1996 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Dodge Dakota

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1996 Dodge Dakota Problems

Coolant Loss and Engine Overheating

Engine overheating can result from coolant leaks which are commonly found at the thermostat housing gasket, water pump, heater return tube O-ring at the water pump, intake manifold gasket, and timing cover gasket. Our technicians recommend a complete inspection of the cooling system after any repairs are made to be sure there are no other leaks.

Clear-coat paint peeling off

clearcoat coming off have noticed quite afew dodge dakotas with this problem

Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets

On the 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8 and 5.9L V8 the Oil leaks commonly from the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets (front and rear), timing cover gaskets, distributor O-ring, and the rear main seal area. Using fluorescent engine oil dye can be helpful in determining the source(s) of the oil leak.

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1996 Dodge Dakota Questions

Possibly blown ECM? (1 answer)

Ok so I've had this 96 Dakota for a couple of years and up til now has had no issues. I've replaced the fuel pump, the distributor, camshaft position sensor, and still won't start. Now I did have it going awhile back, by forcing power straight to the pump. Not a smart idea but one tha...

5.2L V8 overheats on hills and spews but otherwise no leaks. (1 answer)

There appears to be no loss of coolant in normal driving, but when going up a long grade ... it spews and the temp indicates ... it HOT!

put new alternator charge battery to full still will not charge (1 answer)

will not charge with new alternator

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1996 Dodge Dakota Recalls

Chrysler Recalls 1996 Dodge Dakotas Due to Power Brake Operation Loss

The power brake booster vacuum hose may become disconnected, which can cause a high idle speed and loss of power brake assist. This may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the power brake vacuum hose to make sure it is fully seated and clamped at the brake booster.

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