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#52 of 182 impy2- TechServiceBullitens
Jul 01, 2000 (2:53 pm)
I suggest viewing http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/
Select Vehicle & Equipment Information" under Car safety. Then select Tech Service bulletins or Recalls.
I have had better luck with the selection window on the left side of the screen by entering 2000, Dodge Truck, Dakota and leaving the last selection blank.
Note the new April Recall Update on the main page. It contains a Dodge Dakota Recall for 1999 and 2000 Tow Hitch fractured receiver mounts. I mention it because it is not in the TSBs.
A source for the details of a TSB is www.alldata.com for a fee however.
#53 of 182 spark knock.....again!!!!
Jul 02, 2000 (2:52 am)
I tried some things you guys told me about my spark knock problem, but nothing worked. (of course it is not anyones fault) I have the 2000 club cab sport with 4.7 Liter V8, 5-speed, loaded with the tow package and all the heavy duty service stuff. (2500 miles) I have used every kind of 87 octane fuel. (exxon, chevron, citgo, BP, go mart) I cannot get rid of my spark knock. I can hear it throughout the whole RPM range especially under hard acceleration and hill climbing. Just for kicks I tried a tank full of 93 octane. (I know it is not recommended) I wanted to see if that cured it so I could at least rule out low octane as a problem. The truck still suffered from spark knock, even with the 93 octane. Not quite as bad, but nothing to be happy about. I feel it is time to take it to the dealer. What exactly could be wrong. What will the dealer do to correct it. The truck runs great, accelerates smooth, idles smooth, never hesitates, and has plenty of power. It just sounds like "marbles in the hubcaps" under the hood. Would a different thermostat help, such as a 180 degree. I really do not want to do that, because that truck is designed to run on a 195 degree thermostat. I am just curious how the dealer would fix this. Thanks guys
#54 of 182 meyersed Thank you
Jul 02, 2000 (1:34 pm)
Meyer, thanks for your very informative posting re
the NHTSA web site. I bookmarked it for future reference.
Jul 02, 2000 (4:15 pm)
I have followed all of the Dakota topics for the past 10 months and thanks to all the great information posted to them I feel that I am well prepared for the upcoming purchase of a new SLT ClubCab. Every visit here has been enjoyable and informative. I hope to order before the end of August. I have a question regarding the bumper fascias. The info I have is that the ClubCab SLT has gray fascias regardless of body color. The Dodge website indicates that the QuadCab SLT has body colored fascias. Is that correct? I really like the SLT colors but may have to choose a color that would allow me to change to Sport fascias later. My assumption is that the fascias are molded from colored materials to match the body colors. I could just paint the gray ones but I don't think it would be too durable. Appreciate any info.
#56 of 182 bcarter3 slt fascias
Jul 02, 2000 (7:13 pm)
"The info I have is that the ClubCab SLT
has gray fascias regardless of body color"
This is true for 2000 SLT Dakotas. If it is true for the 2001 models is unknown, supposedly the fascia is changed on the 2001 model. I don't believe the color is molded in on the sport models but rather is painted on. There is a special type of additive they put into paint when it is applied to the flexible bumper covers, I imagine a good body shop could take care of that for you. I considered that for my 2k Quad (driftwood) but now that I've lived with the truck for a while I've gotten used to the gray. Another thing I've considered is a chromed metal fascia, look into the magazine Sport Truck or Truckin. The additional chrome really looks good (of course in my opinion, I'm sure others will disagree) and has the openings for the factory fog lamps. The full chrome treatment would give the Dakota a more unique look and differentiate it from the ever increasing number of look-alike Dakotas and Durangos. Rick
#57 of 182 Dakota Sport Fascia
Jul 03, 2000 (5:28 am)
My money is on the likelyhood that the 2001 Dakota Sport will have a one-piece bumper/fascia design similar to the new Ram Sport design that came out with the Ram mid-model updating.
