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3.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,550 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

May 142005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,600 miles

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

Driving <30min at 20-50mph, towing a light trailer, while turning into driveway, depressed clutch, pedal went to floor and stayed down, drove 100 yards further, parked, opened hood. Flames were visible from under firewall below brake and clutch hydraulics and visible behind left front tire. Flame heights were ~6 - 10 inches. Moved other vehicles from area and extinguished fire with dry chemical extinguisher. Chrysler found clutch asy hose melted, evap hose melted, and fuel line damaged from fire. Chrysler replaced the hyd clutch acy, replaced evap hoses and flex fuel line. Chrysler did an independent special investigation and concluded they had "no manufacturing responsibility". chysler submitted bill for $526.54 to allstate. Allstate payed claim. Owner's opinion is that plastic clutch hydraulic line failed, spraying hydraulic fluid on nearby exhaust, igniting fluid and plastic parts and other flammable materials. Investigator photographed all critical areas but Chrysler did not return old parts.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,500 miles
2002 Dodge Dakota had work performed on the clutch.** answer required***. the consumer did not believe that a 3 year old vehicle with less than 30,000 should require a clutch replacement. The consumer is seeking full reimbursement.

- Berkley , MI, USA

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