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4.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,466 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 152012

Dakota

  • 10,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Cant get info...how too make any one fix recalled parts.

- Erwin, TN, USA

problem #8

Jul 072003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 196 miles
After reading about steering problems in Dodge vehicles, I have hope you can help me. I purchased my '98 Dodge Dakota from 5 corners Dodge at 1292 highway 143, cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012. Dec '97 I took my truck in for "customer states that when making left hand turns there is S jarring that comes through the steering wheel" - replace intermediate shaft - N/C. July '99 - "check noise at low speeds from drive train" - front propeller shaft ball socket insufficient lube noisy 16300100 driveline/propeller shafts, remove inspect wheels, brakes, universola, repair/lube front shaft ball socket joint and reinstall -N/C. July 2003 - "grinding noise from drivers side front end area" - 2200 replace left front wheel bearing/hub assy, 219 replace upper and lower ball joints-both sides, 2wt 2 wheel truck alignment, 52165 test drive and insp replace failed lf bearing assy replace both upper ball joints replace both lower ball joints 2wheel truck align - $1095.12!!!! I brought attention to the problem from the beginning and by the time it was finally fixed, it was no longer under warranty. Can you help me, in any way? thank you, don gruell.

- Fredonia, WI, USA

problem #7

Feb 222005

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 62,000 miles
Owner of a 1998 Dodge Dakota reporting defective upper/lower ball joints and wheel bearing hub assemblies. The faulty ball joints caused uneven and excessive tire wear.

- Augusta, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 012004

Dakota

  • 92,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Dodge Dakota ball joint failure. The mechanic was unable to perform an alignment because the upper and lower ball joints were severely worn.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Oct 282004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 38,000 miles
Low miles on Dodge Dakota, upper and lower ball joints had to be replaced.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 27,000 miles
Inquiry into anything consumer could do to get Dodge to take care of the ball joint failure which he experienced. The consumer stated the ball joints rusted and loosened.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #3

Apr 152004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer questioned whether the numerous complaints of ball joint failure would be enough to issue a recall. When the consumer took the vehicle into the shop to be serviced, he was told the upper and lower ball were bad.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Oct 252001

Dakota

  • miles
While brakes are applied at any speed there is vibration in steering column. There is also a noise coming from steering column during acceleration. Dealership has made no determination as to a cause for this problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 281999

Dakota

  • miles
When making sharp right turns on an incline there would be loud popping noises. A constant problem. Have taken vehicle to dealer & mechanic could not duplicate the problem. Would have control of vehicle.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

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