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: 116,262 (4,000–260,000)
Engines affected: 3.6L V6, 3.7L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.7L V8 HEMI, 5.9L V8
5 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2013
84 people reported this problem
58 people shared problem details
2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI100,000
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
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2004 Dodge Durango- 4.7L V8150,000
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..
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI206,000
when it rains my durango idles rough the problems stops when things dry out after the rain has stopped
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI97,000
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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 3.7L V662,000
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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI240,000
I have this same problem How do you fix this problem.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI10,100
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 :(
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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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI145,000
my durango has similiar issues. Iwill try the cowl screen. I,ll let you knoe how it goes.
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2006 Dodge Durango- 3.7L V646,000
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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI92,000
Vehicles shakes and shudders and stalls in rain or carwash.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI179,000
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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI120,000
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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI110,000
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
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2013 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI4,000
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.
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2005 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI100,000
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.
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI113,000
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???
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2004 Dodge Durango- 5.9L V860,000
When it rain or go in carwash vehicle stalls and runs rough untill dries out. Dealership had no idea what was going on now the warranty is up jave record when i took it in to figure out what the issue has been do not drive much when raining afraid i will get strainded or worse. I am the soul owner of vehicle.
2004 Dodge Durango- 5.7L V8 HEMI131,127
Same issues, every time it's rainy or foggy out the SUV (2004 Dodge Durango)fails to run correct, always stalls or engine shakes before it stalls. Taken SUV to dealer many times for which they did a check engine light, check all electric status and did a engine diagnostic test, all came back fine and they deleted the engine light code. After alot of money being spent at the dealer I took my SUV to a friends mechanic for which he waited for the engine light to reappear and he read its code as a O2 sensor, he replaced said (O2 sensor) and I had him change out all plugs and boots and a week later it rain and we are face with the same problem. will try to replace cowl screen to see if that's the problem. Dealer's should know about this issue but they fail to inform you and charge you a lot of $.
2006 Dodge Durango- 4.7L V888,000
My durango stalls and shuts off when it rains but I am able to start it back on. Only when it rains this problem happens. Is there a way to fix this problem please let me know..
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