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#166 of 429 Another Dead Hemi 2004 Durango
Nov 19, 2011 (5:23 pm)
Today driving my just bought 2weeks ago as a as is no warranty Durango driving down the highway doing 72 mph then all of sudden bam clank and a whole bunch of smoke out the back. No signs of anything no lights no noise this truck ran great and very very clean. Thats why I bought it. So now I had it towed to the Dodge place to have them look at it. I do see the rod out the passager side of the engine block. I wish I would have looked at the problems with the 04 durangos with the hemi. So I guess If anyone has any answers I would love the help. And myself being a mech I looked this Durango over very good and did many test before I bought it.Funny everything checked out great. Thanks
#167 of 429 Re: 2004 Durango with 5.7 stalling / missing [bassmaster57]
Nov 19, 2011 (5:29 pm)
Pull the cowl off and get some black adhesive from auto store. Run a bead along the windsheild (Bottom) And replace cowl. OR the dealer sells the new version cowl.Water is running into engine compartment and getting engine/coils/wires. wet..Causing the engine to stall and hard starts after rain or car wash...
#168 of 429 Re: Another Dead Hemi 2004 Durango [keeter18]
Nov 21, 2011 (8:31 am)
Keeter, I and the other Durango owners feel your pain and fustration. The Durango 5.7 is a great vehicle and now that I have replaced the motor with a low mileage 08' power plant I have not had another critical failure. As a mechanic (not professionally) we check the the rings, listen for knocking, etc. Unfortunately, piston rods don't make a noise until they totally fail. If you read through the other 04' Durango forum members whose motors have failed we all have the same comment "the motor was running great and then....). There is a forum member that wants to launch a class action suit against Chrysler. I replied to his blog that I would join the suit if it ever comes into play. You could do the same but at the end of the day, I got the most relief from knowing that my analysis of the truck was on spot as was our other Durango brother and sister owners. Cost of repairs were $6,000. I had a warranty luckily so my out of pocket was about $2,000. The truck has been generally great since the replacement.
#169 of 429 Re: Another Dead Hemi 2004 Durango [bassmaster57]
Nov 21, 2011 (8:52 am)
Can I use a 08 engine for my 04 Durango? I do not want to reapir this car to have the same problem with a used motor. The 04 engine is made with garbage metal! Were the problems fixed with the 08 engine?
#170 of 429 Re: Another Dead Hemi 2004 Durango [angel121]
Nov 21, 2011 (9:00 am)
Unfortunately later Hemis are not a direct replacement.
There are some difference in the electronics and some internal (for the better) differences. Not impossible, but a bit more than an easy swap.
Nov 23, 2011 (9:16 am)
Can someone please tell me how many spark plugs are in a 2004 Dodge Durango Hemi? Thanks!
#172 of 429 Re: 2004 Durango [paulie57]
Nov 23, 2011 (10:22 am)
There should be 16 spark plugs
#173 of 429 2004 Durango Garbage
Nov 23, 2011 (1:44 pm)
It makes feel a little better that I am not the only one with this problem. Shame on Chrysler for trying to sweep everything under the rug.
2004 Durango 5.7l Hemi just hit 100,000 miles
2 weeks ago we get stranded out in very rural eastern Washington, truck would start (with a jump) then immediately die, ended up having it towed 61 miles to the dealership where they said the computer needed to be reprogrammed for the key fob and that was what was causing the security system to kill the ignition. Had to replace the battery. Other than needing to think about new brakes sometime soon, the dealership said the truck was running great.
1 week and 300 miles later, my wife goes out to the truck and starts it up and there is a ticking sound coming from the engine. I go out and listen to it and it sounded like a lifter ticking. I told her not to drive it and I would get to it later in the week.
1 week later, I go out this morning to see what might be the problem, started it up and an awful knocking sound comes from the engine. Immediately shut off the engine knowing something other than a lifter is the problem. Now there is an oil pool in the driveway.
My wife starts reading online and finds this forum....
Now considering what to do next, I guess start looking for a new truck. Definately not a Dodge. What a load of crap!
#174 of 429 Re: Another Dead Hemi 2004 Durango [keeter18]
Nov 23, 2011 (4:16 pm)
Omg! I drive my 04 Durango (Hemi) every single day. Not one time have I had a problem. Ok So yesterday was my birthday. I load my 2 kids into the vehicle to head out. Start the car. Blam! Ticking. It was a great birthday for me! I had to get a ride to work. Was almost late. When I got home, I saw there was oil everywhere on the passenger side. A nice pretty hole through the motor. Now I see there are TONS of people like me out there! The car dealer where I got the car from said, "Sorry!" What is wrong with these motors?? I wanna be part of the lawsuit
#175 of 429 Re: 2004 Durango [paulie57]
Nov 23, 2011 (4:59 pm)
There are 16 spark plugs. Two per cyclinder.