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Repairing the Durango by myself!
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Last Updated: 12/3/2013
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I'm a realist and know that no matter what the circumstances are, a SUV like my Durango which left the factory floor in the year of 2003 comes up with an unexpected car repair rather sooner than later.

The often encountered frustration I find when dealing with a dealer and their mechanics made me tackle things I wouldn't normally believe to be able to accomplish without their fancy equipment and knowledge.

For this purpose I have started this section with a hopefully short list of repairs which did not only save me time and money by doing it myself but also gave me the feeling of empowerment when I look at a job well done.
I can proudly state, that to this point in time, I have done all minor and major repairs myself!

Although I do bite the bullet and have a professional take care of things if I absolutely can't do it with the tools available to me, i.e. wheel repair, balancing, or frame alignment etc., but only then!

I was lucky enough to acquire an original service manual for my 2003 Dodge Durango. Roughly phone-book sized, this is the same Factory Service Manual the Dodge Dealership technicians and mechanics use.

The service procedures are described in great detail and the manual is illustrated with plenty of excellent schematics.

I consider it to be the best, most safe and reliable service manual developed and contains information and instructions for all possible service procedures on my Durango. No doubt, this is a must have book!

The few repairs I had to do before this repair page was up consisted of a new battery, replacing the water pump, and installing a new belt. Pretty good for a vehicle which just celebrated it's 7th birthday, huh?
I started this repair section in May 2010. Below is a list of all the repairs (with the newest one at the top of the list) from that date onward. You may also be interested in the General Maintenance page.

Repair Index

Window Power Switch Bezel Repair
Every time I shut the right rear door the bezel which houses the power window switch popped up. This was an annoyance to say the least. Go here to read how I fixed this issue.


Driver Side Outside Mirror Replacement
Coming back from my last trip from Detroit, I realized that my auto-dimming equipped mirror did not switch back to full reflectance but stayed at full dim instead. Go here to read how I fixed this issue.


Throttle Position Sensor Replacement
While I am cruising my I am noticing that the engine is revving randomly for no appearent reason.
Go here to read how I fixed this issue.


Window Regulator w/Motor Issue
Closing the driver door and without touching anything, the window just went down and wouldn't work anymore. No previous warning. Not cool! Go here to read how I fixed this issue.


P0455 Evap System Leak
My Check Engine Light (CEL) came on. After pulling the code with my OBD-II reader, it turned out to be a P0455 which is a leak in the Evaporative Emission Control System. Go here to read how I fixed this issue.

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