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Dodge Dakota, Electrical, Truck
#179 of 497 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota ignition won't turn [kdulaff]
Mar 15, 2008 (3:27 pm)
I ended up taking the ignition lock out, cleaning it and lubing it up, but it began doing the same thing in a few days. Finally broke down and bought a new ignition lock cylinder from carlocksandkeys.com for around $40, very quick turn around with 2 day shipping. Easy replacement on my '01 Dakota, now I have 2 different keys, one for door and one for ignition, not big deal with door remotes.
#180 of 497 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota ignition won't turn [jac11]
Mar 15, 2008 (11:18 pm)
After reading the "mallet solution", I just pushed the key with a little more force
into the lock and turned it normally. It turned. Subsequently the lock works fine.
But I'll make a note of carlocksandkeys.com just in case.
#181 of 497 Interior lights stay on
Mar 16, 2008 (9:07 am)
I have a 97 conventional cab Dakota with a V-6 Engine. This past winter I have noted that the interior lights stay on even when the engine is started. They have started staying on longer and longer now and I have had to take the bulbs out. I suspect it may be a door jam switch. Has anyone else had this problem?
Thanks in advance
#182 of 497 instrument cluster lights
Mar 17, 2008 (4:03 pm)
I have a 1990 dakota. Only one of the instrument lights work. The turn signal indicators, and all the "idiot" lights on the bottom of cluster do not work. Also the high beam indicator does not work.
Where do I look? The fuses are all good....
#183 of 497 Re: 2001 quad cab sport horn, window, airbag elec prob [gmcguan]
Mar 18, 2008 (4:55 pm)
Today I noticed that my horn also didn't work. 2001 Quad cab. I also love my truck,
with 91k miles. I haven't noticed anyother electical problems, the horn beeps with
the remote lock.
When I touch the horn/aibag pad it seems like the center pad is not as hard to press,
seems like something is missing? It presses in very easy where before, it took
fire presure to blow the horn? Could be me,,,,,,,,,,
Strange, I also just got my truck back from dealer to have the water pump replaced.
#184 of 497 Re: 2001 quad cab sport horn, window, airbag elec prob [mtrialsm]
Mar 22, 2008 (4:29 pm)
Well, the fact that you're getting an Air Bag lamp illumination AND the horn doesn't work, my first suspect is the clockspring. Could be a faulty horn relay. Your dealer should be able to quickly determine the problem.
#185 of 497 Re: Interior lights stay on [lostcity]
Mar 22, 2008 (5:30 pm)
Well swapped out the door switch and no joy. Still doing the same thing. Any ideas?
#186 of 497 Replacing clock spring?
Mar 26, 2008 (10:25 am)
What do I need to know when replacing the steering wheel clock spring?
Especially removing the airbag and replacing? Main thing diconnect the battery, right? Special tools?
My horn does not work.
#187 of 497 2000 Dakota charging system trouble
Apr 04, 2008 (8:11 am)
My 2000 Dodge Dakota frequently will not charge battery on startup, or will stop charging while driving. I've tried replacing alternator, pcm, battery & temperature sensor, and problem remains the same. Any suggestions?
#188 of 497 Re: 2000 Dakota charging system trouble [2parker]
Apr 04, 2008 (6:29 pm)
You asked for suggestions.... instead of just blindly replacing things, perhaps using a DVM (Digital Volt Meter) to troubleshoot and isolate the problem may be a better way to go. A charging system is pretty simple to troubleshoot.
I beleive that the regulator is imbedded in the PCM (engine computer) and it must be properly grounded to perform its task.
On my 2000 Dak, pulled the screw to EVERY ground wire and filed the paint off of the body to ensure a good solid connection to ground.
Also, I have found that some rebuilt alternators are junk. In my experience, it is better to pay a bit more for a quality, tested replacement instead of installing the cheapest one. BEWARE of the units which claim a "lifetime warantee", you may be replacing it many times over your lifetime because they are the worst culprits.
On the surface, the "lifetime warantee" sounds like a good deal.... but instead, the rebuilders KNOW that they tend to be junk so they gladly replace them as you spend your lifetime doing the labor to replace them.