Oil Pump problems of the 1999 Dodge Durango

27 problems related to oil pump have been reported for the 1999 Dodge Durango. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Oil Pump problem 1
Failure Date: 04/01/2009

1999 Dodge Durango slt / 4wd / 8 cyl 5. 9l - vehicle mileage 53,712 as of 08/31/10; the following oem components / parts are defective / broken / worn prematurely causing other parts / components / systems to fail, break & should be recalled, serviced, replaced by daimler Chrysler, llc at their expense (no wonder they needed bailout $): 1) intake plenum gasket has failed caused excessive debris, sludge to enter engine causing - 2) oil pump & oil pump pickup screen clogging leading to engine failure; 3) drivers power seat track has excessive motion when accelerating & stopping causing seat to slide forward / backward - possibly causing accident; 4) upper & lower ball joints undersized in mfg. Causing early failure & possible accident; 5) abs & brake dash warning light illuminates due to faulty sensors located on transmission tunnel & near drive shaft; 6) front brake rotors undersized for gvw causing premature brake failure / replacement & possible accident. Vehicle has been maintained w/ all scheduled factory services & oil changes.

car   Oil Pump problem 2
Failure Date: 02/29/2008

I have an engine problem that I thought was an oil pump that was bad but when I took it to the mechanic he told me that I needed to replace the entire motor. I came back home and did some research on the 1999-2001 series of the Dodge Durango and came across a staggering number of complaints to the same effect of what was happening on my car. . Read more...

car   Oil Pump problem 3
Failure Date: 12/21/2005

I purchased a 1999 Durango in Jan of 2000. I have had numerous problems including rebuilding the transmission. My biggest complaint is the engine sludge and spark knock. I have had the oil pump and screen replaced twice as well as the upper intake gaskets. It is my understanding that the upper intake gaskets leak internally causing oil consumption, spark knock, and eventually oil sludge and engine failure. Chrysler should do something about the thousands of vehicles that are experiencing these issues.

car   Oil Pump problem 4
Failure Date: 01/29/2005

In the last 4 yrs I have to replace the engine 2xs @$2500 per episode. Despite regular oil changes, the oil pump is the first to go. I have repair men look at me like I do not change the oil because the oil is burnt to the pump. They have to clean the oil trap and replace parts. Then less then 3 months later, that engine goes. I end up having to replace the whole engine. The first time it happened was at 51,000 mile. I contacted that company and they send "sorry, you're past the warranty" next, it happened at 75,000 miles. And, on the second experience, I had to replace the oil pump a 2nd time w/in 3 months because when the technicians started my vehicle and the burnt-type oil in the oil trap went back into the engine clogging the pump. Thus, they made me pay for that too. Please note I may be off on the date below.

car   Oil Pump problem 5
Failure Date: 02/28/2004

Purchsed a 1999 Dodge Durango in fall of 1998. When truck was two years old, oil pressure guage went to zero repeatedly. I immediately took it to dealership. Was told the oil pump needed to be replaced. I had the work done. Over the course of two years the guage would intermittenly go to zero. Had oil pump checked. It was deemed to be okay. Shop could not duplicate problem. During the last 6 mo. S problem continued more often. Took to shop. I was told it was an electrical problem with the oil pressure guage. On one occasion, truck abruptly quit while I was going down a hill. Kind of a scary experience! the shop replaced a fuel pump. On Feb. 28. 2004, truck's oil pressure guage went to zero, a loud noise was heard, and truck,s engine quit. (while I was traveling at 60 mph. ) engine is history. My truck now has no trade-in value. After reading about identicle complaints on this web site, and consumer affairs' web site, it is obvious to me that Dodge has a problem. I believe that this problem could even result in injury or death. I know that I will never purchase another Dodge and will tell everyone I know about my experience I have had for three years with this truck. Thank you.

car   Oil Pump problem 6
Failure Date: 01/23/2004

We have several complaints about our 1999 Dodge Durango. We have had the pcm go in 2003, luckily my wife did research and found out there was a recall and it was covered. The front suspension ball joints are blown and now our dealership has informed us that we need to spend $5100. 00 to repair the engine due to the oil pump is blown. The engine will seize if my wife attempts to drive the Durango. There just seems to be a common thread here since most of the complaints I have read about are the same complaints we have.

