dodge durango 2004 overheating
Jennifer Seattle WA

Seattle, WA

#21 Jul 27, 2009
Hi Jessica,
I'm having exactly the same problems with my 2001 dodge durango. On Friday I picked up the truck after 5 days at the mechanic to fix the headgasket and yesterday the gauges went all haywire again. This is after fixing the waterpump, radiator hose, temp gauge, engine fan plus changing the oil a zillion times. Have you found a class action suit or any other way of dealing with this at Dodge Chrysler? Now that I'm researching, there are so many people with the same problem!
Jennifer
Jessica wrote:
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We purchased this vehicle in Nov 2008 and in early 2009 we started having an over heating problem. The first time it happend was the day after I got home from a 600 mile trip. I was at a drive through and started to leave and the check gauge light came on. I looked and my temp gauge was in the red. We immediatly stopped. Let the car cool down and checked the fluid levels. It did need antifreeze. We took the Durango to be looked at by a local mechanic and he could not get it to over heat. He flushed the sytem and change the radiator hose assembly where the radiator caps lies as a percaution. I drove it for a few weeks locally with no problems. Then I had to go out of town on a 340 mile trip and the problem came back. We took the car back and still they could not identify the problem so they sent it off to the Chrysler Dealer to run some tests including checking the computer which checked out fine. The replace the thermostat and also recharge the ac system saying that if the system was low if could delay the fan from coming on (news to me). Well we drove it for about a month localy and nothing was wrong... then I drove another 300 mile trip and the problem came back.
We just got word that our warranty company will $1973 of the $2600 it is goiong to cost to repair the head gaskets and rework the heads. They are not covering the water pump - thermostat (already replaced once, plugs, tension rods and state tax. They are going to reimburse $60.00 total for rental car based on the # hours of actual repair time - not car down time...
I am glad I do not have to pay the whole thing but this is really spending after forking out the original cost of the warranty which was about $1800.00 -
I think I am staying away from Dodges from here on out - I figure with almost a new engine we should have some time to get the loan paid off and trade it in. Lets hope anyways....
Steve -O

United States

#22 Jul 31, 2009
Just left my local dealership. They told me the only use for the pump is for the temperature adjustment on your a/c. If you bypass, it will either be hot or cold, no in-between.
YOLANDA

Raleigh, NC

#23 Nov 23, 2009
Julie wrote:
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The problem is the Dex Cool it causes corosion of the engine and other parts. There has been a settlement in a class action lawsuit with GM vehicles having the same problem with Dex Cool. I have requested a class action law suite with an attorney for Chrysler...we will see what happens. I referred them to this website and other's so you may be contacted if we can start a law suite.
Hello I have had the same problem where my durango 04 overheats i am now getting a new water pump. if you could please let me know the information on the dex cool and the law suit mentioned.
Jessica

Chehalis, WA

#24 Nov 23, 2009
I have many posts as Jessica on he site... here is my most recent update. After dumping $4K out of my pocket to get this piece of CRAP fixed we have yet another problem. It is hesitating to shift at about 35 mph. I have purchased a cheap older car and parked this piece of crap until I can get it paid down and get rid of it.
Erika

United States

#25 Dec 16, 2009
Amy wrote:
I'm having the same problem, but I am not leaking any fluid. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, fan clutch and had a radiator flush and still not luck. It overheats on the highway only, usually don't have any problems when driving in town. Anybody get any resolution to their problem?
No resolution to the problem just a add on... I have a 04' Dodge Durango and it started overheating last month so I put antifreeze in the truck...it still had ani in it before I had the mechanic check...it had stopped and then this week it started again...it doesn't overheat but the gage goes damn near the H
augy doggy

Oak Lawn, IL

#26 Jan 27, 2010
ther is a problem with the ant freeze that was recommended for these cars DO NOT use DEX it will eventuly clog the radiator because of the return pipe is half way up the bottom of the radiator gets gloged use a good (GREEN) type Prestone is your radiator. If it is already gloged there is nothing you can do except change it buy a good after market one (with 2 rows of fins) about 100. bucks not to bad of a DYI job.
Tiff

Greenville, SC

#27 Jun 23, 2010
jacqui wrote:
all of a sudden, my dodge durango 2004 4wd 4.7 engine began overheating and leaking coolant. to date, i have changed the thermostat, relay, water pump, and fan clutch. the car is no longer leaking coolant, but is still overheating in the worst way. al of these repairs were done within a two week period. i still can't use the car. help! any suggestions?
Ihad the same problem with my 03 you need to replace the radiator. and if that is not it, the only other thing it can be is a blown head gasket. Good luck!
ALT

