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Loud Engine Noise Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1

Dodge Durango owners have reported 72 problems related to loud engine noise (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Loud Engine Noise problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 12/09/2016

It was a raini day and decided to go to the store to get groceries. I was driving my vehicle to get to the store from my home to the whole foods in san francisco CA on freeway I-280 north near the exit on geneva I heard a loud noice coming from the engine compartment, so I decided to get out on the exit to see what was going on, I turn left on geneva av I waited on red light on geneva av and howth st when light turn green I let go the break and started to go so I can park on the street and all of the sudden I heard a loud sound and saw a lot of smoke so I pulled over on 33 geneva av san francisco CA and looked around and found pieces of the engine on the road and near the starter on the vehicle, this is when I knew it was done engine was broken and had to call aaa to get a tow truck. Later I decided to do some research on what just happen and found that a lot of other people had problems on this vehicle just like I did.

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Failure Date: 07/15/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 40 mph, an abnormal noise was heard in the front of the vehicle. In addition, the check engine warning light and oil warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician refused to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

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Failure Date: 03/25/2016

While driving in the rain all of a sudden there was a loud noise and my engine started knocking loudly. I was able to pull the engine and pull it apart and found there was water in the intake and the number 5 cylinder rod had broke. Luckily the part that broke went down and the oil pan gasket/windage tray slowed it down enough to not go through the block. After further inspection I noticed that the intake gaskets were not sealing properly and allowed water to be sucked into the intake and then hydra locked the number 5 piston. When I put it together I noticed the "seal" on the cowl wasn't even touching the window and that let the rain go directly into the engine compartment and sit on the engine. Put those two problems together with the rain and now I have a motor that is broken. I called Dodge and the lady tried telling me that her "master" mechanic had never heard of this problem and yet when I typed in a search on this model and year that was the first thing that popped up. I know that this is a problem with the 2004 Dodge Durango. I have inserted pictures of their intake gaskets and then I held a ruler up to the intake flat and you can clearly see the light shining through the gasket which means that this was definitely not sealing. Also I put a picture of the cowl seal and showed how cheap it is. Also while we were waiting to get the funds to repair the engine it sat through the winter completely covered and the engine hadn't even been taken apart yet and when we pulled the intake off it was completely "full" of water which in turn filled the heads and the cylinders with water.

car image   Loud Engine Noise problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 01/07/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at 75 mph, a strange resistance was felt in the accelerator pedal while the oil warning light illuminated. The vehicle began to shake violently while an abnormal noise was heard. The contact stated that a fire was observed coming from under the front of the vehicle. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. A fire report was filed. No injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 87,303.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2015

Stalled in rainstorm while driving on interstate 95, a day before. We had battery tested at advanced auto. Battery good. Drove home. The next day we started it up and it made a loud noise. Shut it off and then restarted it. The engine was rapping. Needed a new engine. Upon lifting hood to see problem we saw a hole in the block. You could see connecting rod in there.

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Failure Date: 05/29/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 165,000.

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Failure Date: 04/27/2015

Our 2004 Dodge Durango was purchase used, from original owner. All service records were given to us, showing proper maintenance of vehicle. I tried to start the vehicle and heard a horrible sound from the engine. After having it towed, I learned the engine threw 2 rods and put holes in the engine block. This is a complete failure to the engine, with the only solution being to replace the entire engine. Based on my mechanics observation, this is a result of water being directed into the engine compartment, therefore rusting and destroying necessary components. When the engine was pulled from my vehicle, it had been sitting in a large amount of water, even after having been garage kept for several weeks. After reading online, this is a very common occurrence with these 2004 Durangos. At that, Dodge has never issued a recall. I am now out $7900 for a new engine. All I can say, is thank god I was in my driveway when this happened. I am so fearful this will happen to someone while they are driving, resulting in something tragic. Due to the frequency of this failure and Dodge ignoring it, it seems as though it will take someone to be killed in an accident before Dodge addresses this problem.

car image   Loud Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Dodge Durango 8
Failure Date: 01/15/2015

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system); however, the recall remedy was not effective. The contact stated that while driving into a parking space, the engine warning light illuminated and an abnormal noise emitted from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,800.

