2012 Dodge Durango electrical problems: factory trailer wiring harness not working properly

Factory Trailer Wiring Harness Not Working Properly

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CarComplaints.com Notes: When the 3rd-generation Durango was introduced in 2011 owners almost immediately started having a wide range of issues -- from water pump failure to stalling engines. Turns out the TIPM is to blame and those problems carried into the 2012 model year.

TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Modules) is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when the TIPM starts acting up, so do all sorts of problems in the vehicle.

The problems have been so bad -- and replacement parts became so hard to find -- that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Chrysler focusing on the 2011-2012 Durango. The lawsuit accuses the automaker of ignorning the problem until it spiraled out of control.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
27,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2012 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 032014

Durango SXT 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


We recently had a road trip to take from Florida to Tennessee in the 2012 Durango 3.6L that we had just purchased with 27,000 miles on it. It was in showroom condition when we bought it so with it being only 2yrs old and the fact that it looked as if the towing hitch and harness had never even been used, that we would encounter no issues. We showed up at the Uhaul place to pick up the little 4x8 trailer that we ordered and when we tried to connect the trailer, the lights would not work correctly. We spent nearly and hour with the help of the Uhaul staff checking fuses on the Durango and testing the harness etc. The only thing we were able to determine was that the problem was with the Durango. I had to cancel my transaction, drive to a local parts store, go in and buy about $70 worth of wiring and other stuff needed to straight wire another 4 pin harness into the tail lights. So, after removing the tail lights of the Durango and running new wires right off the tail lights, we headed back to the Uhaul store. By the time it was over it cost me a lot of time and money because something that should have worked correctly right from the factory, did not. It still blows my mind because the connector on the hitch still had the di-electric grease they put in the connector from the factory. I have an appt. set up with the dealership to have the problem looked into so I can hopefully get the factory wiring working the way its meant to. I will try to update once I find something out....

- Joe M., Apopka, FL, US

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