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#2321 of 4362 Re: HD Electrical
Aug 01, 2003 (2:38 pm)
Well, this one isn't that easy.
According to my 2003 Dakota brochure, the implication is that the 136 amp alternator is standard equipment on all Dakotas. My search of the on-line inventory of Marina Dodge in Webster, NY, seems to reinforce that as well as each Dakota they list, regardless of engine or trim level, lists the 136 amp as standard.
The 2003 service manual, however, indicates that 117 amp (pn 56028692AA for 4.7 and 56028914AA for 3.9/5.9) was equiped on some models.
It also looks like all Dakotas get the 600 AH battery unless equiped with trailer towing package, which then gets the 750 AH.
My 2003 DOES NOT have the ADJ option, and I do have the 136 amp alternator.
#2322 of 4362 to traumagas on airbags.
Aug 01, 2003 (3:35 pm)
On my 01 4.7, 4x4 Quad with trailer tow, tire handling pkg. 3.92ls etc. I added the IAS shocks and the firestone airbags. I am very happy with the combination. I tow a 22'Gradywhite with my towed weight and tongue weight pretty close to veh. rating and the bags help. Without I would get some rear end sag and with moderate pressure truck remains level. I keep minimum pressure in bags for everyday driving. Jim
Aug 01, 2003 (5:54 pm)
I am sure that the 2003 models may have some differences from 2000 but I beleive the presense of AirConditioning may also include the 136 amp alternator.
If one could FIND a stripped down, 2WD, 4cylinder Dakota... it would perhaps have somthing less than the 136 amp alternator.
Do not forget that part way thru the 2000 model year, the dakota saw quite a bit of 'cheepening' such as the spare was NOT mounted to an aluminimum wheel that matches all of the others on the truck. (mine does!) Also the underhood insulation was not installed in later 2000 Dakotas. The 'air baffle' was not installed on the side of the radiator....etc
My 2000 Dak was built in November of 1999 and has ALL of the items that were deleted from the build list when the 'cheepining' process began.
#2324 of 4362 Re: Rolling Dakota changes (Bpeebles)
Aug 02, 2003 (5:54 am)
I'll tell you something else that's different as well.
My 2003 is a fairly quiet vehicle. I hear very, very little engine sound except for the exhaust note. At reasonable highway speeds wind noise is almost non-existent. The vast majority of the noise I do hear is from the Goodyear Wranglers. This noise is coming in through the cab vents that are located in the cab's rear bulkhead in front of the box.
I've been in other Daks that didn't have anywhere near the tire noise than mine has so I've been attributing it to the Wranglers. But then I noticed that the service manual shows a rubber gasket that attaches to the bottom of the cab's rear bulkhead. I'm thinking that this is a sound block to prevent under body noise from reaching the cab vents.
I haven't noticed the underhood insulation on other Dakotas. I'm going to check that out.
#2325 of 4362 Disc Brakes, Alternators and other Dakota Differences
Aug 02, 2003 (8:02 am)
Okay. I just returned from my Dodge dealer.
Jim T (in the Quad discussion) was correct on the disc brake explanation. Dakotas with a GVW over 5440 lbs. get rear disc brakes.
According to the parts list for 2003, there was no 2.5 4-cylinder engine offered in the Dakota. But previous years listed a 117 amp alternator as standard. Here is where it starts to get a little murky. It appears that the 117 was the standard alternator from 2000 and up, and the Dodge parts database does list the 117 for a 4.7. However, the 136 amp appears to be standard if the vehicle was equiped with factory air conditioning. Since more than 90% of Dakotas built since '97 were shipped with AC, it makes sense that the 136 amp alternator is what you'd see on a 4.7.
2000 Dakotas had a number of little items that were dropped in 2001. The box noise seal I mentioned in my earlier post was dropped in 2001, the underhood silencer and engine bay lamp were dropped in 2002 as were the engine emblems and the black tape filler between the door and rear quarter window on Club Cabs. In 2003 they dropped the "Sport" decals on the side of the door.
Aug 02, 2003 (8:58 am)
MIne had the heavy duty group which according to the build sheet, incl 136 amp alternator, heavy duty cooling, 7 blade fan I recall, plus a PS cooler.
it was a 2000 club cab with a build date of 12/19/1999.
The 117 amp Denso alternator was standard.
#2327 of 4362 Diagnostic Trouble Codes
Aug 03, 2003 (12:17 pm)
Does anyone have a list of the Dakota Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), or otherwise known as "P" codes?
The 2003 Dakota service manual does appear to list them.
Thanks in advance,
#2329 of 4362 POWER STEERING FLUID
Aug 04, 2003 (5:58 am)
For those of you that may have forgotten.... There seems to be a preponderance of PowerSteering pump failures on the 4.7L V8 after about 50K miles. I am trying to avert this expensive failure on my 2000 Dak. My original PSF was VERY BLACK and had a strong 'burnt' odor to it.
Yesterday, I drained and replaced my PSF.... twice. Although the new fluid I put in was water-clear... it is allready BLACK again. There must have been a lot of black gunk hanging around in the system.
I have decided to suck-out and replace the PSF every couple days until it clears up (that is the plan anyway.)
I am using the Prestone brand PSF available at wallmart for about $4 for a quart. Even if it takes $12 of fluid before it starts to clear up... that is MUCH cheaper than a powerSteering pump.
Does anyone else have black, smelly powersteering fluid? (It should be clear and nearly ororless)
How many miles do you have on your Dak?
#2330 of 4362 HD Service Group
Aug 04, 2003 (7:23 am)
bpeebles - I have been away a few days so I did not have the chance to respond on the battery. The 2000 Dodge Dakota brochure I have shows a "Heavy Duty Service Group" then lists a "136 Amp alternator, 750 Amp Battery and maximum engine cooling". The order I placed as well as the window sticker also shows this. I believe I remember reading that at some point in the model year all the 4.7 engines were swithched to the 136 Amp alternator. Since I wanted the LSD I had to take the 3.92 (at least this was in effect at the time I placed the order).