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#481 of 512 question on mopar bedliner
Sep 11, 2005 (5:30 pm)
I recently had the dealer install the mopar bedliner in my 2005 dakota (I got them to throw it in with the deal, but had to wait for it to come in). Where the rubber plugs are, there are round covers over them in the liner. Where the rear tie downs are, on either side of the tailgate, there are no covers, just sort of rectangular openings exposing the tie downs. Is this the way it's suppose to be or did the installer forget to put on the covers? I emailed dodge to ask them and they emailed me back (get this) that they didn't have a clear picture of a bedliner to answer my question and i should check with the dealer.
#482 of 512 Re: question on mopar bedliner [vinny7]
Sep 11, 2005 (5:42 pm)
Yep. That's the way they are on my '03 Mopar bedliner.
#483 of 512 2003 Dakota w/4x4 problems
Oct 24, 2005 (3:54 pm)
Anyone having problems w/ their 4x4 systems on their truck?
Is Dodge known to have problems with their systems?
I just bought an 03 x-cab 4x4 2 months ago. Today while I was driving to work, the "service 4wd" light came on. Never used the 4x4 yet.
Could it be a vacuum problem?
#484 of 512 Re: 2003 Dakota w/4x4 problems [bgpmpn]
Oct 24, 2005 (4:23 pm)
Have you owned GM products in the past? They use vacuum on some models with 4x4 (S-10s especially). Dodge is electronic transfer case control.
Because of the year I'd recommend checking the electrical connections at the transfer case for corrosion. If it is, clean up the contacts and the rubber connector cover and pack the heck out of it with wheel bearing grease. Then reseat the connector.
The "Service 4x4" lamp is illuminated anytime the Transfer Case Control Module defects a fault. There are electric motors internally that do the shifting. these could be bound. But if you haven't even used the 4x4 position yet, I'd bet on the connector or a defective control module.
#485 of 512 blower motor resistor block location?
Jan 14, 2006 (12:44 pm)
I own a 2003 club cab dakota and my blower will only work on high.I think the resistor block went bad does any one have a clue were I would find it? and is it hard to replace?
#486 of 512 Re: blower motor resistor block location? [tomupstateny]
Jan 14, 2006 (1:05 pm)
Behind the glovebox.
#487 of 512 Re: blower motor resistor block location? [bpeebles]
Jan 14, 2006 (4:07 pm)
Thank you very much for your all your help
#488 of 512 Re: front rotors and calipers [dustyk]
Feb 01, 2006 (7:36 pm)
Dusty - I had the front rotors/pads replaced on my 2001 4x4 Quad cab 10k miles ago (Wagner OEM rotors, Bendix pads). The left is becoming quite scored on both the inner and outer surfaces. The right side rotor is smooth both inside and out, the pads are equally worn with approx 8/32 remaining. Could this be an sticking caliper? I've heard of premature LF rotor wear on other DC vehicles, is this common?
Also, there's a noticeable whine developing in the front left that starts at approx 5 mph and increases with road speed. I thought this may be a tire problem; putting the spare on made no difference BUT the sound disappears completely when turning right. CV joint? Could this in any way be related to the rotor issue?
TIA for any suggestions.
#489 of 512 Re: front rotors and calipers [otwohr]
Feb 02, 2006 (4:52 pm)
The propensity for a sticking left caliper on any DC vehicle is not a common problem. However, you could most certainly have a sticking caliper on the left side.
If inspection and testing proves the caliper is otherwise okay, the problem could be the rubber brake line from the frame to the caliper. After long exposure to brake fluid they can swell on the inside causing the reverse flow (releasing) to be blocked and the caliper to be partially pressurized. This cause the pads to drag or be partially applied and this is the usual cause of scoring.
If you find the brake line to fix the problem on the left, I'd recommend replacing the other side, too.
Regarding the noise, I don't know. My first recommendation is to check the the tires, rotate, and then check front end alignment. You could have a shifted cord in one of the tires. I've never heard a CV joint "whine," but there's always a first time for any thing.
#490 of 512 Re: front rotors and calipers [otwohr]
Feb 02, 2006 (5:47 pm)
Have you checked to see if the caliper is sticking? It is a simple test.
Drive the vehicle (preferably at highwayspeeds) and WITHOUT USING THE BRAKES go into a rest-area and come to a stop. (I use emergancy-brake pedal to do this)
Then, gingerly feel the lugnuts for heat. Both sides should feel equally the same (perhaps warm to the touch)
If one side is noticabbly warmer than the other, suspect sticking caliper.
ANOTHER POSSIBILITY: Even if a caliper does not "stick", the brake-pads can bind on the sliders. If the mechanic that replaced your pads did not file off the burrs and apply brake-grease to this area, I would put MONEY on that being your problem.
BTW: I have replaced BOTH of the calipers on my 2000 Dak. They both started to stick within 3 months of each other.