I just spent the last six months with the same problem on my '99 Durango. Eventually, I couldn't get my truck started at all. I just put a new starter in, all problems solved!
The rotor button inside the distributor could also be bad since the car wont start until the rotor button can get a spark to the distributor. Because it wont start in the morning tells me that this is more likely to be your problem. Condensation may be getting inside the distributor and causing the rotor button to get wet not allowing a spark to start the vehicle in the morning and when the sun is out it drys. This is a cheap fix and you can do it yourself. I would replace both distributor and the rotor button. Remove the distributor wires one at a time taking one off the old and place it on the new, this way you wont mix anything up. the distributor is held on by two screws that don't come all the way out just far enough to release the distributor. The rotor will be the next thing you see under the cap held on by probably one Allen screw. Always have the new next to the old and place it in the same way you took it out. Very inexpensive and much cheaper than starter replacement. I would do this first. They may tell you they replaced the starter when they actually only changed your rotor and distributor. Always ask for the old part back and look to see if the part was actually changed or bad. Hope this help.
The average cost of and alternator for a Dodge Durango is $175. A used or rebuilt alternator will cost approximately $125.
Has the battery been tested, does the alternator on the Durango try to charge?... If the truck runs with the battery but the battery doesn't take or hold a charge, it has to be the battery being bad or extremely bad terminals so that the charge can't reach the battery. Age of the battery doesn't matter, a fairly new one can still go bad.
First you disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery then you you unhook the wiring harness, remove the serpentine belt, unbolt it, and reverse to replace. If this process is not obvious to you I suggest you take it to a shop.
under the hood
It is located right under the alternator.
you shouldn't just follow your coolant hose
passenger side up front next to alternator.
it is behind the alternator.
With the engine running you should read 13.5 to 15.5 Volts DC at the battery posts. A reading much higher than this indicates the voltage regulator in the alternator is defective.
Under the front passenger seat
Its under the front passenger seat
If it isn't starting you have another problem.
4 to 6 years is average.
You can use a scan tool or unhook the battery.
A dead battery would not cause an engine to seize
Check the starter! It happened to my 2000 dodge durango too.
driver side, under hood, close to battery
I don't know if this will help, but my 1999 Dodge Durango would not charge the brand new battery I just put in either. The dealership suggested that the serpentine belt tensioner would not adjust any tighter and, recommended replacing the tensioner. I kept arguing that it was a bad battery... I was wrong. Replaced the tensioner and now it charges correctly. The dealership did not try to sell me a new alternator, or any parts I did not need.
The Dodge Durango uses a standard size automotive battery, but there are other options you may want. Some batteries offer more cold-cranking amps while other batteries are designed to work better in extreme heat.
Change the abs motor.
i have a 2000 wat system in 99 durango and there is no power drain with the factory batt. and alternater besides maby a little head light draw when the bass is realy hitting
The battery is under the passenger front seat. Put the seat in the full forward position and remove the cover over the battery. You can than undo the cables and hold down bolt. the battery will now lift out.
Remove the Neg. Cable first, then the + Red cable. Slide up the insulation cover around the battery. Unscrew the battery holding plate on the bottom near the engine. Pull out battery. Drink a beer.