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Dusty, you seem very knowledgeable with Dodges. i have an issue with my 94 Dakota SLT and i hope you may be able to able. i have changed the TPS,IAC,EGR assembly, alternator,plugs and wires. after changing the IAC and TPS, the truck idled fine for a week or so and went back to the erratic idling. it still cuts off when i stop at a traffic light or in traffic. i also cleaned the throttle body with some carb cleaner and that helped. the problem i have is the voltmeter will dance up and down between closer to 8 and all the way closer to 18. each time the pointer approaches 8, the check engine light comes on. i opened the hood while truck was running and noticed that the alternator belt tensioner(serpentine tensioner) bounces up and down a lot. it moves up and down,but the belt looks aligned and in good tension. could this be a cause of my problem? i have had the battery checked and had different results, one place said it was good the other said not so good.0 ·September 2014
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apologies...it was a Dakota you were diagnosing....
do you know what it could be from my symptoms?0 ·April 2014
Hello! Just came across an old post of yours regarding overheating on your Dakota... did you ever resolve it? I am having virtually the SAME problem. I recently had the thermostat replaced at a dealer. I was afraid my head gaskets were leaking. Coolant was blowing out my overflow regularly. The dealer pinged the culprit as a bad rad cap not holding pressure. all was fine for about a month. Then I noticed I'd start the truck on a cold morning, and turn the heat on while getting ready for work. after 20 mins, the temp gage was good, but no heat until I started to drive it. seconds later, heat! a few days later while sitting idle, with the heat blowing, it started blowing cool air, until I started moving again. With the outside temps in the 50s and sitting in traffic, the temp gage started rising recently, and it's at 240 degrees. drive off, it cools down. I've had the rad replaced two years ago (accident) and flushed recently trying to resolve the losing coolant issue (it was the rad cap0 ·April 2014