Engine Knocking Noise problems of the 2004 Dodge Durango

32 problems related to engine knocking noise have been reported for the 2004 Dodge Durango. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2004 Dodge Durango based on all problems reported for the 2004 Durango.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 1
Failure Date: 10/31/2015

Vehicle would stall during heavy rains and taking it through a car wash while driving. Sometimes it would even cut off. One day it cut off and I had to have it towed to the dealership. I bought my vehicle brand new and this problem has been going on since then. Goodyear could not determine the cause of the issue and the Dodge dealership informed me that it was the fuel pump. So they replaced my fuel pump and the problem still occurs during heavy rains and going through the car wash. I replaced the battery a third time after contacting roadside assistance. Now the vehicle is making a knocking sound. I'm afraid it's the engine. After researching, there are thousands of complaints about the issue with the wiper cowl leaking. There is a service bulletin 18-006-05 put out by Chrysler.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 2
Failure Date: 03/08/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. While the vehicle was idling, a knocking sound emitted from the engine without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 3
Failure Date: 02/04/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, a loud knocking noise emitted from the engine as the front end vibrated severely. The vehicle stalled without warning. After restarting, the vehicle resumed with an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to locate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 153,714.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 4
Failure Date: 01/09/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, there was a bang noise emitted from the vehicle and the engine completely shut off without warnings. The vehicle restarted but was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the engine was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable. Pam.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 5
Failure Date: 11/24/2014

I have a 2004 Dodge Durango limited with a 5. 7 hemi engine. We had a heavy rain storm at night and the next morning I went to start up the car and heard a loud noise in the engine upon start up followed by a loud knocking noise from the engine. Had to get it towed to a shop where they discovered rain water seeped into the cylinder which blew the rod and pistions due to the heavy rain water coming down the windshield and sitting on top of the engine overnight. I still owe 7000. 00 on the loan and needs a new engine. Now Dodge knows about the flaw and will not back up there bad design flaw and fix my engine. So I have no car and a 7000. 00 balance left I have to still pay. Dodge should replace my engine since their design caused it to bloe up in the first place >>>please help dont let Dodge get away with not fixing their mistake and now I have no car and have to walk to work or take the bus plus I have to pay NY car loan 7000. 00 balance. . . Is there any justice !!.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 6
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

I have a 2004 Dodge Durango slt 5. 7l hemi. Never had any big issues with it until in 2014 I was driving home from work on the highway when I heard a loud bang and loud knocking noises followed shortly by an abrupt shut off. I tried immediately to get to the side of the road but when I lost power steering from the engine ceizing and couldn't correct myself enough so I went down the hill off the side of the highway while trying to break with no brake booster anymore as well. I ended up running into a couple small tree's and finally stopping . Air bags didn't deploy and I only jammed my finger and hurt my back some but I only missed a larger group of tree by inches. My front bumper was ripped off, my drivers side headlight was broke as well as my grille and my windshield cracked. I took it to my mechanic and found out that the engine "hydrolocked" and a piston rod punched through my engine and broke a lot of other things internally. Needless to say the engine is gone. After doing some research I have found that there are hundreds more people that had this happen to their 04 and 05 Dodge Durango with the 5. 7l hemi. Apparently the water runs right down onto the engine and pools up and the intake is faulty so it sucks that water up and causes a catastrophic hydrolock with the engine which could kill someone if they lose power steering and power brakes within a second. I've been trying to save to get a new engine (which will cost about $3800 alone) because I bought this for too much and neither Dodge or my insurance would cover it so it's now a pile of scrap until I hopefully can get a new engine or have Dodge buy this death trap back. Dodge needs to buy these back or fix them! this is by far not an individual case and it is very dangerous and costly!.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 7
Failure Date: 09/11/2014

I drove the truck 2 days ago and it ran fine. Yesterday it rained all day and when I went to start it today it started but had very loud banging noises from the engine. I shut it down then restarted and the noises were worse. I then got online and did some research and saw that this exact issue has plagued lots of people. Chrysler needs to deal with this problem. I cannot afford to get this fixed as I am currently unemployed. I was getting ready to go on a job interview. . . It is hard to know what the results would have been if this happened on the highway.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 8
Failure Date: 09/07/2014

