Dodge Durango (1997-2023) firing order — diagram & guide
For over two decades, the Durango was the best-selling SUV-class vehicle from Dodge. During that time, a lot of different engines were used, and while they were more or less dependable, we know how much Durango owners care for their engines with a DIY maintenance approach.
So, if you are one of those owners, this guide on the Dodge Durango (1997-2023) firing order should set you on the right path. Not only will our team go through all the Durango engines and their firing orders, but we’ll also take a tour through the cylinder layout of each engine option, so let’s get into it.
|1st Gen (1998-2003)
|2nd Gen (2004-2010)
|3rd Gen (2011-present)
|6.4L HEMI V8
First-generation Dodge Durango (1998-2003) firing order
The first-gen model of the Durango came with a few optional engines including a base V6 model and a few V8s. That became a common pattern for the later model years as well, so we’ll take a look at the firing order for each engine.
Dodge Durango 3.9L firing order
The 3.9-liter V6 engine was a base engine option for the first-gen Durango, and the firing order is 1-6-5-4-3-2. It’s not such a common firing pattern for V6 engines in general, and that’s because this one was developed exclusively by Dodge.
So, it’s a specific firing order and you won’t be able to make a mistake by confusing it with another V6 firing order from the manufacturer. The cylinder arrangement is fairly simple – cylinders 1, 3, and 5 are on the driver’s side front to rear, while cylinders 2, 4, and 6 are on the passenger’s side front to rear.
Dodge Durango 4.7L firing order
As the first V8 option among Durango engines, we’ve got the 4.7-liter powertrain which was above the base V6 in the hierarchy. To be precise, the Dodge Durango 4.7L firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 and this engine features a standard cylinder arrangement for Dodge’s V8 engines.
So, you’ll find two cylinder banks both housing four cylinders each, and they are divided into an even and an odd cylinder bank. That means cylinders 1, 3, 5, and 7 are on the driver’s side, while cylinders 2, 4, 6, and 8 are on the passenger’s side. All cylinders are numbered front to rear within the engine’s banks.
Dodge Durango 5.2L firing order
The 5.2-liter Dodge V8 is pretty similar to the previous Durango engine since this one also has a firing order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2. Along with that, the cylinder arrangement is also the same for these two engines.
So, once again we have cylinders 1, 3, 5, and 7 on the driver’s side, and cylinders 2, 4, 6, and 8 on the passenger’s side.
Dodge Durango 5.9L firing order
Finally, the Dodge Durango 5.9L firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 as well and this one is the last remaining engine option for the SUV. The engine’s cylinder layout matches the one used in all previous V8s that we’ve mentioned here, so that’s at least relieving in the sense that you won’t have to worry about misusing the cylinder configuration.
Second-generation Dodge Durango (2004-2010) firing order
The second-gen Durango model also offered a standard 4.7-liter V8 from the first generation, but it didn’t include any other matching options to the first-gen one. That means Dodge added two new engines for this generation, and these were the 3.7-liter V6 and the 5.7-liter V8, so we’ll jump to these two next.
Dodge Durango 3.7L firing order
The Dodge Durango 3.7L firing order is 1-6-5-4-3-2 just like for the previously-mentioned V6 from the first-gen model. That’s a common practice for Dodge since you can also notice that a lot of their V8s also share the firing order.
Once again, the driver’s side cylinders are numbered 1, 3, and 5 going from the front end to the rear end of the bank. On the other hand, passenger-side cylinders are numbered 2, 4, and 6 in the same way.
Dodge Durango 5.7L firing order
As the final engine option for this model, the Dodge Durango 5.7L firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 and this V8 also shares a common cylinder layout with the previous V8s. That means the first cylinder is located on the driver’s side along with cylinders 3, 5, and 7.
All the even cylinder numbers are ordered from 2 to 8 on the passenger’s side, with the first and the second cylinders being the front-most ones in their respective banks.
Third-generation Dodge Durango (2011-present) firing order
There were some interesting changes to Dodge Durango engines in the third generation of the model’s production, and the most noticeable one was the new 3.6L V6 engine. Some V8 options were also added instead of the previous 4.7L engine, so let’s take a look:
Dodge Durango 3.6L firing order
The 3.6L engine is unique in the lineup of different six-cylinder Durango engines since it has a different firing sequence than others. To be precise, the Dodge Durango 3.6L firing order is 1-2-3-4-5-6 and the cylinder layout is also unique for this engine.
So, the first cylinder is on the passenger’s side this time, along with cylinders 3 and 5 being arranged front to rear. On the other hand, cylinders 2, 4, and 6 are on the driver’s side, also ordered front to rear. This engine has a different firing order from other Dodge V6s because it’s a Pentastar engine made with Chrysler.
Dodge Durango 6.4L HEMI firing order
The third-gen Durango is when HEMI V8 engines came into play and the first one we’ll discuss is the popular “392” engine. The Dodge Durango 6.4L HEMI firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 and this engine is shared with some premium sportscars from the brand like the Challenger.
The cylinder layout is also the same as for the previous V8s so it’s 1, 3, 5, and 7 on the driver’s side, and 2, 4, 6, and 8 on the passenger’s side, front to rear.
Dodge Durango 6.2L firing order
Just like the 6.4-liter engine, there was a 6.2L HEMI V8 added to the Durango lineup for the third-gen model. To be exact, it’s a supercharged V8 used in an SRT-8 Challenger, and the Dodge Durango 6.2L firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2.
So, if you have this special version of an SRT Durango, the first cylinder would be on the driver’s side along with cylinders 3, 5, and 7, while the even cylinder numbers from 2 to 8 are aligned on the passenger’s side.
If you are a proud owner of a Durango, our experts hope that you’ll find this guide helpful when addressing some minor engine issues and misfires.
With the help of the firing order and cylinder layout explained for each engine offered for this model, you should have no problems maintaining your car and keeping the engine running efficiently.