Dodge Durango Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Dodge Durango Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 119,635 (4,000–260,000)
Engines affected: 3.6L V6, 3.7L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8, 5.4L V8, 5.7L V8 HEMI, 5.9L V8
8 model years affected: 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2012, 2013
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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.
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.
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
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???
my durango has similiar issues. Iwill try the cowl screen. I,ll let you knoe how it goes.
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.
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.
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.
when it rains my durango idles rough the problems stops when things dry out after the rain has stopped
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 :(
This is such a common and relatively seriously problem that is so tremendously easy to fix that I don't understand why anyone is complaining about it. Yes, this is a problem. Yes, Chrysler should have recalled. But they didn't. So put on your big kid underware and fix it! There is NO reason to not fix this.

This is a pretty serious problem. You wouldn't think it, but it is and can indirectly cause your engine to fail.

The problem with the cowling is not that water gets *onto* your engine. The problem is that water gets into your engine. If you're driving along in a rain storm and your engine sputters or cuts out, the problem is not the cowling - it's your intake manifold or intake gasket. Water is pooling on the engine and being sucked in. I wonder of all the complaints out there about Durango engine failure occurred during or just after a downpour or thaw.

No, water should not be pooling on your engine to start with, but the problem here, as I said, is the gasket - so get that fixed first thing!

Naturally, there are better ways to diagnose if the intake gasket is failing than rain water in your engine. So checking your wiper cowling for damage should be routine, no matter what car you're driving. It seems especially problematic with the 2004 Dodge Durango, which is prone to rotting and warp.

The part that you need is Mopar 55362453AK, which cost me about $180 shipped to the dealer, though can be found online for much less. This is an updated cowling used on some later models. The cowling is held on by five panel clips and two torx screws. You will need to remove the wipers, which I found to be the hardest part, simply because they were seized up on their posts. A little solvent helped (I ended up using Sea Foam), but still took a bit of grit to get them off. After applying solvent, you can GENTLY pry them off with the end of a tool, pressing down on the old cowling for leverage. Tapping a bit on them with a hammer also helps. They won't feel like they'll come loose, but they eventually do. The wipers are held onto their posts with three 15mm bolts.

The cowling is now held in place with a number of clips that will come loose or just break away with a little encouragement. Once off, be sure to remove any broken bits along the windshield. Be sure to remove all pieces before proceeding. Next, fit the cowling. There is a center post that fits into a hole, try to get this in first. Screw in the torx screws, and lightly pound in the clips with your hand. Inspect to make sure all the clips have been inserted and the cowling is seated and sealed.

Reinstall the windshield wipers and reseat new panel clips. Took me about an hour or so, and most of that time was arguing with the windshield wipers.
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?
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.
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..
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 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
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.