Join Date: Dec 2011
Vehicle: 2001 Durango SLT
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01 Durango will start but dies after 2-3 seconds
2001 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L 4x4. I have quite a bit of history in case it is significant. It all started when the transmission stranded my family. I had it towed to a transmission shop. They could not diagnose it because it would start up and die after 2-3 seconds. They said the torque converter was locked up and needed new transmission. I towed it home to work on the engine problem and decided I would buy a used tranny and intall it myself after I got the engine running. It would start up and run perfect for 2-3 seconds and die. I was checking the emissions lines for cracks and found one that I thought I would replace between the leak detector pump, manifold, and purge solenoid. The battery was drained, so I took it to be charged and discovered it had a bad cell. Got a new battery. I proceeded to pull the battery tray to access the leak detector pump ( i broke a fitting while removing the a hose....should never work on plastic parts in the cold weather)and replace it with a salvaged unit as well as the purge valve( the hoses were connect and I pull all of it a the salvage yard together and didn't dare try removing hoses since they were in good condition). I had to move the relay/fuse box what little I could to pull battery tray ( I am mentioning in the event it might be of importance). I installed the salvaged parts, cleaned the battery cables and terminal and installed new battery. The engine started right up and after several minutes I put in drive and to my surprise it engaged and I drove around the block and then worked my way up to 30 miles. I had a check engine light on with P1495 code but it ran perfect. Then my wife drove to the bus stop and it started the same problem again of starting up but only running for 2 -3 seconds. I am new to this forum and any help would be appreciated. I don't want to pay another towing fee just yet unless I have to.
Last edited by hittman007; 12-30-2011 at 01:40 AM.