About Dodge Dakota
Dodge Dakota, also known as Ram Dakota, is a mid-size pickup truck manufactured by FCA US LLC from 1987 to 2011. The first Dodge Dakota was introduced in 1986 as a 1987 model. As a model form the famous Ram pickup truck lineup, Dodge Dakota is very popular and successful in the worldwide. In 2000, it has been nominated for the North American Truck of the Year. Its lifespan covers three generations in all.
The second generation Dakota (1997-2004) was released at an official press convention in 1996 for the 1997 model year. In its second generation, it was available in several different trim levels including the ST, Sport, SXT, SLT and R/T. Engines varied a lot too from 2.5 L AMC Straight-4 engine to 3.7 L Magnum V6 engine. Multiple transmissions included 4-speed, 5-speed automatic transmissions and 5-speed, 6-speed manual transmissions. Then the redesigned 2005 Dodge Dakota started the fourth generation (2005-2011). It then only offered three trim levels: the ST, SLT and the Laramie or SLT Laramie, which were powered by 3.7 L Magnum V6 engine or 4.7 L Magnum V8 engine with 4-speed, 5-speed automatic transmissions and 6-speed manual transmission.
Dodge Dakota Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Dodge Dakota is often used for hauling or transporting heavy goods under different road conditions often horrible road condition. That is why after a while of driving, Dodge Dakota truck owners listed the common problems happened to it:
First is braking system problem. Good-performance braking system, in most cases, can save people's life. That is why drivers pay most attention to it. According to Dakota truck drivers, the brake fluid was susceptible to leak quickly when the brakes were applied and the Brake Warning Light came on as well as corrosion can be found on brake lines. Some said that the parking brake could not function well to hold the car properly and the Parking Brake Light could be activated on as well. Based on their descriptions, it is assumed that the brake line or parking brake cable was broken.
Second would be the engine went wrong. This problem is related with oil, specifically. The Engine Oil Light would come on and oil would drip from the filter. What follows were engine became overheating, dropped oil pressures which caused a low-performance engine. While driving, drivers can hear metallic sound and smell burnt oil odor as well as dirty smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. In fact, if your Dakota is suffering from these too, you should check if your oil filter is clogged.
In addition, for your safety and your Dodge Dakota's life expectancy, you should pay extra attention to some neglected parts. Headlight, you won't think of it unless you have to use it in dark. Once it is bad, dangerous situations may happen. So please do not forget to add it in your routine maintenance.
You are strongly advised to choose Dodge Dakota OEM parts over aftermarket parts. They are more durable and reliable as well as with a warranty. At the meantime, we offer them at the budget friendly price even compared to aftermarket parts. It will save you a lot of trouble at selecting as well.