2004 Dodge Durango v8 hemi. Original owner. Bought this vehicle brand new off of the lot. Maintenance performed as scheduled. Loud banging noise coming from engine compartment area, after sitting over the weekend. Vehicle would always stall/sputter in the rain. Rain over the weekend, when I started the truck up on Sunday morning, there was a bang and a loud knocking noise coming from engine. Took timing assembly apart found a broken guide pin, was not the issue. Appears to be blown rod. Engine toast. . . . After looking for engine online I find this forum, why won't anyone do something about this? I'm glad my wife and children were not driving this when it happened.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 9
Failure Date: 03/12/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while attempting to pull out of a lane to pass another vehicle, there was a loud knocking noise. The contact had to reduce speed and coast the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who diagnosed that the pistons and rods had broken resulting in scarring the block which would require the engine to be replaced. The vehicle was to be repaired. In inclimate weather, during heavy rain there had been intermediate hesitation and sputtering in the engine without warning at random. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120000.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 10
Failure Date: 01/24/2014

Upon starting the engine, a loud knocking sound came from the engine. The car was at a repair facility for an unrelated issue. The mechanics believe that the engine is blown and needs replacement. This car had regular maintenance and had the oil changed recently. The mechanics checked the oil level which was normal. The engine also had a problem with it running rough after a heavy rain.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 11
Failure Date: 01/06/2014

Driving vehicle around 40 mph heard a banging noise, saw smoke pulled over and saw oil spilling from engine. Had vehicle towed inspected and found #7 connecting rod snapped. No good reason!.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 12
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

Engine failed shortly (10 seconds) after start-up, making a loud knocking noise and then seizing tight. Engine could not be re-started as it could not turn-over. Engine was inspected before removal, and #7 piston was found to not be moving when the crankshaft was rotated in reverse rotation manually. Engine was removed and torn down for inspection. Cylinder #7 connecting rod was found to be broken midway through the I-beam section, and the remaining parts of the connecting rod showed evidence of being bent or bucked previous to the failure by one or more hydrolock events. Root cause was determined to be a defective design in the throttle body to induction resonator joint that allows windshield water runoff to be drawn into the engines induction system. This vehicle had experienced rough running in heavy rain conditions, which was thought to be ignition related per a Chrysler TSB due to a defective cowl design that allows rain water to deposit directly on the ignition coils, and throttle body, in large volumes. Chrysler re-designed the cowl piece but did not mandate its replacement.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 13
Failure Date: 06/23/2013

2004 Dodge Durango limited 5. 7l hemi had a knocking noise, took it to the dealer and based on thier visual and hearing inspection suspected to be the flywheel ring; dealer stated that they needed to take the trans out for a final assessment. Dealer stated that there was not issues with engine. A week later while driving at approximately 55mph a loud noise and smoke came from underneath the vehicle. The engine stopped and lost power breaks and power steering. Towed the vehicle to the dealer and I was told that there is a hole in the engine block by the 8th cylinder and engine was sized. Dealer found metal parts (piston rod parts) all over the engine compartment. Contacted Chrysler hq and I was told that there are no reports of such failure and they were not interrested into looking at this problem. The vehicle had less than 106k miles. The vehicle was not repaired as the repairs (parts and labor) exceeded the book value of the vehicle. This looks like a matallurgy issue of the piston rod and Chrysler should address it.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 14
Failure Date: 06/01/2013

After doing extensive research on the issues associated with my vehicle, I am disgusted to find out how common they are on this make/model/year. Being a parent of four children, two sets of twins, who are of toddler and school age, I have always been compelled to maintain my Durango. Not to mention because it had alot of miles, I factored into my budget high-mileage maintenance as scheduled. Several times my Durango has stalled or hesitated to start during the rain. The problem could never be pin pointed, but reading what I researched I now understand the issue involved my cowl panel. Movng on to the most major of my added stress. . . I just had an oil change completed 2-3 wks ago. I was picking my 2yr olds up from daycare on Friday. I proceeded to the stop light which was less than 200 feet away when I heard this loud banging/knocking noise out of nowhere!! I was horrified so I pulled over and shut my car off. I noticed that there was a trail of oil on the ground coming from underneath. I then called my husband to explain what had just occured, a family member for an alternate ride, and a towing company. After having the shop that performed the oil change take a look at it, I was told that I would need a new engine because there was now a hole in my engine from a rod being thrown. I was emotionally distraut for this to happen me out of the blue. Not only because I am not sitting on thousands of dollars to spend on a new engine, but because this happened on an extremely well-maintained vehicle. . . How?? I am now having to pay for a rental every week. I truly believe something should be done to correct such a common issue with these make/model/year vehicles. If more than one person has the exact same problem than there is something wrong with the manufactor, not the drivers. I feel that these engines should be replaced at the expense of the dealer/manufactor.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 15
Failure Date: 03/17/2013

