Dakota won't Start

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#82 Jan 21, 2011
I have a 2001 dodge dakota. It cranks and even turns over but it won't stay firing. In order to get it to turn over i have to press the gas pedal and then it smells like gas in and around the truck. Any ideas? Spark plugs? Fuel pump? Something cheaper?(please)

Ridgecrest, CA

#83 Mar 17, 2011
2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7 engine. Have to start 2 to three times. Dealer did tuneup replaced a vacumn hose spent $500.00 but same problem. Tired of spending money and problem not fixed. Thought I would let it break and fix but this has been going on for 3 months.At this rate starter will go out. The only time it starts right up is just a few mins after shutting it off.

Ridgecrest, CA

#84 Mar 20, 2011
My post from Thursday March 17th indicates 82 comments but I have yet to see One comment. Those are old comments for completely different issues than mine. Thanks.

Ripley, OH

#85 Mar 26, 2011
been working on 95 dodge dakota sport..getting no spark but turning over therefor will not start. changed coil first was not the problem,took it back,changed distributer and cap also,crank sensor,and now im reading about the wiring harness here,i looked at the wires and dont see a problem,help please?

Lawrence, MA

#86 Mar 30, 2011
I have a 01 dakota and I have to hold the key before it starts....any ideas why

Peoria, AZ

#87 Jun 18, 2011
I have a 95 dakoda I was running down the road when my ac shutdown soon after check eng light came on and trans shifted down when i came to a stop i shut off eng now it dees nothing when i try to start. Bat has a charge and i am unable to get any codes.Can anybody help.Thanks

Edmonton, Canada

#88 Aug 1, 2011
abb wrote:
I have 1995 Dodge Dakota 5.2L V8 5 speed 2wd, makes a single click noise when I try to start it. It won't turn over at all. Fuel pump and battery are brand new. Could it be the starter?
That is most definately the starter.
Vince N

Glen Burnie, MD

#89 Oct 10, 2011
I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota Sport, 6cylinder, front wheel drive. My problem is: The engine does not turn over, replaced the crankshaft position sensor that was reading out on diagnostics...still the same problem...sometimes it will start and sometimes it will just crank but not turn over...so then I replaced the distributor cap...did find alot of build up on the inside of the cap terminals. It started after that and ran for a bit...turned it off for 10 minutes...then it would not turn over again. No engine light on anymore but the problem persists...any suggestions?

Colcord, OK

#90 Oct 17, 2011
i have a 93 dakota with 3.9 manual trans, im getting no fire and no fuel, checked all wires for corrosion and checked relays and switched them around, nothing has helped any. Computer maybe? im thinking it has to do with the fuel pump but not sure....any help would be greatly appreciated

United States

#91 Oct 26, 2011
Chuck wrote:
93 Dodge Dakota. Running down the road total loss of engine power. Tried to restart using starter fluid, uses up the fluid then dies. Plenty of gas in tak. Any clues?
check ur fuel pump and ur relay und er the hood

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#92 Nov 8, 2011
I just bought a 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport P/U and when the weather (not it) is cold it just won't start. It turns over, but it like it isn't getting gas or spark. Someone told me it might be the amphibian switch. But when I called Dodge to ask, the service advisor said he had never heard of such a thing. HELP!!!

Since: Nov 11

Phoenix, AZ

#93 Nov 8, 2011
I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota 4 cylinder (2,5 ltr) that will not start. I have fresh gas in the tank. I drove it 2-weeks ago with no problems until the other day when I wanted to take it to get smogged. I replaced the cap and rotor because they were worn. I have no voltage up to the coil or distributor. I jumped the coolant sensor to bypass it. I checked the crank sensor but there is only 15 ohms coming out of one of three pins. The others have nothing. I had auto-zone check the coil and they said the ohms reading on it is within limits. Does anyone have any ideas.

Owensboro, KY

#94 Nov 23, 2011
Chris wrote:
I just bought a 93 dodge dakota 4x2 Club Cab and the first couple times I started it it started right away. Now I cant even get a noise from the starter. My battery is good. Can anybody tell me what the problem might be?
you would need a new starter, if the starter is notmakeing a sound. or have someone hitting the starter with a wrench or whatevr while you are trying to turn it over.

Houston, TX

#95 Jan 8, 2012
cody watson wrote:
i have a 1998 dodge dakota it will start i can drive down the road bout 15 mph and it will back fire then shut off or i can be at a stop sign and it will shut off...i have got a computer put on it and it said ignition coil i changed that ...and it still ran like crap it doesnt matter how slow or fast i could be going 45 50 mph it will shut off ...i even went and got a diffrent computer for it, put it in and it ran good for a lttle while ..but know im back to where i started and it shuts off and back fires..
I have the same problem with mine, what is it
g smith

Harlem, MT

#96 Jan 29, 2012
My 1995 dodge dakota 5.2L 318 is not idiling properly and is dying when i stop or slow down. It also sometimes doesnt shift to 4th? gear when driving. Its an automic and i dont know what to do. Any ideas?

Radcliff, KY

#97 Feb 9, 2012
i have a 2001 dodge dakota and the gas wont get to the trootle why

Radcliff, KY

#98 Feb 9, 2012
i just put a brand new fuel pump on it and it started up then i drove it for like a hour and it cut off so then i found out it was the gas line had cam off put that back on and now it still will not start wat will stop the gas from getting to the throtle.

Waterloo, Canada

#99 Mar 5, 2012
My 2000 6cyl dodge dakota won't start! Trying to start it. I drained the battery...took the battery to be checked, it checked fine and they charged it too! Befoe I took out the battery I got a boost and off I went. Got home noticed the battery charging on the way home. But also noticed that the odometer reading was pulsing. Once home I turned it off and also with.door open and key out and there was a clicking noise in the glove compartment( likely the heater core or there abouts).
So I got out closed the door and all quiet.
So I have purchased a new starter motor relay.
But would like your feedback. Thanks!

Terre Haute, IN

#100 Mar 24, 2012
Hi Folks
I have a 2002 dakota 3.9 V6. It only fails to start when it is raining or after it has rained. over the past year it is getting worse. Put new cap-rotor on.
No Moisture in cap when it fails. It acts like it wants to start. I have even pulled the coil wire off when it fails to start and it has spark. NO RAIN - NO PROPLEM ??????

Wilmington, DE

#101 Mar 24, 2012
I have a 1993 dodge Dakota. When i turn the key it willn't start but the dash light come on. It don't have a clicking sound or nothing. Check fuses n relay still nothing. Anyone have an idea what it could be?

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