Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

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

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Dodge Dakota Problems

Clear-coat paint peeling off

clearcoat coming off have noticed quite afew dodge dakotas with this problem

Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets

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.

Coolant Loss and Engine Overheating

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.

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Dodge Dakota Questions

my Dakota has a transfer case,,,what does that mean (2 answers)

I am not mechanical inclined

How do I adjust my breaks (1 answer)

The truck stops fine but the emergency brake will not hold the truck from rolling on a hill even a small one

How can I find and fix a small break fluid leak (1 answer)

about once every month I have to put in some more break fluid and every once in a while I see a puddle under my car but not always. any sugjestions

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Dodge Dakota Recalls

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Front Air Bag Defect

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag inflator free of charge to correct the concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

Upon deployment the driver's front airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the driver's front airbag inflator to correct this concern. Note: this recall supersedes, in part, recall #14V-354. 

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Dodge Dakota Reviews

MAJOR COMPLAINT BAD BRAKES, THEY HAVE BEEN A NIGHTMARE MAKING THE TRUCK NOT ONLY UN-SAFE BUT NOT TRYSTWIRTHY TO DRIVE MORE THAN 10 MILES IN CITY TRAFFIC. 4WD Electronic engagement never worked. Had it in 4WD 6 Times, the motor that engages it went out 4 times making it un-usable. Brake issue explained.bought my 2001 Dodge Dakota in 2001 with 7k miles on it and was pleased with it until ...
I Love my 1993 Dodge Dakota. I am female and have got completely ripped off on repairs. I was lied to ,cheated out of a lot,alot, of money. All say,"its a Dodge" like a problem child. The only problem was they were all liars and thieves and wanted it. So they dogged the Dodge. I still got it and they don't! They(as in "mechanics or just men talking crap about it.),LOL. literally tried to steal...
Bought my 2000 Dakota in 2003 with 40000 miles on it. I do the maintenance at the recommended time. The transmission went at 56000miles and was rebuilt under the extended warranty. At 61000 miles the evaporater core went. Has 90000 miles on it now, original 3.9L engine still running strong. No rust on it. Will keep it till it quits.

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