On the 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8 and 5.9L V8 the Oil leaks commonly from the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets (front and rear), timing cover gaskets, distributor O-ring, and the rear main seal area. Using fluorescent engine oil dye can be helpful in determining the source(s) of the oil leak.
Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets on Dodge Dakota
Average mileage: 159,198 (94,000–265,000)
Engines affected: 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8
30 people reported this problem
1996 Dodge Dakota - 3.9L V6 105,000 mi, Visitor
leaking a ton of oil
1993 Dodge Dakota - 3.9L V6 265,000 mi, Visitor
Leaking oil at right valve cover gasket. Replace gasket to stop leak. Left valve cover not leaking, but saved the extra gasket for when it does need to be replaced.
1997 Dodge Dakota - 5.2L V8 94,000 mi, Visitor
My oil was leaking for about 3 weeks and then one day I go to drive my truck out of the driveway and all my oil was underneath it so I was not going anywhere.