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Dodge Dakota Warning Lights and Trouble Codes



  • Hello Dustyk......I just experienced the engine light come on for my 02' Dakota V6. The code that came up for me was P-0442. Would you suggest I replace the gas cap for this code too? I did replace the cap, after reading your suggestion to someone else who had the P 0441 code. I dont have the equipment to turn the light off, will it go out on it's own if the replaced gas cap was my problem?
  • iowamaleiowamale Posts: 1
    unhook battery hot side should reset light
  • rab211rab211 Posts: 5
    Likely this doesn't have much to do with your issue, but it might, and I think this is something most Dakota owner should know. I was having all kinds of strange intermittent problems, sometimes it was the tranny going into safe mode, or the radio shuting off for a couple seconds, or blowing high beam highlights, and once the heated mirrorswouldn't work.

    I think I've found my issue. As it turns out the wiring in Dakota's can't handle those higher intensity headlights. If memory serves all of my problems seem to have started when my first headlight blew, and I decided to go with brighter light bulbs. I spoke with a Dodge service manger and apparently years ago they got a bulletin that the wirng can't handle them. He said that it surfaces in many different ways and can do damage to the computer or wiring, and sometimes just intermittent problems.

    Since changing back to the OEM bulbs I haven't had any problems, although it hasn't been cold enough to check the heated mirrors.

    Likely doesn't answer your problem but if you have changed to brighter lights, start by switching back for a while.
  • ltevansltevans Posts: 1
    Hello, I have a Dakota 2002 4x4 King Cab, 29,875 miles on it. It has the engine light on (P1686 code) which is a SKIM code (?). I have reset it but it keeps returning. Any ideas on how I can permanently fix it? Any help is appreciated.
  • mrsincere7mrsincere7 Posts: 40
    Thanks for your input. Disconnecting the battery hot side worked.
  • stramsportstramsport Posts: 1
    i have a 2000 ram sport, with 74,000 miles on it, the check engine, abs, brake light almost all lights come on on dash. the speedo works than dont work? i have a obdll scanner. when i plug in to it it says no codes. anybody have any ideas why all the lights are on?
  • robo64robo64 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Dakota w/ 3.9 V6. I am getting Codes
    I think I know about the 0442, but the other I don't. can anyone answer this please.
  • This is treedav and I am still having the same problem. Last October they cleaned the fuel ingecter on # 2 cylinder,but the other day around aug. 31,2009 I got the same check engine light ! So now they took off the heads and said the cylinder was carbon ed up and it would have to be machined to correct the problem. The dealer said that I need to drive it more,well I drive approximately 150 to 200 miles a week ,mostly highway driving,so you figure. Did I get a lemon. The warranty is covering this,but I need to know if it can happen again. I only have 46,00 miles on it and i am the original owner. I use regular gas. Can someone elighten me why ?

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  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    P1491 is a Radiator Fan Relay Circuit issue.

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  • My 2000 v6 Dakota acts up when I am running at 80 or 90 kilometers per hour it seems like the trans is slipping just for a second or 2. The RPM's jump up about 200 RPM's and drop right back. I read the code using the key and it seems to be giving me a code of Pd07E, I can't find it anywhere. Anyone have any Idea's??
  • My 2000 v6 Dakota acts up when I am running at 80 or 90 kilometers per hour it seems like the trans is slipping just for a second or 2. The RPM's jump up about 200 RPM's and drop right back. I read the code using the key and it seems to be giving me a code of Pd07E, I can't find it anywhere. Anyone have any Idea's??
  • I have a check engine light coming on...had this last week and had it tended to but now has different code....can you tall me what code 1494 is?
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    There are many places on line where you can look up OBD-II codes.
  • I have a 2000 dakota 4.7 engine light is on and the some times flashes. I got the codes. p0300/p0301/p0302/p0307/p0308 and p0357. I checked it out and its says its a miss fire in multipal cylinders. this cant be or the truck would not run. p0357
    code says ignition coil # 7 primary circute. could this be my prob? the truck runs rough all the time and is sluggish. it has 360 thd kms on the engine. Anyone that can help it would be greatly appreciated.
  • 1 month ago truck started cutting out for the first 10 minutes or so then ran ok....drove it like that for a couple of weeks then it started to do it more and more...replaced the pvc valve while tracing the vacuum system and put new plugs,wires rotor and cap....checked the engine lite codes ...12,17,51 came up...51 was o2 sensor so replaced that too...will start but not idle or keep running....code 12 says memory standby power lost...17 says engine running too cold where do I go from here?
  • Did you ever figure out what finally was diagnosis on the P420. I have just gotten code today I did check my gas cap first and it was not clicked secured. I have not replace PVC valve yet, have clean air filter but was curious if it ended up finally with catlaytic converter issue or one of hoses to PVC or underneath. I read all the replys you sent betwween you and dustyk back in Januray. Any help would be great. I have 2001 Dodge Dakoyta 4.7 V-8. thanks header1974
  • bpparbppar Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 Dakota Quad p/u and the PRND21 with the square blocks around each symbol and the check engine light is on. I have had this worked on 4 times. Is anyone else having this problem and is there a more permanent fix? It returns about every year or so.
  • steveo66steveo66 Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 dodge dakota sport 4x4,engine light on.Codes are P0442, P0456, and P455. All relating to an Evap leak monitor, small, medium, and large leak.Is this something I can fix or do I need to take it in?
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    I think any/all of these could be do to a bad gas cap. That would be the first think I replace. Then , look for any cracks in the hoses associated with the evaporative control system.
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