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John Gardner
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1/07/2005
23:55:36

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V8- 2001 Dakota. Auto Tranny
all of a sudden a warning light came on today and I don't have a manual to look it up to see what I need to do.
It lit up on the left side of the dash and it appears to be a picture of a motor.
I have checked the tran. fluid and oil and they both are good to go.
Can someone tell me what this warning symbolizes??
Thanx,
John





Rob George
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1/08/2005
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I believe that is the " Check Engine" Light



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1/08/2005
00:07:05

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key on off 3 times(just before start)code(s) should show in odometer. Post them here.



John Gardner
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1/08/2005
00:15:22

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Thanx for the fast response Rob. I figured that was it but my delima is that I have no idea what to look for when I check the engine. I did check the oil and transmission fluid levels and all was good then I realized that if the oil was too low I'd notice it when reading the gauge. I think it would have a "low" pressure reading but I'm not to sure about these new cars. Last car I worked on was in 1971 and it was a muscle car (66 GTO).
Things have certainly changed since then.

I was wondering if you have a manual could you look up the dashboard warning lights or troubleshooting page)s) and let me know what the manual says to look for?
Thanx dude!!
John



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1/08/2005
00:34:03

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As fg says, turn the ignition key on then off three times and stop in the on position. In the odometer you will see atleast one "P" code. Note them and post them here for further help.



John Gardner
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1/08/2005
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Hmmmm. It reads: P0442.
Anyone know about that reading?



John Gardner
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1/08/2005
00:51:38

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Also a few seconds after the P0442 a series of letters and maybe numbers too came on. But went off pretty fast. The digits appeared to look like the positions you put your shifting lever in.
Kind of like: P N R 1 2. Something like that anyway.



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1/08/2005
01:14:57

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punch this code in the search box...lots of info there



John Gardner
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1/08/2005
01:54:37

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Thank you very much everyone.
I think that "Gazz cap" must be the problem.
I went out and inspected it then put it back on and went to tighten it as usual by twisting it clockwise clicking until it stops. Guess what? It no longer stops but just keeps on turnin just like the ole "Proud Mary". LOL.

By the way, this is the first problem I've had with my Dakota. I bought it used in 2002 with 14,060 miles on it. It now has 35K on it so I imagine problems may start creeping up little by little. All in all I love it and it has been a very dependable truck. Not to mention I think it's the best looking truck in it's class.
Hmmm. Come to think of it, something else did go wrong. The blower fan for the heater and A/C quit working. But thanx to this web site I already read on how to correct the problem by checking under the dash (2001 Dakota) where my wife puts her legs.
Thanx again guys.
John from the Mojave




John Gardner
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1/08/2005
21:47:59

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P0442 light is still on after cap replacement.
How do I reset the gauge? Or do I?

Could that be why the warning light is still on>
John





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1/08/2005
23:10:06

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you have a cracked hose



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1/08/2005
23:30:13

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This works on my 99 R/T, Open the hood, Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Get in the truck and turn on the ignition for about 20 seconds, turn it off and re-connect your battery negative cable.



Jecht X
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1/09/2005
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you should only have to disconnect your neg batt term. thats how I reset my check eng light(2003 dak QC 4X4 4.7L). I think thats how they say to do it in the book. never heard of turning the ignition on for 20 sec. I would first try just dissconect the neg batt term for 20 sec and then hook it back up. it should be reset.



Red99Dak R/T
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1/09/2005
09:11:11

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Hey Jecht X
I found that info in a search I did on the internet, but I couldn't tell you where, all I knew was that it worked for mine. I'll try what you say the next time mine comes back. Mine comes on because of the upstream O2 Sensor, and the dealer says there is nothing wrong with it. They blamed it on the after market Exhaust.



Jecht X
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1/10/2005
07:38:14

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Red99Dak R/T

I didnt mean to sound like I was calling you a liar. I just never heard of after disconnect the neg. turn on the ignition. this is how I always reset my check eng light. even on my old 95 ranger. if I offened you I am sorry and appolgise.

(sorry my spelling is terrible lol)



Bobby
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7/04/2014
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The guy I got my Dakota from said it was the fuel cap. After turning key 3 times my reading said p0051,p0152 & p0551 anyone know what they mean?



D Emery
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5/21/2016
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I am getting a malfunction indicator light that
stays on. Manual says it could be a potential
engine control problem. Wondering what kind of
problem it could be?



Julie Mitchel
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7/19/2018
21:17:04

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warning light for transmission is coming on but not all the time,,,,do you know what it could be from/



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