Last post on Nov 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM
You are in the Dodge Durango
What is this discussion about?
Dodge Durango, SUV
#361 of 428 Re: 2004 dodge durango [twin2c]
Mar 03, 2013 (1:55 pm)
I personally have had luck with the Spartan remanufactured engines through Advance Auto Parts. However, I'm sure any reputable rebuilder or a quality recycled engine would do just as well. In my experience the connecting rods breaking or bending was not due to an internal engine problem or bad metallurgy. It was from water entering the cylinders via the cowl panel and then through worn intake gaskets. If possible, open the hood and pour water around the base of the windshield. If it leaks through and sits around the intake plenum you know the cowl is a problem. Next have a mechanic (or yourself depending on your abilities), remove the spark plugs and use a borescope to see if the water is leaking through the intake into the damaged cylinders. If anyone else does this test please respond with results.
#363 of 428 Re: update on Catistrofic Failure [lacy00]
Mar 03, 2013 (5:11 pm)
If you decide to repair have your mechanic check the cowl panel to see if it is leaking water ontop of the engine. Also have him check to see if the intake gaskets are allowing water to enter the cylinders. Would highly recommend replacing it with the updated cowl panel.
#364 of 428 Re: update on Catistrofic Failure [troutautoserv]
Mar 04, 2013 (4:59 pm)
Thank you for the info. Unfortunately I got it back almost 2 weeks ago. He replaced all the valve springs as one of them broke. And I believe the number 3 cylinder. I will have to see if I can get someone to look at the cowl panel for me.
#365 of 428 Re: update on Catistrofic Failure [lacy00]
Mar 05, 2013 (12:34 pm)
When I realize that I can place a weather strip on the Cowl Panel, I did. Took me no more than 10 min. It has been 2 years since I did. Haven't had a problem since. Many laugh when they saw a little lady working on that big truck.
#366 of 428 Re: 2004 dodge durango [vancouver2010]
Mar 05, 2013 (1:39 pm)
Chrysler Canada pretty much told me to take a hike. I swear to never buy another Dodge/Chrysler again. It will be their loss in the long run.
Dear Mr. ,
Your e-mail of March 2, 2013, addressed to Reid Bigland, has been referred to the Executive Review Committee for response and we are very sorry to learn of the engine condition currently affecting your 2004 Dodge Durango and of the pending repair expense.
Further to our telephone conversation, at this time, your vehicle has passed the limits of the warranty by more than 5 years and 125,000kms. Unfortunately, Chrysler Canada is unable to provide unlimited coverage on our products and must respectfully decline your request for assistance with the cost any required repairs.
Warranty limitations are not unusual with most consumer products. We sympathize with your inconvenience and we are sorry that we cannot honour your request.
While we regret that we cannot provide a more favourable reply, we hope you can appreciate our position.
Yours very truly,
J. Mingay (Mr.)
Top Care Manager
Chrysler Canada Inc.
#367 of 428 Re: update on Catistrofic Failure [mizmo23]
Mar 07, 2013 (1:51 pm)
Mizmo23, care to share where the cowl panel is and what type of weather strip you used? I am sure I can do this myself if I know where to place it and what type of strip you used. Thanks!
#368 of 428 Re: update on Catistrofic Failure [lacy00]
Mar 08, 2013 (5:07 am)
There is an -improved- version of the plastic cowl piece that is suppose to solve the water problem.
I don't have the part number though. I looked it up a few years ago an it was around $100 then.
#369 of 428 Re: Four oil changes for one blown engine! [dead_durango1]
Mar 10, 2013 (11:01 am)
Wow, this is exactly what happened to my 2004 Durango this past Wednesday 3/6/13. It always ran great, no prior probelms, drove it to work and then got in to leave and bang. Dodge gave me the old "its out of warranty" so there is nothing they can do. I spoke to two different reps and got the same response. They are well aware of the problem with this 5.7 Hemi but they will not do anything. I have an 99 Honda Accord with 220,000 on the motor and it runs as strong as the day I bought it.
I will never buy a Dodge again.
#370 of 428 Re: Four oil changes for one blown engine! [sjerseyjim]
Mar 10, 2013 (2:31 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problem sjerseyjim. Mine failed just a little over a week ago. Hydrolock in the problem with these 2004 Durango hemi's. Water runs right onto the intake manifold and after the gasket dries out water gets into the cylinders. I've been talking to Chrysler and they refuse to admit the problem. Since this issue doesn't show up until the engine has a few miles on it and the gasket dries it's usually out of warranty when it fails.
The #$%!'s from Chrysler Canada offered me employee pricing on a new vehicle. The nerve of them. I've already filed a Better Business Bureau complaint. You can also raise a complaint with the US DOT NHTSA.
US DOT NHTSA
I've done the same here in Canada with transport Canada
If eventually enough of us complain government has to step in and force Chryslers hand to fix their problem.