What is causing my radio to cut out and on?

Asked by Dec 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM about the 1998 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently bought a stock radio for my 1998 Dodge Dakota. Got it in ok and it works but there is a drop off in power ever so briefly and then it comes back. Could it be the speakers are bad, or is the power falloff caused by something like the antenia wire or some other wire is loose? I had similar problems with a best buy radio that was in there prior to this and lowering the volume seemed to help there but not with this. It is definitely a power loss this time. Any thoughts?

3 Answers

5,735

Is it grounded? Here's is the stock wiring diagram for your truck

I thought everything was in the 2 wire connectors that go into the radio. Could this be a separate wire? There is a additional separate small connector what looks like a single a black wire that came out of it and went into the old wire harness for the previous radio. Would this be the ground you are referring to?

5,735

I don't know, just noticed the wiring diagram left out the color of the ground wire. Your two wire connectors are probably for the constant and ignition power to the radio. Your black wire sounds like the ground. Is it attached securely to some ground?

Your Answer

Dakota

Looking for a Used Dakota in your area?

CarGurus has 3,519 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
369 Great Deals out of 10,983 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford F-150
3,178 Great Deals out of 223,022 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
658 Great Deals out of 41,136 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,917 Great Deals out of 162,528 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Ranger
157 Great Deals out of 5,274 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Frontier
468 Great Deals out of 24,435 listings starting at $1,800
Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,232 Great Deals out of 62,808 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Durango
362 Great Deals out of 23,681 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Ram 2500
146 Great Deals out of 5,415 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chevrolet S-10
10 Great Deals out of 1,162 listings starting at $1,980

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Dakota For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 125 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 303 listings starting at $3,900
2007 Dodge Dakota For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 337 listings starting at $3,900
2006 Dodge Dakota For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 517 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.