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Dodge Dakota Starting Problems

juttjutt Posts: 3
I Just purchased a 2000 Dakota sport club cab.This truck has only 18,000 miles. When I go to start the truck it turns over for about six seconds before starting. I 've tried plugs, throttle body cleaning, sea-foam. It also is reading 10.9 mpg on the display. The last full tank went 181 miles. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.
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  • juttjutt Posts: 3
    Does Anybody have any Ideas
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    A vehicle that old with only 18K on it could mean plugs, clogged air filter, a gummed-up idle air port, or bad fuel injectors.

    I'd start with a new air filter and fresh set of plugs and see how it responds. After that a liberal application of fuel injector cleaner and a new PCV valve.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • I'm driving a '97 and sometimes it starts and sometimes it doesn't. No long drives down the interstate and stopping for gas and getting right back on the road. It has to sit for about 30 minutes and sometimes longer before it will start again. Someone mentioned that they heard the fuel pump motor in the gas tank sounding like it was going out and that might be my problem . . . haven't had a chance to have it checked out yet, but it makes perfect sense now. Don't know if you're having this same problem or not.
  • The truck cranks just fine but dies 5 minutes after but then sometimes keeps running but when driving it stalls really bad and has even shut off when coming to a stop I nave had it put on a diagnostic test but no codes ive replaced the fuel pump, fuel regulator,filter, iac valve tps sensor, plugs, even the o2 sensors. Does anyone have any clue to what it could be please help
  • Possibly far from the real problem..but is this the original factory battery - 2001? If it is, change it. Otherwise, keep us informed of any fix..good Luck. Ger
  • I had the same problem, it ended up being the crankshaft sensor. I still haven't figured out the junky gas mileage problem yet. I think it might be my fuel evap system not sure though.
  • 1992 Dodge Dakota will not start. Does anyone know where the inertia switch is?
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Hmmm, I'm not familiar with a component like that on a Dakota.

    There is a Automatic Shutdown Relay that will cut off current to the fuel injectors, ignition coil, and oxygen sensor heater when the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) senses certain conditions. This relay also has a fuse.

    Can you determine if you are getting ignition spark and fuel?
    Regards,
    Dusty
  • mike_1017mike_1017 Posts: 13
    Having some problems getting it started. It will idle for a bit and shut down. There are no warning lights that come on. It was running fine since I put in a new(used) tranny a couple of months ago. I recently installed a new heater core, had the dash completely out, all wires disconnected. That was about a week ago then this started happening 2 days ago. All wires and vent lines seem to be tight on the engine. Nothing loose or damaged. I'm not sure what the heck is up with this thing at this point. I do know that my wife is totally fed up with it. I don't blame her. It seems I'm always under this damn thing fixing somnething else. Any thoughts what to do?
  • I replaced the cam and crank sensor, put in new plugs and wires, and a new distributor cap. It no longer has a starting problem and long trips and quick stops are fine. Now it just runs really rough and misses when you first drive it . . . like it needs to warm up, but actual air temperature doesn't factor in where it did before. Don't know what needs to be fixed now. Going for the fuel and oil pumps next, along with the power steering pump which now needs to be filled daily. I hate this truck.
  • glenngglenng Posts: 4
    I've owned this truck since new. For the past couple of years the engine just cuts out in even a mild rain. I changed the coil,serpentine belt,tensioner,air conditioner bearings... thinking that it was putting a load on the belt and causing it to slip, with the defroster on. No help! The engine just goes dead and has to sit for about 15 minutes before it will restart. After it starts when I shift from park thru reverse you can hear the engine start to die and it does the same when shifted to drive. If I shift it to 2nd and run the motor at a higher rpm it seems to run ok, until what ever it is that gets wet dries out. Any ideas on where to start to look for repair? Thanks - glenn
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    The symptom is typical of an intermittent Crankshaft Position Sensor.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • glenngglenng Posts: 4
    Hello Dusty, Thanks for the help. I had the truck in the garage today just looking for anything that might be exposed. The only thing that I did notice was that the foam rubber at the corners of the windshield cowl cover were starting to come lose and water was getting underneath. So I removed them and the collaspible rubber seal that goes in between and resealed them with silicone. Perhaps water is dripping onto the Crankshaft Positioner Sensor? Sometimes when the engine is starting to cut out, the dash gauges go all eratic before stalling other times it will just go dead. Thanks Again for the Help and let me know if you think of anything else. Regards - glenn
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Hi Glenn,

    Since I've power washed a few Dakota's I find it hard to believe, but if true it would indicate a bad Crankshaft Position Sensor.

    However, your last post supplied some new and important information. If the gauges are going irratic I'm now suspicious that you're intermittently losing current to the ignition system causing the stalling. This could be a bad ignition switch (yet another part Chrysler buys from GM!) or a bad connection at a connector block somewhere.

