hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,203 miles

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2007 Dodge Dakota steering problems

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2007 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 242015

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that there was a noise emitting from the steering wheel. The contact noticed that when driving over a bump on the road, the steering wheel would jerk and no warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The technician diagnosed that the steering column and steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. MA 07/30/15

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #10

Jun 122015


  • 146,000 miles
While driving vehicle there was a sudden loss of steering. After having mechanic look at vehicle the high pressure hose was found to be leaking. After replacing the hose, found that the pump was leaking. In addition, approximately 1 inch from the teflon coating from inside the hose is missing and is believed to be stuck in the system and the likely cause for failure.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #9

May 052014

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that there was a noise that was progressing for months near the front passenger air bag area. The contact notified the authorized dealer for several months before receiving the recall notification and they provided no remedy. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags) and stated that the part was not available for an extended period of time. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact continued to hear the noise. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 8/21/15 the consumer also stated the steering column was noisy. Updated 09/01/15

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #8

Dec 132011


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, he heard a squeaky noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the bolt joints, tie rod and sway bar were malfunctioning and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 45,427.

- Marcellus, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 252012


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the front tie rod fractured and bent the gear box, and the rack-and-pinion. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but not repaired. The contact repaired the vehicle independently. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #6

Dec 152010

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
This vehicle was purchased 11/07 new. The corrosion on the drive components is incredible. You can chip the rust off. The brakes have seized up four times. The first time it was just past the three year warranty at approximately 22,000 miles. I called the dealer at the time, and they said there was no warranty. The last time was Friday 3/23/2012, at 4 1/2 years old at 28,000 miles. It burned up the front pads. This is the fourth time I have had to redo the front brakes. I have redone the rear brakes once for the same reason. I called Ram customer assistance, and at first their representative said they would buy the replacement parts. After talking with them a second time, a different representative refused to help me and said the case was closed. The steering column is falling apart, the muffler and driveshaft are ready to fall off, the front axles, ball joints and the struts are extremely rusty. You can chip the rust off of these components. I dismantled the brake system again, and the caliper pistons were frozen solid. Upon removal, I found the caliper pistons full of rust and pits on the inside. The body itself has no corrosion at all. I am looking at $2000 to $3000 thousand in parts alone. This truck has never towed a boat or been on a boat ramp. I live in an area where they rarely use salt or solution on the roads and have maybe 1-3 inches of snow a year. I need help as this truck is going to fall apart within the next year or so. I have documented all of this with pictures, and I have a case number with Chrysler.

- Brinnon, WA, USA

problem #5

Jan 042012

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Power steering went out on interstate 295 in jacksonville fl.causing to lose control of truck and almost crashing. Had repaired and picked up 6 Jan to return home in savannah ga. After driving about 30 miles up I 95 power steering went out again. Had tuck towed to savannah and to Dodge dealer.

- Guyton , GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012011


  • 63,730 miles
2007 Dodge Dakota with 63700 miles had tie rod end failure causing steering and control problems. Had this failure occurred at highway speed there could have easily been a serious and possibly deadly event. I had the problem repaired and contacted Dodge about this. Dodge covered all expenses ($265) at 65500 miles I took the truck in for inspection because it was pulling to the right. The mechanic found a nail in the right front tire which caused the pulling problem but further inspection revealed that both the upper and lower ball joints on the right and left sides were noticeably worn. I then took the truck to my local Dodge dealer where their inspection confirmed the previous findings. At both inspections I was told that the tie rod end failure and the ball joint problem had most likely occurred because these joints had no grease fittings for lubrication. I called Dodge to see if they would repair the ball joint issue and they refused. I think that had these joints come with grease fittings these issues (tie rod ends and ball joints) would not be a problem at 60000+ miles under normal conditions. Quote for repairs at dosage dealer $1451.

- Madisonville, KY, USA

problem #3

Jun 012011


  • 55,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the power steering would violently jerk. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing but the vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 56,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 55,500. The VIN was not available.

- Bath, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 062010


  • 75,000 miles
Steering in any direction becomes very difficult, indicating problems with the power steering system. I suspect a replacement of the intermediate arm/shaft will become necessary as the dealer has commented that it is a very popular item of replacement for this truck. I am scheduled for service tomorrow at the dealer for repair. I do not believe that the steering should fail under normal driving conditions.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 212010


  • 59,000 miles
The steering on my Dodge Dakota pickup froze up so that all of a sudden I could not turn the steering wheel without really putting alot of effort into it. Then it would get better and when you would least expect it would do it again. I went around a corner and it happened mid turn and I almost T-boned a car in the driver door. At this point I had the car in the repair shop and it was a bad universal joint on the steering intermediate joint. What bothered me was that the technician said Dodge replaces alot of these defective joints a week. Maybe they should fix them before someone gets killed"??"

- Omaha, NE, USA

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