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
1996 Dodge Dakota Problems
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.
On 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 engines, the intake manifold gasket may leak and cause increased oil consumption and a spark knock during acceleration; the gasket should be replaced.
If the HVAC (heater) housing is not properly sealed at the bulkhead (firewall), water can leak into the passenger compartment. Foam sealant should be used to seal any gaps and the evaporator drain tube can be modified to prevent further water entry.
1996 Dodge Dakota Recalls (Recent)
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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.
1996 Dodge Dakota Questions and Answers
need to know where the fuse for the dashboard and the cabin lights are located
No spark. Was told probably crank sensor. Can that be problem and where is it located?
Never on here before. Need location of crank sensor and cam sensor for son in Army in Alabama with car trouble. I'm in Pa and can't assist.
cant find the sensor pls help