Dodge Durango Light Problems

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Manufacturers of the Dodge Durango SUV have identified issues that prevent the vehicle lights from operating properly. If your Durango is experiencing problems with exterior lights, you may be affected by the Dodge Durango defective lighting parts recall. This lighting problem involves a different component issue than other electrical recalls that Chrysler has issued on the Durango. Accurate information can provide you with the correct remedy to any problem you may be having with your Durango's exterior lights.

History

  • The Dodge Durango is manufactured by Chrysler and was first introduced in 1998. MotorTrend.com did a sneak peak of the vehicle in a May 1, 1997 article. The spacious interior accommodates eight passengers. The powerful V8 engine is equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. While it is considered to be a compact vehicle, the Durango has a heavy-duty engine with the ability to tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds,

Warning

  • A Dec. 2, 2002 manufacturer's report documented problems with the exterior lighting switch. According to the report, certain 2003 Durango trucks contained a "central timer module" with an "improperly sized circuit board trace." While additional Durango recalls were made that also pertained to lighting issues, those reports were documented as electrical system and instrument panel problems, not lighting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration assigned the Durango lighting problem as recall Campaign ID Number: 02V322000.

Significance

  • This defect can potentially prevent the right low beam headlamp from operating. The scope of the problem is shown in the number of vehicles that may be involved. Chrysler indicated that 3,640 potential units could be affected. A number of hazardous situations exist when lights on the Durango fail and the vehicle is in operation. Exterior light failure can create visibility problems that can cause vehicle collisions. Injuries and even fatalities are a real possibility.

Facts

  • The Durango central timer module that is responsible for the lighting problems is similar to the one found in the Dodge Dakota. The module is designed to utilize a simplified wiring network that reduces the number of connections in the overall system. When it operates effectively, the CTM provides a warning chime for various conditions, including when the vehicle door is open, when the headlamps are on while the driver door is open and when the seat belts are not buckled.

Solution

  • Those who own non-compliant vehicles containing the defective part were sent notification letters. They were informed that Dodge Durango authorized dealers would replace the CTM without cost to vehicle owners. The standard procedure is to agree upon a service date and take the vehicle in. Anyone having trouble obtaining a remedy after allowing the dealer a reasonable amount of time, is instructed to contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 or dial the NHTSA hot line at (888) 327-4236.

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