2004 Dodge Durango with 5. 7 hemi engine would run rough (to the point of stalling out) during light to medium rain or when it went through the car wash. Vehicle has been doing this for several months after it reached 100k miles. Dodge authorized mechanics were unable to determine the exact problem. Complete tune-up was performed. During February 2013, the vehicle¿s cowl was replaced (approx. 160k miles odometer reading) in an effort to divert water from entering the engine block area. In March 2013 (approx. 168k miles), attempted to start the vehicle; engine turned over with a banging noise followed by sounds of grinding metal. Brought in mechanic who informed me that the noise was due to blown engine-rod and that vehicle is in need of an engine overhaul.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 16
Failure Date: 02/27/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle there was a loud knocking sound and a rod blew out of the right side of the engine. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told there was no assistance for the repair because the engine was out of warranty. The failure mileage and current mileages were 127,000.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 17
Failure Date: 01/15/2013

Went out to start in the am and the motor was making a loud banging sound and the whole car was shaking. Had it towed to my mechanic and was told the engine blew. Now having it towed to another place to put in a jasper motor is going to cost 5000. 00. After reading up on this it seems to be a problem that should be looked into.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 18
Failure Date: 12/23/2012

My Dodge Durango 2004 with a 5. 7 hemi engine was only driven locally and barely had 60,000 miles on it when I went to start it up in the morning there was a loud banging/knocking sound, I immediately turned off the car. Once we had it towed to a mechanic, after inspecting the issue, it was a rod that had broke off and put a hole in the side of my engine. All of the vehicle maintenance has been up to date and I had purchased the vehicle brand new. With only 60,000 miles on the vehicle , I was extremely surprised and very upset to find out that I needed too replace the engine. I have not had any problems with my vehicle up to this point and after researching the issue, found that there have been numerous complaints from other Durango hemi owners with the same problem happening. Something needs to be done about this, a cars engine should not have to be replaced with just 60,000 miles on it with no prior problems and all maintenance being taken care of through the years with an original owner!.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 19
Failure Date: 12/17/2012

Started vehicle and heard a loud banging noise from the 5. 7 hemi engine. Took to a certified mechanic and learned that it had thrown a rod causing fatal damage to the motor. After conducting research this is a common issue that has not been addressed by Dodge. Supposedly they used insufficient metal quality when building this engine. They need to be held responsible for this well documented issue. I¿m worried that others could experience an engine failure while driving resulting in a possible casualty. Please advise others of this issue.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 20
Failure Date: 11/04/2012

While driving the vehicle, it made a loud noise from the engine compartment, a loud banging noise was heard and the engine began to emit smoke filling up the truck cabin. There was very little visibility out the front window, at which time the truck was pulled to the side of the road, avoiding oncoming traffic.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 21
Failure Date: 06/15/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted a loud banging noise upon start up. An independent mechanic examined the vehicle and advised that an engine rod was fractured. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 22
Failure Date: 04/10/2012

I started my car to go to work and the car was making a knocking sound. I had my husband check the oil and other fluids and they were fine. Towed my car to a dealership repair shop and they said the engine threw a rod and was no good any more. I just paid 15,000 for this car 6 weeks before and now I have no vehicle. The warranty company said they would not cover it because there wasn't enough miles. I have been on a lot of different sites and they have numerous complaints for this. They have recalled other cars for this same reason. When you call Dodge they just give you the run around.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 23
Failure Date: 02/14/2012

