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#34 of 509 Re: overcharging 1995 dakota/Is it the computer? [dustyk]
Feb 22, 2007 (5:44 am)
Dusty you seem to know what you are talking about. Yes I live in harrisburg pa. It started when it got cold. I took the truck up to dodge yesterday. They are all confused on their original testing. They have two more tests that they will do today .Then they will tell me what they THINK is wrong. It never seemed to go up to 18 volts only 16.2. Maybe I should just run it. Or put a new battery in and a mopar alternator. I can get my money back from the new advance alternator. I never had an overcharging problem. Is it the fuel injectors? air flow sesor? map sensor. the computer is newer from a 56000 mile truck. but it did it before all these things were put in. at one time i had to replace a headlight switch. even if the lights are not on(assuming the headlights draw the most voltage) could a bad light switch be drawing current? before i put the new alternator in,the old monroe alt would make the head lights flicker as the speed of the engine would rev up. maybe the idle sensor? is there an idle sensor?
#35 of 509 94 Dakota wipers problems
Feb 25, 2007 (4:28 pm)
Hi, I have just got a 94 Dakota and the wipers will not work. I was wondering if anyone knows what fuse the wipers are or if anyone knows anything about this.
#36 of 509 Re: overcharging 1995 dakota/Is it the computer? [counselor3]
Feb 25, 2007 (5:15 pm)
Im answering my own email. The dealer still cant find the problem because even though the new cimputer is sending a signal to charge at 13.8 the alt seems to be stuck in the full throttle position and sending almost 16 volts to the battery. they think the alt was so used to going full throttle that it is stuck in that position. so i got advance to send another alt to the dealer on monday so now we will have a new computer and a new alternator working together. advance has delco making their alt now. ill let everyone know how to solve this one. ant other opinions?
#37 of 509 Gauge cluster and other fun electrical problems
Mar 01, 2007 (1:23 pm)
1999 Dakota V6 Automatic
This truck will run fine for a while then the "Check Gauges" light will come on. Shortly after that the oil and fuel gauge will go to their maximum limit (H and F). Sometimes, but not always, the volt meter will drop to below 8 volts while at the same the alternator starts charging at about 17 volts. The truck will sometimes start running rough caused by a rich fuel mixture (based on the black smoke it pukes out). Once the ABS/Brake lights have come on when all this happens and once the airbag lamp has come on.
The "check guages" lamp will then turn off and the truck returns to normal.
This has been going on for about a year and I have found no weather condition (hot/cold) or sequence of events that causes this to happen. The problem may occur right at startup or take several days to happen.
The dealer says bad PCM. I sent the PCM to be check and repaired if need be. The PCM was determined to be operating correctly.
Please help me before I drive this thing into a lake and give up
#38 of 509 Re: overcharging 1995 dakota/Is it the computer? [counselor3]
Mar 01, 2007 (4:59 pm)
In this cold weather my '03 Dakota with the 136 ampere alternator is pretty much charging at 15-16 volts most of the time at the temperatures that Rochester, New York has had in the past month or better. Now my battery is about five years old and probably explains for some of that, but at these temperatures you're going to be over 13 volts because of the battery temperature.
Speaking battery temperature, I don't know if they had a battery temperature sensor in the battery tray that year, but if they did and that sensor was bad or the wiring defective, you could get over or under charging.
At the moment I would be trying a Mopar new or rebuilt alternator. I know they're more expensive. But I've had so many bad experiences with aftermarket rebuilts over the years that I just don't go that route any more.
Best of luck,
#39 of 509 Re: Gauge cluster and other fun electrical problems [66gt]
Mar 02, 2007 (5:53 am)
Mine was similar. Its the wiring harness. Dakota are noted for that. I believe its the wiring on the computer side of the engine. Passenger side. There is a short in one of the wires. I heard about it so often it should be classified as a factory defect i believe. Dont replace anything. Have the DEALER look for the short first. Try to get a mechanic that worked on dodges and know about the wiring problem. The guy who told me is a resident in a halfway house. He found it after one of his instructors in a dodge dealersgip who had 30 years of experience could not find it. Thank god for ex offenders who read and study dodge wiring diagrams.Write me back...I bet thats wat it is.
#40 of 509 Re: Gauge cluster and other fun electrical problems [counselor3]
Mar 02, 2007 (6:29 am)
Thanks a lot. I'm taking it to the dealer on Monday. I will mention the short.
I 'll post the the solution so others with he same issue can have a ray of hope.
Mar 03, 2007 (2:32 pm)
PROBLEM: No marker lights, license plates lights, back-up lights, or console lights.
I know that this sounds like an issue with the fuses or the switch, but I have already replaced the switch and the fuses are good.
The next step in the trouble-shooting process reads "take to a professional, put out lots of dough."
Mar 03, 2007 (3:52 pm)
try taking it to the dealer. i suspect there is a short in the wiring harness near the computer. dakota are known for shorts that cause weid responses on the dash etc.
#43 of 509 Re: Lack of Lights [sgtpsychosis]
Mar 05, 2007 (8:20 pm)
What year, engine, transmission, two-wheel or four-wheel drive?