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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Dodge Dakota

1990 Dodge Dakota

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1990 Dodge Dakota Problems

Brakes -- Verified

If the threads strip where the front brake caliper mounts to the steering knuckle, a steering knuckle repair kit is available. A new steering knuckle is not normally necessary.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The distributor pickup plate commonly fails causing intermittent stalling, or the engine may not start (usually when the engine is hot).

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Various drivability problems can be caused by vacuum leaks. This engine has plastic tubes that become brittle and crack over time. These tubes can be replaced by normal vacuum hose but be careful when changing the Tee fittings or hose connectors because some have built in restrictor orifices (usually color coded). If the restrictions are missing, drivability problems will most likely result.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops.  There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Fuel pump failures are common on higher mileage models, Resulting in a crank no start condition.

1990 Dodge Dakota Recalls (Recent)

Engine, February 21, 1990

Summary: THE ENGINE VALVE COVER GASKET MAY DISLOCATE AND ALLOW AN ENGINE OIL LEAK AT THE GASKET.

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Suspension & Steering, November 8, 1996

Summary: THE FRAME CAN CRACK AT THE STEERING GEAR ATTACHMENT AND/OR THE STEERING GEAR MOUNTING BOLTS CAN FRACTURE.

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Suspension & Steering, August 27, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 4X2 PICKUP TRUCK CONVERTIBLES EQUIPPED WITH V6 ENGINES (BUILT FROM NOVEMBER 1988 - JUNE 1990) AND 4X2 PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH THE SHELBY PACKAGE (BUILT OCTOBER 1988 - JUNE 1989). THE FRAME CAN CRACK AT THE STEERING GEAR ATTACHMENT AND/OR THE STEERING GEAR MOUNTING BOLTS CAN FRACTURE.

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1990 Dodge Dakota Questions and Answers

chrisjdean, 1990 Dodge Dakota, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Newberg, OR

My truck is not starting and when i go to start it all it does is click. what do i do and where is the starter?

lilbro_lilman, 1990 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, Helena, MT

It will start, but when it started the idle jumps high to low and then dies after a while. And where is the timing mark? Some times it does not start why is that?

marc millang, 1990 Dodge Dakota, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Youngsville, NC

what are the sizes of the freeze out plug on a 1990 dodge dakota

iceman41673, 1990 Dodge Dakota, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Knoxville, TN

i am changing my motor in my dakota but the only used motor i could find was in an a truck that was automatic and i was wondering if anyone knew how to get the pilot bearing seal out? not the pilot...

Visitor, 1990 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, Callender, IA

A friend borrowed my 84 Dodge Dakota V-6 4x4 and broke the key off in the ignition (he was trying to put it in upside down, I need smarter friends). I have the replacement part but have no clue how...

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my dakota is convertable and i love it it runs well stops and goes just fine

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