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Dodge Durango Maintenance and Repair



  • windkistwindkist Posts: 4
    We recently purchased a 99 dodge durango for my 20 year old daughter and we probably only had it 2 days and it stalled on us. This has reoccured several times. Weve had the crank sensor replaced and of course there is no computer code and it won't do it at the Mechanics shop. I am just sick about this as its her first big purchase and she got a lemon!! I wish I had known. Whats next? Trading it in will loose her a lot of money. Selling to some other poor person is unethical. There seems to be NO fix for this.

    Looking for help or advice!

    Julies Mom
  • pinkumspinkums Posts: 2
    I have an 88 dodge d100 pickup,I started the truck and went down the road a ways and the truck just died. I thought it was the fuel pump, so I changed it. The pump is not running. I changed what I thought was the fuse and the fuel pump relay,but still nothing. Can anyone help me?
  • sherwood2sherwood2 Posts: 1
    I purchased the Durango in July 05. In Nov 05 it started to Stall every time I backed out of a space with a forward slant. The service dept. said it needed flashed. It was flashed in Nov 05, Jan 06, twice in June 06.After the last flash the problem got worse started stalling more often and under different conditions. Last time I was turning a corner and almost got hit by the truck behind me. They can never seem to get an error code or a technician to duplicate the problem. The sales man was able to cause the failure twice. I have been without my Durango collectively 3 weeks in June, yes they still have it. The truck has around 6,000 miles and I running out of time with lemon law as it has been almost a year. Any advice??
  • durangofandurangofan Posts: 21
    If you have a 2000 Durango 4.7L with 75,000 miles plus, I am recommending to change your power steering sensor switch for a new one. Cost is going to run you $25. Or simply disconnet it.

    If the switch goes bad, leaks power steering fluid into the connecting wires. This is inside the wire itself - through the strands of wire. The black wire is the ground wire, which just happens to connect to a splice joint with the ground wire for the oxygen sensor. Fluid leaks down to the (front 1/1)oxygen sensor and grounds it out.

    This causes your computer to receive faulty information, running excessively rich, causing black soot to discharge from exhaust. Gas mileage - very poor. Poor Performance.

    I ended up taking the wiring harness off the non-engine side and traced the front oxygen sensor wires to the closest harness connection.

    I ran new oxygen sensor wires. Problem solved.

    If anyone has this problem, I will help you with which wires to cut and / or join to.
  • So I have been having problems with the air conditioning and idle speeds, all related to the main CPU, I assume. The AC won't come on for about 11 minutes of driving when the air temperature is above 85. The idle sped starts out at 2000, drops to about 1200 after ten seconds, then will settle down to 650 after another minute or so. If you turn the AC switch on the idle speed boosts up to 1500.

    From you note about the leaking steering fluid, do you think it could be the cause f the computer issues? The truck has 132K miles on it and runs fine other tha the issues mentioned.
  • rd2004rd2004 Posts: 1
    Had a similar problem - very dangerous. Dealer repaired. Was caused be a plastic tie wrap that was placed after the recall for the battery cable. The tie wrap was occasionally pushing against the throttle causing the engine to rev. Finally got stuck on full throttle and car went through an intersection. Lucky there was no accident. Car was towed away - not safe to drive.
  • jjcroce3jjcroce3 Posts: 3
    yes, my Durango is stalling out to. i posted on here already. my status is this. I have had this done. I changed the crank position sensor like I had read in some of the posts. then it died again one time in a parking lot then it started 45 minutes later in 98 degree weather and stalled while I was rushing to get it home in the middle of the road. I took to the only place open today july 4th and they said it is a bad battery post to and can not look farther till they change that then they say a bad started. it had started just fine and turns over but will not fire. so now a dealer will put a computer buddy in it to try and catch a code but it has been in shop for 3 weeks now and nothing shows up. Any ideas
  • sdowningsdowning Posts: 3
    Did you ever figure out what this problem was because my 2001 did the same thing. One thing I did notice was that the headlights, interior dome light, door locks and steering wheel radio controls all work when the engine is not running. My mechanic is scratching his head because he noticed that when the engine is running that if you turn the key just a little bit like you're trying to start it while it's already running, that everything works! So he tried to replace the internals of the ignition switch and that didn't help either! This is just weird!
  • durangofandurangofan Posts: 21
    Problem cured.

