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: 104,778 (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
104 people reported this problem
46 people shared problem details
2001 Dodge Dakota110,000
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 Dakota62,250
same problem with exhaust manifold bolts breaking needed repair is 800+ why wont dodge warrenty this problem?
2006 Dodge Dakota65,000
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 Dakota55,000
2006 Dodge Dakota180,556
Exhaust manifold bolts have broke off both sides in the last 6 months
1997 Dodge Dakota220,000
Bolts broke off manifolds replaced them and it did it again!
2003 Dodge Dakota180,000
runs awesome except them two rear bolts snapping off it is a serious health hazard
2 Exhaust Manifold bolt broke, paid $ to have it fixed. Now other side broke bolts, possible law suit. roger teters
2006 Dodge Dakota45,000
I replace the bolt ,and the gasket
2002 Dodge Dakota141,000
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
2002 Dodge Dakota100,000
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 Dakota105,000
broken exhaust manafold bolts
2000 Dodge Dakota200,000
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!
2004 Dodge Dakota75,000
The manifold gaskets are gone on both sides now. Has been getting worse now at 113,000 miles.
Yep 2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7 L magnum has a lot of ticking when it's cold coming from the exhaust manifold area this is a common problem for this piece of shit truck so you're not alone, it could possibly be broken manifold bolts on either the driver or passenger side foot truck up on ramps while it's cold turn engine on go underneath and look and listen for the ticking sound check all manifold bolts make sure that they are intact and in place and good luck
1997 Dodge Dakota208,000
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 Dakota70,000
horrible exhaust sound while idling and driving. had to pay 200 dollars to remove and replace all the rusty hardware.
2002 Dodge Dakota115,000
Exhaust manifold on driver side leaking near rear end of engine. suspect broken manifold bolts.
2006 Dodge Dakota107,000
Sounded like a sticking valve. Had it looked at, found that a manifold bolt on each side was broken. Dodge dealer in area told me the breakage was caused by our "extreme Midwest weather." Sounds more like a design problem to me. Dealer has the truck now for repair. Said the beads "may warp" during the repair.
2003 Dodge Dakota83,000
Manifold broken bolts. Not fixed yet
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