Go Back   DODGE DAKOTA FORUM - FORUM AND OWNERS CLUB! > DODGE DAKOTA FORUM - Mod Zone - Custom Dodge Dakota Mods - Dodge Dakota Performance > Computers and Powertrain Control Modules
Dodge Ram Dodge Durango Dodge Nitro Jeep
Diesel Forums!
Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Nitro Forum Jeep Forum
Dodge Challenger Dodge Charger Chrysler 300 Dodge Magnum
Dodge Caliber
Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum Chrysler 300 Forum Dodge Magnum Forum


Thread Tools
Old 08-01-2017, 09:49 AM
Wyle E Coyote Wyle E Coyote is offline
Dodge Dakota Forum Newcomer
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 7
Vehicle: 2008 Dodoge Dakota
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Maroon
Engine: 2004-2010 - 4.7
Rep Power: 0
Wyle E Coyote is on a distinguished road
Default Electrical weirdness

I'm hoping that someone could help shed some light on my recent electrical issues. It began with it sounding off a single ping from the warning bell, then the ABS light, brake warning light and the service 4wd lights would all come on, then they would go out and I wouldn't see them again for days. Then as it became more frequent, it would start cutting the power to the windows and the HVAC fan. Once it started doing all of this while leaving a parking lot. It was a hot day and I decided that if the HVAC was going to stay off that I wanted my window down. That's when I discovered that it killed power to the windows. So while still moving I tried opening the door, (being concerned that I might be locked in), and it opened. When I shut it, everything returned to normal.

Then it started not cranking the engine when I turned the key. Sometimes it would just take a retry to get it to crank, but then there were 2-3 minutes where I played with the key. The last 2 times it has failed to crank, I lowered the steering column and it lit off on the next try. But I haven't had an opportunity in recent days to try holding the key while lowering the wheel.

I wondered about the ignition switch being bad, but then I though about the relays. I tried switching some of the common relays around, hoping that it was a weak relay, but that didn't seem to make a difference. It's not throwing any codes, so I don't know where to start looking really.

The only work that has been done recently was the catalysts. I bought the Eastern brand as recommended from my friend who owns a shop. When he installed it, he found that one of them wasn't clocked quite right during assembly. So he had to undo a couple of the factory wire ties to get the O2 sensor wires to reach.

The only thing that I'm fairly confident about is the need for a throttle body. It has been inconsistent in it's power, shifting, idle characteristics and mileage for the past couple of months. And I drive in a consistent manner, so my mileage should be quite steady.

I'm really at my wits end here. The truck has yet to leave me stranded, but it's had me worried a time or two, and I can't take any chances. When work calls, I have to go and I can't be worried if my vehicle is going to even start, much less get me there. Do I need an exorcist or should I go back to driving my old stuff?

Thanks everyone!
25 DB Roadster, 66 D100 440/727, 67 PW 360/727/203, 72 IH TravelAll 1210 345/727/205, 76 IH Scout 2 360/727/D20, 2008 Quad Cab XLT 4x4 4.7/Auto
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 08-07-2017, 11:26 AM
CaffeineTripp's Avatar
CaffeineTripp CaffeineTripp is offline
Dodge Dakota Forum Senior Member!
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Duluth, MN
Age: 32
Posts: 370
Vehicle: 1991 Dodge Dakota
Trim Level: Base
Color: Red
Engine: 1987-1991 - 3.9 L (238 cu in) LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW)
Rep Power: 4
CaffeineTripp is on a distinguished road

You've already answered your question, try replacing the ignition switch as it has some of the initial power to all the components you've talked about.

Exhaust work has nothing to do with electrical, so that's right out. Throttle body wouldn't make your windows not work, radio not work, etc.

Change the ignition switch first, then go from there.
'91 Dakota 239: SRI, cat-less, Thrush Welded 17650
'92 Miata: H&R Springs, EBC Redstuff pads
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the DODGE DAKOTA FORUM - FORUM AND OWNERS CLUB! forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Note: If your email address requires someone to click a link before they can send you email, DO NOT REGISTER WITH IT as no one is here to click the link and you will never get your activation email!
We have banned MANY Free email providers.
If you get notice that your email address is banned when you try to sign up, it is because its been banned due to spammers using the provider, or too many members bouncing emails we send back to us via the free provider! If this happens to you, you will need to use a different email. If you do not provide a valid email address you will not receive your activation email. We recommend that you register with an email address which is attached to your ISP! Not a free service! We have found that using free accounts causes you to not receive your registration email. In any case, you should add DakotaForumZ.com to your spam filter whether using a free account or your ISP account. If you bounce email to us, you will have your account deleted and your IP address banned!

Email Address:
Enter the model year and make of your vehicle! (I.E. 2000 Dodge Dakota)
Please select your engine so that members will be better able to answer questions you ask on the forum! This shows up on your profile page!
Please select your insurance company (Optional)
What color is your vehicle?
Trim Level
What trim level did you purchase?


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

» Advertisement

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10 Beta 2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.