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#310 of 428 Re: 2004 Durango Hemi loser x2 [drrighteous]
Dec 19, 2012 (7:02 am)
Dodge will never admit to this problem. Furthermore Chrysler changed hands (remember Diamler Benz bought them) then the bail out. There is nothing they will ever do unless the media decides to turn its viral eye on this subject. The only thing we can do is NEVER BUY A CHRYSLER PRODUCT AGAIN AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS SO THEY WONT SUPPORT THIS SCAM OF A COMPANY. Nowadays the slick add campaigns and sleek styling is hooking consumers once more on their products. They are making a comeback they they do not deserve to have.
#311 of 428 Re: Which cylinders are most common to fail? [troutautoserv]
Dec 20, 2012 (8:58 pm)
Just wondering what came of the 04 Durango. My 04 just started doing something similar. So my wife cranked it and it started vibrating real bad and making a clunking noise. She immediately killed it. I got home from work and she told me what had happened. so i went out to crank it so see what was goin on and i immediately shut it off cuz it sounded something awful. i was just wondering what u did with the 2004 and if it was salvagable. i just need to know if i have to completely replace the engine or if a rebuild is possible. i believe that it hasnt thrown the rod through the oil pan or block, but i dont know for sure. i would appreciate any help. i dont have much more info cuz it just happened today.
#312 of 428 Re: Which cylinders are most common to fail? [gibson85]
Dec 20, 2012 (9:10 pm)
My 04 hemi blew a piston drivers side 3rd one back... The biggest piece of the piston that was left was 2 inches... The rest ended up in my oil pan. I'm having to put a long block in mine because the damage to the head and valve wall are too severe for just a short block. Have you drained your oil pan? Is there anti freeze in your oil if you have? Hope this helps!
#313 of 428 Re: Which cylinders are most common to fail? [gibson85]
Dec 20, 2012 (9:30 pm)
I left a complaint on NHTSA just last week. Here is a copy of it.
Report Date : December 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
ODI Numbers Searched: 10489071
Results : 1 | All records displayed
Make : DODGE Model : DURANGO Year : 2004
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0
ODI ID Number : 10489071 Number of Deaths: 0
Date Complaint Filed: December 17, 2012 Date of Incident: September 19, 2012
VIN : Not Available
HOW MANY MORE DODGE DURANGO 2004 IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO INVESTIGATE. CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 2012 VEHICLES FOR THE SAME PROBLEM, WHAT MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS ARE ABOUT, ENGINE FAILURE, BLOWN ROD . IS IT GOING TO TAKING SOMEONE GETTING KILLED TO WAKE YOU UP? SEEMS LIKE SOMEONE IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB . DOESN'T ANYONE READ THE CMPLAINTS OTHER THAN OTHER 2004 DODGE OWNERS?
Of course it is the only complaint even though the only difference with the complaint I made in the fall is I did not put the VIN # in. Maybe if more people complain or question why no one is doing anything maybe that will make someone take notice. If anyone else wants to leave a message like this please do. When I left my first complaint the count was around 450. Last time I looked it is in the 700's.
Dec 21, 2012 (5:32 am)
If your engine has not failed in a major way (big hole in the side) likely it is repairable.
First you need to find out what is the extent of the damage. A common failure is a broken valve spring and this will cause no compression on one cylinder and. This causes the engine to be out of balance and it will run very rough. If you hear a bang-bang-bang-bang-bang while it is running this is a rod bearing failure. But if the noise is loud clang, banging,and thumping, this could be a broken rod. I would suggest DO NOT START IT again. Have it evaluated by a GOOD mechanic. If the engine still runs it should be fixable as long as there isn't a big hole in it.
#315 of 428 2004 hemi
Dec 22, 2012 (8:52 pm)
I had a bent rod at 53000 miles. I was lucky it was under warranty. The same scenario as everyone else, was running fine then started it up and that clunking sound started. I put on 25000 since the repair drove from NY to SC and back no problem so far. If it dies now so be it, get something else with better gas mileage not a Dodge that's for sure.
#316 of 428 In response to those with 5.7 Durango connecting rod issues....
Dec 25, 2012 (2:16 pm)
Wow! I feel for you guys who have problems with your 2004 model 5.7 engines. I had one 2005 limited with a Hemi, towed a trailer with a race car sometimes, and a Corvette at other times. I put 84K on the first one without issues, never, ever a trip back to the dealer after purchase. I changed oil myself and used mobil 1, 5w20 as reccommended, changed every 5K or so. I sold it 4 years ago and the new owner has over 100K, still pulling a trailer and race car.
I purchased a used 2006 with 35K miles on it, Limited model, same engine...Used it in the same manner, and put over 95K miles on it, again with no issues. It was still running great, looked and smelled new, and I received top trade in value for it when I traded it in on a new 2011 Citadel with Hemi. I don't drive as much as before, but still tow a race car on an open aluminum trailer and the new car has been flawless after 15K... I have absolutely no problem recommending these SUVs and pickup trucks, 2005 and newer...YMMV....
#317 of 428 Re: In response to those with 5.7 Durango connecting rod issues.... [ozcop2]
Dec 25, 2012 (4:31 pm)
Thanks for the info. I have a 2005 Dodge Hemi with 94,000 miles. It is still running great after a transmission issue at around 75,000. I was a bit reluctant about keeping it much longer because of the problems with the 2004 models. I love the truck, so will keep it as long as I can.
#318 of 428 Re: In response to those with 5.7 Durango connecting rod issues.... [janap1]
Dec 26, 2012 (5:19 am)
Yeah, here is the issue. There is still no concrete answer WHY these engines are failing. There are theories bandied about but that is about all.
The only answer I can come up with is just bad metallurgy; a lot of rods failed to get checked and went into engines destined for Durangos.
But does that really make sense? This is the same engine that went into pickups and the Jeep vehicles with Hemis, they do not have the same issues. Only Durangos. It gets more murky the closer you look instead of more clear.
#319 of 428 Re: In response to those with 5.7 Durango connecting rod issues.... [drrighteous]
Dec 26, 2012 (7:39 am)
I'm strongly supporting the cowl panel leaking ontop of the engine theory. The last two customers I had with these both claim there was a rainstorm the night before they threw rod #7 on their 04 and 05 Durangos. I decided since this was the case in both scenarios, that I would dribble some water around the back of the intake to simulate the cowl panel leaking in a bad rainstorm. Sure enough the water drained right through the worn intake gasket and into the cylinders. One would think that an intake leak that would allow water through would also allow air through and create a mix issue and and a poorly performing engine. Perhaps the vacuum that is applied on start up pulls the gasket to the point of sealing enough. Either way, upon tearing the engine down the intake gaskets were in very poor condition on both vehicles. The amount of water being let through could easily accumulate to enough of a volume to hydrolock the engine and bend a rod. Can anyone else remember a rain storm before their engine failed? I would highly recommend that anyone who owns one of these to get the revised cowl panel (they were updated in 06, which ads to the theory of why the 04-05 models have this issue) and having the intake gaskets checked out. Cheap insurance in my opinion since the average cost of engine replacement is around $5500-$6500. I know I'm not the only mechanic trying seriously to figure this out. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Especially if others have had failure after a rain storm.