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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737240
01/25/15 10:53 PM
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Pull the wipers off and the cowl cover and look down both sides you will probably see debris down there and that is what usually causes the water leaks .

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: mopwrd340] #1737241
01/25/15 11:41 PM
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Also make sure the drain on the heater box is clear. It comes out near the trans dipstick, low on the firewall.

Smack the top of the dash again, maybe the tach will fix itself. On mine the dash lights sometime would not light up. I took it apart several times, traced the wires, checked the pins and could not find any issues. I just dealt with it and for the once in awhile just smacked the top of the dash.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: 85_Ram_4speed] #1737242
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I see it was mentioned earlier to service the trans and use "type F" fluid.... I'll counter and say stick with the proper ATF +4.

Mode controls are vacuum operated. Go on the right side of the intake and check the vac lines. Defrost and floor are default.

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: J_BODY] #1737243
01/26/15 01:26 AM
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Shoot, I thought everyone knew how to fix the heater in a Dakota?

Easy: Twin Turbo. And you already have the exhaust tips to match.

You're welcome.




I hope this truck serves you well.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Grizzly] #1737244
01/26/15 01:50 AM
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Shoot, I thought everyone knew how to fix the heater in a Dakota?

Easy: Twin Turbo. And you already have the exhaust tips to match.

You're welcome.




I hope this truck serves you well.




If you stuff a 318 in there, these may work...

http://www.forabodiesonly.com/mopar/showthread.php?t=301731

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: MuuMuu101] #1737245
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That's how it starts, "this thing needs a V8"... then things start to get outta hand...

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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: J_BODY] #1737246
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Quote:

I see it was mentioned earlier to service the trans and use "type F" fluid.... I'll counter and say stick with the proper ATF +4.

Mode controls are vacuum operated. Go on the right side of the intake and check the vac lines. Defrost and floor are default.




Plus 4 will wash all the crap from where it is safely parked right now to clogging the filter and VB, then he will be numbered with all the guys who say changing there trans fluid ruined there trans. Type F will also allow the clutches and bands to hold better as it is not as slippery thereby prolonging there life. I work on tons of these trannys and have seen many "bad trannys" go on for years with this simple recipe.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: HotRodDave] #1737247
01/26/15 04:31 PM
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The same reason I advised against using the seafoam.

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: stumpy] #1737248
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The cowl/vent box drains to both sides of the cab, behind the fenders. If you remove the top cover, I'm betting you will see a bunch of crap and a small lake, on the vent box floor. open the drain slots at the rear edges on the sides to drain the water and then completely open up the slots. The water sits in the box and runs into the cab through the vent housing.

Might also want to check the drains on the bottom of the doors. The window sweeps are usually junk and water enters the doors along the windows. if enough water builds up, it will also empty onto the floor boards. The water filled vent boxes and water filled doors are 3 for 3 on my early 90s (90,91 & 93) Dakotas. The 93 was so bad, I drilled a hole in the floor pan so the water could run out. Gene

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: poorboy] #1737249
01/28/15 09:22 PM
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Well, I couldn't take the noise and drone at speed, had a shop fix the exhaust.

I didn't take a pic of it, but what they had on there was the original Y pipe and original catalytic convertor, then a length of pipe to a new catalytic convertor and a mini 'race' muffler that split the exhaust into duals.

The shop removed the old cat and put the new one in its place, ran new pipe back to a stock full size muffler and bent a stock looking single tailpipe.

All for $260.00

MUCH better now, but, now I can hear all the rattles and squeaks.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737250
01/28/15 10:25 PM
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That was fast!

My stock system is plenty throaty sounding, and reasonably quiet. But now my steering rack is noisy (just started). It sounds like tires going over frozen snow (I know you remember that sound).

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: 79powerwagon] #1737251
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(I know you still have nightmares about that sound)

Fixed.

Now I need to figure out what the shudder/shake is at lower speeds. At first I thought it was the tires, but, now its pronounced when decelerating at lower speeds. U-joints all seem tight.

After the muffler was put on, I drove around running errands etc, just to put some miles on it. Put about 40 miles on it with no issues aside from that shake.


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737252
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A u-joint can also bind when failing without extra play in it. But that would cause issues on accel too usually.

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737253
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Good thing you didn't need the Y pipe, they are right proud of that one! The last one I priced out was $500, IF they could even get one! My 93 Still needs it. Gene

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: poorboy] #1737254
01/29/15 01:31 AM
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Good thing you didn't need the Y pipe, they are right proud of that one! The last one I priced out was $500, IF they could even get one! My 93 Still needs it. Gene




Is this it?

Y pipe



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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737255
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Good thing you didn't need the Y pipe, they are right proud of that one! The last one I priced out was $500, IF they could even get one! My 93 Still needs it. Gene




Is this it?



Y pipe







The Y pipe in your link was for a V8 truck. They don't show a Y pipe for a V6. I don't know if, or what the difference is, but when I located a V6 Y pipe it was a different # and was very expensive. I don't know if the V8 pipe will fit the V6. I suppose, at that price, I could buy it and find out. Gene

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: poorboy] #1737256
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when i changed engines in my 92 dak 3.9 i used the manifolds from the newer engine,while the flange on my pipe bolted up the actual opening in my pipe was bigger and leaked,92 was rated 180 horse,93 to? was rated 175,exhaust might be the difference


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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: rhad] #1737257
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Very cool. Love these Dakotas they are fun. Just picked a 95 model last month. Faded paint V8 auto.

Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Mopar1970440] #1737258
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Not quite a month has passed since purchase, still happy with my purchase.

The more I drive it, the more its loosening up (in a good way). The tachometer works a majority of the time now (have no idea how accurate it is though), and the heater controls work now too.

I've been slowly fixing problems I knew about, nearing the end of the list, so, hopefully it will be 'just' maintenance items for awhile.

Most recent repair was getting a new rear window installed. Didn't want/need a slider, so, went with a solid window. New window and gasket, plus install, ran me $180.

Next on my 'to do' list is replace the headlights and get the AC working. Oh! On the AC, I didn't realize it was still set up for R12. My old Caravan was a '93 and it was setup for R134 so, I never thought to look more closely on this when I first bought it.

Provided nothing major needs to be replaced, I've been quoted $150 to convert the system. The shop that quoted me put a vacuum on the system, no leaks were found, and the compressor isn't locked up, so, I'm hoping there's no surprises.



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Re: Back in a truck again! Bought a Dakota..... [Re: Satilite73] #1737259
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You still wanting a Haynes manual? I've got one you can have for the price of the postage. The truck is gone, so the manual needs to go too.

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