MY 2001 DODGE DAKOTA SEEMS TO BE MISSING IN A ...

  • Tiny
  • reverend1735
  • 2001 Dodge Dakota
  • 160,000 miles

My 2001 dodge dakota seems to be missing in a way and it seems to have a hard time starting every now and again. It's also using antifreeze. Can these ba linked? Or could it be due to a camshaft sensor being bad?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 AT 5:36 PM

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  • JDL
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Any applicable trouble codes? How long since a tune-up? Use a gage and check fuel pressure. With hard starting, have helper crank it, while you visually check for spark at the plugs. If spark everywhere, check injector pulse.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 AT 5:44 PM
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  • reverend1735
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It is actually showing 3 codes.
1: camshaft position sensor A circuit.
2: power steering pressure sensor switch circuit
3: small emissions leak at the evap.
It's been probably 4 to 5 years since my last tune up The fuel pressure seems good; I don't have a gauge to check it with but I checked it at the valve at the engine, and there's plenty of pressure. All fluids have been changed. It's just the hard starting and it's using engine coolant, but I really haven't noticed any leaks at or around the radiator.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 AT 7:39 PM
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The computer has to see the cam and crank sensor signal or it won't start. An intermittent issue can be hard to track down.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012 AT 2:56 PM

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