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#1692 of 1712 Re: Dealership problems!! [valli2] (A/C issues)
Jul 29, 2009 (8:42 am)
Interesting. I have a 2001 Durango R/T and the side air vents don't seem to blow much at all (if any). I don't remember it being this bad. Also, I thought the entire A/C system worked better than it does now.
Recently, my compressor broke and took the A/C clutch with it. Fortunately, I had it under the extended warranty plan and it cost me nothing to repair. I thought my A/C would finally work well. It still doesn't. Hhhhmmm.
To set things in a proper light: I have another Dodge/Plymouth vehicle and the A/C works great!!! So great in fact that I sometimes have to move it a bit off the coldest setting to keep from getting too cold. I didnt think that was possible with Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth vehicles, but it is.
Anyway, using a thermometer, I tested the temperature on the coldest setting both at idle as well as while the car was moving. My Plymouth vehicle's A/C blows at 40 degrees Fahrenheit! Very nice! In contrast, the Durango blows at 60 degree Fahrenheit. OMG! Not good at all, especially when combined with the low blow from all the vents.
I opened the hood and used thermal insulating tape to wrap the cold side piping from the compressor including the dryer and the pipes going into the firewall. There is an obvious design defect in that these cold A/C pipes pass within about 8 inches of the exhaust manifold that is usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 degrees. There is no shroud between them. Not a good design.
Anyway, by wrapping the cold A/C piping I was able to lower the temperature of the air blowing from the fans by 8 degrees! If I can just increase the amount of air blowing into the car I'll be happy enough, but it still won't be great. I'm still going to try and drop the temperature further, but unsure how to proceed or where to look.
#1693 of 1712 Burned up rear end after Pinion seal replacement
Sep 17, 2009 (10:15 am)
We have a 2004 durango with 66000 miles at time of service.
During a bunch or repairs ball joints, brakes, sway bar bushings.... the dealer noticed the pinion seal was leaking. They replaced it.
the invoice didn't mention anything about oil added or crush washer replacement. My wife drives this vehicle mostly in town. 4000 miles later at 70000 I towed our popup camper on the interstate for 3 hours and a very noticeable humming sound started a couple hours into the trip. I stopped at a lube center (No dodge dealership around) and they ended up putting in 2 quarts of gear oil in the differential and noted there was no signs of leaking. I am working with the dodge dealership that did the repairs and they claim there is no way the vehicle could have left their shop that low on oil, stating that it would have burned up much sooner if that was the case. Is it possible that the vehicle drove that far that low on gear lube. The big question is where did the oil go? Is there any way that replacing a pinion seal could have resulted in this happening?
#1694 of 1712 Re: Burned up rear end after Pinion seal replacement [tdurango]
Sep 17, 2009 (1:01 pm)
The dealer wants me to pay 600 of the $1200 repair cost because he want's to keep me as a customer and does not believe this is their fault. I know that if I had never brought the car in that today I would still have a functioning differential. Need to keep working on this guy.
#1695 of 1712 Front Suspension
Nov 05, 2009 (3:25 pm)
I have a loud squeeking coming from my front suspension whenever I drive over speed bumps or any uneven surface such as large bumps in the road. It is especially loud when the humidity is higher or when it is colder outside. Any ideas?
Nov 05, 2009 (9:50 pm)
Have a 2000 Durango SLT that i recently purchased used. It has no owners manual and the radio / clock is wrong. I have no idea hot to set it to correct time and would appreciate any help
#1698 of 1712 Re: Clock set [soggybottom]
Dec 29, 2009 (6:57 pm)
There are small buttons on the radio marked "h" and "m" to set the clock. I believe you can download a free owners manual from dodge.com
#1699 of 1712 Re: Clock set [durango_ron]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 29, 2009 (7:05 pm)
Looks like the free ones from Dodge are 2004 and newer. There are some other free manual sites on the net you could try if you don't want to buy one, but I don't see one for the 2000 Durango off-hand.
How To Find Your Car Owner's Manual Online
#1700 of 1712 07/08/09 Durango
Jan 17, 2010 (3:49 pm)
I am considering a 07/08/09 Durango I currently drive a GC and would like the ability to tow a trailer and still be able to haul 6 people. Is there any glaring problems with any of those years? I have not been able to find many. Also what is the positives of the 4.7 over the Hemi-
#1701 of 1712 dodge durango
Jan 19, 2010 (5:56 pm)
I was thinking of buying a 2003 Dodge Durango, I even tried a test drive, however now I feel itís not good to buy this vehicle.
What I felt during the test drive was vehicle moving slowly. I mean itís slow compared to my car. First, I tried it on 2 wheel drive, then I put it on 4 WD, but itís moving very slowly (EVEN IF I GIVE ENOUGH THROTTLE). I asked this to the sales person (owner?), but his answer is like ' YOUDONíT KNOW HOW TO DRIVE a 4 WHEEL DRIVE'. I am just wondering about his answer. Is that true that driving a Durango wouldnít be smooth like driving a car?