hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,575 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 282016


  • miles


For Dodge cars around 98 or ones that have the automatic door locks, they stop working. It sounds like they want to actuate the lock but it won't lock or unlock. All other function remains in the doors opening and closing. Upon my quest of trying to fux the problem on both doors, I took apart the electronic motor housing where the gears are. There is a little blue piece under all the gears that has broken and appears to be broken from the pressure of the friction spring behind it. Thinking this was the problem with the other one, I tore it apart and was the same thing. The two parts had broken in the exact same spot. I have a feeling this is due to product defect and not juse in my case.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012011


  • 170,000 miles
Head lights flicker and turn off intermittently whether driving or at a stand still. This has occurred since this vehicle was purchased used and is a common problem with this and the Dodge durango. Have been stopped twice by local law enforcement. The vehicle is stock with no aftermarket additions.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #2

Nov 182004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,300 miles
My husband and I own a 1998 Dodge Dakota, VIN [xxx]. we have had numerous problems with this vehicle, beginning in the second year of our lease. During the past four years, we have spent approximately $9,000 on vehicle repairs including a new transmission, new engine, new starter, new wheel baring, new brake caliper, new heater core and new water pump. The catalytic converter and alternator have been replaced twice and two O2 sensors have been replaced. The air conditioner has been repaired four times. While these repairs have been costly and inconvenient, none of them has posed a safety concern per SE. I am writing now to complain about our most recent vehicle failure which most certainly is a safety issue. On November 18, 2004, my husband was driving approximately 35 mph when his front driver side tire broke off from the axle. The tire fell on its side and the truck landed on the tire. The steering wheel locked up, and the truck skidded to a stop in the left turn lane. My husband had no control of the truck. When we took the truck to our mechanic, he found that the passenger side wheel was near the breaking point as well and replaced that axle as well. We are still driving on the two front tires, but we were informed that we should get an alignment and probably have the tires replaced as well. We understand that Dodge has recalled the 2000-2003 Dakotas for this same defect. We believe that our vehicle should also be covered under this recall. Updated 07/24/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Lowell, MI, USA

problem #1

May 011998


  • miles
Electrical system.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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