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#168 of 194 Re: 1993 dakota 3.9l v6 [brennan2]
Feb 04, 2012 (11:11 am)
This was a common problem that I had when I was younger, and unfortunately can be an expensive fix if you are unfamiliar with the Dodge systems and engage in a hit-or-miss type of fix. Unfortunately, mechanics who are familiar love to play this game with you to drive up their revenue and your repair bill by having you come in for these monopoly dice repairs, when the problem may be a quick, easy fix with a $45.00 part. Behing the carburetor on the passenger side and just behind the manifold is a harness leading to what is called the Crank Position Sensor. It basically has the job of telling the engine the position that the crankshaft is in and regulates the firing time accordingly. Quite often on the older Dakotas, this is the problems, and it's symptoms are similar to that of a bad fuel pump, or module issue. There was even a fellow tech that told me I needed a motor. I realize this blog is 4 years late in the making, but it is my first day on this site, and perhaps this may benefit someone down the road who visits.
#169 of 194 Re: 1993 dakota 3.9l v6 [roadhawg]
Feb 11, 2012 (11:02 am)
thats exactly what it was. i took it to the shop and they replaced the crank sensor and the pcm. which was quite a lot of money but it was still shutting off sometimes. so i replaced the fuel filter on it and it doesnt sputter r shut off at all now. My brother blew through the old filter and could barely feel air come through the other side. Thanks
#170 of 194 1999 dodge Dakota codes
Mar 13, 2012 (6:24 pm)
Hi everyone.ni have a dodge Dakota 1999 rear wheel drive v8. My car has lost power while driving and shuts off. When I try restarting it, the engine cranks no problem, tries to stay on, but dies. I got a check engine light with a two codes. One is about the >throttle position sensor, and the second one is >engine running and the ECM detected MAP sensor voltage less than expected. Anyone experienced similar problems before that can help me trouble shoot this?
#171 of 194 2005 Dodge Dakota Stalling
Apr 02, 2012 (8:13 am)
I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota that has recently started "sputtering" when I'm in drive, sitting at a light...it had yet to actually die on me until this weekend. I shut it off and it started right back up. It seems to be running a little rough as well. It has never had a tune up, so I'm not sure it that would fix it. Also in the past few years, sometimes I will put it in reverse or drive and it will take about 10 seconds to actually get into that gear and it jerks. We are trying to start out small and cheap, so we are going to be replacing spark plugs tonight...we'll see what that does. Anyone have this same problem?
#172 of 194 Re: 2005 Dodge Dakota Stalling [boogletmama]
Apr 02, 2012 (11:36 am)
I haven't had this problem yet, but it could be lots of things.
How many miles and what engine and 2/4 wheel drive, trans?
No codes from the OBDII genie? Could be Fuel filter/pump, plug wires getting old, grimy dirt causing grounding, dirty IAC, bad throttle control unit (many go bad I've heard), bad ground somewhere. Not sure if you have a distributor, but that could be it. Bad ground causes lots of things. Results are unpredictable.
Don't really like the trans problem. Of course, check fluid levels, then electric connections/ground.
Check EGR valve operation. Check for vacuum problems. Computers hide things by over compensating until they can't anymore. Usually get some codes though.
I used to replace my plug wires when I could see the spark going thru them in the dark. I would idle the engine at night in the dark with no lights. That was in my older vehicles. Also the spark coil. I'm not sure if your engine has 1 or many. Those connections can get corroded.
Good hunting. I hope somebody that had this problem answers you.
#173 of 194 99 dodge dakota 3.9 L won't stay runing
Apr 06, 2012 (5:13 pm)
I have a 99 dodge dakota with a 3.9 L engine. I won't stay running without having the throttle depressed or the vacuum hose pulled off the pcv valve. Its acting like a vacuum leak. Just did a full tune up on it- plugs, wires, cap and rotor, air filter, coil and pcv valve. No codes. What is using vacuum? pcv, fuel tank canister, dash controls, brake booster, cruise control, and what else? Don't see an EGR valve. Leaking intake Gasket??? Help me out here. Has 192,000 miles
#174 of 194 Re: 99 dodge dakota 3.9 L won't stay runing [mattthegonzo]
Apr 07, 2012 (5:55 am)
Sounds like it needs more air, or less gas, if it runs better with vacuum hose off. That would say it is not a vacuum leak as a leak would give it more air. I would check the IAC and TPS after insuring all wiring connections are in place.
Did this start after your tune up or before.
#175 of 194 Re: 99 dodge dakota 3.9 L won't stay runing [roundsdd]
Apr 09, 2012 (6:22 am)
+1 for the IAC. If that's not working or hung up, then the engine will essentially be choked off until another source of air is provided.
#176 of 194 99 dodge dakota sport 3.9l v6... reverse is not my friend! ~ HELP!!
May 13, 2012 (6:52 am)
so when i got the truck i took my former friend who has been a mechanic for 27 years... the truck had to be what my fiance calls "neutral dropped" to go into reverse and stalled when put into gear anything but park and neutral. he said all that was wrong with it was either the tcc solenoid or the speed sensor and promised me hed fix it cause he talked me into buying the thing... then he decided he wasnt my friend anymore over some 5th grade type drama... anyways i replaced the solenoid and the sensor as well as flushed the transmission and changed the filter in there, its had a full tune up... including serpentine belt, distributor cap and button and spark plugs and wires... ive also replaced the iac after reading that it could cause these issues and when we looked at it it was broken. after all that we noticed the radiator reservoir cap was gone so that got us thinking and we found out there was barely any liquid in the radiator and when we flushed it we got a ton of rusty water. after all weve done to it it runs pretty good except that it dies if you put it into reverse from anything but neutral. it also has no brakes in reverse. it has 171900 miles on it and i know it needs a power steering pump, but it will be well worth doing that if i dont have to sink a grand into a new transmission. Ive ordered a computer reader online cause my check engine light is on, and it should be here before too long but also i cant find the coolant bleeder valve... i only got the truck cause we live out in the middle of nowhere and have to haul our own trash and just after we got it the car started going out so i need to know if this thing is more headache than its worth or what... please help if you can
#177 of 194 1192 Dakota, running rough, dying, surging...
Jun 08, 2012 (5:50 am)
My husbands truck is a 1992 Dodge Dakota with 300k miles on it. It has been dying, running really rough, surging, shaking. The crankshaft position sensor has been changed along with wires, plugs, distributor cap, coil, and we put fuel injection stuff in the tank. Now it won't start at all, I'M writing this because now he has to take my 74 nova to work every day,,,PLEASE HELP!! any input would be greatly appreciated, a list of anything else to do.