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Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problems of the 2004 Dodge Durango - part 1

41 problems related to engine clicking and tapping noises have been reported for the 2004 Dodge Durango.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 1
Failure Date: 08/04/2015

We purchased a 2004 Dodge Durango slt 4x4 sport utility 4-door about a year ago. We noticed that when we went through a car wash it would stall out. It progressively got worse and every time it rained it would stall out. Yesterday (8/4/2015) it started to make a loud clunky noise. The engine hydro-locked and we noticed oil dripping all over. We are lucky that this did not happen while we were driving or someone could have gotten seriously hurt or even worse killed. Now we have a vehicle we are still making payments on and can’t even drive. We don’t have the money to fix it.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 2
Failure Date: 06/28/2015

Upon attempting to start my 2004 Durango after 2 days of rain the motor had a loud noise and then after restarting, a loud ticking noise. Shut off had towed to garage, mechanic says rod went through block. Numerous similar complaints. . Water onto engine top, sucked into intake. . . Boom! design flaw, cowl lets water onto top of engine, sucked into valves thru intake. . Boom. . Engine trashed. Cost of new engine greater than blue book. . . 108000 miles.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 3
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

The morning after a rain storm, water accumulated on top of the engine and leaked into the engine. A loud clank noise was evident after first starting the engine. Diagnosed to be a bend connecting rod due to hydrolocked engine. No warning or other malfunction was observed before the incident.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 4
Failure Date: 06/22/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. While driving 55 mph, the contact heard a popping noise coming from the vehicle. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and noticed oil leaking under the front end. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that a spring from inside the motor snapped and the engine needed to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 5
Failure Date: 01/19/2015

Started car for first time after bad rainstorm over weekend. Heard very loud clanging noise. Hole in oil pan, oil leaked out everywhere. After taking apart the motor, service center discovered a rod shaft had sheared in half and shot through the engine block and oil pan. Discovered it was caused by water getting into engine through spark plugs. Because of this, the warranty company won't cover an engine replacement. We have taken in this vehicle to same service station before over the two years we have owned it because it would stall while driving in bad rainstorm. Could never find a problem. Read a lot of articles online attributing all of this to a design flaw in the hood of this vehicle. I know we are not the only owners of a 2004 Dodge Durango who have experienced this. Something needs to be done to resolve the design flaw and compensate us for having to replace an engine that, apart from being in a poorly designed car, is otherwise in great condition.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 6
Failure Date: 06/20/2014

Driving to a vacation destination, on the highway at around 65mph. Engine started to shake very badly and make a clacking noise. I thought at first it may be a flat, but the vehicle did not lose control. I made it to the side of the road. I was able to get towed back to my local shop who advised the engine was not repairable. . Read more...

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 7
Failure Date: 06/16/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle, there was a ticking noise coming from the vehicle. In addition, there was another abnormal noise coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the diagnostic testing results were unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 8
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

While my wife was starting the Dodge Durango this afternoon, a big clunking noise sounded and it continued on as if someone was throwing rocks underneath my engine. Turns out that a rod had been broken inside my engine. After looking for a new engine on the internet, I am finding out that there are several complaints about this happening to a lot of other people. Why is this not being investigated? I am now part of a long list of dissatisfied customer. I will never buy Dodge again and will recommend to anyone else to stay away.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 9
Failure Date: 04/27/2014

While driving at approximately 35 mph, the engine produced a loud thud followed by a pronouced tapping noise. Was able guide the vehicle off the road. Vehicle was towed to local garage where the engine was proclaimed "dead" - appears to have thrown a rod. Vehicle was well cared for with dealer oil changes every 3k miles. No indication of a problem prior to this incident. Chrysler / Dodge unwilling to provide any assistance or information.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 10
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

