Dodge Dakota 2003 - Fuel system



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Dodge Dakota 2003 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY - FUEL PUMP
06E011000AIRTEX PRODUCTS E (Equipment)729101/25/2005MFRCHRYSLER GROUP LLC02/01/200602/01/2006
Defect SummaryCertain aftermarket airtex electric fuel pumps installed for use as replacement equipment for certain 1997-2004 jeep wrangler; 1997-2001 jeep cherokee; 1997-2004 jeep grand cherokee; and 2000-2003 dodge dakota vehicles. the plastic electrical grommet connectors at the top of the fuel pump module are not compatible with automotive fuels and may degrade causing a potential leak path for fuel.
Consequence SummaryIn the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak could result in a fire.
Corrective SummaryAirtex will notify its customers and will replace the affected fuel pumps free of charge. the recall began on january 25, 2006. owners may contact airtex customer service department at 1-800-880-3056.
NotesThis recall only pertains to aftermarket airtex electric fuel pumps and has no relation to any original equipment installed on jeep grand cherokee, cherokee, wrangler, or dodge dakota vehicles manufactured by daimlerchrysler.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
Dodge Dakota 2003 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
08/15/2011110000
 Engine warning light came on for emission warning. dealer replaced $400 of emission control components. 2 weeks later same emu warning. read this blog site regarding gasoline fuel caps. dealer quoted $30 for replacement. bought plastic fuel cap @ can tire for $8. installed on vehicle, emu warning disappeared and has not returned.
08/15/2011110000
 Engine warning light came on for emission warning. dealer replaced $400 of emission control components. 2 weeks later same emu warning. read this blog site regarding gasoline fuel caps. dealer quoted $30 for replacement. bought plastic fuel cap @ can tire for $8. installed on vehicle, emu warning disappeared and has not returned.
08/15/2011110000
 Engine warning light came on for emission warning. dealer replaced $400 of emission control components. 2 weeks later same emu warning. read this blog site regarding gasoline fuel caps. dealer quoted $30 for replacement. bought plastic fuel cap @ can tire for $8. installed on vehicle, emu warning disappeared and has not returned.
08/15/2011110000
 Engine warning light came on for emission warning. dealer replaced $400 of emission control components. 2 weeks later same emu warning. read this blog site regarding gasoline fuel caps. dealer quoted $30 for replacement. bought plastic fuel cap @ can tire for $8. installed on vehicle, emu warning disappeared and has not returned.
08/15/2011110000
 Engine warning light came on for emission warning. dealer replaced $400 of emission control components. 2 weeks later same emu warning. read this blog site regarding gasoline fuel caps. dealer quoted $30 for replacement. bought plastic fuel cap @ can tire for $8. installed on vehicle, emu warning disappeared and has not returned.
03/25/2008657005
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 dodge dakota. while driving between 5-10 mph, the contact heard a loud thud coming from the axle area. the four wheel drive indicator light illuminated and the headlights, interior lights, and windshield wipers failed completely. eventually, the horn began to sound intermittently, the windshield wipers began wiping automatically, and the low fuel indicator light illuminated and continued to chime. the contact believes that all the failures were related to the central timer module. nhtsa campaign id number 02v322000 (exterior lighting:headlights switch) was referenced. the purchase date was unknown. the current mileage was 66,000 and failure mileage was 65,700.
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
09/10/200634290405/06/2003
 Gas caps are defective on dodge dakota's 2003 series...this causes computer to fire an error that their is a leak in the pollution system..take to dealers and they charge 90 dollars to reset and then tell you gas cap is all right and if it does it again bring it back...again at a 90 dollar charge. on the internet i was able to discover thousands of people having exactly the same bad gas caps......then i wrote the manufacturer and back and forth on 3 replies..each time they simply tell me go to a dealer ...apparently they do not even properly read e mails they receive...these are available if needed! the pollution control system is major on the newer vehicles, and certainly a known continuous failure of faulty gas caps effects the entire system and is a high cost item for the consumer to try working over and over with the dealers..when the manufacture is or must be aware of the defective gas cap failures. *jb
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - STORAGE
06/01/2003103/31/2003
 Dodge manufactured my vehicle with a 20 gallon tank, though it was built for the spec of a 22 gallon tank and and all the electronics were set to a 22 gallon tank. when i noticed the erroneous output from the computer i asked my dealer to investigate. this is when they discovered that i had a 20 gallon tank and that my model would not accept a 22 gallon tank. they also mentioned that they had others on their lot at the time with the same problem which dodge has printed new window stickers for since then. the only thing they could do is adjust the computer to be correct. my complaint revolves around the trucks that were sold with this condition, i believe a tsb should be issued to correct the computers to 20 gallon tanks and to notify the owners of the potential problem. since bringing this issue to dodges attention, they have been very evasive in their response when i asked what they are going to do for all the owners affected by this. i believe it poses a potential safety problem in that if an owner relies on the computer, they could run out of gas at an inoppurtune time. like in the middle of a freeway.*ak
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - STORAGE - TANK ASSEMBLY - FILLER PIPE AND CAP
09/10/200634290405/06/2003
 Gas caps are defective on dodge dakota's 2003 series...this causes computer to fire an error that their is a leak in the pollution system..take to dealers and they charge 90 dollars to reset and then tell you gas cap is all right and if it does it again bring it back...again at a 90 dollar charge. on the internet i was able to discover thousands of people having exactly the same bad gas caps......then i wrote the manufacturer and back and forth on 3 replies..each time they simply tell me go to a dealer ...apparently they do not even properly read e mails they receive...these are available if needed! the pollution control system is major on the newer vehicles, and certainly a known continuous failure of faulty gas caps effects the entire system and is a high cost item for the consumer to try working over and over with the dealers..when the manufacture is or must be aware of the defective gas cap failures. *jb
05/19/2004258351
 I own a 2003 dodge dakota 4x4 has problem with ball joints. front end alignment pulling to the right. consumer wants to be reimbursed for time and labor. *bf the engine light illuminate. the dealer found that there was an evaporator leak which was caused by an aftermarket fuel cap. *jb
06/23/20036000512/26/2002
 At 6,000 miles the upper ball joints failed. when riding over any size bump in the road the front end collapsed. *ak the vehicle pulled to the right when driving and when braking, the flapper door for the fuel filler neck was missing and or fell inside the tank, the transmission did not shift properly, the front and rear rotors were grooved, worn uneven and pitted. *scc *jb
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER - DELIVERY - FUEL PUMP
12/22/20032
 Dealer replaced the fuel pump twice but the same problem still occurs. loud noise came from inside fuel tank. independent mechanic indicated that fuel pump could catch on fire and melt the wires. *ak