hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,604 miles

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2008 Dodge Dakota lights problems

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2008 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 125,000 miles


The left turn signal works when it wants and when I turn it on the right turn signal comes on. The wipers and the headlights are currently going out or coming on by themselves. I have an error on the airbags (which have had the drivers replaced and currently awaiting the passengers, plus the new recall on the hose to the air bags). This issue started at around 120K miles. The fuses have been checked and passed. The bulbs-replaced. The situation is getting worse as the dash and interior lights do not work. The night lights went out when I was driving one night and do not drive after dusk anymore. All of this happens driving. The turns do it whether I am making a turn or pulling out or even testing them parked.

- Somerset, KY, USA

problem #5

Aug 312016


  • 95,000 miles
Turn signal activates the wrong indicator. When the turn signal is set to a left turn, the right turn indicators flash, both on the dashboard and on the exterior signal lamps. From a web search, this is a relatively common problem stemming from a faulty switch in the steering column. This situation is far more dangerous than a situation where the exterior lamps are not working. Because the wrong indicator flashes, other driver can make erroneous decisions about the driver's intent, leading to a significantly higher probability of a crash. The symptoms are intermittent, but not linked to steering wheel position or the motion of the vehicle. There might be a correlation between relative humidity and the error - it has not occurred in the last 3 months of drought after it began on 8/31 until we had experienced a week of rain. Because of the location of the switch, the defect is quite costly to repair, requiring the steering column to be breached. I am asking that this be a very high priority due to the danger posed by signalling the entirely opposite intention from that of the driver. This is not cosmetic, it is a failure of a safety system on the vehicle that is used more frequently than an airbag or crumple zone. It also puts innocent drivers outside the vehicle at significantly greater risk through no fault of their own.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 172015


  • 100,000 miles
Turning right last year signaled left and the blinker blinked right my wife was behind me and later asked why I didn't signal the right way I said I did im not a dumm yi checked things they were fine. About a week later...I put the high beams on and the wipers came on ran through the turn signals sure enough signal left blink right signal right blink left. Put high beam on washer fluid and wipers come on.

- Manchester Ctr., VT, USA

problem #3

Nov 172014

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 55,623 miles


While driving the outer tie rod failed and the vehicle was unusable, the dealer stated there was no warranty. The vehicle would have crashed if I had not been lucky and brought it to the side of the road quickly. Both tie rod ends were found to be defective as well as the sway bar mounts. In addition this vehicle has routinely had a turn signal problem, when you turn on the left signal the right signal illuminates about 25 percent of the time.

- Boise , ID, USA

problem #2

Aug 122014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Went to use turn signals and they hang up. They do not quit blinking right away. Does not matter which one you turn on-left or right (up or down).

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 072014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Re: 2008 Dodge Dakota been searching for recall on the above vehicle, been stopped numerous of time by officers about signals. Have replaced bulbs and doesn't work. Problems: Turns left signal light on and the right one comes on, this happens 95% of the time. Emergency flashes does not work 75% of the time.

- Greenville, AL, USA

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