Dodge Durango Transmission Problems & Overview

Does something seem wrong with your Durango? Let’s look at some of the most common transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your SUV back on the road.

Dodge Durango Recalls

2005-2006 Durango – 05V460000 / E14


On certain 2005-2006 Durango models equipped with the 42RLE automatic transmissions, the cup plug that retains the park pawl anchor shaft may be improperly installed. If the shaft moves out of position, the vehicle may not be able to achieve ‘park’ position.


If this occurs and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may roll away and cause a crash without warning.


This recall began on November 28, 2005, and dealers were instructed to inspect the transmissions and install a bracket to ensure the park pawl anchor shaft is retained in the proper position. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referring to recall number: E14. Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Dodge Durango Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2009 Durango 5.7L Hemi – TSB 21-008-08


Driver’s may experience an intermittent Check Engine Light, with the Diagnostic Trouble Code – DTC: P0A2D


This issue is likely due to a failed body harness connector at the transmission, or a failed transmission internal wiring harness.]

2005-2006 Durango – TSB 21-016-05


Owners may experience an initial delayed shift engagement following an extended off (not running) period of time, generally after being parked overnight. The initial shift engagement may feel like a delay or slip when a transmission gear (reverse or drive) is first selected after engine start. There may also be a Check Engine Light due to one or more of the following Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC’s): P0868 – Line Pressure Low. This DTC will be the most frequently occurring DTC for the delayed shift condition. P0731 – Gear Ratio Error In 1st. P0736 – Gear Ratio Error In Reverse. P0841 – LR Pressure Switch Rationality. P0876 – UD Pressure Switch Rationality. P0944 – Loss Of Hydraulic Pump Prime.


If the transmission was built between February 11, 2005 – February 15, 2005, or April 11, 2005 – August 22, 2005, then the condition may be caused by a suspect cooler return filter with a part number of 04799662AB. The suspect cooler return filter may allow transmission fluid to drain back out of the torque converter when the engine is not running. All cooler return filters with the “AB” suffix (04799662AB) are suspect. The above condition may be corrected by replacing a suspect “AB” filter with a new cooler return filter whose part number is 04799662 (with no suffix or with a suffix that is other than the “AB” level).

2007 Durango – TSB 21-002-07 REV. B


Durango’s equipped with the 42RLE transmission, may experience transmission shudder when the transmission temperature is between 38° C and 54° C (100° F and 130° F) during steady state driving with the torque convertor in partial lock (EMCC) operation. The shudder feels like the vehicle is being driven over rumble strips.


A new torque converter will need to be installed, and PCM re-flashed with the latest software version.

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3 thoughts on “Dodge Durango Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. I have a 2001 dodge durango and whenever I drop it down into reverse it will die instantly but It drives just fine when I put it in drive 1st and 2nd.

  2. I have a Durango 05 and when I put the gear shifter to 1st and 2nd the transmission runs perfect. While in Drive, 1st delays shifting to second at 2k rpms while driving slow and shifts from 2nd to 3rd with no issues. Reverse works perfect and there are no problems shifting gears with the gear shifter. Once my Durango gets into third gear there is no pull/traction. I can rev the engine while in gear but it slowly loses speed until it shifts back to second where everything is ok again. Ran the codes myself and was given P0700,P0731,P0732, and P0700 P. I have already tried resetting the check engine light. Light came back on. Manually reset the PCM by disconnecting the battery for 30 minutes. Same the light came on and troubles with 3rd gear. Now at this point the next thing for me to check selonoid before taking the transmission out.. any ideas at this point

  3. I have a 98 4×4 Durango .

    Just changed out the fluid and filter and there were slight deposits on the magnet, however there was also some aluminum in the pan….right at 200,000 miles.
    The transmission has trouble shifting into drive from second and does eventually shift but acts like it is over revving out of gear until it catches the drive gear.
    Even letting off the throttle this is happening at around 3000 rpm.
    All other operations seem to be normal.

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