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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,509 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Dodge Dakota steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 032015


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph and turning left or right, the steering wheel made an abnormal noise. The contact stated that it sounded like a gear was loose. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Elton, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 222010

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 69,527 miles
Steering intermediate shaft has alot of play gets worse on higher speeds found to be the universal joint on the shaft should be a recall very dangerous can cause lose of control.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #5

Feb 152010


  • 165,000 miles
The steering in my 2001 Dakota quad-cab has become very stiff to turn. It comes and goes, but concerns me since my wife sometimes drives my truck and I'm not sure if she could turn the wheel if she needed to in an emergency situation. I've done some research and found that the intermediate shaft is the culprit. This is a safety hazard and should be recalled.

- Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #4

Jul 152009


  • miles


Lower steering column shaft has a bushing that failed causing loss of steering. Truck veered into a ditch at 30mph. I called dealership to purchase this part and found out that it is on a backorder of over 100. Went to several auto recyclers and used parts stores and found that even they have the part backordered. This shows a huge safety issue if there are several backorders and the parts is a required to safely operate the vehicle. I am surprised that there are no active recalls on this item.

- Greene, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 012009


  • miles
Intermediate shaft on the steering column nearest the steering box has universal joint that failed. Caused intermittent stickiness in steering, before joint completely failed.

- Gainesville, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 132001

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I would like to know why the 4X2 Dakota's are not covered by the recall. My 2001 rt has always made a poping sound when making sharp turns and is starting to "wander" and pull to the left. This truck has been very hard on tires. Last time in, dealer said everything was fine. Of course that was just before the warranty expired. All Dakotas should be covered by this recall, not just the 4X4 models.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 122003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,035 miles
Poping noise from steering and cab during turns. Had dealer look at and nothing found wrong.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

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