Question about 1996 Dodge Dakota

2 Answers

1996 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Starts and then shortly after dies. I can keep it running by giving it gas. I have cleaned the throttle body and replaced the PCV Valve. Does same thing. What other problems could be causing this?

Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Replace the battery

Posted on Sep 18, 2010


The Pcv Valve never really needs changing. It only regulates air flow thru the crank case, and can be cleaned ,with brake clean or mineral spirits. It has nothing to do other than that.
Cleaning the Throttle Body does little either,other than making it look nicer,unless it is sticking.
You may want to check out the Air Idle Control Valve or Solenoid,on the throttle body. That, you may be able to clean and free it up, or replace.
If getting it to idle and stay running is your only issue,I hope that helps.
If other issues, tell us what they are.

Posted on Sep 01, 2010

  • mschlaner Mar 14, 2011

    I have dodge dakota that has a leaky head gasket - It was driven for a while and then stalled out. I can get it to turn over only when the gas is depressed and runs rough if I hold the gas down. When I let go of the gas it dies. My understanding is that a leaky head gasket would not cause this - Any suggestions as to what to check for?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2011

    If you have a bad head gasket it has to be replaced

    You do not drive the vehicle at all,until you determine
    what your issues are,or you will ruin the engine,if you
    haven't already.

    You can do wet



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

92 dakota will not idle, it starts but will only run if foot is on the gas pedal

At the base of the throttle body is an Air Idle Valve
with wires going to it

Remove & clean or replace

Also install new spark plugs,the plugs helped
my 1992 dakota V8 with the same issue

Nov 20, 2012 | 1992 Dodge Dakota

1 Answer

My 1999 dodge durango starts but will not keep running, what will cause this

Well if the Durango starts and runs for like 15 mins and quits then won't start again untill it has cooled off a bit I would be checking the crank sensor and the pick up coil. If it starts then dies right away but will run if you hold the gas I would clean the throttle body with carb cleaner and make sure to clean around the butterfly edges inside the throttle body.

Nov 03, 2010 | 1999 Dodge Durango

1 Answer

The truck does not run on idle. It starts, but as soon as I let go of the gas peddle, it dies

look for a split in the hose on front of the throttle body or egr open

Jan 31, 2010 | 1996 Dodge Dakota

1 Answer

1996 dodge dakota 3.9 starts fine then, turn off and wont start

replace the IDLE AIR CONTROL , samething happen to me ...i clean mine at first and it worked for awhile but had to replace it after a couple of months.its on the back side of the throttle body helled on by 2 small bolts

Jan 07, 2010 | 1996 Dodge Dakota

1 Answer

My son says that he starts up the 1996 Dodge Ram pickup and it starts right away but if he doesn't keep his foot on the gas pedal for 30 seconds to 2 minutes or so, the truck dies. It will start up again,...

It could also be carbon build up on the throttle body, but regardless the cure is the same. Your going to need to clean the throttle body and the idle air control valve (IAC). With a can of throttle body cleaner, (follow instruction on the can) clean the throttle body blade and the IAC passage way in the throttle body and IAC. Once the throttle body is cleaned, with the engine off, turn the ignition key to the on position (engine not running) and wait for 30 seconds and then turn if off for 10 seconds and then start it. This should reset the IAC, if it did not work do it again and see if it helps. If not clean out the IAC passage way again. The turning on and off the ignition reset's the IAC and it may still be stuck with carbon build up. Once the engine has started, Note there will be lots of smoke form the tail pipe, that's normal. It's just the left over throttle body cleaner and carbon being burn off, take's not more then 10 min to burn off. Good luck and this should keep you from replacing the IAC. Oh and don't use Carb cleaner, Carb cleaner is to corrosive to the throttle body gasket.

Nov 04, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Ram

2 Answers

Dodge dakota, rough idle, backfires, dies under throttle

My 93 Dodge Dakota 3.9 4WD just started doing the exact same thing. Any solution yet?

Jun 02, 2009 | 1994 Dodge Dakota Club Cab

1 Answer

Dodge dakota, rough idle, backfires, dies under throttle

try a vacuum gauge and see if it reads what it suppose to you might have a vacuum leak

May 20, 2009 | 1994 Dodge Dakota Club Cab

Not finding what you are looking for?
1996 Dodge Dakota Logo

213 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dodge Experts


Level 3 Expert

76164 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8273 Answers

Are you a Dodge Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides