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#67 of 428 2005 Durango Limited 5.7 Hemi
Aug 13, 2010 (6:58 pm)
I had been having problems with my Durango starting, the check engine light came on, took it to the Dealership to have it checked. They said they couldn't find anything wrong with it. It had 120K miles on it, they said to do a tune up. We keep up with the maintenance like clock work, it is paid for and I want to keep it a few more years before jumping in to another note. The dealership quoted me $650 parts and labor to change the plugs and wiring harness. We purchased the plugs and wires at Oreilly for under $100, and spent the afternoon changing them ourselves. The light went off and it ran fine for 3 days, the light came back on and then I had to start accelerating it to get it to catch. It would try to turn over, but wouldn't start unless I gave it the gas. It got worse so I took it in and told the dealership what was wrong. They called me 2 days later and said the Auto Light Platinum plugs I put in it were gaped at .056 and I needed .040 and that Auto light plugs won't run in a Dodge, I needed any other brand but Auto Light, WTH???? Oreilly and Auto Zone both recommend the Auto Light Platinum on their web sites. I called 2 Oreilly stores and they both recommended them also.
After hearing all of this, I am really scared now. I can't afford to replace my engine. I am going to the dealership on Monday, we will see what happens from here.
#68 of 428 dodge durang with hemi engine
Aug 30, 2010 (5:32 pm)
i also had a problem with the engine with the rod going through the engine
i was told to call national highway safty comm there is over 56 complaints so please call they are the ones to do there re-calls this is the first step so please call
#69 of 428 '04 durango w/ hemi engine failure
Sep 08, 2010 (11:26 am)
Oh my just when I thought I was alone w/ this problem! I purchased a New (w/ 26 miles on it)'04 Durango w/ Hemi engine in Jan '05. For almost 2 yrs. I took it to dealership several times for same problem...ONLY when it rains, the car would just start shaking & vibrating like it didn't want to go. Each time I take it there, couldn't find anything after rainy weather has stopped. Decided to drop by 1 day as it was raining & while it was doing this shaking in mid-summer. Code problem showed up as a Misfire on #4. They weren't certain if needed to replace coil pack, wire, or if maybe leaking in to car looking as if an electrical problem. One morning in Oct '09 went out to crank it & just started shakiing & sounded like a vaccuum sucking up trash(really loud noises). Quickly shut it off. Had it towed in to the dealership. The following day they called & said engine was done & $7,000 estimate to replace. I was very ANGRY about this b/c by then it was no longer under warranty & couldn't pay anythiing towards repair. Engine failure w/o any kind of warning except for the same problem I kept telling them about. I got it fixed but this forum shows that Chrysler really do need to recall & give replacement $$ for repairs for these Durangos. That's fine that they fixed the problem when the new '05's came out but how many '04's did they sell w/ this problem? And what do the owners of these '04's do once it happens to them.
#70 of 428 Re: '04 durango w/ hemi engine failure [deanos]
Sep 08, 2010 (12:52 pm)
I dont know if the rain had anything to do with the engine failure but I had a similar problem before my o4 engine totally crapped out without warning. I noticed that after rains when i opened the two back doors water would come running out of them. Apparently the 04s had a common problem where the channels around the sun roof and doors would become clogged with debris. In my case it was mostly some fluffy stuff that came from the tree over my driveway. Anyway, when the channels become clogged the water would flow into the doors and, more importantly, into the fuse box located under the drivers side dashboard. Since your still driving your durango [and i would get rid of it if i was you] you might want to have your mechanic check it occassionally to make sure that you no longer have this issue. The water wont typically pool in the fuse compartment but it will get real damp in there and can screw things up. Someone wrote an article about it a while back in a trade magazine and thats how my mechanic figured out what that problem was.
