Power Train Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1

Dodge Durango owners have reported 267 problems related to power train (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Durango based on all problems reported for the Durango.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 03/23/2018

Complaint involving shifting problems. When I get in my car and I put in drive the light starts flashing and my vehicle does not move. I have to put in park turn off the vehicle and turn it back on and do it all over again until it finally catches the gears and lets me drive off. I also have the same problem when I put the vehicle in reverse. The light that flashes is the one above the shifting nob.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Dodge Durango 2
Failure Date: 03/16/2018

While driving the vehicle a message came up on the cluster "start/stop system disabled. Service start/stop system". Shortly after there was another message "low battery mode. Some systems function reduced". I looked at the system health status and the battery voltage was at 11. 2 volts. While driving the voltage continued to drop. I called the dealer and they asked me to bring the vehicle in to check diagnostics. While driving to the dealer the voltage continued to drop and the radio turned off and would not turn back on. When I arrived at the dealership the voltage was at ~10. 1 volts. When I pulled the vehicle into the dealership service bay the service writer came over and we agreed to not shut off the vehicle as we weren't sure whether it would restart given the battery voltage. As the vehicle idled in the service bay the voltage continued to drop and the voltage was just over 9 volts when I got out of the vehicle. The vehicle was running and was in park. Parking brake was not engaged. A dealership employee got into the vehicle and was going to move it but the service writer asked him to leave it where it was until they determined which technician it would be assigned to. The dealership employee told me that he did not move the vehicle and did not take it out of park. I went into the waiting room inside the dealership and a few minutes later the service manager came out to tell me that there was an issue with my vehicle and that it drove into a wall in the service bay with no one in the vehicle. When I went out into the bay the rh front wheel had climbed a curb and the vehicle had hit a wall. Fca special investigation team reviewed vehicle and determined that there was no mechanical issue which would cause the vehicle to move on its own. No explanation was found for low voltage condition. Dealership has video of incident.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 3
Failure Date: 02/28/2018

About 2 weeks ago, my 4lo light would blink and then go off, and then my svc 4wd light would go on for about 4min. I took it into my mechanic, he could not find anything. Today, as I was backing out of my driveway - with my 3 kids, all my wheels locked up and I could not drive it. Mind you, I am in the middle of the street now. When I got out of my car I could hear my car trying to shift from 4lo/4hi/awd. I had to call my husband to come home to get my car off the street. In looking up this matter online, there seems to be alot of issues with this and seems to be a huge safety issue when you're talking about your car shifting from awd to 4lo or 4hi - thankfully, I was not on the highway going 55. We were able to get it to the mechanic and you can hear it trying to shift when the vehicle is off - no key or anything - wow! mechanic said I was very lucky. I would highly suggest someone looking into this issue, it seems to be a pretty widely known issue.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 02/24/2018

I was parked in my driveway on a slight decline and the vehicle was running and in park and I ran into the house to grab something and when I looked back it was rolling down the driveway and crashed and got stuck in between two trees. The vehicle is now totaled.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 5
Failure Date: 02/23/2018

This vehicle has rolled back while in park at least 4 times now. Yesterday being the most severe as I was standing behind the vehicle when unloading groceries in my driveway. The vehicle rolled back over me injuring my leg. Luckily my kids were not behind the vehicle or it could have been really dangerous. I know longer feel safe with this vehicle. It was purchased used through carmax.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Dodge Durango 6
Failure Date: 02/22/2018

We purchased our 2018 Dodge Durango srt in 02/2018. After 300 miles, all dash lights lit up and a trouble code of esc was displayed. We brought it to the dealer who advised there was water penetration of a wiring harness connector which lead to the axle actuator shorting out. It was repaired by cleaning the connector and replacing the actuator. We picked up our Durango 4 days later and drove it an additional 990 miles at which time the same issue happened - lights, esc message. We dropped it off at the dealer on March 26, 2018 and they advised the same issue occurred, water penetrated the harness connector and shorted out the axle actuator. Parts are not readily available at this time as the dealer indicated all the awd Durangos are having this issue. The harness is on back order through the middle of April. I've contacted fiat/Chrysler and on the first repair, they covered an extended warranty to 85 months for us. In my second contact with them, I was advised this will be an ongoing issue as they have no fix for the harness connector issue and actuator problem. The dealership advised once repaired the second time, the issue will recur once driven in wet weather. Both issues occurred as my wife and I were driving, which resulted in the loss of awd, cruise, and other safety functions of the vehicle. Both times is happened, we were driving in wet and/or snowy weather.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 7
Failure Date: 11/29/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. On multiple occasions, while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle attempted to stall. The contact heard a clicking noise underneath the vehicle and the 4 low warning indicator illuminated. The dealer (larry h. Miller Dodge peoria at (480) 865-3986 (8665 w bell rd, peoria, az 85382) stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Dodge Durango 8
Failure Date: 11/27/2017

