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#223 of 467 2003 Dodge Dak 4.7 VS 2006 Dak 4.7
Dec 26, 2007 (11:42 am)
I'm hoping someone can help me, I own a 2003 Dodge Dakota it came equipped with a 4.7 magnum engine, I had to have the engine replaced and opted for a 4.7 2006 engine. Since the installation I don't have as much power as before, is there a difference in computers between the 2003 and 2006? I have begun to notice when I drive and let off the throttle I get popping nosies in the exhaust like it's almost backfiring, sounds like the timing is off, also before cranking I have to turn the ignition on let the instrument panel light up a few seconds before I crank otherwise the engine will turn over a few times before it fires up.
#224 of 467 2001 oil leak
Dec 27, 2007 (9:44 am)
My 2001 Dakota (4.7 V8) has developed an oil leak. looks to be centered on the botom/front of the motor. almost directly behind the bottom belt pully. could this be a gasket issue? other ideas??
#225 of 467 Re: 2001 oil leak [tms7432]
Dec 27, 2007 (10:34 am)
I have had the same type of leak for almost 4 years now on my 2000 4.7. It started around 40K miles. It looks to be on the seal for the harmonic balancer on the crankshaft, behind the timing cover. Haven't done anything to it as it doesn't seem to be getting any worse over the last 3.5 years, but I probably lose about 2-3 litres of oil per year from the leak (never gets too low on the dipstick....just notice less oil comes out at each change). Looks to be a pain to fix it yourself as the radiator and more will have to come out to get at it. Any others have this problem, and how much work to repair?
#226 of 467 Re: 2001 oil leak [tms7432]
Dec 27, 2007 (4:22 pm)
I had an oil leak in about the same spot that you are describing and it was the front seal. It cost about $130 to fix.The dealer took care of it because they changed the oil and I was a quart over.
I only have them put in 5 qts when I get my oil changed now and then I will check it when I get home and add some if I need to.
Hope this helps.
#227 of 467 Re: Running rich [bpeebles]
Dec 28, 2007 (5:02 am)
Did more research.....Found that tha power steering pressure switch leaks fluid, goes in wire to reach O2 sensor causing problems... This was found last night on another forum, person had same problem, checked P/S switch and it is wet along with the new O2 sensor at the wires.. I'll let you know how it works out. Thanks you seen to want to help people, that's hard to find in todays world
#228 of 467 Power Steering Switch
Dec 28, 2007 (5:23 am)
I had this same problem with the leaking power steering switch. I did get a code telling me it was the power steering switch and then I changed it. I did read on another forum that if it isn't changed that the fluid would go to the O2 sensor and cause it to stop functioning and require replacement. I'm glad I caught mine before it caused an O2 sensor problem.
#229 of 467 Dakota towing additional tranny cooler?
Dec 28, 2007 (8:31 am)
I am looking at a 2006 dakota quad V8 5 speed auto to tow my boat (5500 lb W/Trailler). The dealer put a class 4 hitch and wiring on. When I asked about the Tranny cooler he said it was built in. My ubderstanding was the cooler was an addition and located in front of the radiator. Am I getting a line?
#230 of 467 Re: Dakota towing additional tranny cooler? [shislop]
Dec 28, 2007 (11:30 am)
I beleive that ALL the dakota automatic xmissions have a cooler infront of the radiator from the factory. Certainly you could add ANOTHER cooler inline with that one if you feel it is not sufficent.
If you do not beleive it, open the hood and LOOK infront of the radiator.... you should see at least 2 other smaller radiators (one for A/C and one for Xmission)
If you orderd your Dak with the "towing package", you should also find a small radiator near the power-steering pump.
#231 of 467 Re: 2001 oil leak [ja812]
Dec 29, 2007 (10:47 am)
Yeah. I'm starting to see leaky front seals on 4.7s with higher mileage. Not all, though. Seems like its mostly 2002-2003s.
Fortunately the dealer price for replacement is pretty inexpensive. I'd pay $130 rather than do it myself!
#232 of 467 Re: 2001 oil leak [dustyk]
Dec 29, 2007 (3:12 pm)
Dusty - Thanks for the heads-up about the front seal on the 4.7L.
Mine is a very early 2000 (orderd from factory in November 1999) I have also been running ONLY synthetic oil since break-in oil.
I guess I will have to check mine for leaks. With the lower engine-cover in place, there is no visual access from below. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to check for front seal leakage?