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Dodge Durango Maintenance and Repair



  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Buffeting is a pretty common problem with lots of cars. Sometimes cracking a rear window or sunroof helps. See:

    tidester, "Volvo XC90 SUV" #930, 3 Jan 2003 10:19 pm
  • I had a similar problem with an Olds I once had, and I know this may sound crazy. If you keep your vehicle in a garage and you have any furry pets, check between the radiator and the air conditioner condenser for a build up of fur which restricts the air flow and causes cooling problems. Just a thought.
  • :) Took back to dealer and got a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ a straight 6..:)
  • My central locking system is not working on my 2001 durango. The fuses are fine, but i would rater not pay the high dealer ship repair bills to fix it. My mechanic is having a hard time correcting the problem. Has anyone else had this problem, if so how did you fix it? :cry:
  • Well it has now been a month without my 1999 Durango and I just received a call from mechanic. He asked me to come pick up the vehicle because he can not fix it. He did tell me that he would get it to run so that I can get it to another mechanic or the dealer. I was wondering what the policy is for a mechanic billing me for not fixing the problem? I had already paid the man a lagre amount when he told me that he fixed the problem back in the start of July (1000.00+) I had the vehicle for less than 24 hours before the same problem came back. I spoke to him during the time he had the vehicle and he asked me to leave the truck with him because he wanted to solve the problem. I was going to pull the truck out but agreed to let him fix it. Now, he can't fix the problem. What are my finacial responsibilties to the mechanic? Does he get to be paid in ful for not fixing my truck?
  • I was having the same problem, I just spent $ 425.00 to get a new time modular in it. I supposedly had a security system in it before I bought it. Was told my truck thought it was stolen, so it would shut the fuel off. It is still doing the same thing. I had a scan tool ran on it, show's no codes at all.I"m at a loss and out the MONEY... I had my Crank position sensor tested on it...said it had a spark to it. I was also told that could have been the problem..WISH it had.. the part was cheaper...
  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    I have the same problems . I have a 2000 Durango w/ a 4.7 . Have you have any luck w/ yours yet ?? I have it at the dealership now and they cleaned wires . This did not fix the problem . It is still pouring black soot out the back and "eating gas" . I get about 5-6 miles per gallon and with gas prices now days. Is there some defect w/ this model and make that would cause so many mech. and tech. to go bald from scratching their heads with wonder ?? :sick: Please if anyone can give me any insight on this problem please let me know.
  • If I can get your telephone number, I would explain to you what is happening to your Durango.

    My problem is solved. I too, went to the dealer, and they identified the power steering switch is bad, leading to your current problems.
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  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    I think my oil problem has went . The oil has reached the computer system . I'm talking w/ Dodge to see if they can help me w/ some of the repair cost since this is a design defect on this model . What are my chances ??
  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    Dodge will pay for the PCM , Computer for the oil leakage problem . They will not pay for the wire harness for the Durango 2000 , 4.7 l. Does any one have a solution for the oil that is in the wires now ??
  • aray2aray2 Posts: 15
    I had the same problem and wrote about it in this forum. The power steering switch goes bad, leaking fluid through the ground wire which is a common wire going to the o2 sensor. When fluid goes down the ground in the o2, it gets shorted out.(reason for raw gas) The dealership does sell a wiring harnes bypass for $66.00 that runs seperate wires from the ground to the pcm. You still need to change the steering pressure switch. It's very difficult to get the fluid out of the ground wire going all the way down to the o2. Reaon for new harness bypass. I called bosh and they told me the ground wire color is white on the o2. Match that up to the wire on the other side of the connector, cut that wire and run a new wire to a ground, eleminating the old ground to the o2. Do not cut the wires on the o2. Cut the wire on the back side of the connector. I think mine was a black with a blue stripe, but i cant be sure now. Just match the two connectors to determine the one that corresponds with the white wire. Worked for me. Good luck
  • Hello all...

    I have a 2001 Dodge Durango SLT. For a while now, I've noticed the blower for the air conditioner is not very strong. My wife's Ford Windstar on a setting of 3 out of 4 is faster than mine at full blast. Not much air seems to be coming out of it when at full, and all the other settings seem to be pretty slow too. Anyone run into this? Anyone know what the problem could be?
  • OK - I was just clicking around for a bit and found this site then after about 20 minutes of reading, I became seriously concerned. I absolutely love my 2001 Durango. It's an SLT with a 4.7L. I'm getting awesome gas mileage right now. 18 city 22 hwy (don't know why but I'm not complaining). I just hit 75k miles and I have not had any problems until yesterday. I was on my way home from work and I had the A/C on max. It suddenly went off. I stopped at a light and turned it off then on again. Now it only works on MAX. low and medium settings do not work. the blower will not come on. When I put it on max it works just fine. Nice cold air but nothing at all on low or medium.