On April 11, 2014, my three young children, boyfriend, and myself(pregnant) stopped at a red light. As the light turned green I began to accelerate; that's when I heard a loud popping sound. At first I thought maybe my tire popped. I was barely able to pull off the 4 lane street I was traveling on without getting hit. Once I pulled over I realized oil leaking from underneath my truck. I was able to take the truck to a service station that was located across the parking lot and was told the engine failed. The truck still starts but makes a loud clicking noise. This truck has been well taking care of and maintenance regularly. I have done research on the issue and have found this has been an on going issue with Chrysler. I don't understand why there hasn't been a recall on this issue. I had no warning signs of any issues with my truck and now this. This is such a disappointment.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 11
Failure Date: 02/24/2014

Durango was always well maintained and taken care of. Oil changed every 3,000 miles. One morning I started the truck and there was a strange ticking noise. The night before the truck ran fine as usual. It rained heavily that night. I did not use the truck at all for fear of doing any damage. I took the truck to the dealer and they didn't actually know what the ticking was and wanted me to pay about $550 in labor so they could take the motor apart. I decided to take the truck home to think about it because the $550 was not even for a repair , it was only to get an estimate . I did not use the truck at all and it was just parked in my yard. When I started the truck up to bring it to my own mechanic the noise was a horrendous banging sound and the engine stalled. I didn't even use the truck at all and a ticking noise now turned into a banging sound. I had the truck towed to my mechanic who informed me that I needed a motor. Broken rod. I don't understand how a truck in great condition, that looks brand new, always well maintained just blows a motor at 100,800 miles. I went to another Dodge dealer because I didn't care for the fact that the first dealer did absolutely nothing for me. I went to the service dept. To find out about a motor and was actually given the name of a CO. That sells motors because I was told that my motor is on back order and the dealer can't even get one . I was told that there is a shortage because across the country 18 motors are being changed daily. That seems like quite a high number when nothing is being done for the consumer about this matter. It will cost me about $5000 to $6000 to replace the motor so now the truck is just a paper weight in my back yard. I already have a huge investment in this truck and the engine should not have failed when I took such good care of it but it would seem that the dealer knows about this problem .

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 12
Failure Date: 12/30/2013

For the past couple of weeks my wife and I have experienced our 2004 Dodge Durango stalling as we made low speed turns. Fortunately neither of us ended up getting in to an accident when the vehicle stalled each time. I told my wife I'd have the service shop have a look at it when I took it in for its needed oil change next week. On the morning of 12/30/13, I went out to start my Durango to let it warm up some before I left. When I turned the key the engine made a loud clanging sound (like someone put a fork in a garbage disposal and jammed it) and then stopped. It wouldn't turn over at all after several attempts. I had roadside assistance tow it to a local dealer who called me to tell me the diagnostic test said it was the starter and starter relay. They put the new parts on today (12/31/13) and then called me to tell me that it wasn't the starter and that the motor has seized up. The service tech said he would look in to estimates for a re-manufactured motor and a new motor . Knowing how much I have babied our Durango (full synthetic oil changes on a regular basis, other scheduled maintenance and all records to show), I went online to see if this has happened to others. . Boy OH boy has it!! apparently the cowl does not let water flow away from the engine properly and as the motor ages the intake gaskets flatten and allows water to enter the intake, causing problems to the cylinders and seizing the motor. I realized this is exactly what happened to our Durango. On 12/29/13 we had very heavy rain in the mid-atlantic region and the Durango sat in front of our house all day/night as neither one of us drove it. Needless to say, I like many others am very mad that Dodge/Chrysler has not accepted responsibility. Not only are we facing expenses because of some serious medical issues right now, we now have to pay for a new motor when this could have been corrected years ago.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 13
Failure Date: 12/29/2013