After returning home from a long distance 4 day weekend, where the vehicle for the most part ran fine. It stalled a couple of times while decelerating (which had happened a few times prior and our local mechanic couldn't locate the problem). There were no warning lights on and the vehicle ran fine. The next day after driving about 6 miles to work (again with no incident), I started the vehicle and drove about 100 yards and it sounded like rocks and rubber were flying all over under the hood (heavy knocking sound). Had it towed to the garage and have been told the oil has turned to sludge and that the motor threw a rod. The repair quote includes putting in a new motor and the cost is $4,000 - $5,000. We do not have the funds and still owe almost $8,000 on the vehicle. This is a crime!.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 24
Failure Date: 01/25/2012

I have the same problem as many other Dodge Durango owners are experiencing. Mine is a 2004 Dodge Durango with a 5. 7 hemi engine. It was always properly maintained and serviced. One morning we went to turn it on and a loud knocking sound came out of the engine. It was a broken rod. Without any symptoms or any warnings whatsoever, a rod decided to break. Incredible to think that a well maintained engine would break for no reason with less than 100k miles on it.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 25
Failure Date: 01/16/2012

We purchased our car new in may 04. We have had no major issues with the vehicle. Last week I got in the car and tried to start it and it made this loud noise like rocks or marbles in the engine. Then it would not turn over. After a few attempts to start, the engine started but has a very loud knocking noise. The car ran fine 2 days before the failure. We had it towed to a Dodge dealership and they said the camshaft and pistons need to be replaced. But haven't really torn the engine apart to diagnose everything. Total cost to rebuild the bottom half only is $5,000. 00. The service guy told me it was one of the cleanest engines he has seen too. I told them that was too much and they went down to $4,100. 00. But we found another licensed shop to rebuild for less. The shop doing the work has 3 other Durangos at his shop with the same problem. This engine should have lasted a lot longer than 90,900 miles. I checked edmunds. Com and lots of people have complained about this same issue. The dealership said that they sold over a million and a half of these vehicles and this is a fluke that it happened to a few of them.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 26
Failure Date: 01/03/2012

Went to start the Durango when cold herd a loud knocking noise. I shut the Durango off and checked under the hood to see if anythig was stuck under the car. I had the car towed to a service station and they informed me the engine was no good and needed to be replaced. The car has only 65000 miles on it and the powertrain warentee is out on 8/30/11. I can not pay 6000 dollars for a rebuilt motor at this time and need a car to get back and forth to work.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 27
Failure Date: 11/03/2011

Was going to leave for work, started my truck to an instant horrible knocking sound! never even put it in drive. Had it towed to my mechanic, and was informed that there was a hole in the engine block, caused by a rod. No warning signs or check engine/oil lights ever came on. .

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 28
Failure Date: 10/11/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact heard a knocking noise as she exit the vehicle. The dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle failure was not diagnosed nor was it repaired. The current mileage was 111,500. The approximate failure mileage was 111,400.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 29
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while parked the engine would not start after rainy conditions. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after a few days but noticed a knocking sound coming from the engine. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. Da.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 30
Failure Date: 07/09/2011

I recently purchased a 2004 Dodge Durango 5. 7 v8 limited. 6months ago to be exact. I went on vacation for a week and parked the truck in my family's yard. Coming home from vacation I was informed the truck was started up and family members heard a loud knocking noise. When I arrived to pick up the vehicle I was amazed by the knocking noise and it actually gets louder if you step on the gas. Long story short I now need a new engine . Car has 119,000 miles on it and ran beautifully till this incident. I am now out of a truck and still making payments and I am told Dodge is aware of the problem, but offers no solutions. This is how America's car makers treat their consumers. I along with others feel this is a blackeye to the amreican consmer from Dodge. New or used engines start at $3000 and you still have no promises that you wont have the same problem. I cant understand this engine problem because the car is well maintained.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 31
Failure Date: 03/22/2011

2004 Dodge Durango 5. 7 hemi. 50000 miles. Was running fine. Started it up after work got a loud knocking sound. Went back to dealer found that it was a bent rod. Still under the 7/70 warranty. Took them a day to figure out what it was. But after reading all these comments they should have known right away.

car   Engine Knocking Noise problem 32
Failure Date: 11/15/2010

2004 Durango all maintenance kept up, car was running fine then one day went to start car made loud knocking noise, dealer said blown cylinder.

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