2001 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Dodge Dakota
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2001 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.
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 HVAC (heater) housing is not properly sealed at the bulkhead (firewall), water can leak into the passenger compartment. Foam sealant should be used to seal any gaps and the evaporator drain tube can be modified to prevent further water entry.
2001 Dodge Dakota QuestionsLately engine cranks longer before it starts Would this be the fuel pump or could it be the air flow sensor? (1 answer)
If I turn the ignition on and listen for the fuel pump noise and do this three times without cranking and finally then crank the engine and it starts up right away does this mean a bad fuel pump?
This also occurs when I am driving. For example, I'll be at a stop light and my foot is on the brake and the rpms shoot up to 1000 plus. My truck almost moved. If anyone can help me, that'd be great!
Won't come out if park.
Truck has been sitting for a year due to brakes sticking on and overheating. Had everthing replaced from master cylinder down. Problem comes back after 2k miles or so. Quicker if I do much stop and go driving.
Have also replaced pads 7 times, rotors 4 times.
2001 Dodge Dakota RecallsChrysler Recalls 2001-2002 Dodge Models Because Park Shift Interlock System May Fail
Chrysler is recalling certain 2001-2002 Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 models because the park shift interlock system may not function correctly. When this system fails, the shifter can be moved out of the "Park" position with the ignition in the "lock" position. The ignition key can also be removed when the shifter is not in the "Park" position. Either of these conditions could allow the vehicle to roll away unexpectedly, possibly resulting in a crash. Dealers will replace the gearshift blocker and bracket assembly.
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.