After it had been raining all night I went to start it this morning and I heard a loud thump then nothing! tried to start it again a couple times and nothing. I sat there in tears trying to figure out how I would get to work tomorrow then tried starting it again and it did start. Now making a loud clicking noise. After reading all of the same complaints I am having it towed to my local repair shop but today is Sunday so I have none to look at it until tomorrow. I checked under the hood and yes there is water leaking through the base of the front windshield! then I looked under the dashboard above the foot pedals and couldn't believe I seen a trickle of water running down behind all the fuses, plugs and wires!! this is ridiculous!! now I have to borrow a car for work and pray that my engine is not shot! this widowed mom of 3 needs a dependable vehicle now!! I think there are enough complaints to warrant an investigation. I need help getting my truck fixed please!!.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 14
Failure Date: 12/05/2013

There is a problem with the Dodge hemi 5. 7l engine*** I have maintained my 2004 Dodge Durango immaculately, mechanically and physically. I purchased my Durango in 2006 from a dealer with 36k miles on it. In 2010 with 155,000 miles on it, the push rod broke when I was on my was to the office. The truck was sitting in my driveway from the night before and when I went to start the engine, it made a loud popping noise and engine shutdown. I had the vehicle towed to a shop where it was confirmed the push rod had broken, oil changed on regular basis, etc. . I had the engine replaced in Nov 2010 with another Dodge hemi 5. 7 l hemi engine. Over 3 years later guess what????????? the replaced Dodge hemi engine blew on me in the same driveway 3 years later December 5, 2013. I am posting this note to other owners to steer clear of replacing the engine as it will happen again, it is not a matter of if, but when. As of December 2013 my Dodge has been sitting at the shop I had it towed to and I refuse to buy another engine. One consistent issue which I have read from the other complaints is that the engine would hard idle (act like it would stall) during heavy rain storms. I am pissed because I have a excellent conditioned vehicle appearance and mechanically I am out of a vehicle. Fortunately/unfortunately the vehicle is paid for. I am going to lodge another complaint with the NHTSA. It is unbelievable so many people have the exact same issue with this engine. How can we get chrsyler/Dodge to own this problem and make it's owners of its Dodge Durango's whole for fixing this recurring problem. I am a perfect example of replacing the engine in this vehicle once, and 3 years later the exact issue has occurred again!!!!!!!!!.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 15
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

After making a clicking noise for a couple of days that we had been told was the starter fan (and having it replaced), we loaded up our Durango for a week long camping trip 8 hours away. 45 minutes into the drive the Durango started "dragging" like it was having a difficult time maintaining speed with cruise control. Shortly afterward, a horrible metal on metal banging noise came from under the hood and I lost all power. On the interstate, at 4 a. M. I dropped from 72 mph to 0 in a matter of seconds and barely had enough momentum to pull the truck to the side of the road. Oil just poured from under the truck. We had the Durango towed home and called our local mechanic. He took a look and informed us we had thrown a rod and complete engine replacement would be needed. We verified this through 3 different Dodge technicians who all stated that this was a known issue within the company. They know and have known that the skirting at the bottom of the windshield leaks. They know that those leaks drip water onto the intake valve resulting in water being drawn into the engine and causing engine failure through a rod being thrown. This is not a cheap fix. It could have been through recall or even notification to owners. It could have only cost about $400. But now it doesn't. Now it costs anywhere from $4-6000. Unacceptable.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 16
Failure Date: 04/26/2013

I took my vehicle in for an oil change, the repair rep called to tell me that there was a loud knocking/ticking sound when he started the engine. I dropped the vehicle off the night before and there was no knocking or ticking sound. After contacting my warranty company and given the repair shop permission to break down the vehicle over the past 3 weeks that my truck has been in the shop, they now are telling me that the piston/rod is broke and is lying in the oil pan. I researched this problem on the internet and found that this is a major problem occurring with Dodge Durango's. Why hasn't there been an investigation done and recalls on this matter? it can't be a coincidence that a wide spread of Durango owners are having this problem, which is resulting in several thousands of dollars in repairs and engine replacement at the customers expense because these warranty companies are ripping people off covering little or nothing of the cost in repairs and replacement.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 17
Failure Date: 04/22/2013

Engine would not start in the rain. When I tried again on a sunny day, engine started and then a very loud metalic clicking sound came from the engine. Mechanic says broken sleeve or rod, and I probably need a new engine. . Read more...

