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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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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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I have a 2003 Dodge Dakota I just changed the oil and now the oil pressure seems to go too high
Check to make sure that you have the correct oil filter on the car and that the oil you put in the engine is of the correct viscosity recommended in the manual. If these things are correct you might have...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Q: Iac valve
Danny. We appreciate you contacting us and asking questions - but this issue with your Dakota is something that we really can't "guess" at what might be normal or is wrong with your Dakota. Any responsible mechanic would insist on...
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I figured out the problem, now I need a solution
Hi Danny. Without completing an actual inspection, it's impossible to tell you for certain.
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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...
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My 2006 dodge dakota has stared making a clunking or poping noise when i turn
If the rubber boot on the ball joint is torn, that boot, or the entire assembly, should be replaced promptly as the ball joint will deteriorate quickly if exposed to the elements, dirt, and so forth. You can schedule a...
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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,...
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Transmission just stopped working after 2min of being in gear no slipping just nothing shut it off and for 1 min work's for 2 min
You should first check to make sure the transmission is not low on fluid? If it is then top off fluid and check for cause of fluid loss. If transmission is not low on fluid then you will need to...
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my truck has no bus and i changed the crankshaft senser already?
Confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If the immobilizer system is on, you may see a security warning light. If the warning light is on, to temporarily override the...
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What's the proper engine operating temp for a 98 dodge dakota 3.9l?
Normal operating temperature for an engine ranges from around 200 to 220 degrees. For some reason your engine must not be getting warm enough. I would recommend using the thermostat that the manufacturer recommends in order to keep the engine...
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My truck says no bus and I put a new crankshaft position sensor?
Normally no bus indicate some sort of issue with the OBD2 system. It is possible that trouble codes for the check engine light we're cleared out after the sensor was replaced. If anything was plugged into the OBD2 port, it...
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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...
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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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