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#256 of 509 Re: All my lights in my 2001 Dakota blink off [cm2381]
Nov 13, 2008 (6:59 am)
Just to let you know I have the same problem and I am not bad at these type problems but I let you know what I've done. I have replaced headlight switch then a guy told me he had the same problem and it was the dimmer so I replaced it. Then I cleaned all the grounds under the hood and the frame to body and added a ground directly to the head light switch and a ground from the dash to the firewall and still have the same problem. Right know I am going to disconect my altenator to see if it has a short if it does not I am going to the rear of the truck and start their. I will let you know what happens I have been fighting this for two months and no one at dodge has been able to find it either. Wes
#257 of 509 Headlight problems after rental trailer
Nov 19, 2008 (7:27 pm)
I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport. I rented a trailer this past weekend. When I tested the lights at the rental lot, the side lights on the trailer that are supposed to come on with headlights, didn't come on. At the time, I thought it was just a connection problem with the trailer (I didn't look to see if my headlights were on at the time). Since then, my headlights aren't working. My initial assumption was that there was a short in the trailer that blew a fuse, but the headlight fuse is fine. I even replaced it to be sure. Any thoughts? I read a previous post about something similar (post #200), but I didn't see any responses to that. Nor are my problems that odd and intermittent. I'd appreciate any thoughts you have for me. Thanks!
#258 of 509 Re: 1995 Dodge Dakota 2wd 5sp Manual, electrical gremlin [twizted]
Dec 10, 2008 (3:40 pm)
I am having a simalar problem although my battery cables were put on backward (pos on neg neg on pos) my battery will not charge now. it is a 1995 dakota with a 318. I have checked the alt it is ok and i installed a new battery and still not charging. please help
#259 of 509 95 dakota battery not charging
Dec 10, 2008 (4:40 pm)
have a 1995 dakota with a 318 the battery was put in backward (pos on neg neg on pos) now the battery will not charge I replaced the battery and the alternator and still not charging.
#260 of 509 Re: 95 dakota battery not charging [wdmar]
Dec 11, 2008 (11:25 am)
Well, you could have fried a part of the system, such as the brain, and that's a hell of a gremlin to find. HOwever, I'll help if I can. Nice move, with the battery. Hope that wasn't your doing.
Ok, since I got mine fixed, here's what I suggest: FIRST, swap the cables so you are properly able to take advice, and get a good ground, and et cetera.
Second, make sure EVERY SINGLE GROUND in the engine is solid and clean. I took all the bolts out, scrubbed them down to metal on both parts, and the frame, and reconnected.
Third, check every inch of wire, just to be sure that you're not having something short or ground out where it's not supposed to.
I also noticed that I have a problem with my Alternator Tension Bolt rattling loose, and thus the alternator is not turning with the engine, and therefore not charging. Tight=charging. Check it,k?
Hope this helps.
Oh, and replace the battery and possibly the Alternator. Take the alternator to the auto shop and have it bench tested to see if it's operating fully, and at amperage.
Best to you.
#261 of 509 battery not charging
Dec 10, 2008 (4:48 pm)
#262 of 509 battery not charging
Dec 10, 2008 (4:48 pm)
I have a 1995 dakota the battery was put in backward (pos on neg neg on pos) the battery will not charge now it had a 318 and is a manual. I have replaced the alt and the battery.
#263 of 509 Re: battery not charging [wdmar]
Dec 15, 2008 (7:19 pm)
Oh, wow! I have this terrible feeling you've blown the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). This is where the voltage regulator is located, by the way.
#264 of 509 Re: battery not charging [wdmar] I SHOULD'VE THOUGHT OF THIS FIRST!
Dec 16, 2008 (6:44 am)
My first worry was that you blew the PCM, but one item that I'm sure has been damaged is the fusible link. The fusible link is a fuse wire that is in the cable that goes from the alternator to the battery. If the fusible link is open you will not charge the battery. A fusible link repair kit is available from a Dodge dealer.
#265 of 509 2003 Intermitant no start or cut out
Dec 18, 2008 (7:55 am)
I have a similar problem to the 1988, however, my issue includes blowing the #10 10amp fuse. The dealer does not seem to know how to deal with this and I am about to leave this for my wife as I head to Mid East.
Thanks for the help