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You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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Dodge Dakota, Truck
#14 of 43 Re: what a joke [kfritz]
Dec 22, 2008 (7:06 am)
I'd wait to hear from the owner of the dealership first, but then I would place a formal written complaint to Chrysler and the Fort Wayne, Indiana Better Business Bureau. If that doesn't get a more sympathetic response, try a local television station.
#15 of 43 Att: Dusty
Dec 22, 2008 (3:55 pm)
Thanks for the advise. Have files a complaint with Dodge/Chrysler and BBB. The owner appears to be avoiding me. He is must always unavailable or out of town. He is aware of the past problems and the most recent and he called me from"out of town" today left a message" Your truck is done and can be picked up", he never said anything about his manager or the incident with my truck. I am not pick the truck until he is there and then I will test drive it with him or his "Service Manager".
If the engine light comes on again on this test drive I will take it to a auto electrical speaclist and sue him for the charges.
P.S. Do all 2005 Dodge dakotas have these problems? It would so, from all I read at this web site. This is my first and last Dodge product.
#16 of 43 Re: Att: Dusty [kfritz]
Dec 22, 2008 (11:24 pm)
No, not all Dakotas have these problems. Remember you are reading a web site that exists specifically to address problems. My Dakota has run perfectly for seven years and 114,000 miles, and I cannot think of anyone I know personally that has owned or does currently own a Dakota with any serious problems. In fact, I go so far as to say that the Dakota is on par with any pick-up out there with respect to serious problems. See if your local Better Business lists the past lemon law transactions. You might be surprised!
#17 of 43 Dodge Dakota Wheel Bearings
Dec 29, 2008 (2:48 pm)
Sorry if this has already been discussed. I searched and found nothing. I am new here, this is my 3rd dakota and probably my last. What idiot engineer would design a 2 wd vehicle using sealed front wheel bearings? Sealed bearings have a very very limited life and a very very limited application and that is not a motor vehicle.
With that said - Has anyone taken a front hub apart, got the Timkin bearing, race and seal numbers and rebuilt a front hub?
#18 of 43 Re: Dodge Dakota Wheel Bearings [wolfer1]
Dec 29, 2008 (8:52 pm)
I have to disagree with you on this one. Wheel bearings are prone to failures caused by heat, loss of lubricant, and/or contamination from dirt and moisture. A sealed bearing is generally better and retaining its lubricant and keeping moisture and dirt out of the bearing assembly. Their heat capacity is determined by design.
In my experience Dakotas are rarely in need of front wheel bearings, even at high mileage. Mine at 114,000 miles are fine, and two other 120,00 plus mile Dakotas I'm familiar with are still sporting the originals as well. My son's old Dakota got to 371,000 on the originals.
I use to repack the fronts on my Chevies every 25,000 miles and I still would lose one before 100,000 miles anyway.
If you've had a lot of brake/rotor overheating then I could understand front wheel bearing failures.
#19 of 43 Dodge Dakota Wheel Bearings
Dec 30, 2008 (6:33 am)
Have to agree with Dusty on this. I have over 80K miles on my 2000 Dak and have spent plenty of time on the beach as well as going through a lot of standing water without any bearing problems. Additionally, I have had several other vehicles with well over 100K miles, all with sealed bearings and never had a problem.
Jan 29, 2009 (4:57 pm)
My son has a 97 four wheel drive dakota that has started stumbling and backfiring through the throttle body on the road, idles five and starts ok. Check engine light is on now have not checked the code. temp and pressure ok Thanks for your thoughs My 95 dakota has almost 238.000 miles I rebuilt the tranny at 231,000
#21 of 43 Re: Help! [turboamx]
Jan 29, 2009 (7:40 pm)
*Bad ignition components (distributor cap, rotor, plug wires, spark plugs)
*Bad ignition coil
*Bad reluctor in the distributor
*Defective crankshaft position sensor
*Vacuum leak; defective intake manifold gasket
*Defective catalytic converter
*Low fuel pressure
#22 of 43 Re: Dodge Dakota Wheel Bearings [dustyk]
Feb 16, 2009 (1:50 pm)
I agree. I recently had problems with extreme overheating of front brake and now bearing is growling. Can it be pressed out of hub and replaced or do I have to shell out for the hub assembly? 99 4x4 V6 XCab 100K miles
#23 of 43 Re: Dodge Dakota Wheel Bearings [gbetts]
Feb 22, 2009 (11:46 am)
I honestly don't know. I know that the bearing and hub are serviced as an assembly by Chrysler, AutoZone and Advance Auto. I suspect that someone makes a replacement bearing for it, but you'll need a press.