really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,156 miles

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2010 Dodge Dakota steering problems

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2010 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

May 302016


  • 41,750 miles


With only 41750 miles on my 2010 Dakota, I was backing up a light trailer when suddenly the rear tires started spinning and it seemed like something was blocking the truck/trailer from moving. I walked around the vehicle and saw no blockages, but did notice the right front tire was pointed left and the left front was pointed right. Upon inspection, I found the left front tie rod end 100% separated at the ball/socket joint. There was no grease, lots of rust, and it was dry as a bone in the ball/socket joint. There was no grease fitting on the tie rod end. This happened in my yard at near-zero speed. However that last thing I did with this truck was to tow a camper trailer up North and back with my family in the truck. I was going to do this again in two weeks. This would have been a terribly unsafe thing to have break at freeway speeds and it seems obvious it would have happened on the next trip had it not broken at my house. Very scary, for a truck with only 41,750 miles on it. It cost me $130 in parts ( I replaced both) plus a front end alignment to repair this.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 302015


  • 89,697 miles
While going around a left hand corner at 45 miles an hour, I hit some bumps in my lane. The truck ended up half way into the incoming lane.I got it under control and resumed my trip at 45 miles an hour.

- Bayfield, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 282014

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 23,400 miles
Truck was being driven at a slow speed when the tie rod fell off and truck hit a tree. No injury but left front side of bumper damaged. The tie rod end was replaced at a local mechanic. The ball joint end was badly deteriorated.

- Longville, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 032014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
My 2010 Dodge Dakota 4dr 4X4 has turned off while on am driving down the road. I notified the dealership shortly after I purchased it (purchased used with about 17,000 miles) and they said that nothing showed/they did not find anything wrong. I said ok, and then it happened again and again. It just shuts down, I have my foot on the gas and all of the sudden I am wondering why I'm slowing down when I have my foot on the gas and then notice "O" the truck turned off! lucky the 5-6 times this has happened I have not been on a straight part of the road, it seems to loose power steering and brakes, I am not sure if other electrical things like radio and lights turn off to, I am just concerned with getting to a stop safely to start the truck again. And I put it in park once stopped and it starts right back up. This has happened 5-6 times at least since I have purchased the truck about 2 years ago (maybe 3 yrs ago). I am wondering if this is the same problem that they just discovered in other Dodge vehicles simple to the Chevy ignition recall.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #1

Oct 272010


  • 7,934 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Dakota. While driving 5 mph, the power steering failed. The contact checked the power steering fluid which was leaking from the bottom of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who installed a new rack and pinion gear and steering rack assembly. The dealer also informed the contact that the gasket failed. The vehicle was repaired under warranty. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 7,934.

- Payson, AZ, USA

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