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#197 of 853 All 2000 Durango 4.7L Owners
Jul 02, 2006 (6:52 pm)
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.
#198 of 853 Re: All 2000 Durango 4.7L Owners [durangofan]
Jul 03, 2006 (5:44 am)
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.
#199 of 853 Re: 05' Durango Accelerating on own!!! HELP!! [abgilmore1]
Jul 03, 2006 (12:51 pm)
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.
#200 of 853 Re: 2002 Durango Stalling [enpgo]
Jul 04, 2006 (10:34 am)
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
#201 of 853 Re: 2002 Dodge Durango problems... [alexis2]
Jul 10, 2006 (8:18 am)
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!
#202 of 853 Re: Oxygen Sensors Shorting-Out [rickster3]
Jul 10, 2006 (8:50 am)
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.
#203 of 853 Re: help me with my 2000 durango [durangofan]
Jul 10, 2006 (8:53 am)
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.
#204 of 853 Re: 1999 Dodge Durango: Problems & Solutions [windkist]
Jul 10, 2006 (9:10 am)
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
#205 of 853 Re: 2002 Durango Stalling [jjcroce3]
Jul 10, 2006 (10:28 am)
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.
#206 of 853 Re: 1999 Dodge Durango: Problems & Solutions [windkist]
Jul 10, 2006 (10:32 am)
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.