Dodge Durango Problem Report
Dodge Durango Check Engine Light Due to Water Intrusion From Cowl Screen
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.
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 - Visitor
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.. - Visitor
when it rains my durango idles rough the problems stops when things dry out after the rain has stopped - jperry49
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. - Visitor
I have this same problem How do you fix this problem. - Visitor
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 :( - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
my durango has similiar issues. Iwill try the cowl screen. I,ll let you knoe how it goes. - Visitor
Vehicles shakes and shudders and stalls in rain or carwash. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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. - Casey7e
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 - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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??? - Visitor
This just started happening after going through a car was check engine light comes on. Same as everyone else has reported in here. JG - Visitor
My 2006 Durango shuts down hard during heavy rain or snow when the windshield wipers are on. Treated the windshield with Rain-X and drove with wipers off and truck ran without issue. First time wiper arm moved, engine shut down and would not allow restart until key was turned back to off position. Top of engine was wet and steam was coming from sparkplug cavities.Driving without wipers is not an acceptable alternative to avoid engine shut down. I see this as a safety issue and cant see why there are no recalls for this. Wonder how the Dodge brothers would feel about the direction of their company now? - Visitor
I HAD this same problem but my mechanic fixed it. It is K&B automotive in Haltom City, TX phone #682-433-6337. I can now go through car washes and flooding waters with no problems. I can even hose down the engine while it is running with no problems. Hopefully you live in the area and can pay him a visit. He fixed mine more than a year ago and is still great. I am very grateful for his work. You will be too. - Visitor
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