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CarGurusApr 12, 2011 - dodge dakota idling and dying - My dakota will start then idle down and die. ... I have a 1992 dodge dakota that dies on me at stop signs and when I take my foot off the gas pedal. ... Had the same problem with my 98 Dakota.
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have the trans checked out, sounds like it might be in 2 gears when your shifting into 2nd, causing it to bind up, is there any noise when this problem occurs? a bad bearing or worn syncro rings could be the cause
im not 100% but i think that truck has a hydraulic clutch. if it does for sure then check the fluid level if its a cable or linkage type then it may be out of adjustment. Ether way (low on fluid or out of adjustment) the clutch may not be fully disengaged while your trying to shift. Start there before getting to far into it.
there are pressure sensors inside your transmission which tell it when to shift and whether to shift up or down. i would bet it is has something to do with those. if you take it to a shop, its probably 150-200 to fix, but better than having to rebuild the transmission, which could be around 800. the shop can plug a reader in and drive it around the block and tell you if the sensors are out.
just try changing your transmission fluid and filter first, and its not a 5.1 its a 5.2 unless you have the 5.9 r/t then it would be a 5.9. i would change fluid and filter first and go from there... and as far as the extra effort it takes to shift from park, try using the parking brake when you park, set the brake before you put it in park and take your foot off the brake pedal, that stops the truck from resting on the transmission park gear and should solve that particular problem.