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#463 of 738 Brake Lights
Apr 11, 2002 (8:36 am)
Hey...guess what? I have a problem with my brakes and its not the whole warping thing. Not this time anyway. 2001 QC 4.7 40k miles. Have had brakes turned once. I love the truck although I still cant get the rotten egg odor to go away. Dealership has replaced the cataleptic converter and are stumped. They said according to the sensors its text book perfect, it just smells like an egg salad sandwich. Well, maybe more like a thousand sandwichs.
Now to the problem at hand. My Brake lights dont work. Bulbs look OK. Dosnt seem to be a fuse for them. Everything else if fine lights wise. I have the factory tow package. It looks as though when retard at the cap place(wont get into it know)put on my cap he pulled a wire down for the top brake light and spliced it into the harness down near the tow hitch. Well actually he just stripped and twisted them together and let them hang. Nice huh! He connected into a white w/red striped white that was in split lumen tubing labeled CHMSL. Could any of this be the problem. Was it the right way to do it(besides the obvious)Where did this CHMSL wire originally come from.
I hope someone can help and that I didnt put anyone to sleep.
#464 of 738 brake lights
Apr 11, 2002 (8:39 am)
I have disconnecting the white w/red wire from cap brake light and didnt fix.
#465 of 738 brake lights by pokea - reply
Apr 11, 2002 (9:01 am)
The wire CHMSL (center mounted high stop light) wire was provided in the wiring harness for exactly the purpose the guy at the topper place used it for. Most newer trucks come with a wire to allow hookup to the center stop light when you install a topper. If the bulbs and fuse are good you might need to check the stop light switch on or above the brake pedal. Try turning on your 4 way emergency flashers. They use the same filament in the bulb as the brakes, if this works them you know the bulbs, sockets and part of the wiring works.
#466 of 738 Brake lights
Apr 11, 2002 (9:51 am)
Thanx iowabigguy. 4 way emergincy flashers work fine. Guess its off to check the switch.
#467 of 738 lotsa problems
Apr 13, 2002 (1:52 pm)
I have to agree with the criticism of Dodge & Jeep. I made the mistake of buying a 1996 Dodge Caravan (bought new) AND a 1998 Dodge Dakota extra cab (bought new). The many problems include:
transmission failure 90,000 miles
bad engine noises
serious brake problems both front & rear
transmission failure 60,000 miles
bad engine noises
Jeep Wrangler (bought new in 1988)
engine failure 39,000 miles
I also have to agree with those who have experienced other dealers refusing to take Chrysler products as trade-ins.
Unfortunately, it seems that Chrysler's plan is to produce vehicles which are appealing on the showroom floor but which don't stand up to day to day use.
This is sad because I genuinely liked all of these vehicles...I just can't afford them.
#468 of 738 Guess What???
Apr 18, 2002 (5:31 am)
Now my AC has gone out. The light on the snow flake button blinks off and on. When it blinks off the AC stops cooling and blinks back on it starts cooling again. Dam the luck!!! What the hell has D/C done to these Dakotas.
#469 of 738 Help! 20amp fuse for power outlet
Apr 19, 2002 (3:18 pm)
Please Help, can anybody with a shop manual direct me to the fuse for the power outlet (if there is one) I have checked the side panel fuse box, and the fuse & relay box under the hood with no luck. The owners manual states the power outlet is run directly from the battery but dosent give any directions to the 20amp fuse.
I have a 2000 4.7 auto.
Thanks in advance,
#470 of 738 Help! 20amp fuse for power outlet - reply
Apr 19, 2002 (4:20 pm)
The BOB shows 2 20 amp fuses feeding the power outlet. Fuse 4 in the Power Distribution Center (under hood near battery)is the primary feed. The feed then goes to a splice S260 where it goes to other places besides the power outlet. There is a fuse labeled "B" in the fuse/relay box (on drivers side of the dash). This is the one that provides power to the power outlet. Either fuse could be burnt out and you would not have power available at the outlet. Hope this helps! Rick
#471 of 738 Help! 20amp fuse for power outlet
Apr 19, 2002 (5:23 pm)
Thanks for the response Iowabigguy,
I went back and checked again... at the PDC my # 4 is a starter relay and no labeling(on backside of cover) for the power outlet. I did check all the 20amps under the hood and all seemed ok. At the access panel on drivers side, I have a 15 amp for the cigar lighter but no labeling for the power outlet. I checked all fuses in this panel anyway and all ok. I wonder if there is some kind of fusible link in the wire leading to the outlet?
#472 of 738 Oil Pressure Reading
Apr 20, 2002 (7:45 am)
I looked at a used 99 Dakota today. I noticed the oil pressure fluctuates with engine speed. It seems to stay within the acceptable range. At idle it's a little lower than the middle mark. When driving it was midway between the middle and high marks. My Ranger is rock steady at any speed. Is this normal for a Dakota or is something wrong. (V6)