2001 dodge durango over heating problem
Daniel Chicago

New York, NY

#21 May 29, 2008
Some days ago my Durango 5.9 4x4 2000 was suddenly getting hot, after I sent it for mechanical inspection the preliminary conclusion is that I need to change the engine...something around US$2,500, not really funny!!
I do not know what to do, the market value is around $5,500....I am taking some time to think about..
tom in connecticut

Meriden, CT

#22 Jun 9, 2008
My 2004 Durango since last year has been runnning hot although all winter it was fin. we've just had some real hot weather this week 6/8/08 and i can't even run the stupid truck. I already replaced the fan clutch flushed the entire system replaced the thermostat. i really sick of this over priced gas hound i can't even get ride of it. any other suggestions
Never a Dodge again Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

#23 Jul 7, 2008
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango and paid it off 2 months ago. Same problem, overheated and had it towed to Dodge Dealer. Replaced the upper radiator hose and thermostat and flushed the system. Drove home approx 25 miles and overheated once more, took it to place where I purchased because of my warranty I luckily purchased. Replaced fan clutch, relay, radiator, thermostat once more. Less than 20 miles driven again thermostat hit hot once again. Took back to shop, replaced sensor and told me that they overfilled the overflow. Drove next couple of days less than 25 miles and one morning noticed antifreeze leaking. Next day while I could took back to shop the temperature gauge shot up to hot and overheated. The shop is stifled and they currently had taken to another local dodge dealer to perform a diagnosis. Fourth time in the shop and not fixed yet. Though the shop say they tested the head gaskets and were fine. I will have to wait and see what the dealer says. Side note.. here are other things replace in 5 years and less than 40,000 miles driven: torque converter (Engine light came on in dash). Engine seals leaked and repaired, freeze plugs replaced. Thermostat replaced(4) times.
Tom

United States

#24 Jul 18, 2008
I have a 2001 with 4.7L engine. Same problem, when the A/C is on or if it is off and am towing the pop-up, once I ask for more power to the point that the transmission downshifts, it is all over, the temp goes past the point of no return, and she never recovers. When it cools enough and I can remove the cap without losing and coolant [normally the next morning] the top hose is empty of coolant and it takes anywhere from a quart to a half gallon to top it off. the top hose is new, the cap is new, the overflow tube is tightly clamped on and the coolant reservoir is at the proper level. The oil does not have water in it, there is no white smoke [steam] coming from the tailpipe. I may have to have the radiator rodded out, there may be a small enough internal leak to a cylinder that only the cooling system is affected. Seems to be a common problem, anyone have a contact to Lee Iacocca?
Joe

Philadelphia, PA

#25 Jul 19, 2008
My 2003 dodge began overheating last summer. I changed the cap and the thermostat and it still overheated, till the point it fried the engine. $7,ooo.oo for new engine and 1 year later it is doing the same thing again.SCREW DODGE i will never buy one again.
clay

United States

#26 Jul 19, 2008
These engines are crap!!! Mine just siezed up this week. It is likely you have a blown head gasket. I changed everything in the cooling system and it still kept overheating. Then without any indication it quit running while I was driving down the interstate. That is when I found out about the gasket. Good luck and next time don't buy a dodge.
Mike

AOL

#27 Aug 2, 2008
I have a 2002 1500 with the 4.7L. Sets # 3 misfire code. I guess so with coolant all over the spark plug. I have no real desire to take it to my local dodge dealership.Will have a long conversation with dodge on Monday . Will never buy another dodge again. Should have stayed with the Nissans much better service life.
Derrick

Rochester, MN

#28 Aug 6, 2008
Diane wrote:
It over heats if I go over 30 miles, then after it over heats once it continues for weeks. we have replaced the thermostat, flush the radiator, radiator cap. at one time it had a bad throttle senor.
Any idea's?
Here is a typical problem with the basic Durango design. The thermostat housing at the bottom of the engine is made of plastic. The overheating can cause this plastic housing to warp. When you replace the thermostat and tighten the housing you will see gaps around where the housing meets the engine block. Under pressure it can cause fluid to leak out of the sides and over time will leak enough fluid the radiator will be low and again overheat.
danny

Peoria, AZ

#29 Aug 9, 2008
have 5.9 2000 dodge durango love truck but started overheating changed upper and lower hoses new thermostat new water pump flushed radiator went 35 miles yesterday overheated let cool brought it back 35 miles overheated again let cool went 5 miles red lined what can it be not loosing water none in oil radiator fluid isnt bubbly or milky anyone know im stuck?
Crystal

Orem, UT

#30 Aug 20, 2008
I just got my 2001 Durango 7 months ago from a small dealership. So my warranty is out and I still owe 3 more years on my car. I had the radiator replaced,the water pump,the thermostat twice, and it is still over heating. The Dodge dealership is saying it doesn't seem like the heads. I can tell from all the responses above is I am screwed and I will be paying on a car for three years I can't drive and I have no other car.
RayOKC

AOL

#31 Aug 22, 2008
My DD 5.9, 2003, same problem as everyone else. Replaced thermostat x 2, electric fan, fan clutch, radiator, radiator hoses, flushed everything, etc. Still overheats.$3300 at Christian Bros and another $1700 at new mechanic. Still overheats!!!!. Now the head is warped!!!!. Still overheats!!!
2005 durango owner

