1st Gen FTW - It's AutoMedic!
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Garrison, ND
For the Technical minds - 1993 Dodge Dakota
I've got a 1993 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Magnum v6 (I think that's the power plant) with 235,000 miles (or there abouts) with an automatic and air.
It starts and runs fine... minor exhaust noise, but no real complaints on noise or smoke or what ever. The AC is cold and I use it constantly.
It developed a problem about a year ago, and I've just dealt with it. I parked it for a while, and now someone wants to buy it. I got it running (jumped the dead battery) and then remembered this problem. I'd like to get it fixed before I sell it...
The truck has trouble staying running once it is running. The engine can be cold or hot, under load or not, AC on or off, in gear, park, or neutral.
Most of the time, I start the truck, it runs, I drive it doing what ever I need to do, then I'll pull up to a stop sign and stop.... the engine will idle way down and just shut off (It might sputter once or twice, but not common). It will re-start just fine, and then die unless I keep my foot in it just a bit. If I keep the RPM up, it will keep running (smooth and smoke free). If I feather the pedal down slowly, I can sometimes keep it running, and sometimes only keep it running a few minutes then it dies...
Here the other day, it wouldn't keep running right after starting it after sitting a few days... just keep the idle up, and it runs just fine...
Nothing was adjusted or changed (including the oil) between it working, and it not working.