Durango 1999 Will often Not Start, after 5-10mins starts again
It is not the battery or the alternator, I am sure of that. Seems like the PCM has a glitch or some security feature that is having a glitch. When this happens I heard a glitch when I try to start, then the gauges go OFF, the ceiling front light as well as the hood light go OFF. If I wait for 5-10mins it will start again.
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The PCM has 3 connectors plugged into it. Try wiggling each connector
and listen for a clicking sound, starting with the connector
furthest from the front of the Durango, and the middle connector with a
If this doesn't help, replace your PCM. The PCM (power control module) can get
hot, causing a short or broken circuit inside the module. Replacing the module
will fix the problem. If your truck dies randomly when it's hot
outside, but will start back up after it cools down, this is probably the
Unfortunately that's not the case. Your battery was obviously strong enough to start the truck , and once started, the charging system increases system voltage to its operating range of 12.5v - 13.8v. Your battery may have only failed its AMP capacity and needed to be changed for that reason only. What is most common on your vehicle is when the battery goes dead or has been removed ,the ECM loses its learned memory and starts fresh again when the battery is hooked up again. Your start and stall, and / or stall in reverse is a result of the "minimum air rate adjustment" needing readjustment to compensate for age and wear. The dealer changed your battery but also did the "min. air rate" at the same time because if they didn't , you would still have your initial complaint of stalling in reverse.
Have your battery checked to make sure it has good charge in it, because if it doesn't, the pcm/ecm will not read right and the Durango will start but die when you out it in gear, or if you get it into gear it can stop running after your on the road, which is not good, so check your battery, it happened to me, I parked my Durango for two months, because I knew I couldn't afford a new pcm/ecm, then took it in to be diagnosed, the battery appeared to be the problem, its been a month and a half and have had no problems, its an easy fix, if this is the problem.
Make sure they put the right pcm in it. The dealer can tell you with the vin#. Then check to see that your pcm has that same number, letters etc. All may not be needed. Try to have the pcm#s when you call them
How old is the battery? is it going on close to four years? if your not sure i"d change the battery..but if the battery is good eg; dome light on bright, Headlights work, radio good...then it sounds like it might be the alternator. when your instrument panel says no bus, i'm thinking they mean electrical bus. I think that's what that means...i been caught on the road when the alternator light comes on and then the radio starts to fade and lights start to fade and the care start sputtering and lurching...once the alternator goes... your running on pure battery power and that will usually only last for about 15 minutes enough to get you off the highway...but if your in the desert and you pull off the road and wait for a half hour the battery will recharge and start your car again and you have another 15min to hurry up and get somewhere...this is called battery reserve...now if you've drivin your car on the battery for a long time like this its bad for the battery and you might still need to purchase a new one. If you put another known good battery perferably 600 to 900 cold cranking amps( the higher the better) and it starts right away quickly take a look at the dash and see if the bus or alternator light goes out...if its on then thats telling you that the alternator is bad and eventually that battery that you just put in will end up like the last one.
I had the same problem with my 1999 4x4 durago. I replaced the positive wire from the battery to the fuse box next the battery. Should only be about 2 feet long if that. I have had a problem in 4 years after changing that.
Do you get the "Nobus" warning light when it won't start? Go to AutoBeef.com and you will see that 98 & 99 Durango are notorious for stalling without warning. I fixed mine by purchasing a refurbished PCM "Brain" from an online Florida site -- you can google I don't remember the name. I called them and they helped me -- 3 screws to change out the PCM and no problems with my Durango since.