acceleration problems

Asked by Nov 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM about the 1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr R/T Sport Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We just purchased a 98 Dakota and it is having an acceleration problem.  It does it only sporadically.  when our mechanic hooked it up, he found that someone had disconnected some wires under the dash so the check engine lights didn't trigger.  He replaced the manifold gasket and cleaned up some animal nests that were in there but it still won't accelerate properly.  Now we also are having trouble keeping it started.  The mechanic put a fuel pressure gauge on and the pressure is fine even when it acts up.  He replaced a coil and something else but it is still doing it.   I don't want to keep replacing parts on it if we cannot find what is wrong with it.  Would I be better off bringing it to a Dodge dealer and having them fix it or at least tell me what is wrong with it?  I thoroughly trust my current mechanic.  Thanks   

3 Answers

3,465

Start by checking for codes My guess is one of the sensors on the throttle body is dead or acting up... TPS, IAC or MAP, your mechanic should have no problem testing them

Thanks for replying. When my mechanic checked codes he said that 19 came up but none of them would cause the problem that we are having. I will ask him to check those 3. Thanks

3,465

You had 19 codes come up??

Your Answer

Dakota

Looking for a Used Dakota in your area?

CarGurus has 3,523 nationwide Dakota listings starting at $1,499.

ZIP:

Dodge Dakota Experts

  • #1
    banana
    Reputation
    1,080
  • #2
    Samantha Brown
    Reputation
    1,070
  • #3
    Snidely
    Reputation
    960
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 1500
376 Great Deals out of 11,012 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford F-150
3,159 Great Deals out of 223,305 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
662 Great Deals out of 41,093 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,873 Great Deals out of 162,467 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Ranger
148 Great Deals out of 5,258 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Frontier
470 Great Deals out of 24,485 listings starting at $1,800
Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,218 Great Deals out of 62,852 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Durango
360 Great Deals out of 23,629 listings starting at $1,495
Used Chevrolet S-10
12 Great Deals out of 1,162 listings starting at $1,980
Used Dodge Ram 2500
150 Great Deals out of 5,429 listings starting at $2,995

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Dakota For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 127 listings starting at $3,999
2009 Dodge Dakota For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 79 listings starting at $6,980
2008 Dodge Dakota For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 304 listings starting at $3,900
2007 Dodge Dakota For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 334 listings starting at $3,900
2006 Dodge Dakota For Sale
18 Great Deals out of 520 listings starting at $1,950

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.