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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Dodge Dakota
2011 marked the final year of production for Dodge’s venerable Dakota pickup truck. It was a compact pickup, not quite the size of the Ram, and competed with similar models like the Chevy...

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power steering whinning. And wants to jerk back straight when I turn.
Hi Kenneth. Thanks for contacting us today. Typically these symptoms are often an indication of low power steering fluid or a lack of fluid pressure. If the vehicle is pulling in one direction, it's possible the rack has been damaged...
Q: Idle problems
It's possible that you could be having a sticking throttle linkage or a problem with the throttle body itself. I would recommend checking those areas for any potential problems that may exist.
Fuel injecter
Hi Danny. A professional mechanic would start by downloading all OBD-II trouble codes, as this would lead them to a bank (or side of the motor) where the faulty injector is faulty. They would then inspect each one till they...
Q: Fuel injecter circuit open
Hi Danny. Thanks for the question today. When a fuel injector circuit is open, it means that the fuel injector or the electrical harness connected to it is damaged, which prohibits the injector to open and close as required. The...
Q: Fuel injecter circuit open
A non operational injector will cause a rough idle and power loss. However, if the connection is at all intermittent, versus completely open, or the injector leaks you will observe variation in idle speed. Any steady, or uncommanded acceleration, is...
Q: Reving
When the car is in gear, the load on the engine is sufficient to prevent the malfunction. If the engine idle speed on your vehicle is controlled by an idle control valve (ICV), that ICV valve can fail or a...
Batter wire
Hi Danny. Thanks for sending your question today. The battery cables are typically one connection. In some cases, there is an extra wire that will power an accessory item that will secure to the positive post. However, without knowing what...
Engine starts but won’t stay running
If the car is starting with no issue but the problem is immediate stalling typical causes for such immediate stalling are a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty engine coolant temperature switch/sensor (typically at cold start only), faulty camshaft or crankshaft...
Bad fuel injecter
That doesn't really sound like the symptoms of a bad fuel injector. It sound more like you have an air leak or a bad idle valve. But don't run out and buy a new part just yet. You really should...
Transmission or transfer case grinding when shifting from park to drive/reverse. Truck jerks with it.
Be sure the fluid level is correct. Low (or high) fluid will cause all kinds of transmission malfunctions. If the fluid level is OK, check the bottom of the transmission oil pan (inc. magnet, if installed) and the filter screen...
I have a Dodge Dakota 4 x 4 2001 truck yet dies instantly after it's Crank. The check engine light was on for a month prior. Help
Since the check engine light is on already you would not know if the computer stored additional codes that will point to the problem you are having unless you have the system tested again. You need to have this done...
My truck is a 2000 dodge Dakota 4.7l v8. Its tells my p0700 and when I put it on a code reader it says p0720.?
What you are describing may be a result of a faulty speed sensor, potentially low transmission fluid or a even a faulty transmission control solenoid. As your vehicle travels down the road, the computer analyzes data being sent by vehicle...
Water seeping from engine, possible head gasket.
It is not recommended to buy any vehicle that has the check engine light on, unless you have negotiated a substantial discount to cover the risk. In reviewing the NHTSA database for this particular model, there are a well above...
My 2002 dodge dakota sport v-6 won't start.
If the vehicle starts when you directly introduce fuel, you should test fuel pump output and pressure to see if those values are in an acceptable range. Of course, check for a clogged fuel filter as well. If there is...
Truck overheats because coolant is pushed Into overflow tank until cooling system is empty and will not re-enter the motor.
Overheating, which can be due to may causes of which a leaking head gasket is just one, will potentially cause coolant loss through the radiator cap as the radiator opens as a pressure relief device. Exhaust leaking into the coolant,...
Got a 2005 Dodge Dakota extra cab with an 8 cylinder engine. Does not have power locks, nor does it have remote, keyless entry. My
Load test your battery and evaluate the results. A possibility is a weak battery leads to a voltage drop during starting and the immobilizer (vehicle security system) interprets that voltage drop as "vehicle theft". Horn is then activated but voltage...
Hard shifting from park to drive.
There are a number of things that may cause this such as low or dirty transmission fluid, a bad shift interlock, or in some cases, the weight of the vehicle putting additional strain on the transmission parking pawl. The parking...
No ignition power accidentally crossed two wires and lost all power no crank no power to the starter or ignition
If you saw a visible short circuit (sparks), a fuse, circuit breaker and/or a fusible link could have opened. If none of that is relevant, it is likely there is either component damage or miswiring. What you have is an...
After doing a head gasket on a 2002 3.9 Dakota, how long will it take after starting it will it take to start to run normally?
Unless your repair involved replacement or modification of engine controls, such as the IAC valve or throttle position sensor, the instant you start the truck after replacing just a, or both, head gaskets, the engine should operate normally. If the...

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