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Dodge Dakota: Problems & Solutions



  • My left turn signal flashes fast the right works fine changed both bulbs but does not do this all the time what is the cause
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Usually indicative of a bad bulb. I'm assuming you changed both bulbs on the left side so I would look for an intermittent connection or a faulty ground. Also make sure your flasher is firmly seated in the socket. Possibly the flasher is the problem but I don't think so.

  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    I've had turn signal switch plates in the steering column on older vehicles give problems of this sort but I can't hazard even a guess that this is your problem.

  • Heater blower fan not working. fuses ok. Anything else I should check before crawling under the dash and tearing things apart?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    DOes it work only on "high" setting? If the answer is "yes" then replace the blower resistor.
  • I had the same problem, after asking around,changeing fusses and tearing out and putting in a new blower fan found out that there is a rely on the fire wall under the hood on the passenger side. I bought one for I think $6.oo put it in and the darn thing worked. Good luck.
  • where is flasher located
  • Wher is the flasher located on 2001
  • Hi everyone, well, I seem to finally have the ashtray problem. As I go over bumps, my ashtray opens. Quite annoying. I don't smoke so it has never been used.
    Anyways, any idea on what I need? I looked briefly at it and have no idea how to remove. I saw what looked to be a mechanical limiter (sort of spring mechanism) that probably is the culprit. Does anyone know what a new assembly would cost and what is entailed in removing. Is it hard??
    Thanks for all responses.
  • dnhlldnhll Posts: 1
    I had the same problem last night as well. I have a 2001 with approximately the 58K. Very similar behavior. I noticed about a month ago that the rear passenger door lock quit working with keyless entry. That then started working again. About a week ago, I came out to my truck and the lights were still on. I had left them on as I typically do since they turn off after 5 minutes. This time it didn't work. Same problem again a few days later with occasional light flickers... then last night they went crazy to the point where it was undrivable. The locks quit working and the lights were on ~20 percent intensity with them turned off. Door locks quit working as well. I disconnected the battery to keep from draining it overnight. This morning it behaved "normally" with a light flicker every 5 miles or so.. From everything I have read, i am leaning toward the CTM, but don't really want to drop $220 on it to find out it isn't and don't want to pay the shop to tell me that is what it is... Has anyone installed one of these? I was also told it could be the body controller...
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  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    The Dakota doesn't have a "body controller."

    All of your symptoms are circuits controlled by the Central Timer Module (CTM). I think it's a good suspect in your case. They should be around $125 US at a Dodge dealer.

    Best regards,
  • I have a 2003 dak QC 4x4 with 40k miles. Recently the electrical systems went haywire. As of right now the headlights, interior dome lights, power door locks,and interior panel lights are not working. I have replaced the battery and that fixed it for a couple of days. I have had the alternator checked and it seems to be fine. When I do the self diagnostic it just reads p done. Also the Service 4x4 light came on when all this started happening and as best I can tell is doing this as a result of the light on the knob being out.
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    Now that the cold weather has arrived, I've noticed an unpleasant odor from the heater for the first 15-20 sec after I turn it on. It kind of smells like dirty, rusty water. I suspect that the heater/AC drain might partially or fully blocked. The truck is always garaged, so I don't know what it might be blocked with. I went looking for the heater/AC drain on the passenger side firewall, but couldn't find it. I need assistance on locating the drain and any other words of advice on what to look for or do. Thanks.
  • I have a 2001 2WD automatic Dodge Dakota. I have two computer error messages stating I need to replace two sensors. R1672 and R1675. I am wondering if these sensors are easily accessible and something I can do myself or something a dealer has to do. Thanks for the help.
  • I have a 2000 Dakota club cab 2wd with the tire and handling pkg. The original tires are P255/65R15. I was wondering if any one know if i can change to a different size since there are only 2 makes available ( the goodyears ls that came on the truck and Pirelli Scorpions. Looking for something that handles better in wet/snow conditions and maybe switching to 235/75R15 would fit on the current rims i have.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I have the same truck and tire package that you do. There are several tire choices available to you. In all cases, you need to consider the the overall DIAMETER must not be changed. Doing so will affect the speedometer and ABS brake calibration.

    My 2000 Dak came with real truck tires installed "31x10.5 15" (31inch diameter, 10.5inch width 15inch wheel). Sizewize, these are very close to the 265/75R15 which I replaced them with. The Nokian Vativa tires are FARRR better in the snow than the original crappy tires from the factory. (Dont forget I am in Vermont where it is already snowing this year)

    I opted to forgo the truck tires and install the passenger tires due to the better ride quality from the softer sidewalls. I also wanted better wet/snow performance. I researched tires for at least 3 months before settling on the NOKIAN VATIVA. Nokian tires are from Finland where snow is a way of life. Nokian makes the best snow-tire in the world (Hakkapeliitta). The Vativa has features from the Hakkapeliitta.

    Since you are looking for wet/snow performance too. I would suggest that you strongly consider NOKIAN VATIVA. I have been using Nokian tires for many years and I can say that Nokian backs up their tires. I used to own a car that wore out tires very quickly... I only purchased ONE set of Nokian tires for it.... Nokian kept replacing them under the milage warantee for 150,000 miles!!

    Here are the 2 websites for Nokian. Please take the time to view the vidios about their extensive winter testing.
  • I have a 98 dakota sport extended cab 2wd with 86,000 mi on it, when im driving it seems that between shifts the tranny almost feels like it is shifting up and down and up and down, and my rpms seem to shutter from about 2300 to 2000 back to 2300 then down to 1800 back up to 2000 pretty fast, {almost like its running out of gas} and so forth declining untill i step on the gas further, even a tiny bit of acceleration clears it up....... does this make sense, and is there a cure for it? I already replaced the rear wheel speed sensor to get rid of my e-brake light and abs lights. but now this is a concern. thank you
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