1998 Dodge Dakota 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 98000 miles
I got a check engine code on my 1998 Dakota a few months ago P0340, which is cam shaft position sensor malfunction. I cleared the code and it reappeared yesterday morning. I stopped for gas, and then the truck would not restart. (Crank/No Start).
I had it towed to the shop (Firestone Auto Care), and they said that the PCM had power in, but no power out. After messing around a while they got it started, and they then had power out of the PCM. They checked the cam shaft sensor and it had power in, but no power out. They recommended replacement of both the sensor and the PCM. (Sensor $200 and the PCM $600) Ouch!
I have doubts about the PCM being bad, so for now I had them replace the sensor only. Truck ran OK running a couple errors driving back from the shop.
1) What are you rthoughts on my problem?
2) How hard is it to replace the PCM, and where is it located? (Have not looked yet) It appears that they need to be factory programed, and I do have a digital odometer that may be controlled by the PCM. Is this something that a do it yourselfer could replace on his own? It looks like I can buy a new or rebuilt one for $250 to $300, which sure beats $600.
6 Cylinder A/T
have the same problem?
Saturday, February 28th, 2009 AT 6:25 PM