    Power steering switch failure - causing power steering fluid to be pumped into the connection. Fluid inside the black ground wire is on the same splice joint as the O2 sensors. Fluid reaches the O2 connector and starts to fill up the other 3 wires.

    One needs to replace the wires to the O2 harness. You can still use the same connector - take it apart and solder new wires in - or purchase 4 new wire splicers from factory.

    All 4 wires re-coupled to area under the air cleaner.

    If this problem goes too long - then fluid will be pumped up to your PCM and require replacement.

    Your O2 sensors may be good - so save the old ones that you removed.

    If you need additional information - please let me know.
  • durangofandurangofan Posts: 21
    Problem resolved - by replacing the 4 wires leading to the front O2 sensor. Couple up - under the air cleaner.

    Need additional information - let me know.
  • 35cents35cents Posts: 2
    Julie's Mom - I have a '99 Durango that had the same problem - stalling after running about 15 minutes (would crank fine, but no fire, like you're out of gas), then I could restart it after it sat about 5-10 minutes. I initially replaced the Crank Position Sensor (as I read in other posts) and it still stalled. I bought a rebuilt PCM (main engine computer) off of Ebay for $200 from a company that specializes in rebuilt computers. Install took 10 minutes, and it's ran just fine ever since. Don't go to the dealer, they want about $600 for a rebuilt one, plus programming and install! Hope this helps. Regards, Scott
  • howardc44howardc44 Posts: 8
    Check your TPS Sensor, IAC Valve. My did the same thing. I also changed my spark plugs, wires and Cap/Rotar. She runs just fine now, even in hot weather. Make sure you put the right spark plugs in also. I used Bosch Plat. Disconnect the battery to clear the computer and then reconnect. Should do the trick.

    Good Luck

  • howardc44howardc44 Posts: 8
    I have a 99 Durango. Mine started stalling. Changed the spark plugs, wires and Cap/Rotar. I also changed out the IAC Valve and the TPS sensor. Those two parts are only 120.00. Mine now runs just great.

    Good Luck

  • aray2aray2 Posts: 15
    I also have a 2000 durango with the fluid problem in the harness going to the o2. You claim to run new wires from the o2 up to under the air cleaner. Can you be more specific? Are you talking about the pcm module or exactly under the air cleaner? I changed the steering pressure switch and flushed harness with contact cleaner. Still the same problem.
    Thanks aray2
  • cbouloscboulos Posts: 4
    My 2000 4.7L D has just developed the same symptoms. P0551 error code. Power steering switch failed and leaked. Next developed P0171 O-Sensor failure, smells, and lousy mileage. Ground leak theory makes sense. Now for my question: Part stores and web sites says this engine has 3 or 4 O-Sensors. Which one would be the faulty sensor and where is it located? I've found one forward and behind converter. Re-wiring is no problem since I was once an electrical engineer.

    Thanks for any help.............
  • cbouloscboulos Posts: 4
    Ok. I see 4 wires coming off the O2 sensor going to a connector the is stuffed up in an un-accessable location. Cannot get my hands in there to dis-connect. 4 wires: Black-Black-Blue-White. If I assume the two blacks are ground, maybe I could cut them and run new grounds to another clean point. Any comments out there?
  • I have a 2003 Durango that is doing the same thing. Please let me know what you have been able to find out.
  • 2000 Durango 4.7 engine idle will vary from 600 RPM to around 1700 RPM. No engine lights, no codes in CPU. Dealer replaced idle motor, still have same problems. Vehicle has 86,000 miles and has had this problem for some time now. Idle will be erratic and "wander" if vehicle is in drive or park or neutral. Anyone had a similar problem??
  • cbouloscboulos Posts: 4

    Ok. I'm/we are desperate! Would be grateful if you could describe how you fixed your contaminated o2/PS switch harness. I've cleaned it as-much-as I could. Reconnected it and reset the CPU. All was well for a few miles. P0171 code returned. Smells, lousy mileage and all the other symptoms. I trust that the o2 sensor is good based upon a number of web postings. Gonna try the new wires before dumping un-necessay $$$ on a new o2 sensor.

