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: 129,884 mi (50,000 mi - 238,238 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 76,000 mi
turns over but want hit a lick truck shows a p3040 code.
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota
NO start and stalling while driving.
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 118,000 mi
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 237,000 mi
intermit....start and stalling
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, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 120,000 mi
Replaced three times. Each time after 8-9 months
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, 2006 Dodge Dakota, 70,000 mi
oil leaking thru the sensor and filling harness, blocking the signal
Visitor, 2003 Dodge Dakota, 133,789 mi
Truck ran fine in the am. went out to leave and hear all the sounds of the engine trying to start but not getting any turnover. Found the cam sensors were reading incorrectly so the computer didn't know where to inject fuel. had sensors replaced and truck ran great.
Visitor, 2002 Dodge Dakota, 238,238 mi
I took mine out and it had some fine metal shavings built up on it because its a magnet. I cleaned it off and reinstalled it..all is fine. I had to take off the passenger side front fender shroud to get to it.