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1997 Dodge Dakota Base Reg Cab 112 WB Sport

1997 Dodge Dakota
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Rear Wheel Drive, Reg Cab 6.5'
20 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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February 7, 2013, 7:04 pm

Kenneth R

Question: My 1997 Dodge Dakota will sometimes stall out.

My Dakota recently had a major tuneup but it will still sometimes stall out mostly during normal city driving conditions. Sometimes it will stall when stopped for a red light but not very often.
My mechanic drove it for 3 days but it would not stall out for him. The engine is not abnormally hot when it stalls. If I cannot restart it right away it will restart after about 30 seconds or so and I am able drive away. Any suggestions?

February 19, 2013, 10:17 am

Elizabeth K

It could be a low idle issue. The first step is to clean the IAC (idle air control) valve, and throttle body.

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February 19, 2013, 12:51 pm

Kenneth R

A senior mechanic at a Jiffy Lube shop recently suggested the IAC. But the idle sounds normal when ever I crank it up. I now let it run in park to listen before I put it in gear. It has been at least a month or longer since it stalled at a red light. The idle sounds normal at red lights. But It stalled twice, including today, over the last 2-3 weeks while driving 25-30 mph. It would not re-crank in neutral while still coasting so I pulled off the road, put the gear in park, waited about 10 seconds and then it would crank right up and
I would drive on without any problems. It has never stalled at higher speeds. Other suggestions I have heard have been the fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter, fuel pump or the fuel module. But these items are in the fuel tank of a Dodge Dakota. Dropping the tank can get expensive. Do you still suggest that I have the IAC and throttle cleaned first?

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February 19, 2013, 4:02 pm

Elizabeth K

What's important is not the speed the vehicle was moving at, it's whether or not your foot was off the gas pedal. Here's an article with some more info:

And cleaning the IAC and throttle body are both maintenance items that are worth doing (and not too difficult to do yourself), but if the stalling is happening off-idle, then doing them won't help your problem.

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