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#3498 of 4362 Re: a/c problems [reddakota]
Jul 08, 2005 (3:00 pm)
I also have a 1998 dodge dakota sport and within the past few weeks I have been having a/c problems. So far I have found out that I have enough freon in the system. So that is not a problem. I found this out by buying a charge kit from wal mart for about 20 bucks. It has a guage that measures the amount when connected. This must only be done when the compressor is running though or it will be way off. Also I have found that my compressor has not been running as it should. After checking the relays in the fuse box which were okay, I think my compressor clutch is going bad, but when it works the air is cold, and when it doesnt the air is hot. Hope this helps... Got any ideas
#3499 of 4362 87 dakota help electrical
Jul 08, 2005 (3:25 pm)
my 87 dakota wont keep a charge have replaced the altenator and battery with no change what else could be wrong
#3500 of 4362 Re: brake, ABS light on [dustyk]
Jul 08, 2005 (7:13 pm)
Thanks it is the speed sensor but I cannot find it now. Any ideas where it may be, I heard it was on the differental but it dosn't look right.
#3501 of 4362 Re: 99 dodge dakota/sport v6 3.9 abs and speed sensor problems [pentastar]
Jul 10, 2005 (10:46 am)
To bring everyone up to date,I got the correct part from Tenafly finally and was able to install it yesterday.No more stalling at slow speed,brake lights on the dash are out and the speedometer works from O MPH on up.
Just a heads up on the part while I am at it.I took the old sensor apart,it is just pressed in with the plastic case rolled over the insert to hold it in.It was like peeling a turnip,I used a small xacto knife to peel away the thin layer that held it together and it popped right up out of there,just another O ring holding it in the housing.
There are no active components inside,it is really pretty simple.It is an iron core with a powdered iron magnet surrounding it and a scazillion turns of magnet wire for a winding and the sensor is just a pickup that senses the changing field as the tone ring on the ring gear passes in close proximity to it as the truck is moving and sends that changing signal to the computer which interprets it as motion.
The new sensor measured 1818 ohms and the failed sensor was completely open at zero ohms so it is now possible to troubleshoot the sensor without removing it,saving yourself some money and embarrassment in the event you didn't need one after all.
As was spelled out before,a six point deepwell 13 and 15 mm socket and you may need a 15mm openend wrench in case the nut,bolt and eveything come out as one piece,a screwdriver to pry the old one out and some neversieze to paint the O ring and threads with and you can fix it right up. Ron G
#3503 of 4362 Brakes are squealing!!!
Jul 10, 2005 (6:25 pm)
I have 7400 miles on my 2004 Dakota and the brakes are already squealing a little bit!!!
Is this normal? What's going on? I knew the Dakota got bad ratings for brakes, but the pads going out this soon is ridiculous...if that is indeed the problem.
#3504 of 4362 Re: Brakes are squealing!!! [horn1]
Jul 10, 2005 (7:07 pm)
First, squealing brakes doesn't necessarily mean the pads are worn to beyond service use.
A high pitched squeal usually indicates that the pad is vibrating at a high frequency as the pad surface contacts the rotor. Also usually it is the point at which the pad backing plate is contacting the rails that is the spot that causes the squeal. High humidity days can cause this, but if it's steady despite the weather than it is more than likely a lack of grease on the contact point, or the rotor is out of round.
#3505 of 4362 Re: 2005 dakota with a shimmy [mike05dakota]
Jul 11, 2005 (12:36 pm)
according to my dealer there is now a service bulletin about this problem having to do with the rear brake drums and the rear axels. The test if it is comming from the rear is to brake only with the emergency brake pedal. (hold the release handel).
#3506 of 4362 Re: Brakes are squealing!!! [horn1]
Jul 11, 2005 (3:48 pm)
My Dakota rear brakes have squeeled for 5 years. I have PMd the rear brakes several times and know it is not worn. When fully loaded with firewood, it does not squeel nearly as much.
I have tried the "parking brake test" several times... it does not cause a squeel, This is because using the parking brake pivits the shoes differently than the hydrolics do.
Just get used to it...its a TRUCK!
#3507 of 4362 Re: Brakes are squealing!!! [bpeebles]
Jul 11, 2005 (6:28 pm)
Actually the brakes on my Dakota never squealed in 45,000 miles until the pads and rotors were replaced. Same thing on my last car, '93 Nissan Sentra, and our '99 Avalon. In fact, the Avalon squeals about as bad as any car I've ever owned.
The squealing is getting less frequent. If it doesn't stop completely in the next few hundred miles I'll take it back.