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1998 Dodge Durango 4X4 SLT, 82k miles: Electrical shot. Help.

After reading several websites about 1998 issues, and the fact that Daimler Chrysler refuses to recall many aspects of these common problems, I am left to figure this out myself. I bought the Durango at 50K a couple of years ago. Within months, I had lost all heat; wasn't a heater core, but a water pump. However, the heater core takes fluids from everywhere for some reason, so it has to be flushed at least 5 times for the heat to actually work. Then, I replaced the serpentine belt. Now, I have had the ABS, Check Engine Light, and Brake Lights stuck on. Then, while driving this past Thanksgiving, the car died in mid drive. Going 50 mph! Steering locked up, and no warning lights. Just literally stopped running. After about 30 minutes, it started right up, like nothing happened. Took it to O'Reilly's.. they could find nothing wrong. It ran really rough. It got better, but then over the past couple of months, it'd die in the driveway. Had to be jumped. So, I bought a new battery, but it couldn't be installed. The D went crazy! Mechanics are shaking head, because it appears to be an electrical problem, but no one can get it to start anymore. Starter, Alternator and battery are all fine. It's my only car! I even paid $30 just now for a Carfax report that says it's an angel for a car. Not. Anyone know how to fix, locate, or get diagram of electrical system? Can I afford to even fix this!? The dealers scare me.

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  • kdutch Feb 27, 2009

    Yes. Meineke did. They claimed it was a hub sensor on the rear wheel hub. They offered to fix the sensor for $80. I declined at that moment. Soon after, the odometer quit working as well, but springs up when you hit 70MPH, which obviously affects your true mileage counter too. Transmission also lags in first and then kicks in heavy into 2nd.. This was a gift from my mom, who just passed at Christmas.. it's been great until lately. I don't have the heart to get rid of it; but don't have the money to nickle and dime it either. I'm just very disappointed. And just can't believe how common these issues are!

  • ts48367 Mar 12, 2009

    Recently after replacing the rear drum brakes and properly adjusting them, the abs and brake lights both came on and stay on. Shortly after, the speedometer quit working. At first my diagnostic scanner reported Speed sensor A malfunction. Nowhere in any of my tech manuals indicate that particular sensor. I replaced the RWAL sensor on the differential and the sensor on the transfer case. Still having the same problem. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    my 1998 durango has only 38,000 miles and the abs and brake lite stays on and I changed the speed sensor on the rear and trans and still stays on,also the ac evaportor is going up and the heater core ,I just replaced the uppper and lower ball joints and water pump.what else could make the abs lite stay on

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock May 11, 2010

    Did you have someone read the codes? you said the check engine light was on.

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The speed sensor on the rear differential is a common problem with these vehicles. That sensor would cause the speedo problem, the odometer problem, the abs light, no cruise control, but it would not cause it to die. The speed sensor is easy to change. I is stuck in the top of the differential housing with one bolt holding it in. You can change that yourself for about 35 bucks. The dying problems sounds like a cam or crank sensor. You say the transmission lags, is that mean it is slow to accell or it has a slide shift from 1 to 2 then bangs into 2nd?

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This may or not solve your problem but I had a similar problem with my 98 dodge durango. While driving along the interstate my ABS light came on. My brakes were working OK so I continued on. When I slowed down below 15 mph the speedometer quit working. I replaced the speed sensor which is located on the top of the rear differential and that fixed the problem.

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