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.
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: 138,220 mi (70,000 mi - 214,000 mi)
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, 1995 Dodge Dakota, 167,452 mi
INTAKE LEAKS IN OF ENGINE.
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, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 5.2L V8
not fixed yet
Visitor, 2003 Dodge Dakota, 4.7L V8, 128,000 mi
truck was overheating and loosing nearly all coolant every other day. found that my rad was clogged causing pressure build up and the coolant was blowing out the overflow. replaced rad it was ok for a day or so and then stared again. found fan cloth and stat bad. had replaced and a view days later engine stared to overheat again. this time i found that since the rad cap had been on and off so many times the seal was bad and as the truck cooled it would blow out there. replaced cap and haven't had issue since.
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 5.2L V8, 214,000 mi
Overheating tried radiator, waterpump, thermostat, flushing radiator etc. no luck yet still overheating
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 3.9L V6, 80,000 mi
My truck was getting hot and the thermostat
was replaced. It ran normal for awhile then started getting hot again. To fix the problem, my mechanic replaced the water pump and the radiator. This was done just this year so I don't know if it will last!