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Failure Date: 01/13/2015

We have kept this Durango in immaculate shape and have consistently done of the recommended upkeep on the vehicle. We change the oil every 3,000 miles. I was driving down the road going approximately 50 miles per hour when without warning the engine just started making a loud noise. It was dangerous because I had nowhere to pull over and had to continue approximately 1 mile before I could get to a shoulder and behind me were multiple vehicles. Underneath the vehicle was oil. The mechanic says that there is a hole in the engine and it is completely blown-catatrophic. Engine failure that will cost $6000 to replace. Although we have used the vehicle for 10 years, we have barely put 12000 miles per year on it. After some research on the internet we found out that there hundreds if not thousands of other similar complaints on this engine, many of them probably unreported to the NHTSA. The '05 and later models do not show anywhere near a similar amount of engine failure complaints. I would have to believe that there have. We are disgusted and would like someone to look into this-a class action lawsuit.

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Failure Date: 01/12/2015

Daughter was driving vehicle on the highway. Vehicle started shaking and then made loud noise like a hammer hitting engine, then started smoking white smoke coming from the engine. Vehicle quit running. Daughter was able to get to the shoulder. Tried starting again and engine was running very rough, smelled like electrical burn and blowing white smoke. Shut off engine and had vehicle towed. Mechanic stated engine has to be replaced. Having vehicle towed to Dodge dealer for second opinion.


 
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Failure Date: 12/22/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine area. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000. Djr.

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Failure Date: 08/12/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise and observed smoke rising from under the hood of the vehicle. The contact discovered oil leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 214,000.

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Failure Date: 05/25/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the oil and engine warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that an abnormal noise emitted from the engine. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 156,800.

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Failure Date: 03/06/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that upon starting the ignition, a loud noise emitted from the engine. The contact mentioned that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 120,000.

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Failure Date: 12/03/2013

Backed vehicle into driveway next morning got in to crank and it made a horrible noise. Took to mechanic and motor was shot!! this is not the way I thought Dodge company would be; will not have another. No help from Dodge.

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Failure Date: 08/16/2013

I was pulling away from a stop when the engine suddenly made some loud noises sounding like grinding and the vehicle lost all power, steering and brakes. I had to navigate over railroad tracks with a train coming and onto a side street and a ditch. I was the only one in the truck at the time and was not hurt and there was no damage to the vehicle. If it had been one of my kids or wife driving it would have been tragic due to no power and trying to steer a 5000lb truck across traffic and railroad tracks with a train coming. This vehicle was well maintained and had an oil change two weeks prior to the failure. Within the past year this I had the vehicle completely gone thru by dealer mcinerney in mi and they got it ready for what I thought would be the next 100,000 miles. After I had the vehicle towed home due to the estimated $7000 repair bill, I called several Chrysler mechanics who told me this is a known issue with that model and engine year due to both water leaking into the engine compartment (TSB issued) and a possible problem with the crank main bearing. I called Chrysler customer service (joke) and both the people I talked too "literally" asked why I was calling since the warranty had expired and it was no longer Chrysler's problem. I told them because warranty has no bearing on a known defect. The second person I talked to literally laughed at me on the phone and refused to let me talk to someone higher than him stating "I am as high as it gets" and told me "Chrysler is not going to do anything for you". I asked his if this is the new Chrysler after "I" helped bail them out, he said they bailed themselves out. This is the same customer service that told me there were no electrical issues, then 6 months later recalled my truck due to electric fires. If this does not get resolved by Chrysler, I nor will a anyone in my family ever buy another Chrysler product.

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Failure Date: 07/27/2013

I have owned my 2004 Dodge Durango hemi for just over a year. It had 86k miles. My family recently went on vacation for a week and returned home on July 27th, 2013. My husband needed to move my Durango so he could get to an electrical cord. When he turned the key my Durango made an awful noise that could be described as numerous people sitting there banging hammers on my engine. I don't know a lot about vehicles but I know enough to know that's never a good noise. I still owe money on my vehicle, and I am unable to drive it. Not to mention the cost it would be to replace the motor. I have read online that rebuilding the motor is a poor choice because something about the way the engine is built, it does not allow for all the pieces of medal to exit the motor after a rebuild, only resulting in a ticking time bomb for the motor to fail again. The reason for the engine failure is rain. Or car washes. I stopped driving my Durango in the car wash and during rain because it would stall out and run extremely rough. Dodge knows this is an issue, I am not the only one to complain about it but yet Dodge will not stand behind their product. If Dodge wont stand behind their product, I will never be a Dodge owner again. ----2004 Dodge Durango limited - engine failure at 86,004 miles.

