hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
137,782 miles

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2004 Dodge Dakota electrical problems

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2004 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 152016


  • 196,000 miles


I started my vehicle and could not get my headlights to turn on. All connections and bulbs were checked by a mechanic and the problem has been traced to the ctm (central timing module). These units are on nationwide back order. This is a serious safety issue and a serious replacement issue if people are losing their headlights and the part is on an unknown back order situation.

- Brigham City, UT, USA

problem #11

Nov 072016


  • 985,000 miles
While vehicle is parked and engine running, I notice smoke and burning smell of plastic coming from blower fan motor unit. Please tell me is there any technical service bulletins on this problem and have you received any other complaints on this problem from others. Engine size 3.7L V6.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #10

May 132010


  • 46,923 miles
Smell of burnt wire/plastic. Blower control switch would not work (blower motor would not run). Blower motor resistor and pigtail connection were melted and fused together. This was in 2010, it is now 2015 and I just had the seventh resistor put in with the fifth pigtail. The time before this last nightmare, I also had the blower motor replaced in case it was the cause of the resistor and pigtail connection issues.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #9

Sep 182013


  • 38,592 miles


The horn stopped working, I took it to a non-dealer mechanic who found the horns themselves operational when applying an external relayed voltage to them and no fuses blown, he thought it may be a short in system. Horn would not work on many occasions, then one day it worked, the next day it did not. A couple of months later it wouldn't work, I have a tilt steering wheel so I moved it to an upright position, the horn started working, I put the tilt wheel back down and it still worked. The next day the horn wouldn't work even if moving the tilt steering up or down. It seems as if there may be an intermittent short of some kind in the wiring for the horn in the steering column. It has an air bag so it isn't an easy investigation. I haven't taken it to a dealer as Chrysler was closing outlets and I haven't found one to use yet.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #8

Nov 242012

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 131,200 miles
While parked my blower motor wiring to the resistor just went. This is the 4th time it has done this. Now I am with out a truck and its snowing and cold so it us inoperable! I have seen plenty of other people with the same problem I am having! thank god I was not driving with my kids in the truck when it went. The wiring melted so there is nothing I can do to replace the resistor so I have to replace the whole wire harness. This in not the first time this has happened in these trucks! something needs done before someone gets killed over this.

- Altoona , PA, USA

problem #7

May 152011

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 48,564 miles
This is the second time this has happened an been replaced...now im going without a heater because the blower motor resistor started sparking an the smell of burning rubber an melted plastic filled the cab of the vehicle so I quickly pulled over to avoid a accident an I reached under to the to whare the resistor is located an it was scortching hot to the touch. It looks like it had started to catch fire. Are you guys going to wait until someone dies or gets seriously injured for there to be a recall on this...this is a serious saftey issue with atleast 298 people with the same problem and thats just one website, I have concrete information to back this message so please dont just ignore this.

- Crescent City, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 092011


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Dakota. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed that the air conditioner and heat blower fan failed to function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the contact was advised that the resistor needed to be replaced because the wiring was melted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred after repairs. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 012004


  • 60,000 miles
Heater/ac blower motor wiring melts causing failure of defroster, heater, A/C, premature failure of blower motor resistor, etc. This may even cause a fire if the wires happen to be touching combustibles in the passenger footwell when they melt. Dodge has released a kit to repair this extremely common problem. See mopar # 5017124ac. This should be a mandatory recall, not a fix offered at owner's expense. This is a safety issue because: 1. windshield may fog up reducing visibility and leading to accident. 2. wiring gets hot enough to melt insulation and connector and could easily cause a fire in the passenger compartment.

- Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 222010


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated there was smoke coming from under the dashboard area. Upon further inspection, the contact found that the resistor that controls the heater and blower had overheated, burned and failed. The contact installed a new resistor however, it also burned and failed. He purchased a new resistor and contacted the dealer who advised him that they were having problems with the resistor and that it would continue to fail at a rapid pace. The manufacturer advised having the dealer perform diagnostic testing at his expense. The contact declined. The vehicle was not further repaired and the new resistor was not installed. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 012005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The electrical system keeps malfunctioning. The fuel gauge doesn't work right and the temperature hand sometimes is on hot as soon as you crank the truck. The check engine light keeps coming on too. It has been worked on 3 times since I bought it a year ago.

- Linwood, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 222004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles
From day 1 when I pulled off of the dealers lot, the truck will stall after coming to a complete stop or right after engine has been cranked up. Will not shut completely off but when pulling off from a stopped position if would act as only one piston is firing. Have carried the vehicle into the dealership approximately 8 times the first three months. Only after diamler Chrysler sent a representative down they did a temporary fix by replacing the O2 sensors. That worked for about 8 months. Now the problem is back again.

- Elizabeth City, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 232004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,100 miles
Took delivery of 2004 Dodge Dakota slt on March 5, 2004 within one month, needle pegged at hot and check engine light came on upon first start up of day. Computer reset itself when truck was shut off and then restarted. No further problems remainder of day. However, problem persisted. Took truck into fresno Dodge for service-1st time, March 23: Sensor was reset; 2nd time in shop, April 10: Sensor replaced; 3rd time in shop, May 19: Computer replaced-vehicle in shop for 17 days. 4th time, June 6: fresno Dodge placed diagnostic computer copilot in dash; we pushed button on diagnostic computer when problem presented again on June 27. Have not heard one word from fresno Dodge. Problem presented again on July 26.

- Prather, CA, USA

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