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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Dakota Multiple Coolant Leaks
Dodge Dakota Problem
Engines Affected: 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8, 5.9L V8
Average Mileage: 136,449 mi (62,238 mi - 214,000 mi)
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, 197,000 mi
Engine overheats, noticed coolant leaking around the water pump area, I am fairly sure I need to replace the water pump and gasket, I feel there also may be a problem in the flow of coolant though the engine and associated hoses, as I put in new coolant in the resevoir and it is still a very bright green color and the coolant that is leaking is a dirty brown color, was wondering why this is.
Visitor, 1995 Dodge Dakota, 167,452 mi
INTAKE LEAKS IN OF ENGINE.
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, 151,000 mi
SMALL COOLANT LEAK BUT TRUCK HAS NEVER OVERHEATED. I HAVE NOT TRACED THE LEAK TO THE POINT OF ORIGIN YET BUT IT SEEMS TO BE AT OR AROUND THE WATER PUMP. HAVE REPLACED THE WP GASKET ONCE, ABOUT 30,000 MILES AGO.
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 5.9L V8, 174,000 mi
Not fixed yet. Overheating badly. Steam vigorously rising from grill after less than 5 miles of town driving.
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 4.7L V8, 174,000 mi
Replaced radiator, thermostat, no water leaking but still overheating. Replacing fill neck cap and coolant temprature relay and the thermostat sending unit or ect relay.
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 4.7L V8, 100,000 mi
overheating only in cool weather. and a coolant leak from radiator front right side which is the same spot four of my friends are leaking from. put three jars of stop leak to no avail.
Visitor, 2003 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, 95,000 mi
Coolant leak for years had it fixed 3 times still leaks
Vehicle did not run hot or show a check engine light. intermittant scent of antifreeze. No coolant in overflow. Took to a radiator specialist who noted a crack between the overflow tank and the radiator. Had to replace the entire radiator and overflow to correct the problem. Also, was told the entire "guts" of the radiator was "bad." It has been two years and still get occassional scent of antifreeze, no coolant in overflow. Suspect heater coil.
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, 154,000 mi
The dealership replaced the water pump and it has not stop leaking from the top
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, 174,000 mi
Noticed the overflow reservoir was low/empty and added fresh 50/50 RTU antifreeze. Next morning notice brown fluid on ground and reservoir was again low/empty. Used radiator pressure gauge and notice leak around thermostat housing. Also when testing main pressure cap was corroded. Replaced thermostat and pressure cap. Did follow up system testing and now have brown water leaking at fan clutch shaft seal area. Plan is to tear down to water pump level and evaluate seal and water pump housing this weekend. No other leaks have been detected.