There was a recall on this type of problem a while back. I had the same issue and brought it to Dodge to get fixed. You should have received something in the mail but if you didn't here is the information. Make: DODGE Model: DURANGOModel Year: 2005Manufacturer: DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATIONMfr's Report Date: FEB 01, 2005NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V034000
NHTSA Action Number:
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAPPotential Number of Units Affected: 26000Summary: ON
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE FUEL TANK FILLER TUBE INLET CHECK
VALVE MAY NOT FULLY CLOSE AT THE END OF REFUELING. THIS COULD ALLOW
SOME FUEL TO ESCAPE FROM THE VEHICLE FILLER NECK.
Consequence: FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE CAN RESULT IN A FIRE.Remedy: DEALERS
WILL INSPECT THE INLET CHECK VALVES AND REPLACE THE FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY
FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 4, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
2005 DURANGO GUSHING GAS TANK - spacer.gifspan>Notes: DAIMLERCHRYSLER
RECALL NO. E01. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC
SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY
1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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Injectors may not be receiving signal to open, have you had your ECU Hooked up to diagnostics and checked the injector signal plugs?
(you will need a set of injector test lights, these can be had in a kit for around 40 bucks on ebay, as for diagnostics you may need to take it to a ford dealership or service center if you don't have a diagnostic tool)
To review - - the fuel pump in the tank pumps fuel to the injectors. There is a fuel shut-off which works in a wreck to prevent a fire. If the plunger is down, the switch is on. Normal.
It is possible the fuel lines are full of air which would take a long time to purge by cranking the engine. Sometimes you have to use starting fluid or other means to "run" the engine long enough to get gas back into the injectors. As long as the engine cranks, the battery is fine. It is also possible the pump was damaged when the tank was run empty. The pump uses liquid fuel to cool and lubricate the electric pump. It can overheat when running the tank below 1/4 full. It is also possible the fuel filter was clogged with junk from the bottom of the tank. I would get someone to check for fuel pressure at the injectors and try some carb cleaner or starting fluid in the intake hose next.
This could be a number of problems, I would start by checking to make sure that the exhaust is not plugged. If the catalytic converter is plugged it will create back pressure that can cause stalling and or poor engine performance. Be careful the gases coming from the exhaust system are not good for you and they are hot. Don't burn yourself checking it out. Sometimes you can hear a hissing sound as pressure slowly reduces in the system. It could also be a plugged injector, they are expensive to replace and harder to diagnose. This would be my guess if it starts hard. A mechanic should have a computer to plug into the vehicle and it should give you a better idea of what's wrong. Most dealerships will charge you an hours labor to hook up and check for you.
WOO stop there is a major recall with the 05 durangos the check valves get stuck they are recalling the gas tanks on thousands of those car. that is a big fire hazard. Go to the dealer I garente ur vehcle is recalled u may have not gotten the notice in the mail yet. Please rate if this helps.
Here is a copy of the dealer recall notice.
2005 (HB) Dodge Durango
NOTE: This recall applies only to the above vehicles built from October 13, 2004
through November 30, 2004 (MDH101300 through 113023).
The fuel tank inlet check valve on about 18,900 of the above vehicles may stick in
the open position. This can cause fuel to spill out of the filler tube when the
vehicle is being refueled. Fuel in the presence of an ignition source can result in a
The fuel tank inlet check valve must be tested for proper operation. Vehicles with
a sticking check valve must have the fuel tank replaced.
Also, be sure to not over-fill the gas tank. When filling the tank, when it sounds full (you can hear gas gush up the filler neck) and when the filler clicks off the first time...don't be tempted to keep clicking more gas into the tank because over-filling can cause a variety of problems (including setting the light) and can eventually saturate/ruin the fuel vapor canisters.