Check Engine Light Due to Water Intrusion From Cowl Screen on Dodge Durango

On vehicles with a 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8, water may pass by the cowl screen (at the base of the windshield) in heavy rain or a car wash. This can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A revised cowl screen may be available to fix this problem.

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Average mileage: 120,210 (4,000–260,000)
Engines affected: 3.6L V6, 3.7L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.7L V8 HEMI, 5.9L V8
7 model years affected: 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2012, 2013
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2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 100,000 mi,
I have this vehicle since it was new. The water passes thru the cowl during heavy rain or during a car wash. The dealer acts like the problem does not exist. I will never buy another dodge
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI
Engine shakes and acts like it is going to stall when it rains and goes through a car wash. Has been happening for a few years.
2004 Dodge Durango - 3.7L V6 62,000 mi,
In the last couple rain storms I have been getting water onto the engine. the engine light goes on . they say it is the cowl leaking.I see alot of posts on this how do we fix.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 240,000 mi,
I have this same problem How do you fix this problem.
2004 Dodge Durango - 4.7L V8 150,000 mi,
RAN LIKE CRAP,MIS FIRING,ENGINE LIGHT FLASHING, WATER GOT DOWN INTO SPARK PLUGS, CHANGED SPARK PLUGS,PUT NEW COWL ON AND CAPS,RUNS LIKE A TOP..
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 145,000 mi,
my durango has similiar issues. Iwill try the cowl screen. I,ll let you knoe how it goes.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 206,000 mi,
when it rains my durango idles rough the problems stops when things dry out after the rain has stopped
2006 Dodge Durango - 3.7L V6 46,000 mi,
I have had the same issue with water leaking from the cowl to the engine. This is a known issue, and although they did not issue a recall, they did release a bulletin to the service dealerships. When I heard that it would be hundreds of dollars to fix, that all 6 coils would need to be replaced, spark plugs replaced, and cowling redone, I called Chrysler to complain. Because the warranty is up, they will PAY for the repairs, but charge a minor co-pay. For anyone dealing with this expensive issue, I urge everyone to call chrysler's customer service.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 97,000 mi,
When ever it rains my 2004 Dodge Durango stalls. It can only be restarted 30 to 50 minutes after the rain ceases. I have visited three different auto mechanic workshops for same problem and spark plugs were replaced with very expensive ones. This however, didn't solve the problem. Dodge company should stop dodging from this question and immediately take action through a recall and fix the problem.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 113,000 mi,
Same exact issue,I just bought this vehicle used and the first time it rained the engine began to shake and I thought it was going to shut off,has anybody had this issue fixed?and if so what did you have replaced???
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 10,100 mi,
Same exact problem, almost dies in heavy rain and car wash. Better yet though friends, be very afraid...on a heavy rain day my Dodge started running bad like usual and then started knocking. According to my mechanic turns out water somehow shorted a fuel injector which flooded a cylinder causing hydro-lock and bent a rod. Quoted $6000.00 on replacing the motor. I will never buy another Dodge again, and this is coming from a Mopar fanatic from way back :(
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 147,245 mi,
Heavy raining water comes in on the passenger said hand bar.gets down in the frame of the truck top and bottom,doors full of water. Back door full of water coming in the back storage unit?
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 179,000 mi,
I have a 2004 Dodge Durango SLT, 2-wheel drive, 5.7 L, V8, hemi magnum. My problem is that whenever it rains or I go through a car wash or it snows, my car acts like it wants to cut off when I come to a stop. It gasps for air. Sometimes it does cut off, but it quickly starts back again. Once it stops raining, my car acts normal again. I've taken it to a Dodge dealership three times for the same problem, and every time the technician cannot find anything wrong with it. He even drove it in the rain. The answer seems so simple, but no one can seem to find anything wrong with my vehicle. Now I'm afraid to drive it when it rains.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 92,000 mi,
Vehicles shakes and shudders and stalls in rain or carwash.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 120,000 mi,
For months we tried to figure out why my truck was stalling in heavy rains or in the car wash. Well this week my engine blew! Water was getting into the engine. The cowl screen was not stopping it from pouring all over the engine.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 110,000 mi,
Poor cow cover design leads to water draining into intake manifold gasket and cylinder #7. Stalled for years when it rained heavily or went through car wash. Went to dealer many times, and they said they could not find the problem. Truth is, from talking to a mechanic friend, they new almost immediately and never informed the public. So like us, many drove with the issue for years. Only problem is, if you could see the inside of your engine...it is rusted. And what is going to happen, as it did yesterday to us, and hundreds of others.....hydrolock will cause your engine to FAIL....the end. Oh, and forget DODGE, they will not respond or take of the issue....well, if you pay they will $6,000.00 fix
2013 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 4,000 mi,
I actually own a 2014 Dodge Durango but that option wasn't available. I have the same problem with a warped windshield cowl seal directly below both windshield wiper arms. The warped seal has a 1/8 inch or greater gap and allows water to pass through it. There is a recall for the 2014 Durango for possible corrosion and or water in the brake booster. There is no doubt that this water is getting onto the brake booster by leaking past the windshield cowl seal. I planned to get this fixed under warranty but I'm afraid this is simply a design flaw.
2005 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 100,000 mi,
When it rains, the engine will turn over momentarily and then cut off. While it was still under warranty, Dodge replaced spark plugs, wires, and a bunch of other things to run up the bill. By the time I got my car back, it had stopped raining and car started with no problem. Now, once again, it rained and it didn't start until two days later when the rain stopped.
2004 Dodge Durango - 5.9L V8 147,000 mi,
Whenever it rains, durango runs rough at idle or shuts off. I am writing this as I sit in a parking lot stuck after a heavy downpour and now it will not start.
2005 Dodge Durango - 5.7L V8 HEMI 120,000 mi,
UPDATE:!!! OK, I spent the entire day on this. I took apart so many items, wiper cowl cover was one - not the issue, blower motor below dash on passenger side - not the issue (Felt water by the screws holding it in therefore thought this might be the problem). I then took 5 gallon buckets of water and poured it on the cowl cover - passenger side - nothing. Then on the passenger side top corner of the windshield - nothing AT FIRST. I felt defeated. I just sat in the vehicle wondering what it could be. Then all of a sudden, I saw a drip of water coming out of the passenger side pillar grab handle; right where the cap is for the screws. I took that off, and found the corner of the welds (right where the corner of the windshield is at) somewhat rusted. I am drying out the vehicle now to determine if silicone is my best best option or just goop it up with anything that will stick to paint, metal, glass. I will contact a (windshield) glass company to see if they have any suggestions. Hopefully we can get this Durango on the road again. It sickens me to think that this took years to figure out. Let alone the money wasted on air fresheners since the interior smells musty again. Hopefully I can get another 2 to 3 years out of this thing. (157,000 miles on it right now). Previous post: 2005 Dodge Durango - 5.9L V8 120,000 mi, Visitor I have this problem as well. It also leaks due to faulty evaporator core. Therefore, I have a dual problem here. The evaporator core was an issue when the Durango was about 5 years old. Chrysler would not stand behind it. Basically said you have too many miles and the car is too old. I believe Chrysler have cleaned up their act a bit at this point. But the damage is done and the inside of my Durango (passenger side) gets soaked after it rains.