Allentown, PA

#28 Jul 7, 2010
i have an 2003 Duarango SXT w/the 5.9 liter engine and 90k+ miles on it.my daughter drove the truck approx.14 miles from work and it overheated,spewed coolant all over the drivers side of engine.she claims the indicator in the dash did not come on???.anyway,i let it cool overnight and refilled with fresh coolant 50/50.i started it up no problems.i let it run for about 3-5 mins,checking the ac and heat.i have ac but no heat.i drove it about a quarter mile or so and watched the temp gauge climb.the indicator light came on as i was pulling into the driveway and i shut it off.no coolant leaked but is was HOT!now it has been hot outside 100 deg. plus with this heatwave but it's never done this before during hot weather. please help,AL
Brianna

United States

#29 Jul 27, 2010
I have a 2004 Dodge Durango 4.7L SLT and I have the exact same problems with the over heating, also the air in the back blows hot, we have replaced everything that has been suggested and still no luck. We just went on a trip this past weekend and on the way home the gas meter stopped working as well. These vehicles need to be recalled!
Ben in Central Pa

Tyrone, PA

#30 Aug 1, 2010
We bought a 03 durango with a 4.7 L. Started having random high temp readings on the temp gauge. No set pattern to this, it's very random but when it happens it doesn't matter if its 95 degrees or 75 out. I've changed to fan clutch first then the thermostat. Went on a 300 mile trip and it started running high at 200 miles. Replaced the radiator cap but didn't help. Took it to a shop while on vacation and they replaced the radiator for $650 and it was good for the vacation until the trip home, once we drove about 200 miles again started heating up. We got it home running with overdrive off and it helped, seems like the 2500rpm helped instead of the normal OD on rpm of around 1500. Today I replaced the water pump and flushed the system and refilled with 50/50 green antifreeze since hearing all of the bad stuff on dexcool. I'm on board with all of you if we can get Dodge to step up!
dodgebud

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Aug 3, 2010
Amy wrote:
I'm having the same problem, but I am not leaking any fluid. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, fan clutch and had a radiator flush and still not luck. It overheats on the highway only, usually don't have any problems when driving in town. Anybody get any resolution to their problem?
I had a major overheating problem with my 2004 4.7 Durango -The Dealer Replaced thermostat, sensor, water pump, Aux pump - basically took me to the cleaners. No leak- only way I could bring the temp down was to run the heat. Solution - I replaced the radiator and the temp has not moved past the half mark (cost of 1 5/8” was less than 200$ I changed it myself took less than an hour – dealer wanted 399$ for the part and 225$ for labor not to mention shop charges, coolant and tax) Don’t use the orange”recommended” coolant it gels the system. Get a good brand 50/50 mix - I hope this post helps someone facing the same problems that I had
ben

Olanta, PA

#32 Aug 4, 2010
Is it possible that dodge screwed up big time on the design of this 4.7L motor? With that T-stat on the bottom I believe that they changed the direction of flow from the time tested way flowing in the bottom of the radiator and coming out the top hose thru the thermostat and into the top of the engine to the 4.7 L method of coming off of the top of the engine into the radiator, out the bottom in thru the t-stat then in to the engine. Maybe it has something to do with heat rising or something? Just looking at any difference in this engine compared to others and why changing everything in the cooling system doesn't help, seems like a simple concept pumping water/coolant thru hoses, engine, and radiator and blowing a fan over it to remove the heat. Thanks from all of us Dodge motor company!
ben

Altoona, PA

#33 Aug 11, 2010
I have since replaced the water pump and flushed the whole system every direction with Radiator flush then with clean water. Cross my fingers, since this the temp gauge has been staying a little under half way! This was after the new fan clutch, thermostat, radiator, rad cap!
Thom

Rockton, IL

#34 Aug 11, 2010
My 04 Durango overheated for the first time today. It was almost 100 and I had to turn the heat on in order to drive home. After reading all the posts it seems to be a common problem. I am going to try replacing the thermostat first
Ronda

