1999 Dodge Durango SLT from North America - Comments

9th Apr 2010, 14:42

I have a 1999 Dodge Durango, and even though I have put money into for more than normal maintenance, I love it, but a few weeks ago it quit. We went into a store (it had been running fine), and when we came back out, it wouldn't start. Determined it was the fuel pump, so changed out the fuel pump and bled the lines. Now it still won't start. Can spray starter fluid in it, and it will run until it burns that out, then dies. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what it could be?

15th Apr 2010, 00:19

1999 Dodge Durango with 5.9.

What is the fix for the engine stalling? My wife drives it and it dies on her at intersections.

I have read several comments, but not sure if it is the PCM, ECU, camshaft sensor, crankshaft sensor or a combination.

Also... is the PCM and ECU the same thing? I just purchased this, so I have not read up on my Chilton manual just yet.

Please send any replies to ratkinson@tcco.com

26th Apr 2010, 21:19

I too am now the not so proud owner of a 99 Durango. I just bought it from a friend to take it out of the clutches of the reaper. Problem is, it was sitting for a couple of years before I got it.

As for the PCM being the problem, I tried a used one and to no avail, still no bus and will not fire. I did find a tip earlier about the trans pressure sensor that could be the problem. I will update as soon as I find the fix.

Anyone with technical tips can e-mail me at mastertech8520@yahoo.com

29th Jun 2010, 21:57

My 1999 Dodge Durango was stalling. I replaced several sensors: idle air control, throttle position sensor, dist. cap and rotor, negative battery terminal; none of which helped. I replaced PCM twice, and then gave into taking it to a dealer for diagnosis.

They spent 5 weeks trying to track down shorts and computer codes, but could not reproduce the stalling. I just took it home today, and now the gas gauge will not work, and tonight it would not shift out of 1st gear.

I think this vehicle is cursed. The Dodge dealer did not charge me anything for their labor ($400).

Does anyone have any answers. I still owe $3900 on this, and I am not in a financial position to take a complete loss on it.

16th Aug 2010, 17:48

99 Durango owner 5.9L.

I have been driving it with the ABS and brake light on for over 4 months until my alternator went out 3 weeks ago. I put a new rear speed sensor in the top of the rear differential and pulled the positive battery cable off for 5-10 minutes and put it back on and the ABS and brake are now off.

I put a new alternator on it and a week and half later the new alternator had a nuclear meltdown with something internal coming loose and shorting it out.

But now I'm having the stalling issue like everyone else. Has anyone else opened their module up to see if they would be able to find the loose solder joint or what could be the problem? I would like to try and fix it myself before I go off and by a refurbed module from someone.

31st Aug 2010, 21:26

99 Durango SLT 4x4,230000 miles, used to run great. Several days ago, the check engine light come on, I checked the code, it gave me a transmission selector solenoid circuit fault.

After five days it just died. I cooled it down and then tried again, than it just died for good. The check engine on, every gauge dead. I disconnected a PCM, checked it again, and on the mileage counter it blinks 4X, and no check engine light is on. The PCM is disconnected, motor is cranking OK. You connect the PCM, it is the same story, it cranks OK, no spark, gauges dead, no codes, check engine light is on.

Please help, any information is welcome.

6th Sep 2010, 09:06

Please return to this site and reply with any information you have that helped you fix your vehicle. You will be doing us all a huge favor!

My 99 Durango stalls when the engine is cold and I put it in reverse and step on the gas. The colder the outside temp is the worse it gets.

26th Sep 2010, 17:49

My best friend has a 1999 Durango SLT, and he was having the commonly known problem of the engine just shutting down with no warning, displaying "no bus" on the odometer. After cooling down for a few minutes, it would restart.

He took his Durango to a local dealer, they replaced the PCM, it worked fine for a while, then would start doing the same thing again. They ended up replacing the PCM a total of 3 times; meanwhile, we did some research and found that this is a commonly known problem and manufacturing defect, and that it occurs when the PCM overheats.

Since the root cause was overheating, we figured we'd try to figure a way to cool down the PCM rather than replacing it every month or so. What we ended up doing was using a piece of flex exhaust tubing with one end in open air behind the grill and beside the radiator, running it along the fender and ending with the other open end pointing right at the PCM. This provided a source of fresh, cool air as the Durango ran down the road.

We did this over 2 years ago, he still has the Durango, and hasn't had a problem with the PCM since. This won't solve all of the problems I've seen in this forum, but it would certainly be worth a try for some, especially since the tubing cost less than $2 versus about $200 for a PCM!

27th Sep 2010, 15:49

I have owned a 99 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9L. I let it sit for three years, driving it every great once in a while. Before I started driving it every day again, I took it to my reliable mechanic. He did some routine maintenance, but could not get the check engine light to turn off. It ran fine when I picked it up for about a month.

This weekend, it has been unusually hot where I live (99 degrees). I was driving the vehicle for about 17 minutes, when it died as I was waiting at a business intersection for the light to turn green. I was able to start it back up by putting it in neutral, and keeping my foot on the gas, then into drive. When I came to another intersection, I put my left foot on the brake and kept my right foot lightly on the gas; it kept it from dying. Chrysler, it is evident this is a horrible defect in these vehicles. I am really upset that this has not become a recall situation. Does anyone know how to get them to recall this?

Anyhow, I am ordering the PCM from EBay. It will have a lifetime guarantee on it. I will let you know how it turns out.

27th Sep 2010, 18:04

I have a bus problem. Also no dash lights, headlights will not go off with the switch, wipers will not work, nor will power locks, but the Durango runs fine. Any answers?