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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 ?
  • I have 2005 Durango Limited Hemi 5.7 L.
    Problem started back in jun 2008, where check engine light came on a car just stopped. Had it towed to dealer they had no idea what was wrong except to say i had a misfire in engine and needed fuel injection system service. That was done light came on a few days after went back to dealer and they said I had to replace O2 sensor, did that. In aug 08 check engine light came on again, replace O2 sensor and that I needed to replace all spark plugs and wires, All were replaced, (money is adding up!!), still light came on a few days later. Dealer then said i had a new code of P0052, replaced powertrain control mudule with software.
    Throughout 2009 light would come on periodically and go off, some one told me at dealer light will come on if gas cap not tightly closed. That brings us to May 2009, went to a new dealer because other one was going to close. I needed oil change and they saw check engine light on, ran diagnostic said i needed to replace catalytic converter. I ignored it because i just had a baby and not enough energy or time to deal with and car was running fine!!
    Bring us to date, car is still running fine, check engine light is on and another shop where oil change done says I need to replace O2 sensore and catalytic converter. what is going on? anyone else have this problem. :confuse:
  • #27 of 27 Re: Dodge Durango 1999 V.8 engine cutting off [henrilouis] by hunter131 Dec 31, 2009 (1:05 am) Save | Reply
    Replying to: henrilouis (Jun 13, 2007 12:32 pm)

    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 ?

    ** Ok, I really feel like a fool. Here it is almost a year later after I thought part of the problem was gone, all new parts and it's shutting off while I'm driving again. It's also bogging out again while I'm driving down the road. I'm thinking about scraping the Durango and just buying a new SUV, it's probably cheaper in the long run. But I will guarentee my next purchase WILL NOT be a Durango.
    :lemon: :sick:
  • it has fuel and spark what else could it be
  • My vehicle starting to burn fuel really rich. Dropped down to 4 mpgs. Vehicle starting smelling alot like gas. Engine light turned on. took it in and the meter stated I had to replace the O2 sensor. I did that. Fuel returned to normal, Now after a week, i am starting to smell the fuel again but the engine light is not on to take a reading. Any ideas on where to check next?
  • My engine blew up in 07,I let it sit for 3 years. I took it to the shop after purchasing a used engine,now after they changed out hoses & did oil change it will not fire up. The mechanic called me & stated he's done everything required.Could someone tell me what is the next step to getting my girl running? I am totally clueless;but need my spare car up & running,please help?
  • hank_04hank_04 Posts: 1
    Ok, here's the skinny. I have a '99 Durango SLT with the 5.9 360 engine in it. I bought it knowing it would "shut-off" occasionally but assumed, having a family full of mechanics, that it would have a simple solution. I was wrong. Turns out it is an electrical/computer problem, which the dealerships figure would cost about $2,200 to "fix". Check engine light is on, only goes off when I try and set the cruise, which actually causes the RPM's to drop and shutters then keeps on goin (cruise doesn't work) Tranny is new btw. Have been told MULTIPLE times it's the ECU/Wiring Harness. Have had 5 ECU's, the one that's in it is the only one that keeps that "shut-off" thing from happening I mentioned earlier. It doesn't "Run" like a 5.9 V8 should in my opinion, and until I try the cruise the "check engine" light stays on. Error codes from that diagnostic does show it's the ECU-(computer). But as I said, 5th time wasn't even a charm. If anyone has a clue as to fix this PLEASE do. I love my Durango, but it is a money PIT. I have started looking to buy another car if this can't be remedied. I would love to customize it and make it into the vehicle it can be, but not if it keeps running like a mini van that gets 13.7 MPG!!! I could honestly care less about that gas mileage if it would run better though.

    PLEASE HELP ME, a solution, OR somewhere to buy what parts I need would be a tremendous help. Thank you. :(
  • dkphoenixdkphoenix Posts: 3
    edited March 2010
    Bought my '99 Durango SLT in the Summer of '07 from a Used Car Dealer in Texarkana, AR. It was "As Is". I made it to the apartment complex I lived in. I did NOT get to a parking spot by my door. The transmission was NOT working. WE put it in N and pushed it back into a parking spot and I had called the shop and left a message for him to return my call. I had paid $4600 in cash. He called me back and I explained I wanted it fixed or I wanted my refunded cash. Needlessly to say, there was a 'tie over job' done on it and that Holiday season, it went down again. Same thing. There is something wrong with the shifting of gears. Its an automatic. I did not know until after signing there were 6 previous owners. No history given to me on it. Now, after my 2nd transmission job on it, I find that it is doing it...yet again! Anyone else having this trouble? Also, I have the front passengers window that will not roll down and if it does, it will only go 1/2 way and will not raise back up with motor or pulling! I have had several owners of this make/model and year have the same issues and say after it is fixed, it goes down again. I am being faced with this being the ONLY vehicle running right now for 2. My job is 30mins away. It was mentioned to me by a neighbor that when he had trouble he would replace Transm fluid, a screen of some kind, and some kind of modulator valve....? 9/10 times it would fix the problem but he did not know if mine had it. I have checked the fluids. They are fine. The more I drive it, the lower the speed I have to go to keep it from "jumping" while trying to shift gears. HELLLLP!!! Please :mad:
  • 74ponti74ponti Posts: 1
    Your vehicle stopped and was towed in,and they sell you a fuel injection service? need to find another repair shop that you can come to trust...ok,people. whoever reads this..sorry to say but sometimes dealerships are not the best repair shops to take your vehicle for repairs.they do have the best equipment,but do they use it? noooo.i read lots of durango problems and most sound like theyre the same problem and the dealership cant fix em...i'm more than sure that dodge has a repair by now on it. called (bulletins)if the techs would search their system for some info they would be able to repair these vehicles.instead of selling tune ups to repair a ses light.And now the service advisors...some (some ok not all)are just money hungry buzzards that just care for their commission on their labor know what, i would ask this next time to any repair facility( will i get my money back if it dont fix it? ) bout that .fair question ,no? let me just leave with this lil example....sister looses keys.told her go to dealer and they cut you one with the VIN #.she goes in and was told (by service advisor) she needs to take vehicle in to program the new key..80 dollar job..i tell her to just tell him you need the key to release the steering wheel.advisor insisted,nope you need to bring the car in maam.all this for a key that was not even programable....did she take it in?...nope...she found them..oh and that o2 sensor problem, you prolly just need the converter instead of both sensor and converter.being that you already replaced it.the o2 sensor just reads the performance of the dont mean its bad.see what i mean...
  • Your catalytic converter may be bad and clogging your exhaust system. Have it checked.
  • dkphoenixdkphoenix Posts: 3
    Hunter, TY for your help and it had been checked. I had it in the shop Lord knows how many weeks and everytime they called to say its ready, it would keep on. They finally said they did not know what was wrong with it and if I could get out from under it...nows the time. So, I did. :shades:
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