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  1. General Automotive Discussion
    So I just bought a 1998 dodge dakota slt with a 318 last week. I've noticed some electrical problems. The most concerning is that none of the gauges work. I ordered a new cluster for 80 bucks and slapped it in. The gates still don't work. No tack, speedo, odometer, gas gauge, voltage, oil...
  2. Engine Modifications
    I am doing the 3.9 to 5.9 swap with a 2001 v6 and using a rusted out 2000 Dakota RT. Im adding the 2 injector wires plus the negatives, instead of swapping harnesses. I have my 2001 5.9 RT pcm and i have the pins for the pcm plug for the 2 injector missing. I have those pin numbers. I just dont...
  3. New Member Introductions
    1992 dakota brakes went out and my son tried to put in park. Now no forward gears only reverse and it seems to be way off on the gear selector. Reverse doesn't engage until the selector is in 1st gear position. I fear the worst amd need a rebuild. Wondering if there may be another possibility...
  4. Troubleshooter's Forum
    Hello, I am new to the forum. I have bought two dakotas so far and will probably buy another. Good pickups. I am usually pretty good at diagnosing issues with the 3.9 magnums but this current issue has me stumped. It is a crank/ no start situation. I have tested my relays, tested my crank sensor...
  5. General Automotive Discussion
    Hello all, I just recently purchased a 03 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad cab 4WD. The truck itself is in great condition, however the motor is a lil more worse for wear then the seller let on. Its not that big a deal because im a mechanic at Midas so I can fix it. Ive completely torn down the...
  6. Engine Modifications
    Hey I'm new here and wanted to ask a question I've got a 2000 Dakota 2wd with a 3.9 and the 4 speed auto that's been in the family since new with 260,000 miles, I have a 2012 dodge challenger that was totaled but the 5.7 in it is still good. I've seen a few people do this swap but I would really...
  7. Gen II Dakotas
    While slowing down and going into and then out a turn, or going over a small dip up and then down a hill (a small hill, a hump, changing from pointing up and then down quickly) and turning (letting off the throttle, and continuing once the vehicle is positioned correctly to continue traveling)...
  8. General Parts Inquiries
    Alright. I give up. I can't find a matte black grille and trim for my 08 Dakota. Can't even find info on what other models (Durango, Ram, etc..) have compatible parts... should i order that plexi dip spray stuff and just cover the one I have? Or use real paint? Or learn how to Google better...
  9. Troubleshooter's Forum
    I just recently bought and installed Spyder Halo Headlights for my 03 Dodge Dakota. The headlight assembly only uses one of the two turn signal/drl bulb assemblies, and because of this, my turn signals hyperflash. Anyone know of a fix to this?
  10. 5.7L Hemi Engines
    Hey all, new to this forum. I currently own a Dakota Quad Cab 2wd w/4.7L V8 16tooth. 143K miles. Ran into engine troubles about a month ago and finally figured out I had loss of compression in cylinder 2. I'm about to rip the engine out and rebuild it, but then I got to doing research and it...
  11. 2.5L/3.7L/3.9L Engines
    Hey everyone, I recently bought a 1998 dakota 4wd with a 3.9L v6 and manual transmission. I suspect that it has a blown head gasket, so I'm going to just do a whole top end rebuild. What would you recommend I replace while I have it all apart? Ive always owned hemis so I'm not super familiar...
  12. Gen III Dakotas
    99 Dakota 5.2 auto transfer case blew out its the 231d hd what other transfers will swap I bought a used one out of a ram it’s a 231d but the input shaft for the transmission is to long and will not slide in all the way any advice
  13. General Automotive Discussion
    Ok so I bout this truck and it was running great but barely had heat so I put a new thermostat in filled it up with water tested it in the driveway and all was good. I left to go to work the next day and it started overheating and losing power so I go to pull over and it dies. I guess water was...
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