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Failure Date: 07/01/2013

Vehicle was running fine until storm came through dumping continuous rain on vehicle. I went to move the vehicle later that day and noticed standing water on drivers side floorboard/carpet. It was soaked! I went to start the engine it didn't respond initially so I turned ignition backwards (off direction) and tried to restart. At that moment it started very rough and made a loud noise from the engine and continually does so whenever it is started now. I can't and don't drive it. Looking closer under the hood apparently water is getting inside the engine compartment when it rains. The black material lining under the hood was soaked also. On the engine there were water droplets and most components of the engine had dried water marks/streaks throughout the compartment.

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Failure Date: 06/27/2013

We were driving with the family, then we heard this loud noise coming from the engine. After pulling over in a parking lot I notice a hole on the side of the block on the drivers side. I couldn't believe it. We take care of that like one if our babies. After doing some research, I can't belive Dodge knows about the problem 04 Durangos have and they are doing nothing about it. We still owe 4k on ours and now what?? my wife lost her job over this.

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Failure Date: 06/14/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that upon starting the ignition, a loud noise emitted from the engine. The contact inspected under the hood and noticed excessive oil leaking from the engine. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

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Failure Date: 05/25/2013

I was driving down the road, I pressed the gas and I heard the loud noise sounded like a flat tire, I pulled over, opened the hood and saw a little oil splattered on the motor (no oil dripping) and I had it towed to 2 different places, the first placed said I needed a motor and then I towed it to the Dodge place here in town. They said it hydrolocked, from water getting in the motor from the windshield, they said they believed water had gotten in a head gasket. Now I'm just waiting for a answer.

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Failure Date: 05/01/2013

I have a 2004 Dodge Durango sometime last week there was a heavy rain, I went out to start my truck and it would not start. Later that day it started but there was a loud horrible noise. . I found out today the motor is gone. This happened before when it rained it didn't start for a while and then started later. The engine is very expensive and seems life when there is heavy rain the truck stalls now it's completely gone.

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Failure Date: 04/29/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that after starting the engine, he heard a loud noise emanating from the engine that sounded like rocks were under the hood. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 160,000.

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Failure Date: 04/26/2013

Loud noise emanates from the bottom of the truck followed by smoke. Engine goes dead. Tried restarting, but to no avail. Towed vehicle to dealership only to be told that a piston came off and blew a whole in the engine. As a results, a whole new engine is required. Engine had no sludge whatsoever and well maintained. This almost caused an accident as it was rush hour and vehicles were behind. 2004 5. 7l hemi limited.

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Failure Date: 03/25/2013

I was pulling out of a parking lot into traffic. After accelerating to for a second, the engine made a loud noise and started shaking badly. I pulled off the road immediately and turned off the vehicle. When I looked under the hood, oil was dripping off the drivers side of the engine. After looking under the vehicle I could see a large hole (about the size of a childs hand) in the engine block. The Durango suffered catastrophic engine failure. The piston rod has broken and punctured a hole in the side of the engine. It was a rainy day and had been raining a lot in the previous days. Only after this happened, I did some checking on the internet. I have found this to be a major problem with the 2004-2005 Durangos with the 5. 7 hemi engine. The windshield cowl leaks water onto the engine, the water leaks into the engine and causes the piston rods to rust and weaken. This causes failure without notice. Dodge knew of this problem and changed the windshield cowl sometime in 2005-2006. This vehicle was extremely well taken care of. Nothing but synthetic oil went into this engine. A couple of years ago, I took my Durango to a mechanic because I thought I could smell gasoline on the oil cap. I was told that the smell is most likely from water getting into the engine. Most likely from the intake and that I was normal. Now I know that it was water getting into the engine, a lot more than a little moisture coming in through the air intake. This is a major design flaw!! every 2004 Durango with the 5. 7 will blow the engine if it gets exposed to rain or car wash!! please, something needs to be done by Dodge.

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