2000 Dodge Dakota missing

  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 130,000 MILES
I have a couple questions. First when I replaced the steering shaft that connects to the rack, the airbag light came during the test drive after ward and I have not figured out why. I cannot see any connectors that have been knocked loose. It was not on beforehand.

Also I have a miss that is not fixed by plugs and wires. Number two cylinder was so tight it would not come out. Rounded off the plug and had to drive a smaller socket and use 1/2 breaker bar to get it out. The exhaust was leaking at the manifold just below #2. I thought fixing that would fix the miss. It didn't.
Do you
have the same problem?
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 5:44 PM

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I think that it may be mechanical. Test its compression or scan it for codes. How did the plug look? Like it was normal or clean as a whistle? I'll help you if you want me to.
If temperatures between alloys and cylinders have a different rate of heat, because of valves not seating(cooling) a spark plug becomes more difficult to remove, most technicians will turn or get it out very slowly, using finesse, oil, or tools, realizing that they may have found the reason the truck came in to be tuned up, stop, talk to the customer, and either let it go with it still stuck, or do what must be done to fix it. Two years later, a customer has a problem. A weak or broken spring can be a cause. Others.
The steering column can not be turned, and cannot be removed from the rack, while still connected up to it's main, steering wheel horn or electrical circuits, as a clockspring breaks easily,
and airbag lights that stayed on after a rack job is standard procedure, the first time only, usually. Hope this information has helped improve your transportation and needs for now. I am starting to remember so many things I have not dealt with in a while as most steering jobs are B mechanic jobs, sorry about my memory, but a cup of coffee will help me get these units out.
In some areas of this country, it's all flat-rate and about classes of work. Garbage to some, starting to become a thing of the past now. I guess.
It is about safety and satisfaction of everyone trying that in the end, becomes S.O.P. You'll get it and you may just put a reman head(s) on. Not an option from Chrysler. Under warranty.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 7:51 PM

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