Union, KY

#35 Aug 15, 2010
Have you had any luck finding out what is wrong with your dodge? mine is doing the exact same thing.
Jessica wrote:
We purchased our 2003 Durango in Nov 2008 and in early 2009 we started having overheating problems. The first time it happened was the day after I got home from a 600 mile trip in February 2009. I was at a drive through and started to leave and the check gauge light came on. I looked and my temp gauge was in the red. We immediately stopped. We let the car cool down and checked the fluid levels. It did need antifreeze. We took the Durango to be looked at by a local mechanic and he could not get it to overheat. He flushed the system and change the radiator hose assembly where the radiator caps lies as a precaution.
I drove it for a few weeks locally with no problems. Then I had to go out of town on a 340 mile trip and the problem came back. We took the car back and still they could not identify the problem so they sent it off to the Chrysler Dealer to run some tests including checking the computer which checked out fine. The replace the thermostat and also recharge the ac system saying that if the system was low if could delay the fan from coming on (news to me). Well we drove it for about a month locally and nothing was wrong... then I drove another 300 mile trip and the problem is back and they have no idea why. I have read post after post of people having this same problem and I really wish there was a solution. It makes me mad, I paid top dollar less than 7 months ago and have car I cannot drive or trade in.
It is going back to the shop, now it is also getting sucky gas mileage and still will mysteriously loosing antifreeze and overheat –
We have done a huge amount of research and so has our mechanic. We are going to replace the water pump. We have also found out that if you vehicle uses DEX COOL which ours does, Dex cool is very corrosive. DEX Cool clogs the radiator and other components in your system and will in time will make the cooling components fail. In addition to the water pump change the system will be flushed twice and then we will be using the green coolant and not the Dex Cool. We are past our warranty period for the cooling system so this will not void our warranty.
GM has class action lawsuits in several states against them regarding Dex Cool and the damage it can do to you vehicle. They are not winning these cases and are having to pay out $$$$ to plaintiffs.
If this does not correct the problem we will be moving on to the engine and will be looking at replacing the heads. They have done the compression checks and it checks out fine. However there has to be a reason that the antifreeze disappears and is not leaking out. There is some concern that this is happen at the intake and when the engine is hot and expanded.
I have to say the I am not impressed with our Chrysler Dealer Service Center (Spokane Chrysler)– they acted like we were the only Durango in the world with this problem – I know that they have knowledge and honesty would have been enough to consider another Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep Product but now I will most likely never buy any of these in the future and NOTHING that uses DEX Cool.
We will keep you all posted… the saga continues.
Lori

Madison, WI

#36 Sep 2, 2010
I bought a 2001 durango used, less than 3 years ago. It has overheated on my 3-4 different times, each with a different problem. The first was the rear air, which we just bi-passed $60. Second time it overheated it pushed anti-freeze out the the radiator cap, replaced the cap and hoses conected to it. Third time, the axuiliary pump leaked so we bi-passed it, did purchase a new one $97.00, never put it back. Now more than a year later it did it agian started overheating and pushed anti-freeze out of the reserve tank. Took it in, they told me I had too much anti-freeze so they took some out. Less than a week later it overheated again, said maybe it was an air bubble sucked out the anti-freeze and put new in. A couple days later it overheated agian, they have no idea, going to put the axuiliary pump back on. Crossing my fingers! Said we should try to replace the radiator, did a test said the head gasket is fine.
dodgebud

Saint Paul, MN

#37 Sep 2, 2010
Thom wrote:
My 04 Durango overheated for the first time today. It was almost 100 and I had to turn the heat on in order to drive home. After reading all the posts it seems to be a common problem. I am going to try replacing the thermostat first
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Your situation sounds similar to mine you might want to looking into the Radiator gelling -
jeff

Sacramento, CA

#38 Sep 30, 2010
My 2004 4,7l dodge durango had alittle bit of the above mentioned problems and replacing the radiator got my temp @ half but thats where its staying....my problem was that the fan comes on with the engine starting and when the engine warms up to half then that fan shuts off and everything is smooth but thats where it stays ....hope the radiator replacemnt will help for u guys....1800radiator $200 with lifetime warranty
Bobbi Jo

Lawler, IA

#39 Nov 8, 2010
We are having this same problem!!! We bought my 04 durango in february '10 and love it we pulled an empty car trailer one day with it and all of a sudden started overheating!!! My husband has changed fan clutch thermostat and a temperture sender sensor thing~~if you run the heat it does not over heat at all but as soon as you shut the heater off away she goes!! We just recently flushed it 5X and still not solved!! Please help me I love my truck and dont want to get rid of it but winter is comin and i need my AWD!!! Thanks
Ben

Altoona, PA

#40 Nov 20, 2010
Well it may have finally surfaced, what the overheating problem with mine is. After all new spark plugs a month ago got a cylinder 8 misfire code again and the plug was oil fouled. This piece of crap is also knocking in the engine! I'm going to look at it closer today but think broken piston, connecting rod, rod bearing, or valve, cam problems. I believe this was brought on from the overheating!

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