car   Oil Pump problem 7
Failure Date: 01/18/2004

Purchased Durango in may 02,and performed regular maintenance on it. On 11/20/02 my family and I were on our way to michigan and the check gauges light came on and the oil pressure dropped to 0,the motor started to knock. We were on the ohio turnpike,(with 5 children),and had to find a place to pull over before the engine would blow. This was odd with only 46300 miles on the motor. Luckily we were next to an exit,we pulled over and called the Chrysler garage,they said do not drive the vehicle any further your oil pump is more than likely bad. The garage told us that there had been sludge build up in the motor which clogged the pickup tube which made pump fail,all do to lack of maintenance. The oil pump was replaced and got the vehicle back on 1/9/03 at the price of $350. 90. The vehicle stil had a tapping sound coming from engine and the mechanic told me it was the lifters and it would go away. In October 2003,my sister and I were packing the car to go to my aunts funeral 250 miles from home,I started the car to go, we heard a knocking noise from the engine and the check gauges light came on and the oil pressure gauge dropped to 0,so we called the garage again. They said to bring it in they will replace the oil pump again. The vehicle had 55626 miles on it at the time, and they told us that there was still a problem with sludge in the motor from lack of maintenance. They told us they flush the motor with clean oil over and over for two days to remove any sludge,fixed my car free of charge and this time I had it back in a week. January 18,03 at 11:00 pm I was picking up my husband from work and the check gauges light came on again and oil pressure gauge was at zero. The garage said to bring it in and they would once again change the oil pump, free of charge, but still continue to tell me that there is still probably sludge in the motor,due to lack of amintenance and that they may not have gotten all it. The mileage now stands at 58300. 300 miles away from the next oil change.

car   Oil Pump problem 8
Failure Date: 01/10/2004

At 50,625 miles oil pressure on my 1999 Dodge Durango droped to zero. Had oil pump replaced and dealer found "sludge" in oil pan. Now 1 1/2 years later 68,000 miles pressure dropping again after only 17,000 miles! going to call dealer tomorrow and ask for advice, however, from what I've read I'm sure I'll be told it is my fault. I change oil every 3 to 4 thousand miles and have recipts to prove it. Also, engine cuts out unexpectedly?.

car   Oil Pump problem 9
Failure Date: 12/02/2003

Engine lost oil pressure first at 39933 miles while the car was still under warranty. The dealership changed the oil pump and advised us of sludge build up in the engine. The same problem at 63025 miles along with a transmission overhaul. The dealership at which we purchased the truck replaced the oil pump again, advised of sludge build up and overhauled the transmission under warranty. They also checked on the cost of a new engine but Chrysler would not cover it, so they simply replaced the oil pump. Same problem for the 3rd time at 73825 miles, less than 12 months and 12000 miles later. The service department at the dealership admits that replacing the oil pump will not help. They need to clean the sludge out for it to run better but even this will not solve the problem. Unless the entire engine is taken apart and soaked clean or Chrysler supplies a new engine, we will always have this problem. Regular oil changes were completed on this vehicle. After the first oil pump the dealer advised that I using synthetic oil, which was done. After the 2nd oil pump was replaced the dealer said that the synthetic oil would not make any difference.

car   Oil Pump problem 10
Failure Date: 11/08/2003

While driving at 55 mph oil pressure dropped. Engine started knocking and shut down. Vehicle was taken to the mechanic, who replaced the oil pump and the piston rod bearings. Also, there was a considerable slack in the steering column which would suggest that upper ball joint wore out.

car   Oil Pump problem 11
Failure Date: 10/27/2003

My husband and I purchased our 99 Dodge Durango in September 2002, used from a Honda dealership. A few days after we drove it off the lot, the oil pressure gauge began to drop to "0" rapidly, then back up to "40", then it started stalling and hesitating after restart. We called the dealer, they said to bring it in, so we winged it 20 miles to the shop, where they had it in service for a few days. They said it was the oil sending unit and oil pump, so they replaced it at no charge to us because it was within the 30 days. So a few weeks later the truck did the same thing, so we took it back, the dealer called the manufacturer and had the truck towed to the nearest Chrysler dealer. This is where they replaced the engine at 65,500 miles, which the Honda dealer paid for. I had the vehicle less than 1 month, and had to have a new motor, well that was 10/28/02 that they installed the motor, and now my truck is back in the shop 10/25/03 for another motor. This is because the Dodge dealer says sludge caused malfunction in the engines ability to suck oil into the screen. Of course they blamed me, saying that I did not change the oil enough, I provided them with some of my receipts, and my log of oil changes I did myself every 3 to 5,000 miles. They are refusing to cover the cost and said I have to get an attorney. I told them I was aware that Durangos with 5. 2 and 5. 9 liter engines have oil pump and screen problems, again they refused to acknowledge and turned me away. Now they are threatening to charge other charges like storage of the vehicle until my attorney decides what to do.

car   Oil Pump problem 12
Failure Date: 08/02/2003

Our vehicle has approximately 45000 miles on it at around 36000 miles the vehicle experienced a oil pressure and engine failure. We were told by dealer that it was due to lack of maintenance, untrue. We had changed oil properly. We replaced the oil pump not a couple of months later the same problem we had to have a overhaul of the engine but were told the problem would probably still exist and to get rid of the vehicle around 4000. 00 later we are looking at a whole new engine and possible transmission at around 4000. Plus labor. There are too many complaints about this vehilce and it's engine to ignore. What wrong with Dodge? someone must need to die in a accident for this to be recalled.

