Driveshaft Problems of Dodge Dakota

Dodge Dakota owners have reported 22 problems related to driveshaft (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 1
Failure Date: 09/28/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, rear axle pinion nut loosened, and the drive shaft was removed from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the differential and drive shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the failure in NHTSA campaign id number: 12v474000 (power train) however, the VIN was included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. Mf.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 2
Failure Date: 07/05/2014

Rear wheels locked up after pulling onto roadway from a grade and turning left. Accelerated to approx. 25 mph to enter roadway, heard loud bang and felt vehicle shudder. Drive shaft separated from rear differential, rear wheels would not move; vehicle stopped in middle of 35 mph roadway. Metal shaft appears sheared off. Used 4x4 mode to power front wheels to pull onto shoulder. Had I been merging onto highway my truck could have stopped without warning, potentially causing a serious accident. Vehicle removed by flatbed tow - again rear wheels would not roll. Vehicle serviced regularly including rear differential pinion seal replaced on 11/5/10 and again on11/29/13 by Dodge dealer. 2005 Dodge Dakota laramie 4x4 quad cab with tow package; very little towing performed over vehicle life.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2009 Dodge Dakota 3
Failure Date: 04/09/2014

The rear axle pinion nut on your vehicle may loosen due to undersized pinion shaft splines. A loose pinion nut could cause the rear axle to seize or cause the drive shaft to separate resulting in a loss of motive power. Either situation could cause a crash without warning.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota 4
Failure Date: 01/31/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle made a loud noise and the drive shaft fractured and dropped without warning. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed but no injuries were reported. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 50,000. Updated 4/4/cn.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota 5
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to both an authorized dealer and an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The drive shaft was replaced by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota 6
Failure Date: 06/06/2009

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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 7
Failure Date: 03/11/2009

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Dodge Dakota 8
Failure Date: 07/16/2008

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!.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 9
Failure Date: 09/04/2006

: 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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 10
Failure Date: 07/23/2006

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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 11
Failure Date: 06/20/2006

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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 12
Failure Date: 06/11/2006

The truck was taken in to be looked at because there was a vibration. I told them it was a u-joint or bearing going out. The truck had been in the same shop 4 times, for the same thing -the u-joint or bearing. The mechanic at the shop said that the tires needed to be balanced but they did not do that at thier shop. I tokk it to another place, they looked at it and said the tires did not need to be balanced,but they balnced them anyways. So I had two opinions on the truck. The next night I picked up the guys I work with and we went to work. On the way home the drive shaft, drive line,yolk, and transfercase came apart and tried to come up through the floorboard, causing holes in the floorboard, and it pulled the electrical wiring out which caused all the warning lights to come on. Anyone could have been hurt. I got the the truck to a nearby convienent store and I called a tow truck to tow my truck to the shop. I called my wife and we went and picked up all the parts off the highway. The truck, which is still under warranty. They took pictures and sent them to their reps. Their reps in another state said it was in 4 wheel drive in 4 low under extensive torque in a mud hole. It had not rained here in over a month. So the dirt road I was on was dry and smooth. I did not have it in four wheel drive. Why buy a 4 wheel drive if you are not going to use it. They said I was driving fast causing extensive torque!? I was driving the speed limit and people drive fast and their vehicles don't fall apart. They said they wouldn't cover the damage, even though their mechanic made a wrong diagnosis. It is their fault and they should take the responsibility to fix it, with no money coming out of my pocket. I get paid to drive to and from work. Now I don't have a truck to get me to work. The shop says they will pay half the cost to fix it and I can pay the other half. They say they are doing me a favor by doing this.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 13
Failure Date: 10/04/2002

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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 14
Failure Date: 07/27/2002

Ongoing vibration in rear axle at highway speeds. Dodge has rotated and rebalanced original tires, had goodyear replace all 4 tires with new tires 3 times, has sent the truck to big-o for road force balancing 3 times, has rebalanced original driveshaft and then replaced the driveshaft with a new one all to no avail. Has been in for repairs 14 times so far. The final time goodyear replaced the tires, their store manager performed his own test for vibration. He mounted and balanced the new tires and then put the truck into the air on a hydraulic lift taking it up to highway speed. He noted the vibration, then removed the tires from the wheels, still noted the vibration and then removed the wheels from the axle and still noted the vibration. This was noted to both repair dealers, also to no avail.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 15
Failure Date: 02/14/2002

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).

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 16
Failure Date: 03/02/2001

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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 17
Failure Date: 02/02/2000

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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 18
Failure Date: 12/28/1999

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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 19
Failure Date: 04/07/1999

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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 20
Failure Date: 03/30/1999

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 21
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 22

When vehicle accelrates a winding noise occurs in rear end due to defective driveshaft. Cause unknown. Please give any further details.

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