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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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AC clutch making squealing noise
Of course, make sure the oil and refrigerant charge are correct. Too much of either will create an excessive load on the compressor. Also, check the operating pressures to see if they are within an acceptable range. Check belt alignment...
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Buzzing noise inside dash 2002 Dodge Dakota
Hi there - several possibilities here for a buzzing sound, as this is not an uncommon issue. Quite possibly the auto shutdown relay or the fuel pump relay are buzzing due to burned contacts. There are also instances where the...
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Doesn't start
Hi there. It sounds like either the fuse/relay or the clutch neutral safety switch is faulty. Check the fuses/relays and replace as necessary. Locate the clutch neutral safety switch and check for proper electrical signals and operation; replace/repair as necessary....
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Transmission does not shift properly
This may be a sign of a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission...
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Headlights
Hello. Your issue may be caused by one of several factors. The typical issues like this with the headlights pertain to a bad relay, connection, socket, or dimmer switch if equipped. If you have a voltmeter, you can track down...
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High oil pressure
This will usually come on when one of two things are happening. Either the motor is in fact over filled with oil or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly and may be producing a faulty reading. I...
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Transmission shifting delay
Hello. This may be a result of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a...
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Truck dies while driving - 2000 Dodge Dakota
Hello. You may have several issues at once contributing to the stalling. You will want to start by having the vehicle scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. This can be done by a mechanic or at most local auto parts stores....
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My car won't start. The odometer reads: NO BUS.
The error code "no bus" means the PCMS are not communicating with each other. Likely one of them has gone bad, or there is a bad connection. You can do further testing on them using a multimeter. This will require...
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Vehicle stalls both at idle and while moving without triggering any check engine codes.
This is usually caused by a bad connection from a main power source. On your Dakota, this would be a fusible link or fuse coming directly from the battery. The fuses will be in the power distribution center under the...
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Vehicle stalls both at idle and while moving without triggering any check engine codes.
Hi there. For this symptom to occur is for the camshaft and crankshaft sensors to not be registering or have failed. Since you have replaced them both and the problem still continues, then the PCM either has a bad connection...
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Battery or cables or what? 1998 Dodge Dakota
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 1998 Dodge Dakota to crank but not start. Given than your car starts fine when jump started, the fuel system is unlikely to be the cause. Leaving the starting system and the...
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Missing windshield wiper
Hey there. You will need a wiper arm and a new wiper blade. There is something else that you need to look at before you install the wiper arm. The round part that protrudes from the base of the windshield...
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Need to replace the right rear wheel cylinder.
Hi there: If you haven't replaced a brake wheel cylinder before, you might want to do one of two things. First, contact your local Dodge dealership or search online for a service repair manual for your 1989 Dodge Dakota. This...
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Where is the fuel filter? 2002 Dodge Dakota
Hi - the fuel filter on this puppy is mounting on the top of the fuel tank, between the tank and the truck bed. REALLY painful location. That part also includes the fuel pressure regulator - hence the location as...
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the horn honks when turning the key to start the truck?
Both the power to the ignition switch and the ground to the horn relay pass through the clockspring. The clockspring is a spiral-wound electrical connector which allows a vehicle's steering wheel to turn while still making an electrical connection between...
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My battery light came on while drive and it became hard to steer. A liquid is leaking from my truck and my gauge says hot
You most likely broke a serpentine belt. If you open hood and look at belts to see if it is missing or broken. If it is then do not try and drive it since it will overheat and cause engine...
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Does a 1998 Dodge Dakota SLT automatic transmission have differential fluid? Do i add it or is it called something?
The automatic transmission in your vehicle uses ATF+4 automatic transmission fluid. The differential uses GL-5 80W-90 gear oil, with a friction modifier if you've got a limited slip rear end.
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Why does my Shifter moves freely, but wont shift? A small piece in steering column has broken off. 2006 Dodge Dakota
Hi - you have diagnosed this correctly! Part of the shift linkage has broken, preventing gear selection. I would recommend a shift linkage inspection to determine what parts to order by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic,...
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Car hesitates only on cold starts - 1997 Dodge Dakota
Hi there. In most cases, cold starting issues are commonly caused by low fuel pressure inside the fuel injector nozzles. When it gets cold, fuel that is inside the fuel lines tends to flow backwards, which causes hesitation and engine...

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