1998 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Dodge Dakota
- test brake booster
- fuel filter location
- intake air temp sensor and mass air flow sensor
- Put a timing light on it it's 15° out of time I did the chain and lined the distributor up put back together still running 15 out of time. What else could be throwing the timing off?
- ok have replace every thing like camshaft sensar cap and rotater and coil
1998 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.
1998 Dodge Dakota Questions
can these be replaced with a little common sense of a DYI guy, or is it a job better left to a technician with high dollar equipment?
no spark at the coil have replace all fuse and check auto shut down it got juice got juice up too key and it will turn over just not firing
5th time truck has been in shop.Originally thought it might be fuel filter, so this is what all I have done to the truck: changed fuel pump, changed Ignition Coil pak, new plugs, distributor, wires, rotar, TPS, cleaned fuel injectors, cleaned IAC, ck'd injector leak down, ck'd timing chai...
1998 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.
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.
The rear axle vent hose may contact the rear brake hose, causing damage to the hose and a possible brake fluid leak. Brake fluid loss can result in a loss of braking efficiency, which may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear brake hose for wear and worn hoses will be replaced. In addition, the rear axle vent hose will be shortened and secured to assure adequate clearance.
1998 Dodge Dakota Reviews
I used to love this truck, but since it hit 90,000 miles, I have had to replace the PCM three times...and it still just randomly stalls. Many times the truck will just crank right back up and run fine for a day or two before it starts turning itself off again...even at highway speeds. I have had over $3k in repairs replacing everything...but to no avail. The truck now has 105,000 miles on it...
I have a 1998 dodge dakota that did not come with cruise control but i installed it from another dakota but it still will not work can i have pcm flashed to turn it on suspension is good
Nell, I have the same issue, love the truck had it from basically new with 14,000 mi. now having 171,000 but last year started having issues of shutting down all of a sudden main computer was replaced and did fine for 9 months and back to same issue !