Question about 1998 Dodge Dakota
PRIOR TO SETTING IT HAD A PROBLEM IDLING OR WHEN LETTING OFF THE GAS, it would either stall or stumble. The battery went dead for a couple of months while waiting for a transfer case. The code I get from the PCM is bad crank sensor or distributor pick up. I replaced the dist. pick up but the crank sensor is more difficult to get at, I'm tring to make sure before I do this crank sensor that it's may actually be bad. I have heard the Dodges don't like to have a dead battery and that it might affect the PCM. Can you help? Thanks.
Hello dholland...The 2 most common stalling problems on this engine is a failing crankshaft position sensor, or a Powertrain Contol Module. Usually the stalling, and rough idle occur after engine warm up. You can inspect and clean the connector terminal to the crank sensor, sometimes this is the problem. Clear all fault codes. If codes return, then proceed with another scan and correction as needed. That would eliminate doubt.
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When you re-connect the battery and re-start the car, it has to "re-learn" all the correct settings for your particular car's engine all over again and the only way that happens is by actually using the car. Taking the car to the dealer as someone else suggested won't do any good, unless you like paying $65+ per hour for the mechanic to drive your car around and get it all warmed up. :-)
After about the first 10 miles, the idle will be much better. It will take 30-50 miles for the entire re-calibraton to finish. Take a 25 mile interstate road trip one way, turn around and come back home.
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