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post #1 of Old 07-01-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to do a tune-up

I recently got a 2003 Dodge Dakota, its my first vehicle and it runs very good, although I need a tune-up. I asked a shop how much it would be and they said 118, now thats not bad I don't think but they said all it covers is the wires and spark plugs, my dad told me a basic tune up consists of wires, spark plugs, rotor, and distributor cap. I found a tune-up kit online and it was about 50-60 bucks, so I was thinking about attempting to do it myself, what I really need to know is is it hard to do a tune up? And does anyone know a website that can walk me through it, if I can save a bit of money and get the job done myself it would be alot better for me. Thanks for any help you can give, it is greatly appreciated!

-Zach

p.s my truck is a V6
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Not sure about a website to do a walkthrough, but its easy..The most important part is to make sure you have the wires connected properly to the Cap and the plugs, so the firing order is correct
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I'd never recommend buying a kit. Just get a good set of wires, Autolite 3923 plugs, and a cap/rotor from Rock Auto/wherever you want. Like rt99three60 said, be sure you have the wires connected properly to the Cap. What I usually do is put the new cap next to the old one, and replace the wires one by one, to ensure I put every wire in the correct place.

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What I usually do is put the new cap next to the old one, and replace the wires one by one, to ensure I put every wire in the correct place.
Yep, That's what i did Since its his first ride i think he should tune it up all by himself, feels good to fix your own shit.
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If you have an 03, V6, that would be a 3.7 right? And that is just a baby 4.7, which has no distributor..it's coil on plugs..

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http://www.cars.com/dodge/dakota/2003/ Not according to cars.com Misfit. Its a 04+ Dakota engine option
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i swear i read/saw somewhere that the last year of the 3.9 mag was like 01-03..idk

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i swear i read/saw somewhere that the last year of the 3.9 mag was like 01-03..idk
Yeah that is something i could care less to read or know about
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At MOST this would probably only take about an hour if you have all the tools, even if your a beginner.
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Assuming it is a 3.9 Mag, this is a stupid easy job.

The only part that makes me start cussing is doing the cap/rotor..it's back behind the intake, and under the firewall lip..it's sort of a bitch, can't see much of shit..etc.

As far as the parts, I'd say go with Autolite 3923 regulars..no plat,double plat, none of that crazy shit. Go to Advance Auto or Napa, and get the cap/rotor with brass terminals, works better and doesn't wear out as fast. plug wires, whatever advance or napa's " top of the line" is, Bosch most likely.

While you're already under the hood, clean your throttle body real good, replace the PCV valve, check all your hoses etc..

And make sure you use anti-seize on the plug threads.

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I'd say skip the Autocrap plugs, especially the 3923s. It's a V6 and he doesn't need one step colder or non-projected tip. Stick with the stock replacements. If you really want to use Autolites, use the 5224s. But I'd personally recommend NGK plugs.

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I've been running 3923s in my V6 truck for about 8 yrs... never had a problem, runs a little smoother with them..

However, NGK's are good too, that's whats in the R/T

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Not much power

I have a 99 dakota rt. Im new to it but from what i see from driving it.. Not worth the gas. 390km a tank and inless its wet it wont spin the tires and i have 235s on all around. what can i do to clean it up without loose alot of money? Its all stock other then a new cold air intake cone. Please help me out! Thanks
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how many liters does it take to fill it?

ya it's purple...
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Honestly i havent even checked how big the tank is. Its about 100 with gas at 1.27/L. Talk to a guy that says he gets aleast 500km a tank. Thats way better and hes got LOTS of power
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