2000 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2000 Dodge Dakota

2000 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.

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.

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2000 Dodge Dakota Questions

Replaced water pump and thermostat 4 times. Never had visi.ble leak

The pump itself? When you feel it up with gas I notice when the tank gets full? It drips underneath near the filler hose. Could that be it?

Also replaced tps & idle air control valve. Does not overheat. I thought the coolant temp sensor was mostly for gauge. Has new head & intake gaskets, good oil pressure & fuel pressure. No codes. Dies every time temp sensor plugged in. Never dies when unplugged

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2000 Dodge Dakota Recalls

Chrysler is recalling certain 2000-2003 Dodge Dakota and Durango 4WD models because the front upper ball joints may wear out prematurely. Water intrusion can cause rust to develop, which will accelerate wear and cause a clunking noise in the front suspension, which may or may not be heard by the vehicle occupants. Excessive wear may allow the ball joint to separate, which could result in loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace both front upper ball joints to correct this issue.

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.

 

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2000 Dodge Dakota Reviews

I had a 1997 V-6, then moved to a 2000 4.7... Love everything about this truck. Never had a problem that I couldn't fix or that kept the truck from running strong.

2000 Quad Cab 4x4 with 4.7 L Great truck. Bought it from my father who bought it new and did all maintenance on it through the dealership. Currently has 170,000 on it and no major problems. Has gone through 3 sets of tires (oe goodyears @ 40,000; michelin xcx/apt @ 120,000; current bridgestone dueler revos), 3 sets of ball joints, 3 sets of shocks, original transmission (kinda rare at this mile...

What a piece of junk 130, 000 miles and so far since owning this 2000 from brand new replaced the rotors the first year, heatercore, a/c compressor, rust is eating the roof in the corners and the latest is the gas tank straps have rotted through and the undercarriage is nothing but rust and parts are just falling off their mounting points.Then theirs the transmission just had to replace the gov...

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