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 18
Failure Date: 03/18/2013

After pulling out on to a street the engine made a loud bang and clunking noise. I pulled over to find a hole in the lower drivers side of the engine block. I do regular oil changes at 3000 mile intervals with synthetic oil and only use high quality oil and filters, this vehicle has been very well taken care of. I have read many complaints about this on the 04-05 models. My mechanic has informed me that he cannot find a replacement motor for a reasonable price due to the demand of replacing this motor. Also, he has informed me that the usual warranty that he would get with a motor of any other kind is not available for the 04-05 motors due to the well known issue.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 19
Failure Date: 03/10/2013

My 2004 Durango has always had the familiar issue of stalling when it rained or went through a car wash, but on March 10 that all ended. My husband went out to take my car to a meeting and heard loud clunking sounds. The car would not start. We eventually learned the engine was shot--just like that. There was no warning whatsoever. Now we are now stuck with replacing the engine for around $5000. This is crazy!! I can't believe all of the problems this model has faced--and no recall!! I am just lucky I wasn't driving with my young daughter when it happened. Something needs to be done before someone is hurt badly.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 20
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

Purchased vehicle on 2/19/13 drove it for 2 weeks. Was driving on the highway and heard a loud noise followed by clunking noise which sounded like a flat tire but wasn't. Took it to my mechanic who told me that the front differential needed to be replaced. Fixed that problem. 2 weeks after that on 3/29 was getting off the highway when I heard another loud noise followed by a clunking noise this time I lost steering and barely made it into a parking lot. Had it towed to my mechanic to find out it blew a rod and needed to have the engine replaced. After having this vehicle for 6 weeks I have had 2 catastrophic failures. My dealership will not help me and I cannot afford to replace the engine on my own. I purchased this vehicle to be a safe and reliable mode of transportation for me and my 4 children. Now I am out $6000 and have no vehicle. Something needs to be done about this. People should not be forced to pay for an issue that is known to be a problem.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 21
Failure Date: 01/29/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated the vehicle made a loud popping noise while she proceeded through an intersection and smoke emitted from underneath the hood causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who stated that a defective rod made a in the engine and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 111,000. Updated 03/01/lj updated 03/07/13.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 22
Failure Date: 01/14/2013

I was driving my 2004 Dodge Durango 5. 7 hemi and all of the sudden I heard a loud clanking noise coming from my engine. I turned it off and called a tow truck to have it towed to a garage. I was told by the mechanic that the engine was dead and it had blown a rod and could not be fixed. It has been maintained at the dealership where I bought it in 2004 up until two weeks ago when I had it inspected and the oil changed. This seems to be a common problem with these engines and something has to be done about it.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 23
Failure Date: 12/21/2012

My wife started up the vehicle to take our kid to school. When she started it, it was making a horrible clunking noise and vibrating vigorously. She immediately killed it and told me what happened when I got home from work. I started it up and I immediately knew that the engine was gone. The next morning I noticed an oil sheen on the ground in front of the Durango. I have read many things online about this problem and would like for Dodge to fix my vehicle. I have kept the oil changed in it regularly and done all required maintenance. I am in the military and need this vehicle for my wife. I cannot afford to fix this out of pocket.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 24
Failure Date: 08/03/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that when he started the vehicle, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal ticking noise. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the lifters would need to be replaced. All sixteen lifters were replaced. After the repair was complete, the ticking noise could still be heard and the contact was advised by the mechanic that there was nothing that could be done about the noise. As the contact drove the vehicle, the oil warning light would illuminate whenever the contact would brake to a stop. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the engine would need replacing. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 172,000 and the current mileage was 179,000. Kmj.

car   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem 25
Failure Date: 02/02/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact heard a loud clicking noise outside of the vehicle. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road and stopped. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who stated that there was a hole in the engine block due to a rod fracture. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.