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2003 durango won't start after driving for a while

My 2003 durango will start right up when its cold, but after I have been driving for a while I can turn it off and it won't start again. It will crank but will not start up

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It sounds like it could be your temperature button also know as a thermostat
in newer cars this tell the motor if it is OK to start
if the button thinks that the motor is going to be in danger of overheating when starting then it will not allow it to run
the button is not connected to the temperature gauge in your dash bored
this could mean that you may need your cooling system flushed out
very easy i do it once a month to my car


  1. while the motor is cold, on the top of the radiator there is a hose disconnect that not using the smallest amount for force not to break the radiator.
  2. have a running hose ready to go with it turned on and the radiator cap off
  3. start the car and leave it run
  4. quickly got the the radiator and place the hose in the top of the radiator
  5. this will flush out any dirt build up around the button and may help the problem
  6. TURN OFF THE CAR THEN TAKE THE HOSE OUT
  7. put the hose back on the radiator and make shaw it is tight with out damaging the radiator
  8. start the car and fill with coolent
  9. take for a short drive close to home to make shaw you have put the hose on properly
  10. go home and let car sit for about 2 hours
  11. check the radiator and fill if needed
WHEN YOU DO THIS MAKE SHAW YOU DON'T HAVE A WARM MOTOR OR YOU MAY RISK CRACKING THE HEAD OF YOUR MOTOR THIS IS VERY EXPENSIVE IT MUST BE COLD
ALSO DONT RUN THE CAR WITH NO WATER IN IT BUT ALSO IN SAYING THAT YOU MUST RUN THE CAR BEFORE PUTING THE HOSE IN THE TOP WHERE THE CAP GOES
WHEN DRIVING THE CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME DONT LET THE CAR OVER HEAT IF HOSE COMES OFF THATS WHY YOU NEED TO STAY CLOSE TO HOME

hope this helps
ricko

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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