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#181 of 467 Reply:2000 Dodge dakota misfiring
Jul 01, 2007 (11:40 pm)
I have a 2001 with the v6 in it. I had and went through the same problem as you.My check engine light came on.I done a reading with my tester. It showed that the lower downstream O2 sensor was bad, on the drivers side.I replaced it with a new one. Problem solved, I thought Two days later after not putting 30 miles on the truck with a new one. The check engine light came on again!
I said what the ?...so I checked the brain again, it said the down stream O2 sensor was bad on the passengers side...I said what???? I just put one in the drivers side, give me a break! I replaced that one also...I thought the problem was surely solved now, but it wasn't.
The truck started misfiring again within 3 days. I ran another check on the brain, and it said the 02 down stream sensor was bad, it made me mad to say the least!
SO I pulled it out and the new one was bent on the tip of it. To make a long story short, both the converters were bad, and needed swapping out, along with the O2 sensors.The converters were damaging the O2 sensors, even after swapping them out.
My high dollar brain reader, did not say the converters were bad! After buying 2 O2 sensors, I found out the hard money spending way, thats what was making my truck misfire to start with!
I even took the truck to a Dodge dealer and they said the O2 sensors were bad, not the converters, which was a lie!
For me to cure the misfire problem. I had to swap both converters and buy 4 new O2 sensors. The whole ordeal was very exspensive, to say the least!
You can take your truck to Advance auto,and they will run the test on your truck for free, to see if it's the O2 sensors or converters.The Dodge dealer will charge you for this service, go figure!...
If you have the converters and O2 sensors replaced at the dealer, you can look to spend over $1,000 just for the parts,this dont count labor. The exhaust is sold as a whole unit from the manifolds to the mufflers, they won't sell just the converters by their selves! They will sell you the O2 sensors by their selves.
I would find a private reputable muffler shop and get a price qoute for reinstalling the 2 converters and O2 sensors.It would be a lot less than the Dodge dealers!
I checked around and had the work done for $450.00 at a local muffler shop.(This price don't count what I had done spent on the other 2 sensors:-)
I learned the hard way what the problem was to start with:-) Hope you don't!
Hope this has helped out, and you can get your truck fixed.
#182 of 467 Idle fluctuation
Jun 14, 2007 (2:26 pm)
#183 of 467 Idle fluctuation
Jun 14, 2007 (2:26 pm)
My 2000 Dakota, V-6 just started doing something very strange. After starting, at operating temp the idle will rev up to 2000 RPM's and then drop down to just under 1000 and then back up to 2000, back down, up, down. This happens whether it is in Park, Drive, A/C on or off. Anybody have any idea what might be causing this. The 'check engine' light is not lit. Thank You
#184 of 467 run out off gas @ a quarter of tank
Jun 22, 2007 (3:17 am)
#185 of 467 run out off gas @ a quarter of tank
Jun 22, 2007 (3:17 am)
I run out of gas a quarter tank and my gas light doesnt come on. I've had the tank pulled and check sending unit, but with new one it does the same thing. Should I change the cluster?
#186 of 467 2001 Dodge Dakota motor/Transmission problems
Aug 06, 2007 (3:31 pm)
#187 of 467 2001 Dodge Dakota motor/Transmission problems
Jul 30, 2007 (8:38 am)
I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota limited edition V-6 2WD.
I am having what seems to be a possible motor issue.
I took it into the Dodge dealer and they recovered 2
stored codes. No check engine light was on. The one code was a bad o2 sensor. The other code said "fuel system lean". They replaced the o2 sensor thinking that would take care of it. It did not. When my truck is started it idels high, low, high, low etc. When my truck goes under 10mph it idels rough and when I come to a stop it sometimes stalls. I have noticed that when I am on the highway, it has a hesitation but recovers. It has not stalled on the highway. My check engine light is not on and there are no active codes stored. My transmission seemed to be starting in 2nd. but was not constant. Only when the truck has been running for a while. Since the O2 sensor was replaced, I have not really noticed the transmission issue but I took it to a transmission place and they did diagnostics and said that there are no "codes" for the transmission. That made me think that maybe my calipers are sticking or has something to do with my brakes. My brake pads are new, I need to replace the rotors soon though. Anyone have any idea what I can do to fix this? Every time I take it to the dealer, it seems they have no clue because there is no check engine light on or no codes. Also when they test drive it, it runs normal for them.....go figure. I don't want to replace parts that don't need to be replaced if they are not bad....Any help or ideas would be appreciated.....Thanks! Angi
#188 of 467 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota motor/Transmission problems [budgurl07]
Aug 06, 2007 (3:31 pm)
I have a similar problem with my 2001 Dakota V6 5 speed. Power loss, poor fuel mileage and trouble codes P0201, P0205, P0206, P0171, P0131. Check engine light is on. The first 3 codes report "Injector Circuit Open" for Cyls 1, 5 and 6. P0171 = Bank One too lean, and P0131 O2 sensor Low Volt Bank 1 Sensor 1. I suspect a faulty upstream O2 sensor for bank 1, but why the P0206? It's in bank 2. Any ideas? What is your mileage, and do you have a rich Condition? (Black smoke and soot at the tailpipe)
#189 of 467 Rattle in my 3.9 engine
Aug 06, 2007 (6:08 pm)
#190 of 467 Rattle in my 3.9 engine
Aug 05, 2007 (3:19 am)
I've got a 3.9 engine with 170K. Recently the engine has developed a rattle and it does not seem to be consistent with the rev of the engine but it sounds very much like it is coming from the engine. I noticed that the engine is running a little rougher at start up and the idle is not as smooth. Over all there is not a lot of difference in the way it is running. Still has plenty of power and is not running hot or doing anything else out of the ordinary.
Is there anything that comes to mind I may need to be concerned about at this mileage? I know engines develop history and even if they are well maintained they can start showing their weaknesses at high mileage. Could this be a timing chain with a worn out tensioner?
Any ideas would be appreciated!