1995 Dakota sport

Tiny
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  • 1995 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 124,790 MILES
1995 dakota sport 4 cyl, dies after reaching operating temp in about 15 minutes, and won't start till it cools down and will only run for a short time. Replaced fuel filter, coil, pick up coil, and still does it! Help please!
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 AT 2:40 AM

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Tiny
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By "pickup coil" do you mean the sensor under the rotor in the distributor?
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 AT 4:37 AM
Tiny
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Yes that is what was replaced
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 AT 4:19 PM
Tiny
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I've been all through two service manuals and I still can't figure out for certain if the 4 cylinder uses a crankshaft position sensor or not. They didn't used to on the front-wheel-drive vehicles, but just to be sure, look on the passenger side of the front of the transmission bell housing to see if there is a crank sensor poked in there. If there is, it will have three wires on it. That sensor is another good possibility as they often fail by becoming heat-sensitive.

The next time it stalls and won't restart, measure the voltage on the dark green / orange wire at the ignition coil, any injector, or either small wire on the back of the alternator. You should find battery voltage there for just one second after a helper turns on the ignition switch. What is important is it must come back during engine rotation, (cranking or running). If it does, check for spark. If there is no spark, suspect the ignition coil.
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 AT 5:16 PM
Tiny
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Already replaced the ignition coil, I know it is possible to have gotten a bad one, but if so it is causing the truck to do the exact same thing as before.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 AT 2:25 AM
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Did you measure the voltage on the dark green / orange wire?
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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 AT 2:58 AM
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Just checked the wiring and the orange/green wire from the coil showed a little boost when the key was turned about.07. I then discovered the entire harness that those wires go trough was resting on the exhaust manifold. They are burnt and I'm sure I will find some bare wires toouching. I moved them and will chcked them later for any breaks, I think that is the problem! Thanks!
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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Keep me posted. I'm overdue for some good news.
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Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 AT 2:09 AM
Tiny
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Rewiring it did the trick! I had to cut about 9 wires. The orange and green wires were melted together! Thank you for the help!
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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 AT 1:21 AM
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Dandy news. That makes up for the miserable day I had two days ago! Happy to hear it's solved.
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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 AT 1:32 AM

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