    Please - if anyone has some words of wisdom to help I would appreciate it.
  • ok - has anyone ever heard a noise coming from the dash when the AC is on reg or max that sounds similar to when you blow accross a beer bottle? it is a loud, low toned, vibrating sound that i can't purposely reproduce based on outside temp or humidity, fan speed, vehicle speed or anything that is remotely trackable.

    dealership says nothing is wrong with AC, and i can't get it to reproduce when i'm there anyway.
  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    my durango is still eating gas . I've had power steering switch , O2 sensors , TPS, PCM changed . I still have the black exhaust coming out the tailpipe and it still looks like a diesel going down rode. This vechile is getting ready to go to the big junk yard in the sky. Any suggestions ????
  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    I will be getting rid of my Durango 2001 4.7 . I was told by the dealership that it was not worth fixing.
  • aray2aray2 Posts: 15
    Is your check engine light still on? If it is, is the code for the o2? The connector may be full of power steering fluid causing the ground on the o2 to short out. Chrysler does sell a bypass harness for this. Cost is $66.00.
  • I am having the same problem with my ac. Only having the maximum setting available. Mine happened about a few days ago. Not sure what is causing this. If you have any ideas about what it could be please let me know. Thanks
  • What state do you live in? If we are close, I can assist you on the service on your Durango for little charge. ...And if the 2000 and 2001 Durangos are designed the same - in regards to the wiring.

    I replaced all 4 wires going to the front O2 sensor, bypassing the factory connections. All connections were completed by the air cleaner box.

    If the wires are full of power steering fluid - one must replace all 4 wires.

    I look forward to your response.
  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    I have ran out of time , patience , and money . We did have the PCM changed and they said they cleaned the wires and connectors. Also they cleaned out the o2 sensors. The check engine light has came back on .I am a mother of three small children and school is starting up soon . The fumes are coming up inside the Durango . The black exhaust comes up over the the back of the car really bad while ilding . (very embrassing) . Thank you for all your help . This forum got some of the mechanics pointed in right direction . It took 2 months before anyone would touch it.
  • Do you still have the Durango or did you trade it in on something else? What state do you live in?
  • billyk3billyk3 Posts: 1
    There is a resistor pack under the blower motor under the passenger side dashboard.One plug and 2 screws takes it out.The part costs 12.00 at the dealer.
  • Today I replaced the power steering pressure switch (diagnostic code after check engine light came on indicated I should do this) and there was ps fluid in the connection. I blew it out. Am I to understand that I should anticipate an O2 sensor problem down the road? I just hit 135K on my 2000 4.7 Durango Sport. Can anyone around Michigan help? Do I need to buy a bypass wire or does someone know what needs to be done exactly? Anyone know what's in the bypass kit?
  • kimosmkimosm Posts: 7
    I live in a Lower South Eastern State . I have took it to a mechanic friend of my dad's and he is going to pay it off and try to fix . I gave him all of information that was given to me in this forum. About the $66 bypass. I asked the dealership about this bypass and they said it wouldn't be a good idea because it would cause the computer to get a bad reading from something else. I think they just didn't want the responiblty of fixing it or wanted me to buy the whole wiring harness for $1400 .
  • We finally replaced the computer in our 99 Dodge Durango. We had previously replaced the crank sensor and it was still randomly stalling. The computer replacement has seemed to fix the problems (knock on wood) Amazing that Dodge put a 8 year 80,000 mile warrenty on this defective part when in fact it should just have been a recall. Pretty sad!

  • We have a 2001 and had pretty much the same problem. We put a new gas cap on it and no longer had check engine light come on. Gas cap was bad and leaking air into fuel system.
  • Can any one tell me what the soulation is for the over heating problem.
  • aray2aray2 Posts: 15
    I have written about this in this forum. The dealership does sell a o2 wiring bypass for about $66.00. This bypass connects to your o2 connector and will reroute the wires to the pcm module. Make sure you clean out the o2 connector with electrical spray before reconnecting. The reason is that the ground wire from the ps switch is a common ground with the o2 ground and the fluid travels through this ground to the o2 sensor. I just replaced the "ground wire on the harness side" with a "new ground wire run seperate from anything else".
    DO NOT CUT THE WIRES ON THE o2. If you have a bosh o2, the "white wire" should be the ground. Match the white wire at the connector to whatever color wire that is on the harness side, cut that wire. Solder a new ground from that wire to a ground. The color on the harness side of my onnector was black with a blue stripe i believe. Check yours to be sure. Good luck
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Can any one tell me what the soulation is for the over heating problem.

    The solution will depend on what's causing the problem. It could be as simple as your radiator cap not holding pressure adequately or your thermostat not functioning properly. Have you checked your radiator coolant level? You may have a leak somewhere in your system.

    tidester, host
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