels like it! The worst was yesterday when my husband drove it 60 miles to and from our cut off 8 times on the way up and 7 on the way back. I haven't noticed it doing it on warm days but at least once or twice on cold days! When the engine does cut off the only changes in the dashboard are the mileage will say "no bus" and the circle around the "D" on the gear indicater disappears! HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM AND IF SO, WHAT WAS THE FINAL OUTCOME? Our Dodge dealership has NO CLUE!!!!!!!!!


  • I know exactly how your feeling with your Durango. I have the same exact problem. The "D" has been in the shop four times and they say it is an electrical problem. So far they have tested every wire and cable and nothing. I have been doing research as my "D" is now in there again. I have been reading on DodgeTalk and Dodge Durango site that it could be a number of things. PCM (this may be covered under warranty if you have less than 80k miles on your vehicle) but make sure it is the PCM. Also it could be the fuel relay switch or the OEM coil. As far as I know it could be a worn wire. I am at loose ends myself. The dodge dealer is lost and they are looking for answers from the east coast. If your vehicle gets fixed before mine please let me know what they found so I can tell my dealership.
  • gunnyrgunnyr Posts: 2
    I have a 1999 Durango w/5.9 Liter v8. Our truck did the same thing and other problems(engine light, abs, etc). After a thorough witch-hunt by rookie mechanics, a senior Dodge man in Az replaced the computer. No problems ever since after 152,000 miles.
  • I am also experiencing this same problem with the engine cutting off in full drive situations.
    It started about 1.5 years ago. I brought it to the shop for repair. They told me it was due to a bad contact "somewhere". Now the problem is appearing again. The "check engine" and "no bus" indicator light up.
    I hooked up an analyzer but it does not detect the error. The easiest way out is maybe by replacing the SUV computer, but what if the problem is somewhere else? This is very frustrating. We can help us out?
  • I have had this happen to me 4 times now and 2 times while i was over 65 mph on the freeway. i waited 5-10 min and it started back up no problem until 3 days later. the big issue is there is no check engine light after it fixes it self. if anyone has a clue please let me know what to do : :(
  • does any one know why my durango does this
    i run the car for about an hour and it turns off. then i wait for about five min. and then it starts going. and it does the same for the next hour where i have to wait about five min. for it to start again.
    it makes changes in the dashboard where the mileage will say "no bus" and and the circle around the "D" on the gear indicater disappears the same for me.
    I have the same problem as the first post. can anyone else help.
  • :mad: I have the same problem with my 99 Durango. It has cut out 3 times on me in the last 2 months. It starts right back up as if nothing is wrong, but the steering and braking difficulties encountered when this happens are frightening.
    I came to the forums hoping to find an answer to what was wrong so I could have the problem fixed, but it seems as if no one, including the Dodge dealerships, knows what is causing this.
    Hopefully someone will have an answer, so I can again feel safe while driving.
  • I need help figureing out whats wrong with my 2000 Dodge Durango it has the 4.7 V-8 the code I keep getting is P-0551?? anyone know what it s problem is???
    Thanks JOHN
  • does anyone make a power programer for my 2002 durango 4.7 if so how
  • airjoeairjoe Posts: 5
    My engine, when idling at a light or whatever, begins to knock. It sounds like the lifters are knocking. Also, my engine light is on. It has plenty of oil & the pressure, per the guage, is fine. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • I have a 2005 Durango 4.7 with about 70,000 miles. I have never had any trouble with it until now. When I started it this morning to warm it up, I could smell a funny sulfur smell. When I started to drive it, it ran very poor. The engine would skip and lacked power. The check engine light started flashing and the engine continued to skip. It almost sounded like it was running on 7 cylinders. The check engine light would go out and come back on, but the engine still ran very rough. After about a half hour of driving, it seemed to gradually run ok, but the check engine light stayed on. On my way home from work, It did the same thing, ran badly, but later got better. What do you think was wrong? I was thinking bad gas....I did add dry gas to see if it helped, but too soon to tell....
  • the way it sounds you answered your own question sounds like you have a plug not firing all the time flooding raw gas into convertor which would give you a sulphur smell.
  • 34boys34boys Posts: 1
    I've had this same issue and the dealerships have no clue. I finally found a local mechanic who after a couple of months in and out finally got it. He replaced the idel sensor and I have not had a problem sense.
  • ednrednr Posts: 1
    Have you ever got a response to your issue? I'm having the same problem with a 2004 Durango. Engine light on but no oil pressure problem(?)
  • This is one of those factory issues that Dodge must have known about! I saw class action information last year on a site but lost the information. I have spent $$$$ replacing parts and filters for a year and still have engine stalling problem. Someone said replace distributor set, on fuel tank, others, etc.. Where does it end!!
  • rockpinrockpin Posts: 3
    Can anyone help? When my Durango has been idling awhile, upon acceleration, the engine makes an abnormal revving sound. The sound will stop when I reach normal driving speed. It always shifts on time, but the noise is similar to a transmission low on fluid. I'm leaning towards a vacuum issue. I've replaced the purge solenoid, replaced trans. filter and fluid, and did a visual check for vacuum leaks with no luck. Any ideas?
  • rockpin,

    My 2002 Durango is doing the same thing, accept on occasionally it doesn't like to shift right away. Have you found anything out regarding this issue?

  • rockpinrockpin Posts: 3
    No, sorry I haven't figured anything out as of yet.
  • Mine was doing the same thing. First thing my mechanic said was "transmission". Turned out to be the fan making that noise. The clutch for the fan was seized up. $65.00 for a new one.
  • Awesome! I'll try that. Thanks for the tip.
  • I've had the same problem with my 1999 Dodge Durango for almost a year now. I've changed every sensor ( ICS,PSC,CMP,CKP, MAP, TPS, ECG, etc.). I've had the fuel injectors rebuilt, fuel pump replaced, Catalytic converter replaced, Dist cap and rotor replaced, replaced the ignition coil,and new plugs/wires, I've even had the PCM replaced twice. The only thing that changed is it dosen't die while I'm driving anymore. It still "bogs" down on me and I still have to start it 5 times to acutually get it to move. Is there anything that the dealership or the 10 mechanics I've taken it to may have overlooked ?
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