really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,125 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 042003

(reported on)

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 8,500 miles


Problems with vehicle's steering column. The consumer always noticed a slack or a looseness in the steering. The vehicle also developed a noise. The input shaft seal was dried at the rack and pinion and the dust cover was removed to the input shaft and the seal was pulled back.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 202002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the steering. Also stated that the vehicle will have a squeaking noise and this happens when he is about to pull into a parking space or when he is backing out. Dealer was contacted and stated that there is a little noise biut that is normal also found tsb and but said that did not apply to the vehicle but the shop still fixed it. Consumer also stated that the noise still there.ts

- Victoria, CD, USA

problem #2

Apr 012002

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 50-60 mph vehicle swerved to miss from hitting another vehicle and right/ left tires hit something, causing steering column to malfunction and to become inoperable.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #1

Oct 052001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shift lever will go into any gear without pressing the brake down. Sometimes shifter indicates vehicle is in drive when it's really in reverse, drivers feels this is very unsafe. Dealer has not found a solution. Shifter pops out of drive or reverse, steering wheel does not lock when key is removed from switch, dealer serviced 5 times.

- Cadyville, NY, USA

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