Ticking Type Noise From Exhaust Manifold Area on Dodge Dakota

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

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Average mileage: 104,955 (10,000–220,000)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 4.7L V8
13 model years affected: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
113 people reported this problem
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2001 Dodge Dakota 110,000 mi,
I heard a ticking in the engine and after closely looking at it, I discovered that the bolts had broke off. So I just carefully removed them and replaced them myself. Not a big deal.
2005 Dodge Dakota 62,250 mi,
same problem with exhaust manifold bolts breaking needed repair is 800+ why wont dodge warrenty this problem?
1997 Dodge Dakota 220,000 mi,
Bolts broke off manifolds replaced them and it did it again!
2006 Dodge Dakota 55,000 mi,
2006 Dodge Dakota 65,000 mi,
truck made a loud ticking sound when starting it up and then would only hear it when hitting the gas peddal...found out it was the manifold...found out there was two sides (driver and passenger side) and that it was going to cost me close to 300 bucks to fix! GREAT!!!!
2006 Dodge Dakota 180,556 mi,
Exhaust manifold bolts have broke off both sides in the last 6 months
2 Exhaust Manifold bolt broke, paid $ to have it fixed. Now other side broke bolts, possible law suit. roger teters
2003 Dodge Dakota 180,000 mi,
runs awesome except them two rear bolts snapping off it is a serious health hazard
2002 Dodge Dakota 100,000 mi,
haven't fixed it yet - the bolt broke off. This should be considered a recall due to the possibility of exhaust fumes entering the cab (health hazzard). One part is cast iron, and the other is aluminum - no wonder they don't expand and contract at same rate.....
2006 Dodge Dakota 45,000 mi,
I replace the bolt ,and the gasket
2002 Dodge Dakota 141,000 mi,
maifold bolts o noth sides are rusted and about to snap. The gasket on the LH needs to be replaced to stop exhaust leak. Valves could possibly become warped from issue
2000 Dodge Dakota 200,000 mi,
I just broke/sheared the 2 rear exhaust manifold bolts! Noticed the loudness of the engine and realized the broken bolts when I was flushing my differentials. The dealer seems to be aware that it is a common problem on Dakotas. This should be a recall due to health hazards and possible fatalities it causes to all passengers and driver breathing in exhaust fumes. This is the result of either poor engineering or poor compatibility of metals used. Seems to be a continued problem on a wide range of years for the Dakota and still not resolved!
1997 Dodge Dakota 208,000 mi,
Took the truck in for a full exhaust replacement. They charged me for it but didn't think necessary to replace broken manifold bolt.
2006 Dodge Dakota 105,000 mi,
broken exhaust manafold bolts
2003 Dodge Dakota 101,000 mi,
Broken rear studs on exhaust, drivers side. Replace bolts, gasket and manifold was resurfaced. Problem solved
2006 Dodge Dakota 100,000 mi,
Ticking noise passenger side.
Clicking, rapid and sharp, coming from the exhaust manifold region of my 3.9 v6 engine in my 2003 Dodge Dakota SXT 4x4 automatic pick up truck.
2008 Dodge Dakota 48,000 mi,
Exhaust leak: replaced passenger side bolts, one snapped off in the head and I had a difficult time extracting the bolt, replaced manifold gasket and manifold also. Now working on driver side, removed seven of the nine bolts so far and one of them broke off in the head. Appears to be a recurring nightmare.
2001 Dodge Dakota 140,000 mi,
Loud ticking exhaust leak right at manifold/block. Scared to try and replace the studs and have a bolt break off. Extremely annoying sound.
2004 Dodge Dakota 75,000 mi,
The manifold gaskets are gone on both sides now. Has been getting worse now at 113,000 miles.