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Dodge Durango Exhaust Manifold Bolts May Break

Dodge Durango Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 4.7L V8

Average Mileage: 107,778 mi (12,000 mi - 266,613 mi)


A ticking type noise may develop, most noticeable when the engine is cold. This is commonly caused by one or more broken exhaust manifold bolts. Our technicians recommend to replace the broken bolts as needed, also the exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced at this time.

  •  Rookie

    i just started haveing this problem it should be repaired by a dodge dealer not me because it seems to be a commom problem from the car maker why do you pass this problem on to the customer when you should put out a recall order and fix your self you already know it a problem

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  •  Rookie

    When I first heard the noise, I thought it was the exhaust manifold gasket only. Upon doing a little research, I learned that the 4.7 has a very bad design for its exhaust manifold. So, early on sat morning, I went to the local Dodge dealer and purchased a complete set of new bolts and a gasket which ran me $37.20 for everything. There are 2 short and 2 long outside manifold bolts wich also serve as the heat sheild bolts, the 2 long bolts go towards the rear of the manifold, 4 inside bolts, all the same size for the center of the manifold, 2 manifold flange nuts and bolts and 4 heat sheild bolts. Both rear bolts and one front bolt were broken. Front one I had enough to extract with a pair of vice grips. The rear bolts had to be drilled and taken out with a bolt extractor. Easy enough to remove wheel well for access instead of trying to go in from the top. Total job took about 5 hours but I was not about to pay Dodge between $500.00 and $700.00 to fix this well known problem.

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  • , , 96,000 mi

    I didn't know what that ticking sound was, I thought my vehicle was getting old and worn. I kept brushing it off till it started getting loud and louder. I had it checked and found out the manifolds on both sides had holes and the heat shields were gone. It's a shame Dodge doesn't have a recall on this, and I will not buy another Durango again just because dodge did not care enough about there customers to take care of this common problem, but surely push there products on us. This is all because of there faulty bolts.

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  • , , 128,000 mi

    started to hear clicking sound under the roght side of the hood whenever I give it gas. The engine could be hot/cold. Sounded like an old fashion motorcycle or a straw attached to a kids bike spoke to make that then cool sound. The tech notified me that 3 bolts on the manifold gasket have broke ....ouchhhh this vehicle has cost me over $4K in repairs since I got it used less than 2 yrs ago. Now not only do I have to replace these bolts, BUT, also the left front bearings too. When ever I turn the wheel you can hear a grinding. Originally though it was the brakes (brakes/pad/caliphers)that I had replaced 6 months ago.

    This is truly the worse vehicle I've ever owned and wouldn't recommend anyone to buy.

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  • , , 177,000 mi

    making a tappin sound when i press on the gas

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  •  Rookie

    I have this problem right now. I have a 2003 dodge durango 4.7 and Im looking for a website that I can find the exhaust manifold and bolts to go with it. Can anyone help me please. I have been searching online and cant find the bolts and sheild to go with it.

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  • , , 121,000 mi

    lower rear bolt broke on the drivers side. i work at midas, its not the loud i'm just too sick of fixing everyone elses to fix mine. simple fix: i put a cherry bomb on it(only because my wife wasn't cool with the straight pipe), it drowns out the ticking noise and sounds tough.

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  • , , 59,500 mi

    Started as a ticking noise, but just during acceleration. Local dealer replaced broken bolts on passenger side and replaced gasket. $450 total, with majority for labor. Sound is gone and 5.7 engine runs great.

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  • , , 135,000 mi

    My Truck current on all maintance. Out of no where the driver sider front two bolts just snaped off

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  • , , 28,000 mi

    I started hearing the "tapping" in my 4.7L H.O. '06 dakota upon startup and acceleration when cold. Took it to my dodge dealer and said it was $500 to fix. Wasnt sure if it was something I could do myself.

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