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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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Just changed a blown water pump and now the truck chugs when driving and idling on my 2003 Dodge Dakota
Hello. Typically I would need to know if the engine overheated when the water pump failed. If it did then that may have caused damage to the engine. At that point I would do a compression test and a block...
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Car goes forward when put in reverse backup lights do not come on
Hi there. The most common cause of this type of problem is a transmission sensor, or linkage malfunction or a pressure imbalance in the transmission. With these issues, the car is unsafe to drive until this is resolved. You should...
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Engine turns but wont start.
Hi JR. You might want to check your cold start injector; especially if you're smelling fuel; as this can be a sign of improper air/fuel mixture which essentially is creating a rich situation. The cold start injector, also referred to...
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i dont know the size of the heater core is it 5/8 or a 2 inch
The 5/8 inch dimension versus the 2 inch dimension simply refers to the "thickness" of the core body. If you have your core out, or can wait to access it, just simply look and see if the core is very...
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Backup light comes on when brake i depress
First, make sure the reverse lights are not just simply always on, which might signify a fault with the neutral safety switch. If indeed, illumination is only occurring with brake light illumination, check to be sure that you have the...
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Transmission replacement
Hi there. You can use a manual transmission from the year 2000 to the year 2004. The transmission type that your vehicle has is a NV3550. If you need further assistance with replacing your transmission, then seek out a professional,...
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A 500 Transmission is shifting harshly or delayed upon take off. There is no Check Engine or MIL light.
Hi there. Check the downshift solenoid on the transmission. It seems that the solenoid is sticking or not functioning correctly. I recommend servicing the transmission with changing the transmission oil and filter. If there is some dirt or gummy slush...
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Truck won't start when outside temp drops below 45 degrees.
Hello There, It sounds like you may have a fuel pressure problem. Try turning the key on 3-4 times before trying to start the motor as this will cause the fuel pump to come on priming the fuel system with...
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clicking/cluncking at low speeds wth a vibration or missing coming from drivers side
Hi There, What you are describing is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to...
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No spark
Hi There, It sounds like you have covered most of the typical culprits relating to problems with spark. You may want to check the plug wires as well as obvious as it may seem. Most MAG type spark plug wires...
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Truck overheated and battery died at same time
Hi There, It sounds like you may have lost your serpentine belt which runs every accessory on the vehicle (water pump, power steering pump, alternator, A/C compressor, etc.). This may explain the simultaneous draining of the battery while the motor...
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Will the transfer case out of a 93 manual Dakota fit into a 96?
Hello. My research indicates that those two different model years of Dakota use two different models of transfer case, as indicated by their part numbers. This means that they are likely different and are not cross compatible. Depending on what...
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Engine in my Dodge Dakota truck with 105,000 miles is making a weird noise like a clothes dryer. I am not noticing any problems wi
With regard to maintenance, yes the transfer case oil should be changed as well as the engine coolant. YourMechanic can dispatch a certified mechanic to perform both of those services on a mobile basis. With regard to the engine noise,...
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Having trouble shifting out of park
Hello. It sounds like you have an issue with the brake switch. When the switch fails it keeps the shifter from unlocking. The shift interlocking system will not allow the shifter to move unless the brake pedal is applied. I...
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Underneath truck
A strategy is to have a "knowledgeable" assistant with you so that he or she can be outside the vehicle right at the site of the suspected noise when you get in. If that person listens very carefully, he or...
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Wheel bearing hub assembly
Based on the Factory Service Manual (FSM), you remove the hub/wheel bearing assembly (on 4WD vehicles) without axle or knuckle removal. That means you might have to use a regular thin wall socket and an offset (wobbly type) extension. The...
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CV shaft on passenger side keeps breaking. The alignment is done and nothing else is wrong.
Hi there. Check the suspension to the front axle and see if the axle is loose or moving around. If the alignment is good on the front axle and the axle is solid and not moving around, then the band...
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How much does it cost to replace the wiring harness on my truck?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost of replacing the wiring harness on a 2001 Dodge Dakota V8-4.7L.
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Hard starting after replacing fuel pump
The fuel pump replacement and the subsequent hard starting might be mere coincidence. A way to find out is to request a hard starting diagnostic during which the responding mechanic will inspect not only the fuel supply system, but also...
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I need to know pricing,what the problem could be.
Hello. A noise can be caused by many things. If it is a howling or humming noise that appears to change with speed, then it may be possible that the issue is due to a worn or damaged bearing. If...

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