1997 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Dodge Dakota

1997 Dodge Dakota Problems

Exhaust manifold bolts commonly break, exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced and replace bolts as needed.

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.

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1997 Dodge Dakota Questions

After engine sits and cools for 1/2 hr., it starts and runs fine again until it stalls again.

The original seat is badly worn and needs replacement. Have used replacement and need to know if there is any unique problem to replace?

I was driving down the road an it just cut off an I tried to start it an it seem like it would hit at first but no more.Put gas in the ports an it still didn't hit or start.How can I tell if fuel pump id working an are there any filters that might be stopped up?

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1997 Dodge Dakota Recalls

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.

 

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1997 Dodge Dakota Reviews

No need for me to say much about my dakota 4x4. It has the 318cu that you have to shoot to end its reliability. Although it now has some issues I just turned 223K miles and it still runs like its shot out of a canon when I tromp on the gas pedal. Best truck I've ever owned Thank you "Dodge City" Warren MI

Put a bed liner in the day we bought this. We have hauled just about everything including a 20' boat and trailer. We have it serviced every 3,000 miles and we finally had to spend some money on this truck. Had to replace the alternator and water pump. We'll probably have this until we go to see our Maker. Best dang vehicle we ever bought. Still looks new also.

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