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12/13/2003
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i have a 1997 dakota that is a 318 5 spd. the other day when i was driving it i noticed the check engine light was on. I can't seem to figure out why this came on any suggestions on what may be wrong? the modifications that i have done to the truck are COLD air intake, TBS, and a full cat back system. I don't think it is the intake that is doing it because i have had that on my truck for about 6 months now... any ideas?



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12/13/2003
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Go to Autozone and have it scanned .... then tell us what the scanner says,,, and the code numbers it gave you .........



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12/24/2003
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I have a 98 and the techs told me that there are about two thousand things that can set off the check engine light. It will go off even if you fill the gas tank to full. Maybe this guy is an idiot. If so somebody tell me. Anyway if you disconnect the battery and wait 10 min. then re connect it will reset the light. If it comes back on you should go get it checked out.



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12/26/2003
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That just explained my wierd occurance. I've had the truck about a year now, and four times already (each seperated by several months) I'd fill-up and after driving down the road a few miles, the check-engine light would come on! I'd stop, shut it off, and crank it up and it won't come on again! I haven't filled it all the way up except those few times due to money problems (being unemployed for six months), but at least I know why it comes on now. Why on earth does it light up on a full tank though?!



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12/26/2003
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Fuel injected vehicles run on a pressurized system. There is a pressure sensor that throws a code if anything is outside acceptable ranges. Filling the tank too full, or leaving your cap off will cause this pressure to fall outside this range. The check engine light, however, could be caused by just about anything, but if you have a '97, I would say you probably have quite a few mile on it. This is just a total guess because I don't have enough info, but I'm guessing you're probably in the mileage range for a new O2 sensor. As stated by one of the others, Autozone can hook up and tell you what's causing the code for free.



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12/26/2003
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hahaha.... my dad's ford ranger has had the check engine light on for like 4 years, he still drives it. I keep telling him it's gunna blow up one of these days.

As far as your problem.. check your gas lid, make sure it's tightly sealed. I've heard that that sometimes is the problem. If it's not that... take BRIANG's advise and take it to Autozone, they should be able to help you.

Paul



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12/28/2003
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i took my car in and i got the code PO133 (bank 1) which is the O2 sensor, it costs $65 for a new one. The guy said that this shouldn't be going off because my truck only has 76,000 miles on it. Most O2 sensors last for 100,000+ miles. Anyone know about putting on of these bad boys in?



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12/28/2003
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DOdge o2's are good for about 60-80K


O2 Sensor Replacement:

The O2 sensor(s) on your vehicle are designed to sense Oxygen in the exhaust stream. When they sense too much "air", they richen up the mixture and when the don't sense enough "air", they lean out the fuel mixture. Under normal conditions, they should last you 60-80K miles. However, we all drive in varying traffic conditions so the life of the O2 sensor is diminished. We recommend that you change the O2 sensor(s) every 60K miles to keep your engine running in optimal condition. (This includes the regular service intervals and tune-up schedules.)






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12/28/2003
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When I got my exhaust put on *True Dual* They had to take out the 2 O2 sensors on my 96, I had to get them replaced cause they took them out..good investment though, truck runs awesome now.




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12/28/2003
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my check engine light is on too! i have 2001qc with 4.7 when i was getting the oil change at mides.(had free coupon). the check the engine light for me and the said the same code. the reset it. Then next day it came back on.that was around 45000 now im around 70000. so i guess the sencer should be replace also what else should i have done to the motor that i hit 70000 miles.



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12/29/2003
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On paper, it's about the same as changing a spark plug. In real life, they're usually rusted on and a biatch to get out. Soak it with penetrating oil and buy a sensor socket(about $10). If you buy the sensor at autozone, they will probably let you borrow the socket for free. If penetrating oil doesn't work, try a torch. I would use at least a MAP gas torch, because butane doesn't get hot enough. If that doesn't work, take it to a muffler shop. When you install the new one, put anti-seize on the threads to try to eliminate this for next time.



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12/29/2003
20:19:23

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I jsut replaced 3 of mine ( has 4 total) the lower ones were replaced because the dealer is a moron) and the upper one left side was bad. that was 90$ and the lower ones were 70$ each.
I did it myself. Its not too hard. I jsut took a closed end wrench forgot the size. Unhooked the wire. slipped the wire through the closed end opening and then put it on the nut hex part of the O2 sensor. I tapped the open end part of the wrench with a small hammer to loosen the O2 sensor and off it came. Be careful. most O2 sensors already have anti sieze compound on the threads or they have a clear coating ( usually states it on the instructions). if you do add anti sieze be careful you dotn get it on the tip area of the sensor cause it will mess it up and make it read wrong.
Good luck with the swap. It shouldnt be that hard. mabey 1/2 hour with 15 minutes of swearing at the truck. youll need to disconnect the battery before you start work on the truck and that should clear the codes.
Rob



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2/01/2004
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I have a '96 Dakota, V6.
Can anyone tell me what the service intervals are? How often
should the oil/filter be changed? How often should it get a
minor/major tune-up?
Is there some place I can get a service-interval chart, without having
to buy an entire service manual?



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2/13/2004
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just bought a 1998 dakota sport 4x4 club cab magnum V8 5.2 ,not to long ago. it seems to be running fine, but the check engine light will come on sometimes but eventually goes off. also the brake light just came on too. checked the transmission fluid and brake fluid and both are fine. any ideas???



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2/13/2004
20:38:41

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MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON THEN WENT OFF.IT RUN FINE,AFTER CHECKING THE CODE, IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE EGR VALVE.



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8/10/2004
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I have a 98 5.9 4x4 and I am gettign code 138 and 141

there are 2 O2 sensors the error said its sensor 1 bank 2. Is the the sensor before or after the cat?



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10/26/2010
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where are the o2 sensors located on the 1998 dakota?



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10/27/2010
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You should have one before the cat con and one after it. Not sure if a California Emmissions truck would be different.



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10/27/2010
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Thank ya much.



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11/02/2010
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Im responding to dgarnier, bank 2 is passenger side, sensor 1 is the first sensor closest to your manifold. so before your cat converter, on the passenger side!



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11/29/2010
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I have a 2003 Dakota Quad V8. My check engine light came on shortly before I reached bellow 1/2 tank of fuel. After which the fuel gauge dropped from 1/2 to E. After pulling over, killing engine and restarting it would show actual fuel but until I refueled it will continue. How complicated will it be for me to repair.



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