Last post on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:46 AM
You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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#172 of 191 Re: 2005 Dodge Dakota Stalling [boogletmama]
Apr 02, 2012 (12:36 pm)
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 191 99 dodge dakota 3.9 L won't stay runing
Apr 06, 2012 (6:13 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 191 Re: 99 dodge dakota 3.9 L won't stay runing [mattthegonzo]
Apr 07, 2012 (6:55 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 191 Re: 99 dodge dakota 3.9 L won't stay runing [roundsdd]
Apr 09, 2012 (7:22 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 191 99 dodge dakota sport 3.9l v6... reverse is not my friend! ~ HELP!!
May 13, 2012 (7:52 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 191 1192 Dakota, running rough, dying, surging...
Jun 08, 2012 (6:50 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.
#178 of 191 Re: 1192 Dakota, running rough, dying, surging... [nova4life]
Jun 08, 2012 (8:23 am)
IAC or EGR Valve jump out as a possibilities. 300K, wow. By now I would think he knows everything about that truck. Check fuel pump/filter. I had my computer get a break in the internal wires and had to replace that. See post #105 on page 6 for info.
Could be lots of things. Good hunting.
#179 of 191 Re: 1192 Dakota, running rough, dying, surging... [roundsdd]
Jun 13, 2012 (1:55 pm)
We took it in yesterday just to find out it was the coil, but now today at low RPM it is still dying, and the truck was given to him, so he hasn't put the whole mileage on it lol, could this be a sensor?
#180 of 191 Re: 1192 Dakota, running rough, dying, surging... [nova4life]
Jun 13, 2012 (9:51 pm)
Did the new coil solve the other problems? I saw that the wires were replaced and the coil, but it was still the coil they said?
Hope they replaced the plugs and wires. They usually break down after a while, 100,000 miles. Old wires will show the spark going thru them at night. let it idle, when it will, and have all the lights off in the area and watch the light show.
Another thing that goes bad is electrical connections after 10 or so years. Check and clean all the connections and also the plug wire and coil wire connections. Sometimes they get rusty where you can't see it and build up resistance, but that shouldn't be as they were replaced.
Include the battery ground to the block.
Could be in the distributor.
Could still be The Idle Air Control (IAC) or EGR. The IAC is under the air filter on the throttle body, if memory serves. It gets dirty and sometimes doesn't close or work correctly. I had cleaned mine a few times but I finally bought a new one, around $50, and solved the problem. It is held in by 2 screws after you detach the wire connector. A pretty simply task to replace it.
EGR is at rear? of the engine and is also an easy fix.
I don't believe the 92 has a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). I have heard that the TPS goes bad on the newer vehicles. I bought a 2001 Dakota 3.9 with 51,000 and replaced the TPS immediately just to be safe.
It has been a while since I had my 92. Hope I gave you straight info. I had it for 15 years and 180,000 miles. It was starting to take up all my time and rust wasn't stopping.
OH, check for a vacuum leak.
Did it backfire thru the throttle body when under load?
#181 of 191 Re: 1192 Dakota, running rough, dying, surging... [nova4life]
Jun 17, 2012 (11:30 am)
My 1992 V6 was doing the same thing...turned out to be the TPS.