Last post on Sep 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM
You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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Dodge Dakota, Truck
#61 of 108 Re: front end problems [zaphodbblbrox]
Nov 24, 2008 (4:17 pm)
I will never buy another Dodge product....
Complaints of poor quality rotors was a problem from 2000-2003. Of course you went 49,000 miles between your second and third replacement. Without knowing how you drive, that could be very resonable. But poor rotor longevity complaints are common on many trucks. The Nissan Titan is definitately the worse I've ever seen.
Wheel bearing problems are not very common on Dakotas.
The blower motor resistor failing is..or was a problem on your vintage, but it also sounds like you did not get a good diagnois all the time and probably not a reliable repair, either. The blower switches, I've not heard of one failure in all these years. They changed the blower resistor design a while ago and the new ones are good. If you're still having a problem the quality of the repair is suspect.
Not making excuses for your Dodge, but mine has been very reliable and I've got 113,000 miles on mine. At least as reliable as any Chevy or Ford, and probably better in most respects. Of the dozen or so people I know with Dakotas, none of them are unhappy. It's unfortunate you've had issues, but in the last year every Canyon/Colorado I know of has had a cylinder head replaced at least once, a friend with a 2007 Tacoma has his taken back under the lemon law, and dozens of Titans seem to suffer from a multitude of various problems, just for example.
It shouldn't happen, but it does, and it happens to a small percentage of each competitive brand. My Dakota would have to give me a lot more problems than yours has had in 80,000 miles before I'll ever go back to a Chevy!!
#62 of 108 Re: 01 Dakota shifts into 4wd by itself [salvatorp]
Mar 19, 2009 (12:29 am)
what fixed your problem? I have a 2001 AWD and it's doing the same thing. I had to take the drive shaft out and run it in 4WD. The TCCM and dash selector switch have been replaced.
#63 of 108 Re: front end problems [dustyk]
Mar 20, 2009 (5:27 pm)
Wheel bearing problems are not very common on Dakotas.
Mebbie so... but before 90K miles, I had to replace front wheel bearing in my 2000 Dak. When on lift the front wheel would wiggle about 1/2 inch. Bearing was defanatly bad.
#64 of 108 Re: 01 Dakota shifts into 4wd by itself [willinidaho]
Mar 28, 2009 (7:34 pm)
I fixed the 4X4 problem and I'm just leaving some info on here in case someone else has the same problem. My 01 AWD dakota would shift from AWD to 4X4 all bye it's self after about 20 minutes of driving. If I let it sit over night it would go back to AWD and be fine for about 20 minutes of driving. The transfer case motor fixed the problem. Not sure why it was doing it on it's own but that is what it was doing. I picked up one from a junk yard. Don't let them charge you more for an AWD motor because both the 233 and 244 use the same motor. I was told $650 for the 244 motor and $150 for the 233 one. The dealer wanter $450. Oh one last thing, the front drive shaft yoke has to come off to get the motor off. What where they thinking when they approved this design? Now that this is fixed, anyone want to buy a dakota?
#65 of 108 4X4 Will not engage/Makes noise
Apr 27, 2009 (12:24 pm)
I have an 01 with 76k miles and the 4 wheel drive does not engage and am looking for help/solution ideas.
In 2 wheel drive there is a noise like a dry/loose bearing on the drivers side. It is directly proportional to the speed of the truck (and maybe exaggerated during breaking.) When I select 4Hi coasting at about 15 mph, allow time for it to engage then slightly accelerate, there is a severe grinding noise like bearings are getting chewed up or maybe gears not meshing. The noise is now definitely on the drivers side. I switch back to 2 wheel drive right away.
The wheel bearing assembly is good, the CV boots are intact and no leaks around the transfer case. Any thoughts on the source of the problem and the fix?
#66 of 108 Oil pump replacement on a '97 dodge dakota
Aug 09, 2009 (9:43 am)
I have a 97 Dokota that I need to replace the oil pump on... Has anyone found an easier way than lifting the whole block out?
#67 of 108 Re: "SVC 4WD" light randomly comes on [marchal]
Aug 12, 2009 (8:48 am)
have you had your 4wd problem resolved on your Dakota? My truck is doing the same thing. if you know what the problem was it would greatly help me.
#68 of 108 Re: "SVC 4WD" light randomly comes on [harlo2]
Aug 17, 2009 (11:27 am)
Yeah, I got it fixed. I took it to the dealer and it took them 2 hours to diagnose the problem. It was some sensor that controls the 4WD that went out. Cost me about $800 to get it fixed.
#69 of 108 Newly Purchased 2002 issues
Aug 17, 2009 (4:44 pm)
I recently purchased a 2002 Quad 4x4 with 4.7 and 45000 miles. I have a clunking sound coming from the front when I brake heavy. The dealer has replaced rotors, lines and pads (and DS front axle seal). I don't feel the clunk in the pedal, just in the front end. Also, today it was raining pretty heavy. Decided to try out the 4 hi. It would not disengage out of 4hi until I turned the truck off. BTW - the light did change from 4 hi to 2. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
#70 of 108 Light for 4 wheel drive on 98 Dakota
Aug 21, 2009 (1:40 pm)
Just bought a used 98 Dakota Sport 4 x 4
Where is the light when in 4 wheel drive on the 98 Dakota.
The manual says it is on the shifter bezel. I don't see any light.