I have reported my car not going in the the gear selected and instead going into neutral or park. It has also driven forward when in park. There has also been issues with the auto park not always working if door is opened and the car is in gear. Now I am being told my car even though it came with this safety feature was not supposed to come with it, and Dodge is looking to remove this feature. Dodge has also referred to these safety issues as characteristics of my car. When their is a safety defect it cant be a characteristic that can be overlooked. My car now has been in the shop for 37 days now and unable to be repaired.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango 9
Failure Date: 11/17/2017

While driving on an interstate highway at 65 miles per hour the engine shut down and I pulled off onto the shoulder. After sitting for about 5 minutes I tried the ignition key and the engine started and I continued on my way.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 10
Failure Date: 11/13/2017

The contact owns a 2015 Dodge Durango. While the vehicle was parked, the vehicle shifted into neutral without warning and crashed into a tree on the contact's property. The contact's spouse fell and injured her arm while trying to stop the vehicle. Medical attention was provided. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic at a body shop. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 38,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Dodge Durango 11
Failure Date: 11/08/2017

The transmission puts itself into 4wd sometimes with an instrument panel light, sometimes without. It does this both when stopped and at highway speeds. I've seen hundreds of the same complaint when I searched this online. It's a 2008 model but it's a relatively new car for me so, that is why I'm just mentioning it now. In the few months I've owned the vehicle, this has happened no fewer than 10 times. On two separate occasions it happened while I was driving. I did not crash on either of those occasioins but, it was very close both times. The second time, after lurching very hard across two lanes, it then kicked into neutral and I was unable to accelerate or even continue down the road to a safe spot to stop. Instead, I was stuck in an active lane to wait on a tow truck. Luckily, I was not hit. I was just stranded. If this was just me, I wouldn't complain here. But, as I said, I searched online and found hundreds of complaints of the same matter dating back the past decade or so. I live in dubai, uae. My phone number is 00971568531955. The number in the information below is a very old home phone number from when I lived in the us. The attached form wouldn't take my actual address or phone number.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 12
Failure Date: 10/06/2017

While driving the 4 wheel drive kicks in and out without moving switch to 4 wheel drive.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 13
Failure Date: 10/03/2017

I was backing a small trailer into its storage location in my yard. I was on a slight downward incline with chocks aligned with the trailer wheels. It was evening and dark out. As I approached the chocks, I placed the car in park. I know because the rear reverse lights went out. The engine was running. I got out to see how far I needed to go back before reaching the chocks. When I exited the car it started going backward down the slight incline fast enough for the trailer wheels to go ever the chocks. I barely got back into the truck before being knock over by the open door. By the time I got to the brake pedal to stop, the truck door had struck the corner of a greenhouse, bending the metal greenhouse frame and forcing the driver door open too far causing hinge and body damage to the door and front left fender. Luckily,, no one was hurt. The door now closes with difficulty. This was actually the second time this happened. The first was in the parking lot at my office when I pulled the car into a spot, put it in park and was getting out to run inside for an item that I had forgotten. The engine was running. As I was getting out of the car it began to move forward. I braked and shifted back to drive then to park again and made sure it wasn't moving before I got out. This first time I attributed it to me not turning the knob all the way to park, but now I believe it was the same defect.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 14
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

Was driving at a low rate of speed making a left turn into a parking spot and heard a huge clunk as if I hit a pot hole then the car became very sluggish as if something was slowing it down. I thought maybe I blew a tire so I got out and looked but the tires were fine. I then backed into the parking spot then drove forward a little and it seemed fine. I put it in park and turned off the ignition, then heard like an air compressor noise letting out air. It stopped after a few seconds. When I came out of the store it drove fine but the svc 4wd light came on, then back off. When I am travelling at lower rates of speed the light intermittently comes on and off and I haven't heard the clunk again but just now as I was making a left again at a slow speed the car came almost completely to a stop.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Dodge Durango 15
Failure Date: 09/22/2017

The vehicle will rapidly accelerate when applying the brakes and attempting to stop the vehicle. The engine will be racing, the rpm gauge will show increasing rpms towards maximum and the vehicle will try to move forward. The brakes have to be applied and the vehicle put in park to stop the acceleration. The vehicle was in motion a city streets and happened on at least four times in a two week period.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 16
Failure Date: 09/07/2017

Car has a new engine and third water pump. It failed after 5000 miles and engulfed in flames causing the failure of the belt, tensioner, main drive pulley and ac compressor. Today Dodge just recalled these pumps for the very same reason bearing failure and super hot conditions causing fires and failure. I was just redriving along the truck has been running well and showed no signs of issues, no noise, smell, lights or struggle. Car was at normal opperating tempurture and daytime traffic. Stopped for gas stayed for a couple minutes then drive on, within two miles without any warning or noise the car started smoking pulled over and smelled a rubber notices no leaks in the water delivery system oil, trans, or power steering, the belt was red hot and smelled like a house fire car was taken 200 yards to pep boys and repaired at the cost of $1300. Should not happen with 5000 miles on the water pump and 20,0000 on a new engine.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Dodge Durango 17
Failure Date: 09/05/2017

