Dodge Dakota owners have reported 23 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
Computer control of headlights, interior and dash lighting, and possibly the abs system and the intermittent wiper control are affected. Without warning these systems either failed or became erratic. Vehicle exhibits these malfunctions both stationary and in motion, and at all speeds. It is apparently not an uncommon issue, as per information available on the internet. The (temporary?) fix is to disconnect the battery for 15+ minutes, possible cause: the computer connectors.
See all problems of the 2001 Dodge Dakota.
Driving on a rainy night and headlights and wipers quit working all at once. Central timer module failed and shut the lights and wipers off as well as interior lights and door locks. Almost didn't get vehicle stopped without wrecking. Left vehicle and came back during daylight and drove to repair shop. Where located the issue was a failed central timer module. Contacted Dodge and said its out of warranty? its not about warranty or not it could have the potential for a fatality. Still have the old ctm if anyone is interested in looking into the matter. Why would headlights be ran through a module like this just asking for trouble.
See all problems of the 2004 Dodge Dakota.
I recently bought a used 2003 Dodge Dakota. The truck was great except that at night when I would turn on the headlights all of the interior and exterior lights would flash off then back on approximately every two seconds to 30 seconds. After driving for about half an hour with this happening I became very frustrated. After doing some research on the internet, I narrowed down my problem to the Dakota central timing module. It appears as if many Dodge customers have this exact issue with these Dodge model trucks. It is very unsafe to operate a vehicle under these conditions. This issue did not depend on whether I was driving in rough terrain at night or during the day. No matter where I drive the truck, if the lights are on it will begin to start blinking off and then on intermittently. Please fix this problem! I have since had to purchase a used central timing module off of the internet because when I went to the dealer, they told me that they were not able to get the part and if they were it would cost over $500 just for the part.
See all problems of the 2003 Dodge Dakota.
I started my vehicle and could not get my headlights to turn on. All connections and bulbs were checked by a mechanic and the problem has been traced to the ctm (central timing module). These units are on nationwide back order. This is a serious safety issue and a serious replacement issue if people are losing their headlights and the part is on an unknown back order situation.
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. While driving 55 mph, the passenger side low beam headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the central timer module and keyless entry failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the low beam headlights failed to illuminate. The dealer was notified and informed the contact that the part to repair the vehicle was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.
The headlights go out going down the road.
See all problems of the 1996 Dodge Dakota.
No headlights, parking lights, dashboard/instrument lights, fob does not work and service 4x4 light is on, recall on ctm I was told.
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The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the headlights suddenly failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the headlight connector harness and the light bulbs failed and a software update was needed to remedy the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was informed that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 06v039000 (visibility). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 106,391. Updated 08-20-14 updated 08/26/2014.
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The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the driver's side headlight failed. The contact mentioned that the passenger's side housing was repaired previously under warranty. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire driver¿s side headlight housing needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the repairs were not covered under any warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 48,000.
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Headlight - passenger side of vehicle, I have replaced 4 headlights in the past year. There has to be a problem with this particular side. This is a Dodge 2005 Dakota, ext cab. The taylor city police stopped me on sun. , gave me a warning my headlight was out.
See all problems of the 2005 Dodge Dakota.
Headlights were flickering on and off rapidly, along with interior lights and taillights. Today they do not work. If lights were to have gone out while I was driving at night could have caused serious incident. No solution to problem yet.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Dakota. While driving 70 mph in the rain, the headlights failed. The contact had to stop and turn the switch on and off for one minute until the headlights illuminated again. The current and failure mileages were 142,542.
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I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota. One headlight bulb failed. The vehicle manual instructs one to remove two bolts to access the bulb. This bulb is subject to the weather and has rusted. I need to replace the bolts. Dodge indicates that the bolt is not sold separately and is part of the headlight unit. This unit is $250. 00. I believe this is an absurd amount to pay for a bolt which is required to operate the vehicle with functional headlights.
Recall 04v216000/windshield wiper module motor: after this recall repair was performed on the consumer vehicle. The consumer states, that whenever the vehicle is being driven in inclement conditions it causes the windshield wipers and the headlight to stop operating. The dealer was not notified at this time.
Headlights turning off and on and flashing while driving, power door locks not working during this time. If interior lights are on at this time they would flash on and off also. Found previous year models of Dodge ram's and Dakota's have same problem which was recalled. Central timer module had to be replaced and reprogrammed. A vehicle with 60,000 miles should not have this problem. Could only drive in daylight hours until problem was resolved at my expense.
The module controlling my 2002 Dodge Dakota's headlight's, windshield wipers, interiot lights failed. Symptoms are shockingly close to those of the recall (I do have a manual transmission). Headlights failed, brights failed, wipers failed. Only turn signals horn and caution lights remain. Dealer refuses to admit it is related to recall. Symptoms are the same! what do I do about this!?.
While driving at any speed, the headlights would intermittently fail after turning on the high beam lights. When the high beams were turned off, the headlights would stop working until the consumer turned the vehicle off and restarted it. The headlights would come on after repeated attempts of using the dimmer switch.
See all problems of the 2000 Dodge Dakota.
Driver's side headlight fails to work. I replaced the bulbs (both left & right side). One week later driver's side headlight failed again. On sept. 26, 2003 vehicle was brought to tom manzi Dodge (lawrence, MA), technician said connector was not pushed all the way in. After vehicle was serviced the problem continued to occur. I discovered if the headlights were turned off then back on both headlights would work. I reported my findings to tom manzi Dodge and scheduled service for Nov. 12, 2003. Their findings were inconclusive. I was then instructed to bring the vehicle in as the problem was evident. I informed the tech this may be a problem due to their hours of operation. On Nov. 22, 2003 vehicle was scheduled for an oil change at giant Dodge (salisbury, MA), where the vehicle was purchased. On the was to the dealership the problem was evident. The tech was provided with the receipt from manzi Dodge and not to turn the headlights off, because they would reset. The tech worked on the vehicle for 4 hours then reset the headlights. That night the headlights failed twice. The vehicle is scheduled to be serviced by giant Dodge on Nov. 28, 2003.
No summary listed for above vehicle.
See all problems of the 1998 Dodge Dakota.
Headlights flickering, problems with sway bar links and upper control arms noticed inspection, if parts fail completely total loss of steering would occur.
While driving at night, the vehicles' headlight goes out without warning. The dealership has replaced the headlight switch 3 times, but the problem recurs. Please provide more details. Ts.
See all problems of the 1997 Dodge Dakota.
Headlight knob came off.
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|Exterior Lighting problems||
|Turn Signal problems||
|Headlight Switch problems||
|Turn Signal Switch problems||
|Brake Light problems||
|Tail Light Switch problems||
|High/low Beam Switch problems||
|Turn Signal Flasher Unit problems||
|Fog Light Switch problems||