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#3598 of 4362 Check Engine on 97 Dakota
Aug 23, 2005 (5:29 am)
For some time now my 97 Dodge Dakota has been displaying the ever-vague "Check Engine" light. My last inspection (May 2005) indicated a possibly faulty PCV valve. Simple Question:
On the 97 Dakota, does the PCV valve have a sensor that trigger the warning message? Or must it be coming from some other cause?
p.s. I have heard also that the Dakota is notorious for displaying these messages for possibly no valid reason at all, and that they may be often be "ignored".
Any comments are appreciated!
#3599 of 4362 Re: Turn signal,brake light,4way problems [regnar]
Aug 23, 2005 (5:07 pm)
Sounds like we have similar problems. Only the right brake light worked on my 97 Dakota. I replaced the bulb in the brake light housing on the back of the cab and now I have no brake lights. I tested the voltage at each location and get 12 volts everywhere but the left rear. I'm so confused! I hope someone can offer a solution.
#3600 of 4362 Re: Check Engine on 97 Dakota [dakotaman1]
Aug 25, 2005 (3:59 pm)
The PCV valve operates directly off of intake manifold vacuum and does not have a specific sensor for it. Diagnostic trouble codes are not displayed without a reason, even on your vintage Dakota. There are certain category fault that initiate a "Check Engine" lamp but after a number of correct operation cycles of the engine they will clear and the Check Engine Lamp will switch off.
Have you checked for the presence of an active diagnostic trouble code in the display?
#3601 of 4362 Re: auto tranny problems [ericschultz]
Aug 25, 2005 (4:33 pm)
You can have it rebuilt or you can also have the whole system flushed out....
Aug 25, 2005 (4:38 pm)
Does anyone know if the Trottle Position Sensor can be adjusted on a 1997 Dodge Dakota 5.2 litter
#3603 of 4362 Re: Trottle Position Sensor [independentjlg]
Aug 25, 2005 (5:44 pm)
I do not beleive it is "adjustable" by design... but if you research it on the internet, you will find a write-up that describes how to elongate the screw-holes so it can be adjusted. As I recall, there is a specific voltage-reading that has been found to be desireable at idle-position which seems to run the best.
#3604 of 4362 Re: 2005 dakota with a shimmy [birdmandave]
Aug 26, 2005 (5:50 pm)
I have a 2005 Club Cab 4X2 with V- 6 and 4 speed a auto trans. I can also the say that the truck shimmies over bumps. It almost seem as if it carries out the original bump or shimmy. Its kind of seems to make up its own bumps going down the road. I now have 19,000 mile on it. It has been in for a rear diff. rebuild TIMES, Its start to whine and the bearings go. Wonder if this is part of the shimmy problem, causing bear to go. Or is there something out of balance.
#3605 of 4362 Re: Trottle Position Sensor [bpeebles]
Aug 26, 2005 (10:42 pm)
Thanks It's Just that my truck is causing bursts of fuel from the injectos and has an unstable idle so I put a code reader through it and it said that the TPS input is above the maximum acceptable voltage so I changed the sensor and it's causing problems so I heard on some cars it can be adjusted...
Aug 26, 2005 (10:44 pm)
It sounds like you need a major tune up...
#3607 of 4362 Re: starting problems-1995 dakota [clutch_it]
Aug 26, 2005 (10:46 pm)
You need to change your starter because those are the symptoms of a bad starter eventually it won't start anymore either that or check y our battery voltage.