2000 Dodge Dakota V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 179495 miles
The problems that are occuring with this vehical started without any warning! The day stuff went haywire I had started and stopped the truck 7 times. I went to start it and didn't have enough power to make the door dinger ding so I jump started the truck. (At this point there hasn't been any check engine lights at all) Once the truck was running for about 5 minutes the volt meter on the dash went up to 18 and all the lights were flickering so I figured voltage regulator. I replaced the alternator and the the volt gauge still went up to 18. After talking with several mechanics I was told that the voltage regulator is in the computer in that truck. I unhooked the positive battery cable while the engine was running and immediately the volt meter went back to 14. I drove the truck about 10 miles home with the cable unhooked and the volt meter went up to 18 about 5 miles into the trip. I replaced the computer. When I jump started the truck and with a new computer and alternator this was the first time the check engine light came on and it was only running on 7 cylinders. The volt gauge is now at 14 (normal) and the lights are no longer flickering. At this point the engine had been running about 5 minutes and I began to smell a electric fire type smell so I shut it off and discovered that the coil pack on the front right cylinder was melted and almost caught fire. I am very puzzled about whats wrong. I have kept very good care of the truck and always keep up on routine maintenance. I no I need to get a diagnosis done to see what code are in the computer but im hoping to get some answers or suggestions before I spend anymore$. Please HELP! To expidite a response please feel free to call or text me at 740-243-5362
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Friday, March 12th, 2010 AT 1:37 PM