    I would suggest that you get a '97 service manual or a set of wiring diagrams for that year Dak. I think now I'd be looking for bad connections or a short somewhere.

    Best regards,
    Dusty
  • glenngglenng Posts: 4
    Hi Dusty,
    When I noticed the water getting under the foam rubber especially on the drivers side, it drips down onto a triangler mounting bracket and right onto the main wire harness coming out of the Power distribution center. I figured that can't be a very good thing. Along with resealing the windshield seals I also dabbed some silicone on a few other connections that looked like they might be susceptible to moisture.
    I drove the truck home from work last night in a fairly good sleet and rain storm and it didn't miss a beat. I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope that it continues to run that way.
    I really appreciate the help and I'll keep you updated if this attempt fails. Best Regards - glenn
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Glenn,

    Doesn't your '97 have a cover over the top of the Power Distribution Center?

    Best regards,
    Dusty
  • glenngglenng Posts: 4
    Dusty
    Yes, there is a cover over the PDC, but the water was dripping onto the main wire harness coming out of the PDC that runs up the inner fender towards the windshield. That wire harness is also in a plastic tunnel, but I figure the less moisture getting to it the better. Their calling for more rain tomorrow, I'll drive it to work and see what happens. Best Regards - glenn
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Glenn,

    You mean water was collecting at the firewall connector?

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • pulpypulpy Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 dakota and if it is cool out (2degreescelceus) i have to plug the block heater in for at least an hour. I have been told coolant sensor and also choke sensor and i would like to know which one and where i can find it.
  • cguycguy Posts: 7
    I have an 02 Dakota V-8 and I think the starter went last night. Can anyone tell me where it is located on this truck? I'm probably going to have to change it.
  • jandavgjandavg Posts: 3
    I have a dodge dakota 1993 3.9 litre. I had a problem starting it so replaced the coil, distributor and rotor..I then put gas in the throttle body and it started. I drove it a few days and had no problem, but today it wouldn't start again even with adding fuel again. Please before I take it to a gargage can anyone suggest what I could try. Thanks in advance Janet
  • how do I replace my ignition cylinder on a 94' Dakota. Yesterday I turned the key and it went all the way to the Run position without making a noise or anything and just stayed there. It allows me to turn it all the way and back to start position. But its completely broken. What should I do
  • mechman3mechman3 Posts: 2
    First you need a set of torx drivers, standard & security. Disconnect battery, remove plastic collar under steering wheel, to remove top piece you must unscrew tilt lever if you have tilt. Remove the three screws that hold switch in place, one screw will run through a small bracket with another sticking out,remove this screw once you have pulled the assy out,insert key turn till cyl starts out. in the end you will have to remove the key to get it completely out. Mine did the same thing,I broke it down and rigged it myself,but still need to buy one. Good luck. :D
  • mechman3mechman3 Posts: 2
    Is you truck a standard trans? Will the engine turn over at all? If not on my 95 theres a switch on the clutch rod under the dash.
  • Won't start. Not getting fuel. Will start with starter fluid squirted in intake and runs until used up. Have broken the fuel line at a coupling just infront of the tank and cranked engine and no fuel AT ALL is pumped.
    I have skinned back the wires to the pump to check for power and can find it on only one wire and only when cranking . Shouln't I get power to the oump when the key is in the run pos. or will the power stay on if the engine catches. What other sensors would be involved and where might they be located.
    I want to be sure it is the pump befor I drop it.
    This was replaced in '99 and also the crank sensor was replaced in '03 but not by me.
    Any help would be appreciated. I don't want to drop the tank and replace the pump if it is a sensor.
    The truck ran fine up to this point then won't start!
  • campymancampyman Posts: 13
    I have a 2001 Dak Quad 4.7 4x4 Auto with 55k miles and it used to start when i first turned the key, now it will turn over but not start, I turn the key off and back on to crank and it takes at least one to three more tries. Any Ideas would be great.
    Regards,
    Nath
  • My girlfriend's 2000 Dakota V-6 started the same thing a couple of weeks ago so I decided to change the spark plugs and check the wires for OHMS. During the process I found a bad wire and discovered that the truck had a distributor cap and rotor, which were in definite need of replacement. With new wires, cap, rotor and plugs it starts on the first try every time and runs great. Check those things out. Good luck.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    The 4.7 motor is coil-on-plug. It does not have spark plug wires, distributor cap or rotor.

    This could be caused by a number of things, including no fuel delivery or no spark. Check to ensure the fuel pump is operating (this is fused, by the way) and check electrical connections. Suspect components could be a Crankshaft Position Sensor or Camshaft Position Sensor(s).

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • Thanks dusty, i will have the mechs at the Texeco service center, PS dusty the check engine came on and code p0155, I removed the skid plate, but could not reach the right upstream sensor and will have them replace.
    nath
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