Hello, I just purchased a 2014 Dodge Durango limited awd w/approximately 30,000 miles. I have had the vehicle for about 3 weeks and on September 4/5th notice huge puddles of oil in our driveway. My wife attempted to drive it that morning, but heard weird noises "sputtering noises" in her own words. Once she told me of the issue, several hours later I started the Durango and heard similar noises. Looking under the vehicle I notice oil on the under carriage of the car stretching maybe 5 feet in length. I called Chrysler roadside assistance and notified them of the issue. They sent over a tow and once the dealership diagnosed the problem, they said it was an oil cooler leak. Upon reading several forums this seems to be a common issue.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 18
Failure Date: 08/29/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving 50 mph, the service 4 wheel drive warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle went in and out of 4 wheel drive automatically. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 08/19/2017

On August 19th I was driving with my kids when all of a sudden all the warning lights along with my seatbelt warning lights started to go on and off. My radio and my control panel started to turn on and off on its own. Also the ac stopped working, it sounded like it was running but no air flow would come out. Then I began to have no acceleration. We researched that there will be a recall on the alternators for my 2011 Durango but because nothing has been released Dodge told us we are on our own. This could have caused an accident and I had no warning about what could happen. This is a big safety concern especially when this is our family car and my kids are with me in the vehicle.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 08/06/2017

The contact owns a 2016 Dodge Durango. While parking the vehicle, the electronic rotary control failed to reverse the vehicle and, instead, it independently surged forward. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer (best Chrysler Dodge Jeep ram, 520 colony pl, Plymouth, MA 02360), but was not diagnosed or repaired. On several occasions, the vehicle proceeded to roll away after the gear selector was placed into park. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Dodge Durango 21
Failure Date: 07/19/2017

This may be a scenario for the ongoing investigation of rollaway (NHTSA action number: pe16014) the vehicle in this scenario was stationary. I follow the normal procedure for parking my Durango by (1)applying parking brake, (2)moving the shifter to park, (3) turn ignition off, and then (4)exiting the vehicle. Today, I brought my vehicle to stop for parking, which triggered the stop-start system, turning the engine off. At this time, before shifting the transmission to park, I opened the door of the vehicle. This action of opening door made the stop-start system unavailable. After this when I lifted my foot from the brake pedal, and moved transmission to park (with park light lit), my thinking was that the vehicle would start its engine as it would be coming out of stop-start system. But, this did not happen as the driver door was open and the stop-start system was disabled. At this time, when I lifted my foot of the brake, the car advanced forward with no power. Even then the engine did not start. Then I turned the car off and turned it back on and all worked fine. While checking this scenario again, I turned the car off while the stop-start was deactivated. The vehicle did a powerless rolling. I started the vehicle again and all worked fine. It seems that the opening of the driver door before the vehicle exits the stop-start system initiated engine-off, causes the vehicle to enter a state where things are not predictable. My expectation was that the taking foot off the brake pedal or changing gear shifter, would make the engine come back to life. But that did not happen. I hope that there could be solution for this issue. I always apply parking brake since the time I have learned how to drive, and that surely must be helping me here.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2013 Dodge Durango 22
Failure Date: 07/15/2017

Was driving down the road and I heard a "thunk" the check engine light came on and when I pressed the gas pedal there was no power. I had to put it in neutral then back in to drive for it to work again. This happened shortly after accelerating.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Dodge Durango 23
Failure Date: 07/11/2017

The contact owns a 2017 Dodge Durango. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to lose power and the transmission indicator illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure occurred twice. After the second failure, the vehicle was unable to restart. The local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was contacted and referred the contact to the local dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 2,700.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Dodge Durango 24
Failure Date: 07/05/2017

While reversing to hook boat trailer up to vehicle, vehicle took off at a high rate of speed in revers. Hitting the brakes did not help. The vehicle slammed into the trailer with boat sitting on it and pushed into a tree before the vehicle would stop. Furthermore, this vehicle has been into the dealer's 5 times for headliner issues which included interior lights not working, rear ac vents not working, pinched wires in the wiring harness and airbag lights on.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 25
Failure Date: 06/22/2017

My vehicle was in motion on a city street when it completely shut down without warning. The engine stalled and there was no power to the vehicle whatsoever. I was unable to steer, brake, put the car in neutral, roll down windows, unlock doors, or have my hazard lights on. I was blocking traffic and had no way to signal to other drivers that my vehicle was stalled in the middle of the road. After having it towed to the dealer, I was told the alternator shorted out, which in turn fried the battery and powertrain module. The dealer agreed to pay to replace the powertrain module at no cost to me but the remaining repairs cost me $1300. Upon doing some research I discovered that as of October 2014 more than 435,000 vehicles were effected by an alternator recall, including cars the same make, model, and year as my own. I found other complaints online of owners of the same type of car who experienced a similar breakdown while driving and they were told that the repairs would not be covered. I called Chrysler's customer service line and they investigated the issue but refused to pay for the work. Having a car stop driving without warning while in traffic is extremely dangerous. Knowing there are other vehicles out there experiencing the same issue indicates to me that the alternator recall should be extended to include additional cars. I would like to be reimbursed for my expenses and to be sure that other drivers do not experience this dangerous situation that could easily result in a very serious car crash.



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