Duster FAQs

Here’s a collection of FAQ’s that we think will be most important to you, Please bear in mind we are a 4×4 group and all FAQ’s are related to the 4×4 ONLY and NOT the 4×2.

What’s the Maximum Wading depth for the Duster?

350mm is the printed maximum wading depth but we’ve had other Explorers comfortably drive with the water just above the number plate (All Diesels). Remember water is dangerous and the Duster if not sufficiently weighed down can ‘float’ and thus you have no control then of the direction. Also something to bear in mind is that water can push a Duster off course and it doesn’t take a lot to do that if the water is sufficiently fast flowing.

What’s the Maximum Towing Weight for the Duster?

The Dusters (4×4 only) Maximum towing limit is 1500kg (1.5 Tons) you can confirm this by looking at the sticker attached to your door.

My Dusters 4×4 Lock mode goes off after periods of time is it faulty?

The Manual states this:

This mode should only be used in extreme driving conditions (mud, steep slopes, sand)

if the vehicle speed exceeds 36 mph (60 km/h) in 4WD Lock mode, the system automatically switches back

Is it ok to start the Duster in 2nd gear because the 1st gear is really low?

Yes it’s ok! The manual and we trust them on this says this:

Vehicles with 4×4 (4WD) transmission On flat, level ground, with the vehicle unladen, you are recommended to start in second gear.

I feel like I’m tipping over in my Duster (Body Roll) when going around corners is that normal?

The manual states this to clarify why this happens:

Your vehicle has a greater ground clearance than an ordinary passenger vehicle. This gives it a higher centre of gravity, making it more susceptible to rolling during sudden or aggressive manoeuvres, or when cornering at high speeds. Take extra care when the vehicle is loaded (in particular when the load is on the roof). Ensure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts. A label affixed to the sun visor reminds you of this.

What is the Maximum Permissible nose weight for the Duster?

75 kg on the tow ball for the 4×4 (50 kg for the 4×2)

What is the maximum weight on the roof of the Duster?

Including the carrying device it’s 80 Kg

What is the Coolant Capacity for the Duster?

5.45 Litres with an Air Conditioning System 4.5 without.

I’ve changed my Dusters wheels/tires and have got a “Check power steering/ESC warning”

Turn the steering wheel to full lock (as far as you can turn it) left and right, continue until the error clears, turn off the ignition.

If you turn on the ignition again and the error shows, disconnect the negative battery terminal (You’ll need the radio code in your handbook or you’ll not be able to use it!) leave off for approx. 10 minutes then reconnect and turn on the ignition. If the issue shows again do the full left and right lock until it clears then turn off, the issue should now not show when you restart the ignition again.

I’ve disconnected my Duster’s battery and get a “Check power steering/ESC warning”

This is actually shown as a procedure to complete when re-connecting the battery in various Dacia accessory fitting instructions – Turn the steering wheel to full lock (as far as you can turn it) left and right, continue until the error clears, turn off the ignition.

What’s the biggest tyres I can have on my Duster?

215/70 R16 come pretty close to the wheel arch but our members haven’t reported any problems so for that reason we recommend only as big as this.

What are the recommended tyre pressures for my Duster?

Each Duster appears to be slightly different. On the drivers side door your Duster should have a sticker detailing the correct pressures.

How do I find my Dusters MediaNav radio code?

If you lose power to the radio and need to input the code it should be on a sticker in your handbook that came with the Duster.

How do I update the Dusters MediaNav?

You need access to a PC or Laptop and a Memory stick then head to https://dacia.welcome.naviextras.com/ to download the toolbox that’ll update your system

My Dusters Tow Bar wiring doesn’t match UK/Euro standards do you know what is what?

Sure we do! After Explorer Adam needed to replace his 13 pin plug on the Duster he was stuck too! Check out this instruction Manual for the Duster’s tow bar fitting, it has a handy guide detailing what colour does what and which pin it goes too.

The 12v live feed to my Duster’s tow bar doesn’t work is there a fuse somewhere? / My Duster’s tow bar works but the 12v permanent/switched supply doesn’t why?

There is a 20amp fuse in the fuse block that if defective affects all the tow bar functions and a separate 15amp fuse located directly attached to battery (It is inline along a red wire off of the positive battery terminal in our car it’s about a finger width behind the battery hanging down.) For further details check this installation manual:

My Duster will not stay after running the battery flat how can I fix it?

If your wiper blades and hazards are going crazy despite them being off and your unable to start the car the likely cause is a flat battery. If someone tries to jump start your Duster it may throw up a few errors including a power steering error. If this happens allow the donor car to carry on charging your battery for ten or so minutes, once complete disconnect your battery from the positive terminal for a minimum of ten seconds, reconnect and your duster should start fine. Remember though you need to charge your battery so keep the engine running for a while or connect to a charger where possible.