2001 Dodge DURANGO Suspension Front Control Arm Lower Ball Joint Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2001 Dodge DURANGO Suspension Front Control Arm Lower Ball Joint Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID452469
 Internal NHTSA #10049616
 Model Year2001
 File date26/11/03
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problem2001 durango r/t. Second failure of transmission (11/26/03) @ 35000 miles. Handled by different dealerships and no one knows exactly why or how transmission is failing. Rpm tachometer races between 100 - 800 rpm during driving conditions including load, light load, flat terrain, and occasionally down hill when driving of speeds greater than 45 mph in drive and overdrive. Excessively hard clung when shifting between 1st and 2nd and between 2nd and 1st. 1st failure (2/6/02) was before pcm and transmission flash recalls @ 20000 miles. Service manager insisted that this was a normal thing and his jeep did the same thing. After much convincing that i would prefer the opinion of a tech instead did they take the vehicle for repair. Vehicle was kept for an additional week than what was promised for delivery. Vehicle was kept in garage for the 2 weeks and when picked up all personal items, electronics, tire jack, etc was missing (~ $2700 worth) and accusing me of leaving my doors unlocked (did not quite understand his point and aurguement since it sat in the dealerships garage for the 2 week duration). Since ... Transmission does not always go into park and occasionally drive, verbally told not a big deal by dealership service manager due to the transmission being flashed. Noticed vehicle surging with rpm increase after driving a while. Oh, by the way, yea, the ball joints needed replaced at ~18000 miles too (10/2002)!*ak
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure18000
Number of Occurences2
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateWORCESTER, MA
VIN pattern 1B4HS28Z71FXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase15/10/01
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders8
Drive train typeAWD
Transmission typeAUTO
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.



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