Dakota Durango Forum banner
1 - 3 of 3 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello,

I have a 2000 Dakota with 111,000 miles and it has a stalling problem. The first time it happened it was a hot afternoon in July of last summer. I was pulling out of a restaurant parking lot onto the main road and everything was normal. Then the engine died and the check engine light came on, the engine started again right away, but the engine light stayed on. A few miles down the road it stalled again and this time I restarted the engine while coasting in neutral. I drove the remaining five-miles home and everything was otherwise normal.

The next day I drove it to the shop and they identified the code P0725 “engine speed input circuit malfunction”. The technician cleared the code but could not reproduce the stall condition and recommended replacing the crank position sensor, I agreed.

Everything was normal for the next six-weeks until it stalled while idling at a traffic light. The check engine light came on and it took about 90-seconds before it would start again. I brought it back to the shop and the code was identified as P0118 “engine coolant temperature circuit high input”. During this event it was not a particularly warm day and the engine temperature was normal. The technician could not reproduce the stalling condition and could not explain the different code, but offered to replace the cam position sensor free of charge assuming the first diagnosis and replacement of the crank position sensor was incorrect. They replaced the cam sensor and drove the truck randomly over the next two weeks but could not reproduce the problem.

Again, everything was normal until it stalled on the expressway in rush hour traffic. I was just able to put on the hazard lights and coast to the shoulder. This time there was no check engine light and the engine would not start again for about twenty-minutes. Once it did start again, I drove it directly to the shop. There was no code, and they could still not reproduce the issue.

The first two stalling events were kind of scary, but stalling on the freeway was extremely disturbing and dangerous. I’m the original owner, and the truck is in great shape, but if the problem cannot be identified and corrected, and I am quite sure it will not stall again, I’ll have to sell it as is. Thanks in advance if anyone could suggest a possible solution.

Regards,

Ron
 

· Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Hi immattj,

Thanks for the feedback! I am away from home, but I’ll do a visual inspection of the PCM when I return. If that initial inspection does not turn up anything I’ll consider the time and money to remove the PCM and have it professionally tested, and if necessary replace the PCM.

I really want to keep the truck, as I said I’ve had it since new and I think it has more miles to go. However, when it stalls in traffic it is very disturbing.

Thanks again, and if anyone can recommend someone who and test the PCM, please let me know.

Ron
 

· Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Matt, Jester,

Understood regarding the value of a visual PCM inspection. I just thought I’d locate the PCM and look for obvious corrosion etc. Also, someone on another forum suggested checking for corrosion and bad grounding.

I like the idea of sending the existing PCM to have it diagnosed and possibly repaired. If a fault in the PCM is identified at least then I will know for sure what the problem is, and if it is repaired or replaced, I can feel confident driving the truck in traffic again.

Regards,
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top