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#257 of 467 1997 dodge dakota 3.9 v6 2x4
Mar 25, 2008 (2:50 pm)
hi i been having a problem with my truck the gages are not working and its not getting any spark. the problem started a few weeks ago it wouldn't start then a few day later it started. then it would just suddenly die. then would not start again then it started a few days later i drove it for about 15 mins around the block and parked it and it hasent started since.
#258 of 467 Engine power loss
Mar 29, 2008 (1:17 am)
I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota V6 A/T 4x4
My problem is that I lose power after about 50mph I push the pedal all the way down and there is no response it will slowly get up but it takes its sweet time...
Was told either the timing is off or the fuel pump is clogged by the dodge dealer, any suggestions??
#259 of 467 I have a 96 Dodge Dakota V6 that will not idle.
Mar 31, 2008 (6:43 am)
My Dodge Dakota starts ok but you have to keep your foot on the gas peddel to keep it running. I unhooked the battery then hooked it back up. Started the truck and it idled like new for two days then went back to not idling. Unhooked the battery- hooked it back up idles ok. No check eng. light, the only code is 12 for unhooking the battery. Did'nt think to check colds befor unhooking the battery the first time.
#260 of 467 Cold Start High Idle
Mar 31, 2008 (3:51 pm)
My 97 Dakota, as the title would suggest, idles around 2000rpm when cold. I immediately turn off and start again and it idles at a norm 600rpm. ??? No check engine and problem doesn't go away when the battery has been disconnected and reconnected. Any ideas out there?
#261 of 467 1994 v6 Dakota intermintant miss
Apr 05, 2008 (4:09 pm)
Miss lasts for only a brief time.Usually occurs on light acceleration but at any speed. Have replaced spark plugs and wires,checked distributor bushing,tried a new EGR.The miss just goes away and will come back after a period of time from one hour to several days,the warmer the day the more likely it is to occur.I installed a new K&N air filter a while ago but can't see this causing the problem.Hope someone has a suggestion!
#262 of 467 Engine Failure on 2001 4.7
Apr 14, 2008 (9:04 pm)
Hi, I have a great 2001 extended cab with the 4.7 V8 which I love. The only problem is the engine crapped out with 170,000 on it. It has a gray sludge in the valve train due to metal in the oil. did not take it apart further to find out the exact failure. My mechanic is an old friend that I trust, and he said that the 4.7 engine is overly prone to failure and he would not waist his time with a rebuild or a used engine. He says to cut our losses and sell it for parts and start over with a vehicle with a better drive train. But we love the dakota so we are torn. Please any advice would be apreciated. Thank you, Todd
#264 of 467 Re: Engine Failure on 2001 4.7 [fourdogs65]
Apr 17, 2008 (6:09 pm)
I have a 2001 dodge dakota with the 4.7 with 204,000 miles and counting. I change the oil every 5000 miles with no oil added between changes. I would rebuild the engine if you choose since it has been proven because 170,000 is not too shabby. I usually take "sage" advice from others like your mechanic friend with a grain of salt.
#265 of 467 Re: Engine Failure on 2001 4.7 [fourdogs65]
Apr 19, 2008 (7:04 am)
You can tell your "mechanic" that he's full of you know what! I will bet he is a just another Dodge hater. The 4.7 IS NOT prone to failure. Just the opposite, in fact, it is one of the best designed if not the best designed and built American engine on the planet.
The gray sludge, by the way, is likely material from the camshaft chain tensioners wearing badly. What kind of oil have you been using?
#266 of 467 Re: Engine Failure on 2001 4.7 [dustyk]
Apr 20, 2008 (6:12 pm)
I concour with dustyk!
The 4.7L semi-hemi actually WON AWARDS when it was first introduced. It is overbuilt even for a truck engine. (Nodular iron bedplate usually found on hi-tech racing engines!!)
Everywhere one looks at the 4.7L, there are surprises in the design. From the close factory toleraces to the extra-high piston-ring pressures. The hollow camshafts which deliver oil directly where it is needed. This engine is designed for the long-haul.
Of course, some folks ignore the recommended oil specs which are there for a reason.
BTW: I changed the oil in my 2000 4.7 thisafternoon! (I am still running synthetic oil due to the emulsion issue.)