1997 Dodge Dakota Rough Idle and Stall

Tiny
ALFRED BOSTON
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  • 1997 DODGE DAKOTA
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,200 MILES
I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota, V8, 5.2L and it is idling rough and stalls out. I am thinking about replacing the head gaskets. I am wondering if I am on the right track. Any advice would be great full.
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Sunday, July 12th, 2009 AT 8:17 PM

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Tiny
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I had the fuel injectors flushed and changed out my fuel filter, this took care of the rough idleing problem. You also may want to check out your spark plugs and distributor cap. This was my first choice when my truck started idleing rough and that helped a little bit as well. The problem finally cleared up once I had my injectors flushed and changed the fuel filter. It's definitely a cheaper fix than having the gaskets replaced. But once you take your spark plugs out you will be able to tell if the gaskets are the problem because there will be oil around the spark plugs.
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 AT 8:43 AM
Tiny
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When is th elast time you had a complete tune-up? If it has been a while, this may be your problem. It could be a sensor, "Yes sensors can be going bad and not set off the check engine light too". It could be many things, have you looked at you oil lately? If you have and have been paying attention to it, is there any oil consumption? If it is consuming oil, then it could be your plenum gasket leaking which I have heard this is a known problem with the Dakota 5.2 liter engine. Check the simple things first or you may be going to great lengths to spend too much time and oney on things that are not the actual culprit.
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 AT 9:49 AM

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