97 Dakota won't stay running

Asked by Dec 26, 2009 at 07:56 AM about the 1997 Dodge Dakota

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 97 dodge Dakota that won't stay running. Starts hard and usually won't start unless the throttle is wide open. I tried replacing the air, oil, and fuel filter, plugs, wires , PCV valve, and Breather valve and still nothing. I can't figure it out. Someone told me that it could be the EGR valve and someone else said the coolant temp sensor. This drives me crazy, and I have to drive with one foot on the gas at all times so I am going through brake pads and I can't imagine it is good for the transmission either. Any help anyone can offer would be excellent!!

7 Answers


Sounds like the battery to me... these trucks need a good 13.5-14+ volts to run. Take it to get tested

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

it could be the egr, but it could also be an engine sensor. im not sure which one so check'um all. if your truck's brain less an input then itll do what it can to run, or not. your battery should be fine, but check it anyhow.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

a 97 Dakota doesn't have an EGR


had the same problem......got a can of throttle body cleaner.....take what looks like a breather and spray the throttle.....when those flaps start sticking open it will make the engine run bad.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Had the same problem check ur wiring harness connection to the computer there's three plugs the one closest to the head light was the one that I had problems with I put zip ties around it to keep it tight cause Everytime I hit a bump it would cut up and backfire

Something is making my coil stop putting out spark everytime I run the truck. I take the coil wire off then the battery pos.off , wait a minute put them back on and it runs great for a little while . Then all over agan.. don't know what it is. But it's a real pain in the ass getting out everytime I drive it to do that procedure.,,,?????

My 97 Dakota was doing the same thing. I changed just about everything and than I changed the battery and it runs good.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Dakota in your area?

CarGurus has 3,139 nationwide Dakota listings starting at $1,600.


Dodge Dakota Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Samantha Brown
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 1500
325 Great Deals out of 9,561 listings starting at $800
Used Ford F-150
2,525 Great Deals out of 219,810 listings starting at $1,222
Used Toyota Tacoma
431 Great Deals out of 40,775 listings starting at $2,600
Used Ford Ranger
112 Great Deals out of 4,640 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Frontier
348 Great Deals out of 24,476 listings starting at $1,200
Used GMC Sierra 1500
886 Great Deals out of 59,068 listings starting at $1,980
Used Dodge Ram 2500
155 Great Deals out of 5,032 listings starting at $3,250
Used Chevrolet S-10
9 Great Deals out of 1,005 listings starting at $999
Used Dodge Durango
227 Great Deals out of 24,473 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Dakota For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 114 listings starting at $3,499
2009 Dodge Dakota For Sale
60 listings starting at $6,980
2008 Dodge Dakota For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 268 listings starting at $3,995
2007 Dodge Dakota For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 319 listings starting at $3,499
2006 Dodge Dakota For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 495 listings starting at $2,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.