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#91 of 204 1998 Dodge Dakota not starting
Apr 03, 2009 (9:43 am)
I have no idea about vehicles. My Dakota has been sitting for months. Due to the fact that my brake pedal was going allt he way to the floor when I tried to stop. My g/f has been driving me to work, and she is frusterated with me. I would go out every few days and make sure that it still started. It did everytime. It had been about 2 months since i had started it until today. I finally decided to take it to a mechanic, and when I went out and started it, it fired right up. Then about a minute later it just shut off and will not start again. I can smell fuel when I crank it over. So I just assumed it was flooded. But like I said, I have no clue about auto repairs and would appreciate some help. If anyone knows what the problem could be that would be great. Thanx
#92 of 204 Re: 2003 dodge dakota [rosegring]
Jul 10, 2009 (7:17 am)
My 03 Dakota is starting to the same thing. Was the fix for your dakota the trans selonoid? Informed that mine could be a variety of things, trying to narrow down if possible.
#93 of 204 Re: Starting Problems When Cold [ronslakie1]
Jul 14, 2009 (7:34 pm)
Could it be that when it sits out all night, there is condensation buildup on the spark plug wires and if they are old, they are arcing to the engine and not getting full spark to the plugs? Then, after it has warmed up and dried, the problem goes away. Try starting it in the dark when the engine is cool and see if you can see any evidence of sparking. Just a thought.
#94 of 204 97 Dakota-Replaced starter, still doesn't start. Now what?
Jul 27, 2009 (8:00 pm)
I have a 1997 Dakota with the 5.2l. Replaced the starter, but still wont start. When I turn the key, I hear one click from engine area and then nothing. Lights stay brightly burning and have all dash and instrumentation lights staying on before, during, and after trying to start. What should I check next?
#95 of 204 Starting prpoblem
Jul 28, 2009 (12:26 am)
Check your battery cable (pos) for corrosion or a break. Also check your GROUND!!!
I'm not sure on this year but my Dakota has a starter relay in the small electrical box drivers side.
You might also try the DODGE Forem, this sight specically for dodges only.
Good Luck! Rick J
#96 of 204 Re: All of a sudden it won't stay on when started; 5.9L 2002 [bethesdawright]
Aug 04, 2009 (2:02 pm)
did you have the injectors removed and cleaned or did they do it with them in the fuel rail? if they did you'r catalytic converter is proboubly plugged up. the chemicals used to clean the injectors is hell on the materials in newer converters. hence the lack of power and black exhaust discharge. hope it helps.
ps. you should never have to get you'r injectors cleaned the injector cleaner that you poure in with you'r gas once in a while is more than enough to keep them clean. and if you don't like to use cleaners than just fill up with higher grade gas once in a while because the have more detergents and cleaners than regular gas.
#97 of 204 Re: Starting Problems when Cold [ronslakie1]
Oct 08, 2009 (5:59 am)
I have the exact same problem with my 2002 quad cab auto, i recently replaced fuel pump, and a year ago got a full tune up. The problem still exists! did you ever find out what the problem was?
#98 of 204 Please Help!
Oct 08, 2009 (6:05 am)
I have a 2002 quad cab dakota, 4x4, auto, 4.7. A few months back my truck began having hard starts in the morning, i would have to crank the engine for about 6-8 seconds before it starts. after running it, it will start no problem. if i leave it for an hour or two, it will have a hard start again, also i have a strong gas smell from the exhaust once started. i recently replaced fuel pump and the problem still exists!
please help had a complete tune up 1 year ago
#99 of 204 Re: Please Help! [dleech]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Oct 09, 2009 (4:23 am)
Those are symptoms of a weakening electrical system. Have the battery, alternator, and starter tested.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
#100 of 204 Re: Please Help! [dleech]
Oct 09, 2009 (4:53 am)
If the battery is original, that's the first thing I would look at or replace.