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Old 08-04-2016, 11:10 AM
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I recently purchased a 1996 2wd Dakota Sport 2.5 liter 5speed truck. The previous owner had pulled the blown engine (176k miles). They had bought a salvaged engine w/ 80k to put back in but had given up on the project. I have replaced the following (water pump, timing chain, head gasket, oil pan & valve cover gaskets, and freeze plugs).

I am hoping to find some advice on getting all of the electrical connections hooked up correctly.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:51 AM
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You'll definitely need the wiring diagrams at this point. From there, it'll be pretty easy to do. Most of it will be available in the Chilton's/Hayne's manual, but you can get the Factory Service Manual as well. About the same price too.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:38 AM
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Has the PO given you the old engine as well? If the "new" engine came out of another Dakota of similar model year, the wiring connections should be the same. The only good news is, Dodge uses unique plugs for everything. That means you can't really plug it up wrong, but with each year bringing in minor changes, engine replacements are made more complex due to incompatible electronics. Pick up an FSM for your truck.

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Old 08-30-2016, 01:26 AM
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Sorry for the delay in my response. The info provided was helpful - but I Have discovered after installing all of the new parts and getting the engine installed it has doesn't have any compression. Had a mechanic look at it and the prognosis is not good.
Rather than tackle this engine I want to find another running engine to swap. Will salvage the new parts I had installed on the bad engine and reuse.

I know this particular engine was used on several different models - can anyone offer a list?
I want to stay with the 4 cylinder so I can use my existing 5 speed manual transmission.

Thanks
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The engine isn't all that uncommon. It was used on a variety of Dodge and Jeep vehicles, but due to modern emission equipment and computer controls, engine swaps, even using the same basic block have become much more difficult and expensive, due to incompatible electronics. The most direct swap is to find a similar truck using the same engine.

Looking for a replacement engine is usually full of risks. You do not know if the engine was ever over heated, you won't know how well it was maintained, or if the previous owner was abusive. And no way of telling how dependable it will be, or how long it will last.

From personal experience, The money you might save buying a used "runner" isn't worth the trouble or hassle if you can't depend on it. You already found out the hard way that your "replacement" was shot, and you apparently went thru all that work for basically nothing.

My advice isn't as cheap but I would suggest you pull out that engine and have it rebuilt, unless it's severely damaged and can't be rebuilt. Good news is, 4 cylinders are generally cheaper to rebuild than larger engines. If you have the engine professionally rebuilt, you might be able to work out a deal to finance or pay as you go, and don't forget to shop around for the best warranty too. You can save a bit by doing some of the work yourself, such as removal and reinstallation of the engine. Hope this helps

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