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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Dodge Dakota
2011 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 S10 and the Ford Ranger (both...

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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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Wipers not working
Hello. It is possible that your windshield wipers are not working because of the motor. However, there are other components in your windshield wiper system that could prevent the windshield wipers from working. The windshield wiper transmission, combination switch, or...
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What is going on with my car?
Hi there. Check the fuel injectors and see if they are working or not. If the fuel injectors are not working, then you would need to replace the fuel injectors. If the fuel injectors are fine and the engine operates...
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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 not starting.
This truck came with a three different size engines. The most common reasons for no starts are the engine timing belt is broken. The fuel pump is not pumping and would need replacement. A qualified mechanic would be able to...
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Turn signals
Try to turn on and off the 4 way flasher switch several times and then leave off then try turn signals again. If they still act up then you most likely have a bad turn signal switch internally shorted. ...
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Transmission issues
Hello. If the shifter itself is not moving then the linkage may be binding so that needs to be checked out first. Most of the time the joints in the linkage will cause this when they fail. If the transmission...
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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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Transmission
Odds are that something inside the transmission has failed. If for instance the front pump has failed, there will be no hydraulic pressure within the transmission. Automatic transmissions rely on that hydraulic pressure to move as well as shift up...
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Rough idle and RPM fluctuation
Hi There, As you may know, the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor senses engine load and generates a signal that is proportional to the amount of vacuum in the intake manifold. The engine computer then uses this information to adjust...
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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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Rattle noise
Hi there. Either the engine's timing tensioner is loose and not pressurizing up when the engine is started up or the camshaft variable timing solenoid is sticking when the engine oil is thick - cold. I recommend putting in an...
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Oil pressure light is on
The oil pressure light will usually come on when a few things could be happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil, the oil pump could be failing or not pumping oil sufficiently or the oil pressure sending...
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My ac only blows through defrost vents
Hello. From the symptoms you've described it would appear to me that the vehicle may have more than one problem. The hissing coming from the AC condenser may be a sign of a potential leak, especially if it occurred after...
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Misfire rough idle
Changing the radiator should not have caused a misfire. Replacing the plugs and the MAP sensor was a great idea. What we commonly refer to as the O2 sensor is not located in the fuse box. There are two O2...
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Map sensor
Hi Danny. This video is pretty good on showing how to clean a MAP sensor.
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Knocking sound
The noise may be the serpentine belt tensioner vibrating, or the front engine damper is broken and causing a noise. If the noise is neither of these components, then an inspection would be needed to see what the possible cause...
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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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Idle problems
If the throttle body is leaking vacuum on the throttle shaft then it should be replaced. If you are just getting a noise of sucking air through the throttle plates then it can be caused by carbon build up on...
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Idle
A faulty or blown fuse in other electronically controlled systems can cause the IAC motor to malfunction, leading to a higher than normal engine idle speed. Other possible causes of a high idle include vacuum leaks, a malfunctioning throttle (throttle...

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