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Question by craig
Submitted on 11/25/2003
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My problem is with a 1996 Dodge Dakota 3.9, V6 gauge system. Few months ago I had a horrible blow-out on the driver side of the Dakota. Now when I turn on my parking lights or my head lights the gauges freezes. The tack lays below the 0, the speedometer also lays on the 0, the fuel gauge is always above the "F", the battery is always "high", and the oil is high. And now my radio doesn't work.

This has happen once before but in a week or two the truck acts fine.

Answer by Dodge Man
Submitted on 12/27/2003
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I am not sure if this will help, but I had a
similar problem with my guages. The possible
answer is a bad ground wire.. Be sure that
the ground strap from the CAB to the box is
in good condition.. It is located underneath
the truck in the center between the Cab and
the box.. Also make sure that the engine has
a good ground to the firewall.. If their is
no ground, put one in.. From the engine block
to the firewall.. Be sure that the harness to
the computer is not corroded either.
Disconnect the harness plugin that goes to
the computer, and make sure the terminals are
clean.. Use white lithium grease on the
terminal plugins to prevent moisture buildup.

Clean Battery Terminals as well, and use a
patroleum jelly like vaseline on the
terminals themselves to help prevent corrosion.. You can use warm water and baking soda on the battery to clean it, unless it is a new battery..

   Hope this helps.. If not, you can e-mail
me, and I can see what else I can figure out.

   Andy William



Answer by katherine
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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I have recently had problems with my 1996, 3.9, V6 automatic Dodge Dakota. The speedometer tack does not stay in place, yet all my other gauges seem to working. The engine diaganostic test reads the sensor #15 to be the problem. The speed sensor. It has been replaced several times; however I still seem to have the same reoccuring problems.  Whenever, I first begin to drive the speedometer seems to work; consequently after I do a couple stop and go, through out the neighborhood, the speedometer gives out.  However, it does not end there.  The speedometer is not steady and jumps up and down from 40 mph to 0 mph.  The truck is still in motion working at the same speed, but lately, as I see the the speedometer bouncing up and down so quickly, I am begining to realize that the rpm seems to be reading the same thing as the speedometer What happens when the speedometer is going out it is effecting the rpm levels and causing the truck to stall and sometimes the truck will even die out, if that does not happen I give the truck gas and I pick up speed, but i have to punch to get going at the rate of which I was traveling. Consequnetly, everytime I start the vechile it works fine, and sometimes it works and I think that maybe it fixed itself(just kidding). Then it happens again, at least 3 out of the 4 times I drive my truck a day.
I have got the tranmission looked at 2 different places, there is nothing wrong.
I have replaced the speed sensor twice.
I got my exhaust system checked out, and got a new catalytic converter.
I replaced the distributor cap, ignigtion plugs.
I have had an oil change, transmission flush, and the fuel injectors cleaned.
The pcv has also been changed.
I have even tried replace whole instrument cluster, but the truck still had the same problems with that, so I returned and put the old one back in.
Any information of your opinion would be great!


Answer by MAC
Submitted on 12/26/2004
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Answer by jim c.
Submitted on 1/9/2005
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on my 96 dakota when i turned on my lights my gagues would bottom out no one could figure it out. it was a modual behind the     insturment panel it took a 5 fuse in  the fuse panel.I know this module was not a stock part. its been 2 years and i have not had the problem back.
                               good luck


Answer by cooper
Submitted on 11/21/2005
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I have a 95 Dakota. V-6 it blew a manafold gasket and chain case gasket and I got anti freeze in my oil. I drained the system and replaced both gaskets but now when the engin gets warm it looses oil preasure and the oil light comes on. I would like to keep it running I was told that running 10W40 oil and adding STP would help. Is there anything else I can do to extend the life of the engin?


Answer by Matt
Submitted on 4/5/2007
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I've got a 96 dakota v6. and I've had all sorts of interesting acting gauges, generally if the tach and spedomoter and lights go out a good smack on the dashboard gets it all going again.  Seriously though a good open handed thunking to the dash and voila. I'm sure its just some loose something somewhere but its only an occaisonal issue so w/ nearing 200k its not such a big deal.


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