1998 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Dodge Dakota

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.

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Truck was working fine no issues at all. Was using it prior to it not turning on no signs of nothing wrong. So when i do turn it on the lights come on and i turn the egnition and the lights go out and wont come back on. Dont know what to do.

IT SAT FOR ABOUT A YEAR I DROVE IT IN AND PARKED IT I STARTED IT ABOUT 6 MO. AGO IT STARTED RIGHT UP BUT NOW IT TURNS OVER BUT WONT START I TOOK A SPARK PLUG WIRE OFF INSERTED A SCREWDRIVER AND HELD ITCLOSE TO THE MANAFOLD WHERE SHOULD I START LOOKING

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?

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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.

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.

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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 !

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