Driveshaft Problems of Dodge Dakota
Dodge Dakota owners have reported 15 problems linked to driveshaft (under the power train category).
#1 - Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1D7HE22K86_. Regards to a 2006 Dodge Dakota clubcab pickup truck. Loud bang from rear end of truck @ a stop @ a toll booth on mass pike I-90 in westboro,MA. Towed to nearby westboro Dodge dealer. Rear end from the drive shaft down failed. Could have cause injury or death. Still @ dealership. Truck is out of warranty by 3000 miles. Been in touch with Chrysler dealer, they are calling it a defect but want me to pay first $500. 00. This is a very serious defect that the dot should be aware of. If I was traveling and not stopped the drive shaft could have fell completely out and caused a crash or even worse. My truck is still not repaired. This happened on July 16 2008. I'm a single mom and took very good care of the truck. It was serviced ever 3,000 miles oil, fluids ect. I'm waiting now on faxes from westboro Dodge in westboro MA. To see all of the defects involved. Please contact me thank you!. This issue happened on July 16, 2008.
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#2 - Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota
The vehicle is a 2006 Dodge Dakota. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1D7HE42K06_. Vehicle vibrates severely when od (lock-up) comes in at 40 mph , if brakes are applied after this the vehicle shakes and jumps all aver the road. 4 tires replaced twice, front rotors replaced, rear drums turned, drive shaft balanced, all with no results, problem still exists. It was 06/06/2009 when this driveshaft issue happened.
#3 - Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota
I have taken the 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4 back to the dealer for repair on July 24, 2006. Service technician stated that the problem could not be duplicated. No repairs were made to the vehicle. 1) buzzing noise when shifting into drive also in reverse. 2) transmission slips in drive and reverse when going up a steep incline. The transmission is not downshifting to a lower gear when driving up a hill, have to put transmission in 2nd gear to drive up a steep hill. 3) truck has to come almost to a complete stop before transmission downshifts into 1st gear. 4) after the truck has been driven for a while, there is a metallic "clanking" noise coming from the transmission shifting gears. 5) the front axles (driveshafts) are making a grinding noise when executing a sharp turn with the steering wheel. 6) when in park with the truck turned off there is a lot of play in the steering wheel, it will not lock into place when the key is removed. The failure date was Jul. 23, 2006.
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#4 - Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Dodge Dakota. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Dodge Dakota is 1D7HL48N24_. Vibrating at speeds greater than 50 mph. Spoke to Dodge reference #15238936
the vehicle continues to vibrate after multiple attempts to repair truck at dealers. Tires balanced and rotated, then tires replaced, brakes replaced, shocks replaced. Swapped rims. Serviced transmission, replaced driveshaft and u joints. Pressure balance the tires. Replaced axel bearings and possibly the axel. Replaced ring gear and pinion and all bearings. Multiple alignments. It was Tuesday, June 20, 2006 when this driveshaft issue occurred.
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#5 - Driveshaft problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota
The vehicle is a 2003 Dodge Dakota. While driving 55 mph he noticed smoking coming from the engine. He immediately took the vehicle to the car wash to stop it from smoking. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who located the failure as the front drive shaft. The drive shaft was replaced. The total cost of the repair was $320. 00. The manufacturer stated that they would not offer any assistance with the repair cost because the repair was not done by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was 68,000. The current mileage was 100,000. Updated 3/17/10
the consumer stated the defect was on the hgh velocity joint fo the front drive shaft. Updated 05/14/10. This driveshaft problem happened on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
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#6 - Driveshaft problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota
The car involved is a 2002 Dodge Dakota. : the contact stated the drive shaft fell off the vehicle while driving 25 mph on a paved secondary road in clear dry conditions, damaging the transfer case. The vehicle was towed to an independent service shop. The service dealer and manufacturer were contacted. Updated 10/25/06. This driveshaft problem happened on Sep. 4, 2006.
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#7 - Driveshaft problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota
2001 Dodge Dakota had many problems with the drive train and brakes. The consumer heard a clunking noise when shifting from park to drive, reverse, etc. The rear tire on the right side stuck out from the vehicle. The driveshaft seemed to have alot o slack in it. There was a popping noise in the front end when making sharp slow turns. There was a whining noise in the steering and rear end when turning. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer but they were unable to duplicate the problems. The brake, rotors, calipers had to be replaced between 55-8000 miles. This issue happened on Tuesday, January 1, 1901.
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#8 - Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota
The car was a 2000 Dodge Dakota. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1B7GG22N2Y_. At time of purchase consumer asked the dealer what the skid plates were made out off. Consumer was told metal. Later, consumer found out that they were plastic and broke off, causing the 4- wheel drive to quit. Dealer said the driveshaft would have to be replaced. This driveshaft problem happened on 02/02/00.
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#9 - Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota
The car involved is a 2000 Dodge Dakota. When vehicle accelrates a winding noise occurs in rear end due to defective driveshaft. Cause unknown. Please give any further details.
#10 - Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota
The car is a 2000 Dodge Dakota. I am the daughter of the owner and am writing and sending this because my father is illiterate and speaks very little english. He is 70 years old and retired. My parents were traveling back from albuquerque, nm on I-40 approx. 8:30 pm at 75 mph when they heard this loud, terrible noise from underneath the vehicle. The steering mechanism stiffenend and they slowly manuevered the truck off the freeway. Preliminary report from a mechanic states it may appear that they driveshaft broke initially and in return, it hit and tore apart the transmission and the transfer case. Previously, this vehicle has no history of having any sort of problems nor had my parents had any inclination that something could be wrong, such as hearing noises, squeaks, etc. This occurred so suddenly. This vehicle also had 90% highway miles verses 10% flat, graveled or dirt road. My father was unlikely to go 4-wheeling or to mistreat this vehicle (as the Dodge dealership is implying). This problem occurred on Thu., Feb. 14, 2002.
#11 - Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota
The car involved was a 2000 Dodge Dakota. Consumer states that while driving and no warning the drive shaft are hitting the right rear tire causing heavy vibration and damage to the tire. Dealer notified. Mr. It was Friday, Oct. 4, 2002 when this driveshaft issue happened.
#12 - Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota
The car involved was a 1999 Dodge Dakota. The VIN of the car is 1B7GL22ZOX_. No summary. This driveshaft issue occurred Mar. 30, 1999.
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#13 - Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota
The car is a 1999 Dodge Dakota. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1B7GL22Z1X_. Vehicle was driven to clear lake Dodge to diagnose problem, and no problem was detected. Next day the owner removed driveshaft and found welded balance weight had come off . Owner took driveshaft to the dealership and pointed out problem and no satisfactoy solution was reached. It was Dec. 28, 1999 when this driveshaft issue happened.
#14 - Driveshaft problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota
The car involved was a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The VIN of the problem Dakota is 1B7FL26X9W_. Atf leaking onto catalytic converter -smoldering/smoke from under truck. Leaks appear to be from transmission tail shaft /driveshaft yoke and fling atf onto converter 3 repairs no success a this time - repairing dealer not selling. Dealer I believe this to be a fire hazard, poor shift quality due to loss of fluid. It was 04/07/99 when this driveshaft issue happened.
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#15 - Driveshaft problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota
The vehicle is a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The VIN of this Dakota is 1B76L22X0W_. Driveshaft disconnected while traveling at highway speed of 75 mph, causing damages to transmisson and engine block. Dealer / manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was out of its warranty, and nothing would be done. Consumer complained not about warranty, but damage of driveshaft at less then 19,000 miles of wear. Asking for NHTSA to look into this matter. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter. This problem occurred on 03/02/2001.