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#212 of 429 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango 5.7 liter V-8 Engine failure and what to do? [holeshotracing]
Jan 06, 2012 (9:14 am)
I agree Jeff. Luckily, I purchased a warranty along with my 04' Durango. The Warranty Company located a used low mileage (35,000 miles) 08' motor which was installed. The truck has run great since the exchange. I will add, now that I know this is such an issue and class action probably won't work, we all should take Chrysler to Small Claims Court. File for the maximum claim limit and see what happens. It's been two years for me at this point(since I purchased vehicle) so I am concerned with the statue of limitations. Each state is different so I would check your local jurisdiction. Small Claims courts have a lower burden of proof as to allow the general public to pursuit legal remedy without baring the cost of legal representation. I am currently looking into this remedy and I am interested with any input from our forum members.
#213 of 429 HEMI SELF-DESTRUCTS
Jan 07, 2012 (6:45 am)
Iím the original owner of a 04í Durango 5.7 Hemi. With less than 80K miles driving 35 MPH.... BAAM, a rod puts a hole through the engine block. Oil that looks like liquid gold is weeping to the ground.
I paid over 35K for this car, never towed anything, just drove it like a normal car. And yes, I changed the oil!! I wanted this vehicle to last another 75K being a V-8 and all, is that asking too much?????? My dadís 1981 K-Car with a 2.2 engine lasted longer than my HEMI!!!
Why is Chrysler in denial? Iím still waiting for my agent at Chrysler to call me but based on what I read, it looks very depressing. Didnít Toyota give 15K for vehicles with over 200K miles due to rust on the frame?
Do I keep the car for a year or two in hopes there is a forced recall? SHAME SHAME SHAME on Chrysler. Why is not Motor Trend or the Attorney Generals of all the states doing something/ How about using facebook? I feel like crying now, no family car, tough economy, no help from Chrysler as I type.....
#214 of 429 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango 5.7 liter V-8 Engine failure and what to do? [bassmaster57]
Jan 07, 2012 (6:57 am)
There are so many of of with the same story of our $35- 40K vechicles becoming lawn ornaments just out of warranty. Please file a complaint on NHTSA.gov web site, Hopefully they will take notice. I sold mine to a junkyard....I will NEVER buy and American vechicle again.
#215 of 429 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango 5.7 liter V-8 Engine failure and what to do? [mish7777]
Jan 07, 2012 (7:57 am)
My brother has a 2003 Saturn, 4 cylinder that has over 200K miles. My sister got 23OK out of her 93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not all are bad but I understand your point. Will NHTSA really do something? Thank goodness I was not on a highway when the engine blew.
#216 of 429 Re: 2004 Dodge Durango 5.7 liter V-8 Engine failure and what to do? [bassmaster57]
Jan 07, 2012 (5:55 pm)
Why don't we all load facebook or twitter with complaints like people did when verizon tried to charge $2.00 to pay their bill online? There has got to be something we can do about these lemon hemis.
#217 of 429 Durango Hemi are bad
Jan 09, 2012 (9:46 am)
I have submitted two to the NHTSA, but they said that they will look into it I paid 15K for a used hemi which is not good. I have had it maintenced and just placed new tires and I even had a tire that was rubber half off before the indicater light didnt even come on until after it was to late. I am refusing to pay anymore on this truck as they can have it back I am going to file bankruptcy.
#218 of 429 2004 Durango Hemi Reason for Broken Rods
Jan 15, 2012 (12:38 pm)
Ok, so i think i figured out why we are all having or will have problems with the Hemi breaking rods in our Durangos and i think Dodge should admit its a manufacturers defect!. Have you noticed the engine wants to stall when its raining or when in a car wash? How many of us are saying, hey my Durango was fine till i cranked it up in the morning.. well do you remember if it rained that nite? Hmmmmm...... The durango does not have to be in motion for water to get into the engine bay, you will see in this video that tons of water is making its way into and on top of the motor/ intake causing it to get sucked in or simply work its way into the intake and into the cylinder causing the hydrolocking and eventually a broken rod! Hmmm... come on Dodge!
By the way the water is seeping in via the cowl cover that rests on top of the lower part of the front winshield. Dont believe me? open your hood and spray your windshield.. =)
Jan 15, 2012 (5:02 pm)
My Case Manager said I need to bring the Durango to a Dodge Dealer and pay them to conduct a diagnosis, to see if the engine was abused or neglected. What are they, social services? I abused a 76,000 mile engine???? What is abuse and how is it determined?
So even if I pay for a new motor, the water is still going to weep into the engine compartment and ruin the motor? My engine failed when it was sunny and dry, if that matters anything.
#220 of 429 Re: 2004 Durango Hemi Reason for Broken Rods [daddytomykids]
Jan 16, 2012 (5:08 am)
There is a technical service bulletin out for that. Funny though that Dodge says they are not related when my He I blew a year ago.
#221 of 429 Re: 2004 Durango Hemi Reason for Broken Rods [daddytomykids]
Jan 16, 2012 (5:35 am)
The 2 are unrelated.
The water problem is a poor design of the plastic cowl cover. There is a service bulletin on it and there is an updated replacement cover. Normally the stalling and rough running issue is simply the ignition getting wet. Sometimes it is accompanied with a check engine light because of a cylinder misfire code.
Getting water INTO the engine (not on) would have to be a severe breech in the air cleaner assembly or a severe leak in the intake manifold and a huge volume of water, more than the cowl leak will produce. In either one of these events there would be a check engine light. The factory air box/air cleaner system is designed to be water proof under normal circumstances. If someone is driving the vehicle with NONE of the air intake parts installed there would be a risk of hydro-lock because there would be nothing protecting the engines air intake tract. To hydro-lock an engine it has to ingest a significant amount of water all at once.
For an engine to hydro-lock it has to ingest a lot of water equivalent to the air box or air filter being partially submerged.
I have seen this a few times when someone drives a 4x4 across a deep water hole or stream and enough water splashed up the engine gets a "big gulp".
What happens is there is standing water in the cylinder and when the rod moves up for the compression stroke it can't compress it; the weak link is the rod and piston.