#58 of 182 impy2 - knocking
Jul 03, 2000 (7:00 am)
I'm assuming you used a can of either Chevron Techron or BG-44k. This would virtually eliminate the possibility of a fuel delivery or carbon problem. After that, it's probably spark related. Could be a knock sensor malfunction (computer), a loose wire or problem spark plug (pretty complex on the 4.7 engine) or something related to that.
I had a very similar problem for a year or so on my first (1983) Porsche 944. It's knocking drove me crazy, and I replaced EVERYTHING in the fuel and ignition systems for about a grand. I finally had isolated it to the Motronic engine control unit, then my mechanic cousin noticed someone had 'hot-wired' one of the cooling fans into the Motronic wiring loom... anyway, he fixed it with a 10 cent resistor from Radio Shack and a simple rewiring. Your's will hopefully be somewhat simpler to find (& fix) than that.
#59 of 182 good to see light somewhere ahead
Jul 03, 2000 (4:14 pm)
thanks for letting all of us 2001 quaders with the first build date. now i can start finalizing with some of our finances.
wantaquad: i ordered mine directly after my 200 order was deleted. my salesman sent me the new pages. new options are as follows;
-new power heated/folding side mirrors
-15" and 16" cast al. wheels
-p255/60r16 on 4x2
-p265/70r16 on 4x4
-ip w/ improved h3eater and ac controls
-corporate steering column(?)
-front door trim panels
-power outlet in floor console(buckets only)
-illuminated center console
-leather seats(buckets only)
-interior trim colors(dark slate and taupe)
-load shedding battery
-SKIM security system(microchip in key?)
-electronic transfer case(dial on ip)
-single-stage air bag
-electronic PRNDL in 3.9 and 5.9 engines
-prem. sound cd
-6 button remote radio controls
-homelink system in overhaed console
hope that answers your question.
hoping to see pricing come out within next week.
i want to join the owner group as soon as possible with 2001 info
#60 of 182 Monday interesting news
Jul 03, 2000 (6:58 pm)
I was looking at some news items and found an article that interested me because we had been discussing fly-by-wire throttle on the 4.7L earlier in these forums. An auto group says that within the next 5-8 years, we will be seeing a move to completely fly-by-wire controls, including the throttle, braking and steering. The concept is that in the future, they will make only one model and it will work in both left hand and right hand drive. You just plug the steering wheel into the appropriate side of the dash. They are predicting a move to electric brakes and the elimination of hydraulics. Of course, electric brakes could also become regenative braking and maybe eliminate the alternator? The word is that Mercedes was going to have a FBW car by 05.
Themacguy:I had wondered if your handled was PPC related. I have a 160Mhz 6360. Not in your league with that G4. My wife wants to get an Imac 400Mhz DVD G3, but I have a problem going from my 17" Sony to a 15". I have also done some road racing. I ran SCCA 'C' Mod against Porsche 914s in a 72 Mercury Comet. I had tweaked the suspension ala 'Bullit'. I could blow the competion away where I could power out, but the tight corners killed me. Have you ever been to Hallett? Maybe we could hold an Owner Rally there and have some real fun.
#61 of 182 themacguy.....knocking?
Jul 04, 2000 (3:43 am)
Thanks for your reply. I need to correct myself in a previous post. (#52....the one you replied to. Read it again if you can) I said that the spark knock was still present with 93 octane. After about a using 1/4 tank, the spark knock is completely gone using 93 octane. Now I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. The owners manual says not to use premium, but the engine sounds much better. It says to use only 87 octane, but I get spark knock. With only 2600 miles, wouldn't you say I could rule out a carbon problem. And also rule out the spark plugs as a problem. What does this tell you that It does not "ping" using 93 octane. I would say my timing needs advanced just a little. (if that is possible. I have seen vehicles with no timing, idle, or air fuel adjustments......my dad's Mark VIII and my old Grand Am Quad 4 was like that.) Sorry to drag this subject so far. Thanks for your patience!!!!