Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
113,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the starter relay with the factory part (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Dakota electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Dodge Dakota:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012010

Dakota SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


When I bought the truck in 05 the dealership insisted they install the "No-Start". It worked for a while, with only occasionally having to press the damn button more than once to start the engine.

But now....the remotes aren't working so well. Some times it takes me more than 5 minutes to get it to start up. I have to turn the key to the first position, let it sit for 5 seconds, then second position for 2 seconds, then start.....and it only works about half the time.....

Any ideas on how to disable the system completely so I can just start my freakin truck?

Update from Jun 28, 2010: After much digging and looking around online I found a picture from Cyclops Security with one of their remotes and a relay next to it...that prompted me to look in the relay box for the solution. Sure enough I found one relay that wasn't a "Tyco" brand, and it was labeled "Starter".....I vaguely recalled when I bought the truck, seeing a spare relay in the glove box, checked and found the correct factory relay...So I swapped them and it's been working ever since....No thanks to Folsom Lake Dodge or the 3 mechanics I paid over $100 each to try and disable/remove the system.

- , Los Osos, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?