1998/99 Dodge Dakota clutch and manual transmission problems
I've looked at two Dodge Dakota 4 cylinder trucks with manual transmissions. The first one had a clutch that slipped so badly it couldn't even pull away in first gear. It had done 75k miles. On the second truck, the clutch bit right at the top of the pedal travel. It didn't slip when being driven, though, and it shifted normally. When stationary, it was difficult to get the car into either first or second gear. The clutch wasn't dragging, though. The car had 116k on the clock. Are these types of problems common? Can the clutch be adjusted to bite lower on the pedal travel? Can the gear shift mechanism be adjusted in any way to engage first easier from stationary?
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The clutch slave cylinder shouldn't cause a no-start condition. If you replaced the clutch master cylinder there is a possibility that you may have to readjust the clutch safety switch in order to make it work to allow the engine to crank. If the engine cranks but doesn't start, you may want to look around down near the side of the transmission where you were working to ensure that you did not damage or remove the crankshaft position sensor electrical connector. If this is damaged or removed the engine will not start.
Sounds like a transmission problem, specifically that perhaps the transmission fluid is low if your truck has an automatic transmission, or the clutch is slipping terribly if it has a manual transmission.
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Under hood next to master brake cylinder.it dos sound like a clutch / or clutch fluid problem / there will be a black rubber in it that you have to remove to add fluid / it is round / hope this helped Good Day.
Alright Bruce. The transmission has a plug on the side. Its near the top and that will be your fill plug. Your drain plug will be on the bottom of the transmission. The plugs are bolts I believe. I know the bottom drain plug is a bolt. If you have water in the transmission fluid then there will be a white look to it when you drain it from the transmission. You dont run a automatic transmission fluid. If you have a NAPA or local parts store near by, there is this oil made by AMSOil that works amazing, Its called AMSOil Synchromesh Manual Transmission fluid. Its about 10 dollars a bottle and I believe you would need two for your truck. There is no weight for the fluid, its just one type. You should not need anything else to complete the job unless you dont have a oil pan to drain the oil into, and you will also need a floor jack since yours is a 2 wheel drive and they sit pretty low. Hope this helps.
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you have to replace the master and slave. if there is no bleeder, you might get lucky bench bleeding it, but the whole assy, comes from dealer pre-bled. The system is sealed and even to do a clutch or trans, you shouldnt have to take it apart. DO NOT PUSH CLUTCH WITHOUT ALL PARTS HOOKED UP! youll break it.
Not always, You can check your hydraulics, get a buddy to put thier foot on the clutch pedal and you look under the truck to see if the clutch actuator is moving. if it is moving enough to engage the clutch, then pull the transmission and check the clutch. not difficult but heavy if 4 whell drive.