On 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 engines the camshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to crank but not start or it can cause intermittent stalling. A failed camshaft position sensor will require replacement.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Dakota Cam Sensor Failure Causing no Start or Stalling
Dodge Dakota Problem
Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 4.7L V8
Average Mileage: 121,829 mi (50,000 mi - 238,238 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Dodge Dakota
THE 3.7 v6 ENGINES must really have a problem because we have replace 2 cam shaft sensors in our 2006 Dodge
Dakota extended cab and we think it will have to soon be replaced again, this also has had to be replaced in our sons 2007 Dodge Dakota 4x4 maybe this should be checked into a little farther for recalls or something?
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 118,000 mi
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 76,000 mi
turns over but want hit a lick truck shows a p3040 code.
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 237,000 mi
intermit....start and stalling
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 120,000 mi
Replaced three times. Each time after 8-9 months
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota
NO start and stalling while driving.
4.7L V-8 SLT, Hard starting, engine 2 quarts low at normal 3,000 mile oil change. Dealership added dye to oil and found large oil leak at Cam Sensor. Replaced Cam Sensor, re-checked for oil leak, no leak noted. Next oil change after 3,000 miles, engine once again 2 quarts low. No error codes noted. Mechanic at Dodge dealership said he had never seen this type of oil leak and Cam Sensor failure before. He has worked at my dealership for 20+ years. Taking back to dealership for a second Cam Sensor replacement as no other engine leak was noted.
Visitor, 2005 Dodge Dakota, 100,200 mi
Still not fixed. Its been to several mechanics. All with different diagnosis. Each time the codes read differen.
Visitor, 2006 Dodge Dakota, 70,000 mi
oil leaking thru the sensor and filling harness, blocking the signal
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 190,000 mi
I have had 4 sensors replaced over past 2 years. About every 6 months. Part is under warranty for a year, so I just change it myself now. I hope to buy new vehicle soon but thought worth mentioning and to let those out there know your not alone.