98 5.2 4x4 darango wont run

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Asked by Nov 01, 2011 at 11:00 PM about the 1998 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So My brothers 98 durango will fire up and run as long as he is on the gas but as soon as he lets off the gas it dies! any idieas? oh yeah there are no cel.

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365

Durangoz are common for dropping a rocker or two if overheated. pull a valve cover,,driver side first is my guess. i 2 darangoz at the shop now .both with the same problem.

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2,725

My first guess would be the battery. There are many problems that comes with a bad or going bad battery. I left my stereo on for many hours while detailing it and emptied out the battery and it would run fine on gas but when I let go of the gas it would die and it acted like that for 2 days and then it was ok. I started out by checking the battery and it needed some water, it is supposed to flow over the plates inside. Then I clean´d the connectors both on the battery and the cables with wire brush. Then I checked if the alternator was charging it is supposed to charge over 14 volts. Start this before you go into expensive stuff. Hope this solves your problem.

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365

o crums. i forgot...some cars need to "relearn" after the battery gets disconected.

2,725

Not the Durango you reset the cpu but nothing else happens. Start by checking your battery :o)

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3,115

It's almost definitely the battery... these trucks are very picky about battery voltage and won't run with even 1 dead cell in the battery.

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1,455

Very unlikely it is the battery; did you figure out the problem? I am guessing it was fuel related, you must have fixed it by now (original post was from Nov '11)

3,115

What makes it so unlikely that it's the battery? I've seen it dozens of times, symptoms are exactly how he described it. These trucks aren't like older stuff that will run off the alternator, you have to have 12 volts in the battery or it just won't run

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2,725

Yeah that is right, it has happened to me and many off my fellow members of the DOC ( durango owners club) If our Durangos behave strangely it has often been solved by a new battery or cleaning like I described above. This is one of the symptoms. They just need their juice.

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1,455

Once a car starts the battery is essentially out of the loop. If the alternator is working properly then it supplies all the voltage the vehicle needs to run. If the battery was bad the engine would not start in the first place.

2,725

Joe listen, I know this and so do many other Durango owners, read what I have said and learn. This is just a fact.

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More than likely it's the battery because my 98 won't start i have a dead cell somewhere and im hoping that's all That's wrong and its not my alternator

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