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#282 of 509 No dash or taillights
Jan 07, 2009 (2:13 pm)
I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota Sport. My dash lights and tail lights do not work. Checked the fuses and it was blown. I replaced it everything was fine for a few days. Today got in truck rode down the road suddenly no dash or taillights. Fuse blown changed it and the fuse blew again. Please tell me how to look for the short or if anyone has any idea how to fix this I would greatly appreciate it . Thank you
#283 of 509 Re: Dome light stays on in 99 dakota slt 4x4 [mchase]
Jan 10, 2009 (10:21 am)
0) Does that sound logical here?
1) Where is the CTM located and what does it look like?
I'm not positive on '99s, but on 2001s an up the CTM is located behind the driver's kick panel (Cowl Side Inner Panel) on the left side of the cab, approximately where your left foot would rest while driving. The CTM is a relatively square-looking module and has three connectors.
2) Can I replace it myself?
3) Does the module need to be programed by the dealer?
4) About how much should a programed CTM cost?
5) Is the only place to buy it at the dealer?
They were about $170 from Dodge the last time I needed one. I believe they are available from places like Auto Zone, etc. I'm sure they're cheaper at an auto parts store.
#284 of 509 Brake lights stay on.
Jan 10, 2009 (11:20 am)
This must be a short somewhere. 1998 SLT 4x4 5.2L has been remarkably trouble free for it's 100K miles. Looked out the window and thought someone was trying to make off with the truck, but there was no one around, and ignition was off, but brake lights were on. Jiggled, then disconnected the switch on the brake pedal arm and observed no change. Turn signal overrides the short and the lamps blink appropriately. Disconnected the lights and trailer plug but still getting a live brake light signal at the harness connector at the back. I plugged everything back in and the lights were out. Now I see them staying on sometimes and going off otherwise. I love intermittent problems.
Just found this site and thought to throw this out, maybe there might be a suspected component before I start a long tedious search.
If I had to guess, I would suspect the signal switch, but ....??
thanks a bunch. jjs
#285 of 509 Re: Dome light stays on in 99 dakota slt 4x4 [dustyk]
Jan 12, 2009 (5:41 pm)
#286 of 509 1997 Dodge Dakota Not Holding A Charge!!!!
Jan 19, 2009 (8:40 pm)
Hi, i recently bought a 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport 3.9L V6. A couple weeks ago i was driving down the road and noticed my check gauges light started flashing. I ignored it and continued driving when all of a sudden the truck just died and lost all power. I flagged another truck down and asked for a jump thinking it was just a dead battery. So i got my truck jumped and continued on home. Not even 5 minutes later the check gauges light started to flash again. I kept driving and just as i pulled onto my street the truck died again. I then went and brought a brand new battery to see if that would help. The next day while driving it died again. So i had my father come down and give me a jump and just made it back home. I decided to get a new alternator thinking that would be the next probable cause. But again after replacing the alternator the truck died and would not hold a charge. I then decided to have a look at all the fuses. All fuses were fine but i noticed that the power distribution box looked to be missing a wire running from the 140 amp alternator fuse??. It has one wire feeding into it from the positive terminal of the battery but looks to be missing a wire coming out the other side??????? Just wondering if there should be a wire feeding into each side of the alternator amp????
#287 of 509 Re: Brake lights stay on. [bonobo12]
Jan 20, 2009 (6:22 pm)
Sounds like a short or a bad stop light switch.
#288 of 509 Re: 1997 Dodge Dakota Not Holding A Charge!!!! [Classick604]
Jan 20, 2009 (6:41 pm)
My apologies, but unfortunately I can't recall a "140 amp" fuse anywhere in the electrical system. Of course, I am getting old.
I wonder if you are referring to the fusible link? I can't for the life of me figure out how something could be missing on a vehicle that ran fine one minute then died another. Let's approach this another way.
Connect a voltmeter to the correct terminals of the battery (positive meter lead to positive post; negative meter lead to negative post). You should be reading something over +12.5 volts with a fully charged battery. A partially drained battery will yield a lower voltage.
Start the engine. If you are in a cold weather area of the country, the voltmeter should be reading anywhere from +13 to +14.7 volts at initial start up and slowly drop as the battery charges. If the voltage drops from your initial reading after start up, the battery is not receiving any charge current from the alternator. This then is the problem to troubleshoot.
If the battery is receiving a charge, you probably have an intermittent problem. Check for bad connections at the alternator, Power Distribution Center (PDC), and to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
#289 of 509 lights flicker and click....HELP!!
Jan 24, 2009 (12:20 am)
i have a 2000 dakota QC manul 6 cylinder. i replaced the battery recently. when i drive with my headlights on...the lights start flickering. (headlights, dashlights..pretty much all the lights) also i hear this clicking when the lights are flickering. when the car is off and just sitting there, i c in the headlight that there is a very dim light that is on. i have to 2 disconnect the battery so it wont drain my battery.
#290 of 509 Re: lights flicker and click....HELP!! [dznutz1886]
Jan 24, 2009 (8:39 am)
Howdy, I had the same exact problem with my 2002 dakota 4.7 v8. It is the only reason I joined this forum. Your problem is the Central Control Module. It is a black box (5"X5")with a circuit board in it. It controls the timers. Two screws and plug it in. Done! You will have to check your manual to re-set your auto door locks and you will need to have your key fobs re-programmed. Mine was mounted vertically behind the lower left kick panel, I imagine you will find yours there. The part is about $250 at the dealer. I raised some hell at the dealership citing that it was it was a poor design/quality issue. I ended up getting it for $185. Just to reassure you, my problem was exactly the same with the flickering and clicking. Take care.
#291 of 509 Re: lights flicker and click....HELP!! [dznutz1886]
Jan 24, 2009 (11:50 am)
I went and looked at my old module. It actualy has three plugs and it may be called a central timing module. I guess my memory is going. Anyway it will take care of the problem.