2004 Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Dodge Dakota

Exhaust manifold bolts commonly break, exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced and replace bolts as needed.

A clunk or popping sound heard while turning may mean the intermediate steering shafts need realignment. Replacement of the upper intermediate shaft may be necessary.

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.

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It grinds when shifting from 2nd to 3rd unless it's shifted to neutral for a few seconds then into 3rd.

Happens each year after below 0 or much worse cold weather in Minnesota replaced and reflashed. 1 year had to replace twice. Truck starts and drives fine but check engine dash light comes on and code points to the cam and crank sensors. One instance the light went out but then came on days late...

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Chrysler is recalling certain 2002-2004 Dodge Dakota and 2002-2003 Dodge Durango models because the front windshield wipers may stop working. This is a result of corrosion in the wiper motor due to water intrusion. Failure of the windshield wiper may result in reduced visibility, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will replace the front windshield wiper module to correct this concern.

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I have a 2004 dodge dakota crew cab 4.7 v-8 automatic. My problem is seat belt driver side jammed worked off and on then froze up. Dealer mechanic explained to me before changing or disconnecting the air bag connection on the retractor to be sure to disconnect the battery.I did but air bag light stays on. Seat belt light goes off when I put seat belt on,but air bag light goes off then comes b...

Great truck.

Currently have 114,500 miles with minimal problems. Recently had to replace upper ball joints, tie rod ends and both front wheel bearing assemblies plus the fan motor resistor with its electrical harness. Only one re-occouring problem .. the Crank and Cam sensors go out during extreme cold weather in Minnesota each of last 3 years. Also have the same problem as many others with the ticking no...

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