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#118 of 497 2001 Dodge Dakota SLT 2 wheel drive. Lack of Lights
Sep 27, 2007 (10:48 am)
I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota SLT 2 wheel drive pick up. The following lights are not working as of a day ago. Head Lights, Marker Lights, Instrument Panel Lights, Interior Lights, and License plate lights, the power door locks stopped working as well. Directionals, brake lights and back up lights still work. I've checked all the fuses and they all looked good. There was a post a while ago about an earlier model with a similar problem, (post # 41 I believe, titled "Lack of Lights". Any ideas on how to fix this? All help would be much appreciated!
#119 of 497 2002 Dakota "no bus"
Sep 27, 2007 (2:41 pm)
This seems to be related to the problem described in message 103, but with some differences. Number one difference, mine is consistent. It started this morning, and does it every time as follows: Turn on the key (not necessary to start engine, but same sequence of events if you do start the engine). None of the guages move off the peg at sero. After about 5 seconds, the "Check Guages" light comes on, followed by check engine light, abs light, low fuel, and one or two other lights. At this time the Odometer display begins to blink. After another few seconds of blinking, the odometer display changes to "no bus". The engine runs normally ( I guess ), the lights, turn signals, and radio work normally. The A/C quits blowing cold (BIG issue in Tampa Florida). I checked under the hood for any obvious corrosion but have found nothing alarming. Any suggestions what to check next?
#120 of 497 Re: dead battery [ahinson]
Sep 27, 2007 (5:16 pm)
I purchased a simple gizmo from Wallmart that plugs into the ciggerete-lighter socket. It has a digital display of voltage. It allows one to monitor system voltage while under normal driving conditions.
Basically, if you do not see at least 14.8 volts at all times while engine it running, then charging system is suspect.
#121 of 497 Re: dead battery [bpeebles]
Sep 30, 2007 (4:50 pm)
i thank you for your help
#122 of 497 Re: 2002 quad cab 4.7 slt 4x4 auto- mixed symptoms [dyingdakota]
Sep 30, 2007 (8:21 pm)
did you find a solution? how bad was the sticker shock on the bill?
#123 of 497 '95 Dakota with weird electrical issue
Oct 01, 2007 (12:21 pm)
I have a '95 Dakota 2WD 3.9L V6 that has developed some weird issues in the past 2 weeks when I try and start it. I left town so I didn't drive the truck for about 5 days, and when I came back the only way I could get the truck to start was by turning the headlights on. When it finally started up, the radio was reset as if the battery had been disconnected. This happened maybe 2 or 3 times during the next week.
About a week after the initial problem the headlights would not turn on, however when I held back the turn signal switch the high beams came on. The next day I looked at the headlight switch and there were black marks on the terminal connecting the wire for the low beams, so I cleaned up the terminal and replaced the headlight switch and the low beams worked again. About an hour later I tried to start the truck and nothing happened, I turned on the headlights and it cranked right up, so I'm guessing the headlight switch isn't what was causing my problem.
Yesterday I turned the key to the on position and there were no dash lights, no buzzer, and the headlights wouldn't come on. I turned the key back to the accessory position and the radio and a/c turned on, so the battery seemed fine. I turned the key back to the on position, left it there for about 5 or 10 minutes, and the dash lights and buzzer slowly faded up, and once they turned on I turned the key and it started up fine. It's done the same thing twice since then, each time taking a little longer for the dash lights and buzzer to turn on.
All of the issues seem to be related to the truck starting, because I haven't had any problems with electrical equipment with the key in the accessory position or while the truck is running, but I'm completely stumped at this point, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
#124 of 497 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota SLT 2 wheel drive. Lack of Lights [bpslack85]
Oct 02, 2007 (11:56 am)
Have you gotten a answer to your question? I am now having the same problem. Let me know what the out come was for your truck.
Thank you in advance!
#125 of 497 Changed battery know truck won't stay on
Oct 15, 2007 (6:08 pm)
Really need help. Nebraska weather. Battery was dead this morning. So I bought a new battery at trusty walmart. Put it on know truck sounds funny and won't stay at idle unless i give it gas. 98 dodge dakata 4x4, 3.9 Need help asap
#126 of 497 Lights not coming on right away
Nov 08, 2007 (9:50 pm)
I have a 01 Dodge Dakota 4x4 4.7L. I turn on the head lights and there is a delay of 30 seconds to 5 minutes and the dome light flashes with the doors open like a strobe light until the headlights turn on. I have replaced the switch and swapped the horn relay with the head light relay also have checked the wiring and wiggle tested. Another odd thing is the head lamp bulb clicks while the switch is in the on position and lamps not on.(strange). My next thing I am considering is the convenience box at the left kick panel,any suggestions are appreciated!
#127 of 497 98 Dodge Dakota headlights go off and on
Nov 09, 2007 (10:32 am)
We have a dodge dakota and the headlights will go off and on intermittently. The dash switch has been replaced, as well as turn signal arm wiring... the problem still persists... usually after driving it for 10-15 minutes.. stereo seems to be doing same thing at same time.. read about alternator issues with advance.. alternator was replaced as well, but after problem started... any other wiring harness that could be causing short? Has already been a expensive diagnosis from mechanices who seem not to know how to fix.