    Any help would be appreciated...........
  • cbouloscboulos Posts: 4
    Common problem. Simple fix: Throttle Position Sensor. Located on right side of carb. A few torque screws and wire harness connection. Ten minute job.
  • aray2aray2 Posts: 15
    I went to the dealer and got PCM print/outs. From what I could determine, the black connector on the pcm CAV 4 is the sensor ground. CAV 24 in the3 black connector is the oxygen sensor 1/1 signal. I decided to run a new ground.
    Cut the wire on the harness side by the o2, colored black and light blue. Soldered a new wire to this wire.Went to the black connector on the pcm and counted four wires from the bottom left side,which should be black and light blue. I spliced the other remaining end of the new wire at this point. Reset the code. After about 20 minutes, the code P0171 came up again. Still having the same problem. I am at wits end also. Afraid it's going to be a new harness that i cant install and will be costly.
  • tinkerertinkerer Posts: 13
    I have not investigated this particular issue on my Durango, so I may be off base here, but if you are absolutely sure that you eliminated the ground connection that is common to the PS pressure switch with a clean ground wire, then the only thing it could be is that the O2 sensor went bad as a result of being shorted out. If that is the case, you may want to disconnect that O2 sensor and see if the engine behavior changes. If it does not, then the sensor may be bad.
  • durangofandurangofan Posts: 21
    One must replace all 4 wires. When I cut my O2 (4 wires) about 8" back, the outside coating on the wires just about slide off, due to the amount of power steering fluid within them.

    I will review my new connections tonight and advise you on my finding. Durango has been out of town the last couple of days.

  • Went to parts store and picked up a Throttle position sensor ($38.00) and replaced it. Problem gone. Many thanks!
  • doliver02doliver02 Posts: 1
    We just replaced the head gaskets on 1999 dodge durango. After putting everything back together and rewiring, when we crank the vehicle, the horn blows, the wipers are going, the headlights are on, and door locks will not work. The horn/ A/C clutch fuse keeps blowing. Any suggestions? Thank you!!!
  • kickboxerkickboxer Posts: 4
    I have the same problem...I have a 2001 Durango and it often idles erratically every so often. I have 90,000 miles on it and it doesn't occur all the time, mostly in cold weather or if I don't let the engine warm up before taking off. I haven'thad it looked at because it happens only every once in a while. I just figured it had high miles.
  • kickboxerkickboxer Posts: 4
    My 2001 Durango sometimes downshifts into 1st gear from 3rd when I'm coming to a stop, in addition to a loud clunking sound. I'm not sure if it could be the Rear Axle or something internal in the transmission. Any suggestions?
  • aray2aray2 Posts: 15
    Have you had a chance to check your connections? I dont get the P0171 code now, but I do get p0132 and p0135. Maybe my new sensor is already messed up. I installed it before i realized my steering switch was bad and causing the problem.
  • I have a 1999 Durango, 5.9L with the big axle ratio. I regularly haul a 2-horse trailer with it. Last year experienced blown fuses & had trailer re-wired and plug-in on the Durango replaced. Problems continued, with the addition of stalling & hot AC. 15 June 05 at 98144 miles I had to replace the PCM at a cost of $894. Recently experienced stalling during hot temps. Took to dealer who found no problem. Stalled on the way home from dealer. Took back on week later, 15 July 06 at 114140 miles. They decided it was a faulty PCM again. This time it cost $1009 to repair. Was told the 12-month warranty on the PCM expired. I would think that a part like this should last a bit longer than 12 months and 16,000 miles. Also don't understand why the labor charge went from $144 in 2005 to $408 in 2006. Think the mechanic in 2006 knew what he was doing? What would you expect to pay for this repair? Asked for explanation of why this keeps happening. Was told this is a common part failure caused by vibration (don't all cars vibrate?) or improperly jumping, or anything that may cause a power surge. Am I unreasonable to be frustrated by this?
  • scotsboyscotsboy Posts: 2
    I've been having intermittent problems with my 2000 Durango 4.7, difficult to start in hot weather. Yesterday, it just suddenly stalled and died on the highway, couldn't get it re-started. No check-engine light, no error codes being generated, but 4 of the monitors (catalyst monitor, oxygen sensor, oxygen sensor heater, evaporative system) are listed as being "incomplete" by my scanner (presumably because the vehicle has not started). I already checked battery, plugs, but all in good condition as regularly serviced. As no error codes are generated, I'm thinking it may be the PCM (as there obviously is a major problem). Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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