1996 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

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

1996 Dodge Dakota Problems

Engine problems due to intermittent connection in crank position sensor wire connector

On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8, an intermittent connection in the crank position sensor wire connector can cause poor engine performance or the engine may crank but not start.

Cam Sensor Failure Causing no Start or Stalling

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.

Multiple Coolant Leaks

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.

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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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