Engine Performance problem
1998 Dodge Dakota 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 106000 miles
I've got a 98 Dodge Dakota Sport V6 2 wheel drive that like to sporadically not start, or stay on.
I turn the ignition, the car starts unusually quickly and then flutters for about 3 seconds then decides to shut off. The voltage is good, the battery is turning the engine, and if I am quick enough to get on the gas, the engine will rev no problem, but if I let off of the gas while in park, it shuts off.
This happened in April 07 and I got it towed to a dealer and they let it sit for 2 days and was magically cured, but it died in the middle of a turn while driving.
This time I fixed it, after trying to start it 3 times, the first time it fluttered and died. Second time, didn't even ignite, third time no better, so I thought I'd check the fluids, popped the hood, the transmission was just barely at minimum, so I put some more in, and it started. Rather weakly. But it started.
Sometimes, it'll be sluggish to start when it's wet out, or when it's under 1/4 tank of gasoline, putting fresh new gas in almost always seems to fix it. But not this time, I had to rev it to keep it from dying then jump straight into drive to get going.
I just had a leaking power steering pump replaced about 2 weeks ago. This car gets checked about every 6 months by a local mechanic my family trusts.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 AT 5:19 PM