1998 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Dodge Dakota
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1998 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.
clearcoat coming off have noticed quite afew dodge dakotas with this problem
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 QuestionsI can't drive ten minutes away at night without my headlights flashing ... Alternator been changed. It has a headlight dimmer switch and I think that's the problem. When I turn the switch to dim my dash lights it dims my headlights instead. (1 answer)
This has been going on for about 4 years . Me and my hubby done rebuild most of the engine minus the block! But this is very frustrating if anyone has any ideas I'm all ears!! Thank you!
Engine was loosing coolant due to bad water pump, swapped out pump and reconnected everything. it has a full reservoir but it doesnt seem to be pulling in the coolant. engine over heats right as it starts. gauge starts moving quickly.
I have a 98 Dakota 2.5 it idles fine when I give it fuel it backfires and misses, I have changed pick up in distributor checked the plate in distributor has 47 psi fuel pressure also new crank sensor any help would be appreciated
1998 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.
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.