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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1998 Dodge Dakota

1998 Dodge Dakota

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1998 Dodge Dakota Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

Front and rear differential pinion seal leaks are common. The leaky pinion seal and differential fluid will need to be replaced.

1998 Dodge Dakota Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., June 18, 2001

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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.

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Body, Interior & Misc., September 21, 1998

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Chrysler is recalling certain 1998 Dodge Dakota, Ram 1500, and Ram 2500 models because the bolts used to attach the cab and core support to the frame may fail. This may cause the cab to separate from the frame and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the affected bolts with properly hardened ones.


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Brakes, August 21, 2000

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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.

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Brakes, September 11, 2000

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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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Brakes, November 15, 1997

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A front brake hose or anti-lock brake system (ABS) wheel speed sensor wire may be damaged by contact with the wheelhouse splash shield. A damaged brake hose may leak brake fluid, reducing braking efficiency and/or illuminating the brake warning light. A damaged ABS sensor wire may illuminate the the ABS warning light and/or cause a loss of ABS function. This may result in reduced braking efficiency and an increased risk of a crash. Dealers will trim the front wheelhouse splash shields and inspect the brake hoses and sensor wire. Hoses and sensor wires showing signs of abrasion will be replaced.

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1998 Dodge Dakota Questions and Answers

OTISRM, 1998 Dodge Dakota, 5.2L V8, Piqua, OH


banton, 1998 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, Sandston, VA

my truck shut down when i put it in reverse.i have change the trans but still have the same problem

shadrach202, 1998 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, El Centro, CA

Where is the fuel filter located?

neil5150, 1998 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, Caledonia, MS

I have spent nearly $3k in repairs on my truck and just have had my PCM replaced for the third time. The truck ran fine for three days. After driving for about 5 miles yesterday at highway speed ...

katt, 1998 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, Clarinda, IA

i need a diagram to remove and replace the heater core

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1998 Dodge Dakota Reviews

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

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 of which only 17k miles have been put on it in the last 3 and a half years. Truck still looks great and has been well taken care of, but keeps shutting off no matter how much I spend trying to get it fixed. Any suggestions?

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