Dodge Dakota Repair and Maintenance

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

Dodge Dakota Problems

Engine problems due to intermittent connection in crank position sensor wire connector

On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8, an intermittent connection in the crank position sensor wire connector can cause poor engine performance or the engine may crank but not start.

Exhaust Manifold Bolts May Break

3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8
Exhaust manifold bolts commonly break, exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced and replace bolts as needed.

"No start" Caused By Failed Fuel Pump

Fuel pump failures are common on higher mileage models, Resulting in a crank no start condition.

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Dodge Dakota Questions

While towing a 4000 lbs travel trailer, the truck will miss or "spudder".. (1 answer)

The check engine light is on. When this is a happens the engine light will flash off and on and the engine will loose power until I put it I 2 second gear. (automatic) and keep the rpm up to 4000 or better. I know this is hard on the engine and transmission. Looking for suggestions. I suspect...

Ac only blows out defrost ?as well heat.doesnt get hot (1 answer)

I can't drive ten minutes away at night without my headlights flashing ... Alternator been changed. It has a headlight dimmer switch and I think that's the problem. When I turn the switch to dim my dash lights it dims my headlights instead. (1 answer)

This has been going on for about 4 years . Me and my hubby done rebuild most of the engine minus the block! But this is very frustrating if anyone has any ideas I'm all ears!! Thank you!

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Dodge Dakota Recalls

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. 

Clutch Ignition Interlock Switch

The clutch ignition interlock switch can fail due to broken return springs. A failed switch can cause the engine not to start or the vehicle to move unexpectedly when trying to start the engine. Dealers will replace the clutch ignition interlock switch to correct this concern.

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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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