Findlay, OH

#32 Aug 30, 2008
tom in connecticut wrote:
My 2004 Durango since last year has been runnning hot although all winter it was fin. we've just had some real hot weather this week 6/8/08 and i can't even run the stupid truck. I already replaced the fan clutch flushed the entire system replaced the thermostat. i really sick of this over priced gas hound i can't even get ride of it. any other suggestions
I just had a repair done on my 2005 durango. The mechanics pressure tested it and found out that my radiator cap leaked. Unfortunately it took them seven times of being in the shop to get it repaired to figure this out.If they find that everything else if fine on your vehicle have them replace your radiator cap.
datamgr4u

AOL

#33 Oct 2, 2008
Never a Dodge again Utah wrote:
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango and paid it off 2 months ago. Same problem, overheated and had it towed to Dodge Dealer. Replaced the upper radiator hose and thermostat and flushed the system. Drove home approx 25 miles and overheated once more, took it to place where I purchased because of my warranty I luckily purchased. Replaced fan clutch, relay, radiator, thermostat once more. Less than 20 miles driven again thermostat hit hot once again. Took back to shop, replaced sensor and told me that they overfilled the overflow. Drove next couple of days less than 25 miles and one morning noticed antifreeze leaking. Next day while I could took back to shop the temperature gauge shot up to hot and overheated. The shop is stifled and they currently had taken to another local dodge dealer to perform a diagnosis. Fourth time in the shop and not fixed yet. Though the shop say they tested the head gaskets and were fine. I will have to wait and see what the dealer says. Side note.. here are other things replace in 5 years and less than 40,000 miles driven: torque converter (Engine light came on in dash). Engine seals leaked and repaired, freeze plugs replaced. Thermostat replaced(4) times.
sounds like either the coolant sensor or the cooling fan for the radiator. With the engine running, turn on the AC this should trigger the fan to turn on. If it does not turn on then first check the fuse. If fuse is good then it is the fan itself. Hope this helps - Tell those mechanics to get retrained!
Not-Fond-Of-Dodg e

Patten, ME

#34 Nov 3, 2008
I just took my '01 Durango to the dealership...engines blown...for the same reasons ya'll are talking about. Still under warranty...they say it's our fault...not surprised. The engine is part of a laundry list of compkaints with the vehicle and Dealership.
I will never buy another vehicle from Dodge again.
I wouldn't even accept a free one.
...I would not even accept money to take another Dodge Vehicle...ever!
Mike Victorville Ca

Banning, CA

#35 Nov 18, 2008
I have a 2001 Durango, and I've had so many issues with it overheating. I have horrible issues whenever I tow my lightweight camper. I end up having to run the heater full blast, to get the hot air off the manifold. My wife hates going camping because of this issue.
One problem I found, was that the fan turned, but I could stick my hand into it, and it would stop. The belt didn't grip, causing the fan to essentially, turn only by the moving air.
I'm about ready to get rid of my American built vehicle, since American vehicles are not measuring up to the compitition! America needs to step up to the plate, or else other vehicles begin to look more appealing!
jovigirl

Minneapolis, MN

#36 Dec 2, 2008
I have a 2004 Durango SLT. Ice cold air comes out of rear vents when heat is on - blows out hot from front vents, but ice cold in the rear. I have to rely on front vents to heat the inside of the truck. Anyone else with same problem? What's the fix, and is it expensive? Of course, I'm out of warranty!
klorio

Orlando, FL

#37 Dec 4, 2008
Hello all. Any fix for this yet? We had the same problem with our 2001 Durango SLT+ with 4.7 v8. When it overheated we replaced the headgaskets, radiator, fan clutch, electric fan, thermostat, heater core hose (which had a small leak), water pump, radiator cap, temp sensors and radiator hoses top and bottom. A week and half later it overheated again. 4 thermostats and ecm computer later it still overheats. My mechanic even hollowed the thermostat out just to see how it would do and it still overheats. Water pump is good and the system pressure tested fine. He also flushed the block seperate from the radiator still no good??????? It's paid for and we need to keep it another year and a half....It will NOT be replaced by a Dodge/chysler product. Good Luck all. If I find a cure I'll post it.
John

Pleasant Prairie, WI

#38 Dec 15, 2008
I have a 2000 Durango with the 5.9, V* engine and it's the WORST auot I have ever purchased!! I will never buy a Chrysler or Dodge vehicle again and I wonder why they need federal aid. I wouldn't give them a penny and let them fold.
Jersey guy

Bernardsville, NJ

#39 Dec 15, 2008
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango 4.7. Leased it 4 years, now buying it. Two months ago the engine began to over heat. I changed the thermistat, upper hose, lower hose, plus cap, engine belt and flushed the engine. It ran fine for 24 hours, today my wife calls me at work saying there's white steam flowing out the upper hose, engine temperature ok but the antifreeze in the reservior is boiling and leaking on the ground.
Pam

Gilman, WI

#40 Dec 19, 2008
2001 Durango w/tow package, same problem. Mystery overheating, cold to redline in 5 minutes. I've changed thermostat, had coolant system pressure tested (no leaks), had radiator flushed, water pump checked. And its STILL overheating. It will run fine for a couple of months, then right back to the same old problem. I have literally walked for miles because of this thing. My last Dodge for sure.

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