1992 Dodge Dakota V8 won't start

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Frustrated

Portland, OR

#1 Aug 9, 2008
I bought a 1992 Dodge Dakota V8. Drove it for a few days then it wouldn't start, turns over, has spark. Checked fuses. Tried each day for a couple weeks. Was going to change the fuel pump, but went out and it started right up. This worked for a week. Then went out to start it and it won't start again.
I can tell whether it's going to start or not when I turn the key on, if the engine light comes on you can hear the fuel pump and it will start, if the engine light doesn't come on it won't start, and when the engine light doesn't come on, the fuel pump isn't pumping. Anyone have any suggestions. Thanks
Gator

Port Austin, MI

#2 Aug 18, 2008
I just took my same truck into the mechanic and the ignition control unit is out on it. They'll tell you it's the computer but that's what was wrong with mine anyway. Total cost to fix was about $420.00. It's worth takin a look at anyway. Hope this helps some. Good Luck.
Ian

Mcadoo, PA

#3 Sep 3, 2008
There is a black box/wire harness on the passenger fender, it has a plug coming out of it, i noticed in my 91 that it will not start till i wiggle the plug, give that a shot, and then hit a junkyard and grab a new one if you need it. a quick fix is to jam a piece of cardboard between the two pieces to take up the slack.
randy

Pontiac, MI

#4 May 5, 2009
Trying to trouble shoot. No spark in my 1992 Dodge Dakota trk. We were driving down the road and it suddenly died. It acted like it wasn't getting any fuel. After I had it hauled home, I checked for a spark and it doesn't have one. Any ideas as to what it can be?
wilber

San Diego, CA

#5 May 6, 2009
Friends don't let friends drive a Dodge.
Portland Tower

Cleveland, OH

#6 May 7, 2009
I can get you $100 to $200 CASH for your non-running dodge dakota.

http://www.cash4carspdx.com
Racing Fan

Louisville, CO

#7 Oct 19, 2009
Same problems as above. Driving along and engine just quits and won't restart. Had the computer as well as other parts replaced in the engine and same problem. Now they say it might be the fuel pump; however, they say fuel pumps shouldn't be doing that if it is not working. A mechanic told me to bang on the gas tank and see if it starts. Well it did start and ran for 5 minutes then quit again. Cash for clunkers sounds good.
Wilber

San Diego, CA

#8 Oct 21, 2009
Sounds like Portland Tower has a great deal for that non running trash heap.

Or raceing fans cash for crap cars/trucks may be in order.

Love Wilber
Mechman

Fort Wayne, IN

#9 Oct 21, 2009
When this happens again put the vehicle in neutral.It should start right up,at least it works on my 1995 dakota.
Wendy

United States

#10 Feb 16, 2010
It's 5am in Anaheim,Ca. My '92 Dakota won't start, my boyfriend checked the truck, there's no spark to the coil. My uncle left me the truck, w/ an extra distributor. Is that tied into the computer so it won't start? Fuel pump works & brain has been replaced. Is there a relay between the brain & distributor that will cause it not to start? Are there any relays that are related to starting the vehicle?
master chowder

United States

#11 Feb 21, 2010
make sure the sensor that detects a car accident and turns off the fuel pump is not triggered
Gangsta

South Holland, IL

#12 Feb 23, 2010
Try 2 sticks of dynamite and call me in the morning
strong13bravo

AOL

#13 Mar 28, 2010
I have a 92' dodge dakota. It will not start. I have replaced the fuel pump, engine computer, ignition coil crankshaft sensor, pick up coil and new plugs and wires and still nothing anyone have any ideas?
strong13bravo

AOL

#15 Mar 28, 2010
well if mother nature was talking i would never buy a foreign made car!!!!!!!
mike

Greendale, WI

#17 Mar 29, 2010
Face or not nothings better then American muscle cars and American made!!!!
strong13bravo

AOL

#19 Mar 31, 2010
well then buy a horse!!!!
Big Bertha

South Holland, IL

#21 Mar 31, 2010
God gave you two feet ~ use them
sir clint

Freeport, Bahamas

#23 Jun 30, 2010
Ian wrote:
There is a black box/wire harness on the passenger fender, it has a plug coming out of it, i noticed in my 91 that it will not start till i wiggle the plug, give that a shot, and then hit a junkyard and grab a new one if you need it. a quick fix is to jam a piece of cardboard between the two pieces to take up the slack.
Exact problem but i feel nor see any slack between the two, please explain exactly how to position the cardboard or what is the proper fix, computer or wire harness?
Judge Judy

Cochrane, Canada

#24 Nov 26, 2010
1992 Dodge Dakota electrical is dead nothing works. Boost it and it starts. Runs for a few minutes and again dies not stalls. No power anywhere.

Since: Aug 10

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#25 Nov 28, 2010
Judge Judy wrote:
1992 Dodge Dakota electrical is dead nothing works. Boost it and it starts. Runs for a few minutes and again dies not stalls. No power anywhere.
Need to replace the ...Dodge. Try using a Ford or Toyota. To many Canadian made parts on the Dodge..........Kidding !!!

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