Common problems experienced by owners of Dodge Dakota vehicles include ticking noises from the exhaust manifold, stripped threads on the front brake caliper bolt and failed camshaft position sensors. Some owners also report coolant loss leading to engine overheating and intermediate steering shaft noises.
The Dodge Dakota's exhaust manifold bolts are unusually susceptible to damage, particularly on vehicles with 4.7-liter V8 engines manufactured between the years 1997 and 2010. When this occurs, replace the exhaust manifold gaskets and their bolts as needed.
Dodge Dakota vehicles built between 1990 and 2004 typically require mechanical repair of stripped threads on the front brake caliper mounts. In most cases, it is not necessary to replace the steering knuckle.
Both the 3.7-liter V6 and 4.7-liter V8 engines typically installed in Dodge Dakota vehicles can suffer from intermittent stalling due to failed camshaft sensors. When this happens, it is necessary to replace the sensor assembly to get the car running again.
If a Dodge Dakota manufactured between 1991 and 2006 has engine overheating problems, it may be due to leaks in the thermostat housing gasket, intake manifold gasket or water pump. An owner must take the car in for a complete technical inspection to resolve this issue and replace any faulty parts.
Some Dodge Dakota vehicles exhibit loud popping and clunking noises when turning. When this happens, the intermediate steering shafts requires realignment.