#71 of 428 Re: 2006 jeep commander 5.7 hemi 77k [autorecycler]
Sep 11, 2010 (5:43 pm)
I have a update I took apart my 5.7 hemi 1# cly intake valve seat came unglued or whatever dropped under the valve, then the valve hung open the piston hit the valve
ENGINE damage. Like I said I am a EX master tech its just trying to find the time to work on it in this texas heat. Now that the left head is off I can see the piston has been beat to the ring looks like the head has been beat with a hammer. the cly does not have any damage I am going to pull the engine out put in on a engine stand replace 1# piston and rod and both heads, I can get by with just the left head but with my luck the right side will come unglued and BOOM again I hope I can get another 77k on my repair est cost 2 heads, 1 piston and rod, gaskets around
1300.00 with of course free labor (THE problem valve seat comes undone)
#72 of 428 04 durango 5.7 liter hemi
Sep 26, 2010 (6:30 pm)
Wow I am glad I am not alone with this problem. My durango started missing when it was raining. I just figured something was getting wet and blew it off. About a month after that started happening it would keep turning over before it started. Well I had a 94 jeep grand cherokee with a v8 that did the same thing and I never had any other problems with it so I blew that off too. Well I drove it Friday to work and it ran fine. I parked it friday evening and didn't try to start it again to sunday night. Now it is knocking bad in the top of the engine. My husband is going to see about the damage tomorrow. Our whole family are die hard mopar people, but this really sucks and dodge should back their products.
#73 of 428 2004 Durango BLOWN hemi also!
Sep 27, 2010 (12:14 pm)
WOW, is all I can say.
LAST WEEK it happened to our Durango. At 132K miles, with meticulous maintenance, it slung a rod through the side of the block without warning as my wife was driving home.
The other weirdness is common to this one too. The rough idle when it rains.
We would get a cylinder misfire code, chalked it up to maybe needing ignition wires. But it ran great otherwise. A few days before the engine blew, it wouldn't start. If you turned the key it would try to turn, but wouldn't. Check battery, connections, all were fine. But then it started fine. No problems for several days until it finally failed.
Needless to say I'm SICK over this. We still owe money on this vehicle. We went all out and purchased this because we wanted a NICE new vehicle for a change.
This isn't a Kia. This is a $40K American Made vehicle.
I'm BEYOND pissed off about this. We cannot afford the $3000-$4000 it will take to fix this.
I'm going to the NHTSA site right now and fill out a complaint!
#74 of 428 piece of crap hemi
Sep 27, 2010 (4:18 pm)
Update on my durango! My husband started taking it apart today and come to find out it has slung a rod threw the side of the oil pan and cracked the block. I am pissed. I called chrysler today and they told me they have never heard of other people having this problem, so I asked what could have caused this problem and they said a number of things. I said name one and I quote " we cant do to legal matters". I was so pissed and went on to tell them that chrysler should back there products better than that. I told them that I had found numerous people on the net that was having the same exact problem and they said that you can't believe what you see on the net. They also told me that because I had bought the vehicle used that I didn't know how it had been up kept by the previous owner. I told them I have had the vehicle for three years and If it had something to do with the previous owner I thought something would have went wrong before now. My husband is a mechanic so he is going to break it down and see what caused the problem. I really think I am going to put a used motor back in my out of an 05. I don't want another 04 hemi. Everyone that has had this problem needs to complain to chrysler and post what they say. The number is 1-800-247-9753
Sep 27, 2010 (6:30 pm)
Hemichic - chrysler reps are either liars, stupid, or both. They tried pulling the same used vehicle purchase with me until I told them my durango was considered "used" because the dealerhad taken title to it when it was in the Houston Auto Show and it had a grand total of 24 miles on it. How they can say that they've never heard of this problem without breaking down laughing is amazing. I got an email back from them saying they were sorry that I had a bad experience with their vehicle & they would pass my comments on to their public relations office. I wrote back that as soon as the next weather forecast called for snowballs in hell I would run out and buy another chrysler dodge product. I haven't heard anything back since.
Sep 28, 2010 (6:21 am)
From my research about this issues, it appears it effects 2004 models. The later hemis are not effected. Obviously this is a KNOWN ISSUE they corrected in the next model year.
I know guys with Hemi Chargers and trucks that seriously abuse the them racing them using Nitrous. That puts tremendous stress on an engine and they are not having problems. This is why I had such confidence when I purchased our 04 Durango. I wanted something that I would have years of trouble free service out of. We have owned it less than 2 years, this happens. Somebody pass the Tums.
We are currently hunting a used engine but specifically a 2005 model.