If you have a 1998-2009 Dodge Durango, odds are you’ll experience issues with the fan clutch at some point. Here’s a list of symptoms related to fan clutch failure on the Dodge Durango, and some diagnostic tips, repair info, recommended parts, and background information.

Dodge Durango Fan Clutch Failure Symptoms

  • Engine overheating
  • Loud cooling fan 
  • Vibrating cooling fan
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Poor acceleration

Fan Clutch Diagnosis and Repair Tips

You can perform inspections to check the condition of your fan clutch. Spin the fan by hand with the engine shut off and the key removed. The fan should have some resistance. The clutch is probably worn out if it spins more than two or three times. If the fan doesn’t move at all, it’s likely the clutch bearings are seized. Check for play in the fan clutch by wiggling back and forth. A loose fan can be a symptom of a worn fan clutch or water pump bearing.

Some Dodge Durangos use a secondary electric fan. Checking an electric fan requires a compatible scan tool for proper diagnosis. Sometimes a bad coolant temperature sensor will give a false signal for when to engage the fan motor.

To learn more about diagnosing your fan clutch, check out this blog post on fan clutch failure modes and troubleshooting.

Recommended Replacement Fan Clutches

The recommended replacement fan clutches are listed below for the 1998 to 2009 Dodge Durango models.

Year/ModelPart #
1998-1999 Dodge Durango V8 5.9L 920-2290
1998 – 2000 Dodge Durango V8 5.2L
2000 – 2003 Dodge Durango V8 5.9L
1998 – 1999 Dodge Durango V6 3.9L
2000 – 2003 Dodge Durango V6 4.7L
2004 – 2008 Dodge Durango V8 5.7L
2004 – 2009 Dodge Durango V8 4.7L
2004 – 2009 Dodge Durango V6 3.7L
2004 – 2009 Dodge Durango V8 4.7L
2009 – 2009 Dodge Durango V8 5.7L

Why Do Dodge Durangos Have Fan Clutch Problems?

The capabilities of the Dodge Durango put a lot of demand on the cooling system. Towing or carrying many passengers and cargo makes the fan clutch work harder to keep the engine cool. Durable SUVs like the Dodge Durango typically see more years of service and higher mileage than the average vehicle. Such factors will increase the likelihood of fan clutch issues during the life of these trucks.

Be aware of potential signs of fan clutch failure, like overheating, excessive fan noise, or poor acceleration and fuel economy. Check out our blog post on common fan clutch noises and what they mean.

Fan Clutch Parts From GMB

When it’s time for fan clutch replacement, trust GMB for high-quality parts. We’ve been an industry-leading OEM and aftermarket automotive parts manufacturer since 1943. We have locations on both the east and west US coasts and global locations in Asia and Europe and can get you the parts you need quickly. If you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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