really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,906 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 292011


  • 144,000 miles


Lower steering shaft U joints are unprotected and rusted out causing sticky steering and difficulty controlling the vehicle in a turn.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 012010

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Steering shaft on our Dodge Dakota went bad.....going to fix it but how many are on the road with the same problem and the fix costs a small fortune.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #6

May 082009


  • 100,000 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck I have been experiencing a looseness in the steering. The steering was looked at by a mechanic who showed me that my intermediate steering linkage was failing and could come apart, causing a complete loss of steering. The mechanic told me that this was a common problem in Dakotas and durangos. I checked with the dealer service dept. And was told that it happened so often that they couldn't keep the part in stock. Salvage yards don't even like to sell this part used because they fail. I checked with Chrysler/Dodge and there is no recall. This is a very dangerous defect that could cause a serious accident. Dodge doesn't seem to be doing anything about it. I've read stories on the net from others with this problem. Thank you

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 102008


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that he felt a lot of play in his steering wheel and it would not lock in place when the vehicle was turned off. He also heard a knocking noise coming from the steering wheel when attempting to make a left or right turn. The noise could also be heard when the steering wheel was moved back and forth. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the mechanic stated that the vehicle needed a new steering column/armature due to the failures. The failure and current mileages were less than 80,000.

- Champlain, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 282006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Steering won't turn at all when cold, until it warms fully it's hard to turn. I've noticed this on 2 other 98 Dodge Dakotas I looked at.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 192004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
Heard crackling and poping from the left front wheel, and truck starting to pull to the left. Found NY-lock spindle nut (torqued to 185#, factory spec's) almost off. Right hand threaded spindle with inner race of bearing rotating in a counter-clockwise direction against the nut. Bearing trashed, having to buy whole hub assembly @ $163. Checked right wheel assembly while front end raised and was able to turn nut with a pair of 10" channel locks. Had to redo both sides at 52+K origional miles, no one has tampered with vehicle. Where's the old repairable system with the cotter key?

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 051998

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
1. front crank seal leaking at first oil change, dealer finally replaced. 2. leaking front right shock absorber noticed at first oil change. Dealer replaced both at owners request. 3. there is a loud popping sound coming from the front steering components when the vehicile is in motion and you turn the steering wheel lock to lock. The sound is made when turning left or right. 4. water leak through back slider window resulted in two new carpet/pad assemblies to installed. Dealer finally fixed after 4th visit and threat of filing for lemon law protection. 5. drivers side air bag failed to deploy at 25 mph in a front end collision.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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