1999 Dodge Durango SLT from North America - Comments

22nd Sep 2008, 08:45

I just wanted to update everyone on my situation. I ordered a new computer (PCM/ECU) to see if that worked. I already replaced the Camshaft Position Sensor and the Crankshaft Position Sensor and reset the current computer (disconnect the battery for 15 minutes) but I still have the same problems. In fact, before I started all of this, the vehicle was running fine but for the Check Engine light being on. When my Wife told me the light was on, I hooked up the scanner & scanner said #7 was misfiring. So I did a simple tune-up – plugs, wires, cap, and rotor. Once I did that... all hell broke loose. I swear, my wife is never going to let me touch her truck again!!!

I have ordered the computer on-line ($199.00 - no tax, no shipping) because I’m not paying the dealer $700 for the same thing – dealers can no longer get brand new computers, either so why should I pay them to do what I can do just as easily in my driveway. I should get the computer in this week and then I’ll cross fingers and see what happens. Once I get an answer either way, I’ll post it in the forum.

27th Sep 2008, 09:45

I have also recently replaced the PCM in my 2000 Durango due to the stalling issues. After replacing the PCM everything seems to be OK, all gages were working for a bit then the fuel gage dropped to empty and the low fuel warning lamp came on, and has stayed that way since. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Charles.

9th Oct 2008, 16:11

I seem to be the luckiest of all. I had a computer failure last year ($300 referb) and I am now having random stalling again but this time I believe it is a shorting sensor.

Remember when diagnosing stalling it could be either one, but they have subtle differences in symptoms.

ECM failures usually occur when the engine compartment is hot. They can be cleared by water or ice on the ECM itself.

Sensor shorting will cause a stall but can be cleared but turning the key off for 10 seconds and restating.

Hope this helps someone save some cash.

28th Jan 2009, 16:44

Has anyone actually solved this problem? There seems to be no consistency to the answers here. limrikjr@yahoo.com.

9th Feb 2009, 15:32

Sorry to hear that we all had to experience this problem with our Durango's. Be careful while driving with this situation. Here's our experience. It was not the fuel pump in our case. The Durango failed when it got hot. If the fuel pump was bad, my guess is that it would always fail. After the ECU was replaced, problem was resolved. Be sure that the repair shop takes your car in with the new ECU and have it programmed correctly for your model and location. If the new ECU does not fix the problem, then change the sensors one at a time (or all at once) that connect to the ECU. I believe there is a total of 4 sensors. Hope this helps.

2nd Mar 2009, 15:14

I've had my 99 Durango for about 7years now, though I bought it used. Up till about three years ago it ran very well, then it started stalling all over the place. I took it to a Dodge dealership where they changed ignition wires and a few other items. It ran well for a few months and started stalling again.I'm afraid to take it back to the dealership because I can't afford a loan from the IMF!!!

DEE, Phx, AZ.

3rd May 2009, 13:56

1999 DODGE DURANGO ENGINE SHUT OFF.

ALOHA.

May I make a suggestion, if your able to, see if you can replace your single fan in front of the engine with a twin fan, buy a new ECM and see if you can cut out holes around the ECM with out damaging it, this should let more air in the ECM to cool it down while driving and the fan should keep the ECM cool while idling.

Hope this helps, it did for my uncle.

Mahalo (thank you)

6th May 2009, 21:52

Wow I never knew of these problems til found this site. I too have a 99 Durango 5.9 that for the most part is a good vehicle (except for the gas mileage, but that's a different topic).

The first time I had this stalling/not starting problem. A mechanic said he couldn't find any codes during the diagnostic test. He then told me that the reason my Durango was stalling was because the battery was shot. He replaced the battery 2 years ago and the stalling quit and the vehicle ran like a top.

Guess what, that's right the stalling/not starting up has begun again. I don't get the NOBUS in the odometer and my gauge are fine. The only thing that is happening is sometimes it won't start or it has stalled while driving. It dosen't stall when it's hot, just when it's cold.

I hear a lot about replacing the PCM and it looks pretty easy (I'm somewhat mechanical). My question is, do I have to reprogram the PCM when it's installed? Or can I unhook the battery, unplug the wires (to the PCM), unbolt the old PCM and install the new one, then hook everything back up?

Any words of wisdom here... this stalling/not starting is making me lose my ever loving mind.

20th May 2009, 10:27

OK, we have a 99 Dodge Durango, which is doing the same thing. We have found a unique fix, but it is still not fixing the stalling. It will make it restart immediately. We have a keyless entry remote. When we stall, if we hit the door unlock button, the engine will start right back up. Otherwise we have to sit and wait for 10 to 20 minutes for it to restart. This leads us in the direction that it could be connected to the security system? Why else would using the remote cause the engine to start back. Anyone else experienced this?

2nd Jun 2009, 13:29

I have had these same problems with my 99 Dodge Durango 5.9L V-8, 4X4. Until about 3 weeks ago it would idle rough and stall out. The idle would run rough around 1500 RPM. Forget about having the air on it would only get worse. This vehicle is extremely dangerous. It would stall out randomly, and usually start back up. The last time it died I could not get spark. I replaced the cam sensor, crankshaft Position sensor, ignition coil, coil wire plug wires, distributor cap, and now get one spark. It will fire on the first revolution, following revolutions get no spark. I have aligned the rotor to make sure the timing is OK and no Success. The only thing left is the PCM right?? It's a wonder Chrysler is in financial duress. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated johndevlin3@yahoo.com

Thanks for Reading.

1st Jul 2009, 13:15

1999 Dodge Durango with 5.2 Litre. Was stalling up to 3 times a day. Florida driving in June... very hot outside temperature. Once the engine compartment cooled down the car would start again.

Replaced computer from a refurbished one from E-bay (the company that I purchased it from programs it to your VIN # and mileage) for $ 199.00 including shipping. I replaced the unit 2 weeks ago and have not had one stalling issue yet. Hope this helps.