1996 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

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

1996 Dodge Dakota Problems

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.

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.

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

the park lights work however the turn signals do not

a couple days ago my v8 magnum dodge Dakota started acting funny.. what I mean is that now we have to step on the gas n rev the engine up in order to get the truck to idle n run but also now needs to be revved every time we switch from park to reverse we need to rev or truck dies same when switch...

Lately a few times all the lights on the cluster go on and all the gauges are pegged. Whacking the dash board cleared it up each time. I just wonder how involved a job it will be to really fix this. Thanks.

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1996 Dodge Dakota Recalls

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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