car   Oil Pump problem 13
Failure Date: 03/14/2003

Oil pressure dropped. Took in and everything was fine. Did oil change. Oil pressure continued to fail did another oil change. Seemed like something was clogging oil fine. Did complete oil cleaning and flush. Then with no notice, blew engine. . Piston through block and oil pan. Needed to replace engine. Mechanic said he has seen 12 to 14 of this year Durango do this. Feels oil pump is too little for v8 engine. Replaced engine and instead of placing factory oil pump, he replaced oil pump with a larger one. He said if he had an Durango he would recommend and oil change every 1500 miles not the recommended 3000 miles. Said this pump will ruin an engine everytime.

car   Oil Pump problem 14
Failure Date: 02/17/2003

Our engine ceased after having repeated problems with the oil pump, we were called liars by the dealership and diamler Chrysler. They don't seem to want to take responsibility for anything. When I took our Durango in because the front end kept pulling to the right after we paid $5200. For our motor to be replaced, I was told we needed new tires and a front end alignment. So I took it to another place to have the work done, since my confidence in the dealership was gone. Only to be told they could not allow me to take the car back out on the road with my children in the car, do to the ball joint. He said it would take one pothole and I'd probably roll my car, another $1200. Later and I could have my car back. What is up with this? they allowed us to risk our lives driving this vehicle, and diamler Chrysler seems to care less about all the problems with this SUV, how many people out there are spending money to keep fixing this vehicle and trying to make the payments. We got rid of a car so we wouldn't have to make repair payments and right into a nightmare. When is someone going to do something about the problems with this vehicle, and I think we should be reimbursed for all the repairs that they knew about and did nothing to fix. It's not fair to the public to have to dig in their pockets to fix a mistake that diamler has known about and refuses to do anything to make it right for the consumers! we are the people that purchase your product, you should be more supportive rather than calling people liars!! you well knew that the problems with this vehicle and yet you continue to sell them, with no regard to the consumers that drive their families in these cars, we could have been killed, what would have happened then, or would that have been our fault as well.

car   Oil Pump problem 15
Failure Date: 11/27/2002

Check guages light comes on, oil pressure gauge goes to zero then back. Had fuel gauge do the same. Took into dealer and dealer attributed to wires and did a "wiggle"test. Vehicle had no more problem with fuel gauge. Several weeks later the check gauges and the oil gauges did same thing. Took to dealer and they stated it may be oil pump. After removing oil pan, dealer stated to much sludge in pan and had extended warranty send an adjuster to check out. Dealer then took engine apart to find that sludge was through out the engine but no damage to bearings or vital parts. Warranty company "western diversified" declined repair stating that to infrequent oil changes. Warranty stated that even with proof of oil changes that this is an oil breakdown problem and not their problem. Dealer stated now that it was our responsibility and wanted us to pay for a new engine. Consumer refused and fortunately got to trade in vehicle towards purchase of a new one. Only after reviewing NHTSA website did we realize that we were in a no win situation and luckily got out from under the vehicle. This is a problem that Dodge obviously knows about, I am waiting for this company to do the right thing. We have shown our commitment to the company by buying several vehicles the least they could do is pay us the same respect!!!!!!!!.

car   Oil Pump problem 16
Failure Date: 10/30/2002

Fortunately there was no accident. I attribute that to using synthetic oil instead of regular oil. The oil pressure guage dropped to 0 then would go back to normal. This happened several times. I hope I got it into the dealer in time. The dealer thinks I did. The dealer claims the problem is sludge caused by too infrequent oil changes. I changed the oil within the guidelines listed in the owners manual. Plus, synthetic oils are not subject to the same sludge problems as regular oils are. Dealer dropped the pan, replace the screen and oil pump and cleaned as best they could. Cost $809. This is the first vehicle I've owned (33 years) that has ever had a sludge problem. There has to be something in the design of the engine that contributes to this problem. Dt.

car   Oil Pump problem 17
Failure Date: 10/22/2002

Engine oil excessive sludge buildup, even after oil changes every 3000-4500miles. New engine recommended by dealer mechanics. Replaced oil pump, inlet screen and did engine flush as a temporary remedy. Many of these complaints can be viewed on the internet. Manufacturer will not admit to the problem with these engines. Dt.

car   Oil Pump problem 18
Failure Date: 10/08/2002

While driving on interstate engine lost oil pressure. Seconds later smoke and noise from engine area. Engine quit running oil and coolant on ground. Connecting rod broken. Vehicle was purchase in July with approx. 35,000 miles. Now has 39,500 miles. Certified used car with extended warranty. Oil changed at 35,000 miles. Extended warranty company sent inspector to check engine after it was torn down. Inspector reports engine damage caused by lack of lubrication from a restricted oil pump screen. Extended warranty excludes damages from restricted lubrication. Research indicated many similar problems with low mileage Dodge 5. 2l engines and restricted oil pump screens. Minimum of $ 4,000 to repair/replace engine. Dt.

