1997 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Dodge Dakota
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1997 Dodge Dakota ProblemsCam 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.
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.
A surging or bucking during acceleration can be caused if the distributor is moved or mis-indexed. This is a result of the cam and crank position sensors being out of synchronization. Wear of the oil pump drive gear can cause similar symptoms because it allows excessive free play in the distributor drive. The distributor drive gear and bushing should be replaced if the rotor tip moves back-and-forth more than 3/16th of an inch when checking drive gear free play.
1997 Dodge Dakota QuestionsI put a brand new crate engine in my truck it has the 5.2l, and every time we fire it up oil oozes out the oil filter. Tried like three oil filters. And a couple new oil sending units. What could that be? (1 answer)
a garage told me i had a vacuum leak,it idles high.i put it on a computer,the code read continus misfire ,i put new plugs &wires on still same reading.where are all the vacuum lines i need to check?
1997 Dodge Dakota RecallsChrysler Recalls 1997-2001 Models Because the Air Bag System May Become Disabled
Chrysler is recalling certain 1997-2000 Dodge Dakota, 1998-2000 Dodge Durango, and 1997-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because sound deadening material inside the steering wheel may become dislodged and interfere with the clock spring ribbon, which can cause an open electrical circuit. An open circuit in the clock spring will illuminate the air bag warning light and disable the air bag system. With the air bag system disabled, there is an increased chance of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring to correct this concern.
There may be inadequate clearance between the fuel line and the cab underbody. Contact between the fuel line and the underbody could wear the fuel line and cause a fuel leak. Leaking fuel increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect for proper fuel line clearance. Fuel lines with inadequate clearance will be replaced with the redesigned fuel line.
Vehicles may not have adequate clearance between the left front brake tube and the power steering hose, which can cause the brake tube to wear and a brake fluid leak. Loss of brake fluid can reduce braking efficiency, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the brake tube and power steering hose for wear and replace them if necessary. A power steering bracket will be installed to insure adequate clearance between the brake pipe and power steering hose.