car   Oil Pump problem 19
Failure Date: 02/01/2002

In February 2002, oil pressure drops to zero and engine blows. In October of 2000, oil pressure drops to zero. Dealer replaced oil pump ($462). Vehicle has always been maintenanced with regular oil changes.

car   Oil Pump problem 20
Failure Date: 12/31/2001

As in many other cases listed on your site with this vehicle, my engine was found to have sludge, which blocked the oil pump (presumably) and the engine failed. I have proper maintenance records, yet the warranty company (american financial) maintains that I did not change the oil. One month prior to the failure, I took my vehicle to duluth Dodge (the original dealer) complaining of fluctuating oil pressure. They replaced the oil pressure sending unit, and my engine failed 3,000 miles later (the oil was changed the day before I brought it to the dealer, and the recommendation is to change it every 7,500 miles). The warranty company promised to have the oil tested to resolve our dispute, but after numerous contacts with them (both verbal and written) they never did. Therefore, I paid over $5,000 to have the engine replaced. I believe other models of vehicles with this engine (the 5. 2 liter, or 318 cid) have similar problems. Due to the large number of failures listed on your site alone, I believe this to be a major defect with the engine.

car   Oil Pump problem 21
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

The oil pump was replaced in November, 2001. Now may, 2002, engine is losing pressure. Told by mechanic that an oil pump should never go in a new car with regular oil changes with under 100,000 miles. Mechanic stated that entire engine will eventually be replaced.

car   Oil Pump problem 22
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Consumer stated the engine indication light flashes while driving, the oil pump needed to be replaced. . Consumer was also informed by dealer that the engine needed to be relaced.

car   Oil Pump problem 23
Failure Date: 03/10/2001

Consumer was traveling 50mph and oil pressure gauge went out. Vehicle stopped accelerating, pulled to side of road. Had vehicle towed to dealer. Oil pump had to be replaced, costing $1400. 00. Dealer was never available to talk to consumer to explain why this happened so soon. Mechanic is suggesting that engine be replaced, so problem won't happened again.

car   Oil Pump problem 24
Failure Date: 01/08/2001

17 year old daughter driving vehicle on a major freeway at 1:00 am. All lights come on, oil gauage drops to zero and after loud bang engine fails. Towed to dealer and dealer claims lack of maintenance caused oil pump failure and death of engine. Refuse to honor extended warranty unless we prove oil changes every 3000 miles even though manual suggests every 7500 miles. Local garage did not keep receipts and we did not keep receipts never anticipating this problem. Now know from inquiries over the internet that this is a nationwide peoblem with 318 engines. Although we know Chrysler has negotiated with others who had no receipts, we did have some, they are refusing to negotiate with us in texas. Please help. There are enough complaints to warrant an investigation on these engine failures. Consumers are being ripped off daily. Especially after Chrysler was caught red-handed in lemon law failures in north carolina. Please , please help.

car   Oil Pump problem 25
Failure Date: 01/02/2001

The Dodge Durango was purchased in oct'1999. Heading east on I-20 when we heard a clicking sound from the front end of SUV. The clicking got louder. As we tried to accelerate to exit the s. C. Highway, the clicking turned into a rattle and the SUV began to stall and eventually quit. We had three children on board (19 months, 30 months, & 7 yrs). After waiting approx 3 hrs for family to arrive from GA, we had the SUV towed to augusta Dodge. Their initial findings were that jiffy lube didn't replace the oil after the oil change we'd received just before getting on the hwy. Dodge then said we had a hole in our engine. Neither proved to be true. Nationwide insurance concluded that the problem was mechanical. Dodge admitted that they have 40 1999 v-8 engines backlogged in atlanta alone. We've discovered via mechanics that Dodge's v-6 & v-8 engines are gumming up, resulting in a need for valve jobs, etc. This confirmed jiffy lube's observation that the oil seemed to be gumming up. Suggesting a problem w/ oil pump.

car   Oil Pump problem 26
Failure Date: 02/18/2000

Vehicle was running rough and the engine light illuminated, dealer replaced the oil pump and screen and stated that the oil pump was not producing enough pressure, the engine and oil light illuminated again and while consumer was pulling over the vehicle stalled, dealer stated there was sludge and chunks of oil in the pan and that this was possibly left on the engine from the previous oil pump replacement, consumer feels the engine failure is due to negligent service, consumer has not had the vehicle for six months.

car   Oil Pump problem 27

Consumer stated the accessive sludge build up in engine caused oil pump to shut down. Dealer contacted.

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